Blog Post Monday 16 June 2014
Unless you live on a desert island Castaway style or enjoy chilling with the chickens in a hippie commune, chances are that electricity powers the majority of your daily life. If you think about it, some of our most treasured moments and thrilling journeys will have been surrounded or influenced by the presence of electricity.
So, being the energy junkies we are, we started thinking: how has electricity affected the personal plot points of our favourite TV characters? And lo and behold, what should emerge but our very own top five most electric episodes on TV.
5. FRIENDS: The One With The Blackout (Season 1, Episode 7)
A blackout in electricity-dependant New York City sees the majority of the Friends crew stuck in Monica’s apartment. They trade stories while Chandler is trapped in an ATM vestibule with a Veronica Secret model. Trapped in their respective locations, the comedy of this episode is cultivated from the depth of the core characters and the complexity of their relationships. It proved that the series didn’t need the bright lights of New York City, just the big beating hearts of our Friends.
BEST MOMENT: Ross attempts to confess his feelings to Rachel, only to be mauled by a lost cat.
4. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Intervention (Season 5, episode 18)
When Giles and Buffy take off for a quick spirit quest, the rest of the gang are left bamboozled when they discover the Buffybot – an identical robotic replica of the Slayer built for the obsessed vampire Spike – and mistake it for the real Buffy Summers. Even writing that sentence, yeah I know, it sounds pretty weird. But this episode showcases the collision of wry humour and dark drama that makes Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon a hero amoung TV geeks.
Best lines go to Giles and Buffy camping out in the desert.
Buffy: Supplies? Was wondering about that. Like food, water, maybe a compass?
Giles: What about a book, a gourd and a bunch of twigs?
Buffy: I don't think I'll be that hungry.
3. HOUSE OF CARDS: Chapter 19 (Season 2, Episode 6)
The power play of Frank Underwood’s Washington got literal in this episode, as backroom political deals gone wrong culminated in a great American energy crisis.
We had seen Frank’s political dealings pushing around the chess pieces of the American government, but when his enemies become puppet masters of the energy grid, Frank is literally left in the dark at a critical moment. Of course Frank came out on top (because nobody puts Franky in the corner) but it was the casual way the public were held to ransom that put an extra chill down the spine of this episode and set it apart.
Best line – of course - goes to Frank: "The gift of a good liar is making people think you lack a talent in lying."
2. SEINFELD: The Frogger (Season 9, Episode 18)
The show about nothing had a few episodes I could have included in this list (Kramer’s hot tub; the Kenny Rogers Chicken neon sign that keeps jerry awake and turns him into Kramer) but this episode always stuck in my mind as a particular piece of genius.
When George discovers his childhood high score for an arcade game of Frogger still stands, he hatches an elaborate plan to keep the machine powered up while he transports it across New York City. With a band of quirky narcissists hatching a ridiculous scheme, this episode is pure Seinfeld.
BEST MOMENT: A busy road separating them from his apartment and the Frogger machine almost out of battery, George realises his whole life has lead up to this moment.
1. THE X-FILES: D.P.O. (Season 3, Episode 3)
Best episode of the best TV show of all time? Yep, I’m gonna go right on ahead and say it. This episode had everything that made The X-Files great: killer dialogue, a creepy bad guy who could be your neighbour, and a strange realism that cranked the scare factor up to eleven.
After surviving being struck by lightening, Darin Oswald finds that he has the ability to manipulate electricity. The genius of this episode was to arm a disaffected young man with the energy that surrounds us at all times. Everyday objects – arcade games, a car, streetlights, even the sky itself - became weapons for Darin to lash out at the world with. Featuring guest stars Giovanni Ribisi as the titular D.P.O. and Jack Black as his bestie, the performances match the A grade writing, making this episode worthy to top any best of TV list.
Best line goes to Darin Oswald: "Hey, you know, I think you wanna be someplace else right now, 'cause I'm in the mood for a little barbeque."