Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Andy Gaffney0
Andy’s Top 5 Scenes from TV that make you want a Puppy and a Gun.
Andy’s Top 5 Scenes from TV that you make you want a Puppy and a Gun
5. Lost – Series 3 Finale ‘ Through the Looking Glass’
Up to this episode Lost had long established its dual episode nature of having the Island bits in the present day while off the island in flashback form. So with this episode we saw a broken, suicidal and alone hero of the show, Jack, off the island while on the island a triumphant moses of a man leading his people to finally making contact with the outside world, and finding time to tell the girl he loves her. Darling it was. Only this saw Lost for the first time ditch the off island flashback and instead show what happens to our heroes after they leave the island. Which meant of course that the moment that, thus far, the series had been building too, would not lead to the happy, romantic ending I had hoped but instead be the emotional equivalent of opening up a roses tin, thinking all the best ones are still there only to discover your mate just put the wrappers back in because he was too lazy to walk to the bin. The Bastard.
3. Doctor Who – Series 4 Finale ‘Journey’s End’
Doctor Who never dwells on heart break. Granted it’s always around the corner, but so is the promise of hope and the idea that with good people by your side, the bad guys will always lose and you’ll be home in time for a hug and a cup of tea. Magic. It’s for these reasons that not only do I think it should be shown in schools but also why it is the best television show ever made. It just is. Even at its bleakest, there is always a bit of fun around the corner. Apart from one series finale, however. In what must have been a hugely bad mood day for writer Russell T Davies, he grants the Doctor all of his most recent companions and uses them to help the Doctor, quite actually, drag the earth back to safety, to scenes that involve more hugs than a montage of Dermot O’Leary. What Mr Davies then does, however, is remove the friends one by one. In some cases it’s natural and normal for them to move on but in the cases of Catherine Tate’s Donna and Billie Piper’s Rose, he really has you reaching for the brandy and smokes. Without getting too confusing for people who haven’t seen it, The Doctor has to remove any memory that his most loyal friend Donna had of him, while Rose, the woman whom he loved, buggered off to another world with a guy who looked and acted exactly like him. Which frankly is every guy’s worst nightmare. The girl going off with a guy just like you, not removing your best friend’s memory, that doesn’t really happen every day. Obviously.
2. Angel – Series 5 Finale ‘Not Fade Away’
Jaysus, a few finales on this huh? However, this marks the first time in this stomach-saddening count down where series finale meant the end of the series as a whole, which really did slip into the writing. When Joss Whedon’s Buffy came to an end the year before in 2003, Whedon was left with his new toy Firefly and the, in my opinion, Buffy-beating Angel, to continue being really rather great with. However, soon came the word that Firefly was to be cancelled. It came with the promise that he would always have Angel, however half way through series five, that promise was to be broken with the studio giving Whedon half a series to wrap everything up. Using the finale to brilliantly sum up how he now felt about about the workings of television he had the heroes that we had loved for five years go up against an unbeatable force. One that, even though you can stand up against it for a while, will always win and there is nothing anyone can do about it. With this he left Angel and the remaining members of his team standing in the rain realising their fate as they took one final march at the screen. Yup, the journey that began with me flicking through the first days of Tv3 thinking “Oh this one buffy is pretty” would end with me going out in the garden and finding children to tell them “Never dream kids, the man will just keep you down”. Still, great ending though, eh?
1. The Office – Series 2 Finale ‘Interview’
And here it is, the scene that could make a child who just found an x-box made out of ice-cream and kittens die a little inside. A completely brilliant ending, but a brutal heart kicking one. For twelve wonderful episodes we had fallen in love with the gang from Slough, we hoped with all our hearts that Tim and Dawn would get together and that David Brent would find that tiny bit of happiness needed in his life to cop himself on a little bit and be the man he could be. With the news that the end of the second series would mean the end of the show, surely they would have to give us at least one of these things? However Mr Gervais and Mr Merchant had very different ideas. The episode ends with a gut wrenching double blow. Firstly a just-fired but still acting high for the cameras Brent has a completely out of character breakdown which leaves him begging not to be fired. Along with this Tim, in a stunning silent scene, tells a soon-to-be-leaving Dawn how he feels. Oh why can’t the series have ended with him picking her up only to be interrupted by a newly promoted Brent? It ended without Brent getting an answer on if his begging had paid off and Tim returning to his desk, turning on his mic and revealing that “She said no by the way”. But at least it would turn out not to end that way.