Recently I had a great chat with some of my fellow MoviePilot Creators about a wide variety of topics while recording our inaugural podcast for Reel Talk with the Movie Pilots. One of the questions that was asked was, 'What was your favorite TV moment of 2014'. After thinking more about it, I realized that I had so many more that were equally shocking and cringeworthy, I felt it only fair to pay them tribute.
Of course, it goes without saying that there are spoilers ahead. So, if this was the year you promised yourself it was time to binge on OITNB or Game of Thrones... you may want to accept the fact that you will be spoiled, or come back later.
Here was the view from my couch - MY Top 5 TV Moments that really left a mark.
5. Orange is the New Black (Netflix) - Season 2 Finale
Miss Rosa Kills Vee
Finally getting to see Miss Rosa's backstory was a major highlight of OITNB season 2. Her episode was by far one of the best of the series, and the flashbacks helped to propel her current story of cancer, chemo and grifting the nurse with the boy from the doctor's office. So, when she finally had her moment to taste free air one more time before succumbing to her illness, how could you not rejoice for her. The fact that she took out the evil, nasty, lying Vee on her way, just made it even sweeter.
4. House of Cards (Netflix) - Season 2, Chapter 14
Frank Kills Zoe
I really enjoyed House of Cards season 1. I fell in love with House of Cards in season 2. Francis and Claire Underwood are deceptive, underhanded, determined people and I know he is capable of murder. I shouldn't have been surprised that he rid himself of Zoe as quickly as he did, but I was. The sheer brutality and quickness of his decision there cemented Frank Underwood as one of the TV villains we just have to root for. That move definitely placed him right up there with Walter White and Tony Soprano in my book.
3. Game of Thrones (HBO) - Season 4, Episode 8
The Viper vs. The Mountain - A Trial by Combat
Game of Thrones is a fun show. I am slowly (very, very slowly) working my way through reading the series, but I enjoy the show unfolding for me with no knowledge of what is to come. The Red Wedding will probably go down as one of the most shocking things I ever lay witness on television, but since this list is about 2014 I can easily pick a moment of season 4 to add: Prince Oberyn fighting for Tyrion Lannister's freedom, against The Mountain. A beautifully choreographed scene, with moments of tension, triumph, and absolute victory for the Viper. Until there wasn't. One wrong move and the tables were quickly turned. The Red Viper was brought down and lost sight of his victory. (Yes, pun intended).
2. Sons of Anarchy (FX) - Season 7, Episode 12
Jax Kills Gemma
So, I realize that all of these moments so far include one character killing another. Is it an overused plot point? Maybe. But in these four cases so far, I have to say it is a very, VERY effective one. I initially binge watched Sons of Anarchy, and caught up just in time to ride out season 7 with the rest of the world. Boy am I glad I did. In all the murder and death that had taken place up until the penultimate episode, I never once thought that Jax, Gemma or really any other club members would die. Yes, I am incredibly naive. However, the moment that Jax walked into his grandfather's house and told Wayne to leave, I knew he intended to put his mother down. After Jax killed Wayne and listened to Gemma wax poetic about the olden days, I thought that maybe he'd be swayed the other way. Taking his mother out to the rose garden was the last kind act he showed the woman who pretty much signed his own death warrant. Looking back, I can honestly say that Sons of Anarchy could have not ended any other way. But, damn if it didn't leave me speechless anyway.
1. The Walking Dead (AMC) - Season 5 Episode 1
The Escape from Terminus
When I tried to pinpoint one particular moment from the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead as my favorite moment of 2014, I couldn't do it. I knew that it would make the top of the list, but the thing is.. it wasn't just one moment, it was the WHOLE episode. From the very first minute to the very last, it was exciting, tense, explosive and tear jerking. It was the first time in the show's history where a season ended on a cliffhanger, with their lives being in imminent danger. The fact that Carol (who is my favorite character on the show) was the one to set the escape wheels in motion made the episode all the better for me personally. When watching Terminus go down in flames and seeing the group desperately trying to make their way back to the train car to rescue their family, I had to remind myself to breathe occasionally. But, of course, one of my favorite moments happened in the last few minutes... Carol reuniting with the group, and finally bringing baby judith back to Rick and Carl. I chose that video to represent the episode because, after all the gratuitous violence on the list overall, I thought it would be good to end on a happy note.
Of course, what good list doesn't have an honorable mention? For me, it was the now defunct sci-fi series Revolution (R.I.P.) I thought for sure that NBC would give it one more season, but alas, it was not to be. Kripke and Abrams certainly gave the show a good send off though when it had one main character take out another main character in a 'kill or be killed' situation. The fact that these two people were once together, made it that much sadder for the Revolution fandom.
Honorable Mention: Revolution (NBC) - Season 2, Episode 18
Charlie kills Jason
2014 was a great year for TV, and I can't wait to see what is in store for 2015!