TV - Steve's TV Five A Day: Day Six

TV Five A Day

Steve Taylor-Bryant gets involved in social media games again, we do try and stop him, honest...

There have been a couple of great sharing ideas on social media recently and being the naturally lazy man I am instead of thinking up my own ideas for articles I have selfishly stolen other people’s ideas to fill these pages. One of my favourite ideas I stole from author Alec McQuay who in turn stole it on Twitter from @MiloBOK. It is a month of tweeting various things each day about television shows and your memories and thoughts. I don’t like doing just one thing a day though, so I am cheating (surprise, surprise) and I am putting the entire month’s choices into a few days. So here is your final “Five-A-Day,” otherwise known as Days 26 -30…

Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale…

Surprise, surprise I have another episode of The West Wing for you. This episode at the end of Season 4 was entitled Twenty Five and saw President Bartlet in the worst situation a father could be in. His daughter has been kidnapped and he has to give up office to his political enemy, Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken, played by the very incredible John Goodman. The episode was intense, it was Aaron Sorkin writing at his best, Martin Sheen portraying the helplessness of a father and president when something horrific happens was just superb, and through all of it there was Toby Ziegler fighting to control his emotions as his friend and boss, the president, loses his daughter but Toby becomes a father to twins, Huckleberry and Molly. The episode had everything and I am emotionally drained every time I watch it.



Day 27 – Best pilot episode…

How on earth am I supposed to answer this question? Most shows have incredible pilots, if they didn’t they wouldn’t ever make a fanbase. Some pilot episodes are just pure class in whatever genre they are set in, Studio 60 and The West Wing are utterly brilliant opening episodes. Supernatural’s debut episode was pretty good. Over the years the likes of sitcom Allo Allo, detective drama Columbo, and Line of Duty have all impressed. I am plumping for a pilot that dates back over 50 years though and that is the original Doctor Who story An Unearthly Child. It was brave television to start with and was the springboard for all that came after, as well as being a great story played out by a cast who are peerless.



Day 28 – First television obsession…

The Fall Guy. Yes I know I’ve always been obsessed with Doctor Who but I never watched Doctor Who and went out to play pretending to be Tom Baker. When I watched The Fall Guy though I became Colt Severs, the neighbourhoods best stuntman, jumping my bike, falling from garage roofs, scaring my mother with the lengths of stupidity I would go to just to show I could indeed be Lee Majors. Plus there was the girls but I’m not the kind to kiss and tell…



Day 29 – Current television obsession…

Supernatural or Bones I suppose although I don’t seem to be as obsessed nowadays as I was in my youth. Not with particular shows anyway. I seem to be going through a period of my life where I want to consume more intellectual forms of entertainment and seem to be drawn more towards documentaries and anything involving modern political history. The days of obsession are I fear gone for me now, until another episode of Mr. Robot comes around.



Day 30 – Saddest character death…

I’ve already spoken of my huge sense of loss when John Spencer left us, leading to the inevitable death on screen of Leo McGarry but that source of mourning for me is more for the actor and human being than it is for the character and so probably doesn’t count. Therefore I’ll return to Bones and the sadness when Dr. Lance Sweets is murdered in the first episode of season 10. The Conspiracy in the Corpse is a great episode of a fairly good show that has everything you want from its cast and writers. The chilling music being played at the end when Sweets' body is brought into the lab is a real tearjerker and I’ll be honest, whilst I still enjoy Bones it hasn’t been the same since.



So there we go, my month of thoughts in a week, a journey through my televisual history all written for you to agree, disagree, laugh and cry about. I hope you all have the time to have a go at this project yourselves as it’s been a great trip down memory lane for me.

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