Alrighty folks, it’s another year’s end, and with it brings a look back at some of the best moments of nerdy television in 2015. This list is no particular order, and it’s simply my opinion. If your moments aren’t on here, or your favorite shows aren’t represented then go start a blog and make your own list…but still read ours… please.
The Flash – Season One Finale
Okay, this moment is actually my favorite of the year. Not only is The Flash the best show on all of TV (Again, my opinion, but one shared by many), but the season one finale was the single best thing on TV all last year. We had it all, sacrifice, tears, joy, action and fun. The episode was chock full of DC Easter eggs like the first glimpse of Earth 2 Flash’s helmet, we got the singularity event which help set up not only season two of The Flash as well as the upcoming Legends Of Tomorrow and the climactic battle with the Reverse Flash. Also, super punch with an 11-year-head start. It didn’t get much better than that.
Game Of Thrones – Jon Snow’s Death
This one wasn’t that crazy if you are a fan of the books. In fact if you’re current with the books than this was expected. So why did I include this on the list? Simple, because this is where the books have left us. If you are a fan of the books then up until this point than you’ve probably been one step ahead of the show…until now.
There is nothing in print beyond this moment, so readers are just as clueless as viewers. I mean, it can’t really be the end of Jon Snow, can it? We know that favorite heroes don’t tend to make it in this world, but you also have the feeling that Snow transcends this. As if he has a higher purpose in the GoT universe. The big question is, will this moment be handled by the show before George R.R. Martin can reveal what his final purpose for Snow in print? At this rate it seems so.
Daredevil – Death By Car Door
Episode four of Daredevil on Netflix gave us one of the most shocking moments in Marvel’s live -action universe. In a fit of anger, Daredevil nemesis The Kingpin, not only beats a man to death, but then he removes the man’s head with the door of his SUV. Not only was this one of the brutal moments on TV all year, it gave us our first real look at how far The Kingpin is willing to go to make his point. If only Marvel’s film villains could get as much development as The Kingpin did.
Agents Of SHIELD- It’s Still On The Air
This show is terrible, and yet, it’s still alive. Pretty shocking. ‘Nuff said about that.
Supergirl – Martian Manhunter Introduced
Not going to lie, I’m not a fan of this show. I gave the pilot an honest try, but I just couldn’t do it. However when I saw the stills online of Martian Manhunter in the show I looked it up right away to see it. Not only was his introduction to the show a total surprise, but visually he was stunning.
Star Wars Rebels – Ahsoka Lives
As a fan of The Clone Wars I think the biggest question fans were left with was, “but what happens to Ahsoka?”
We were all upset with the show’s unexpected cancellation, left with the fear that our favorite original character’s fate would never be revealed. Then it happened. The small rebel band were in contact with a secret source of information for their missions. When the source was finally revealed as a now grown Ahsoka Tano fans of the Clone Wars everywhere rejoiced with jaws dropped to the floor.
All I can say is executive producer Dave Filoni and company did right by us all.
Heroes Reborn – Hiro Returns
I’ll admit, when this show first started I wasn’t sure how to feel. I was a huge fan of the original series, but like the Star Wars prequels, it just didn’t feel the same. Sure we had HRG and we had nods to and mentions of old familiar characters, but it just didn’t hit home. Then Hiro came back and everything changed. Hiro was arguably one of the most beloved characters of the original series, and his introduction finally kicked off some of that plot twisting, sci-fi-esque narrative that made the original show such a blast.
Constantine on Arrow
“For many, Constantine just wasn’t given the chance to grow via its series on NBC; from its pilot that was basically ret-conned, to its short order for the first season, it was almost doomed from the start.
When it got cancelled, the fans desperately wanted John Constantine to live, and they weren’t alone as the makers of Arrow wanted Constantine on their show. And so, a beautiful team-up was born. Though it was just an episode to start, Constantine himself – actor Matt Ryan – notes how he’d be more than happy to come back for more. Now that he’s officially part of the Arrow-verse, that can happen!
Defiance aired its third (and most likely final) season this year and it went out in on an intersteller high!
The show dealt with racisim, bereavement, genocide, loyalty, war and many other themes that science fiction television does so well. With this season delving into much darker areas, Defiance was clearly a different beast.
But the season finale was a true highlight – our human hero Nolan, Grant Bowler, realises that the only way for the Earth to be saved is for him to manually pilot the starship away from Earth so as to avoid a cataclismic event. Taking the controls, and with the help of Doc Yewell (who intergrated herself into the ships computer), Nolan pilots the ship at incredible speeds, knowing he will (most likely) never see Earth or Irisa (his adopted alien daughter) ever again. He sees the galaxy that he dreamt of as a boy and simply sings Johnny Cash’s I’m going to Jackson…
Doctor Who: a line in the sand
So the Doctor just spent 4 billion years punching his way out of a diamond encased prison, in which he was trapped by the rulers of Gallifrey in an attempt to extort information out of him. He is not to pleased to put it mildly, instead of going on rampage through the capital wreaking havoc on those that imprisioned him he goes home, to the barn affair we saw in the war doctor episode and has a nap.
The President of Gallifrey sends a gun ship to bring him in. The gunship comes in all guns and menace and demands the doctor discards any weapons and come with him to the capital. The doctor complies: He drops his soup spoon onto the table.
The he stands up and starts walking towards the gunship. It backs off. And the Doctor draws a line in the sand with his shoe. He glowers at the gunship giving it the barrels of both eyebrows and returns to the table. The gunship, nor anyone else, cross that line…
Special thanks to our very own Todd Black, Phil Wilce and Legend Gerry for helping put this list together