Alias - Second Double/The Telling, S2
|"Francie doesn't like coffee ice cream."|
In simpler times series hiatus was synonymous with summer vacation, May to September. Not so bad right? Wrong, if the finale was as jaw-dropping, game changing, mind-melding as this. I remember May to September of 2003 felt like eons. After two hours of espionage action and intrigue, Alias's second season culminated in a knock-down drag out brawl between Jennifer Garner's now iconic Sydney Bristow and...her roommate. (she had it coming.) Only J.J. Abrams can make coffee ice cream the lynchpin of a suspenseful moment. And just when every window was shattered, every piece of furniture broken and every rib bruised, Syd comes through with the double-tap, only to collapse herself from the fight. And when she wakes up...she's inexplicably in Hong Kong, with a strange scar on her stomach, oh and TWO FUCKING YEARS HAVE PASSED! Wtf! Vaughn's married? That bastard! I LOVE[ED] THIS SHOW!
LOST - Through the Looking Glass, S3
|"We have to go baaaaaack!"|
Dexter - The Getaway, S4
|"Born in blood."|
The O.C. - The Dearly Beloved, S2
When I think of the God awful season that followed, it's hard for me to get very nostalgic for this. But when it aired? Craziness! And aside from all the apartment smashing, "tried to rape my girlfriend" scuffling and ensuing shooting that followed, Kirsten's intervention was quite touching. Genuine tenderness and genuinely engrossing melodrama, a marriage The O.C. pulled off quite well when at peak form (ie, the first season).
Entourage - Lose Yourself, S7
The Vampire Diaries - Founder's Day, S1
|"Hi John. Bye John."|
Californication - Mia Culpa, S3
Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Bat Mitzvah, S6
Sons of Anarchy - Na Tribloidi, S2
24 - Day 5: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.
|That gotdamn boat|
And the King of Not Catching a Break, Jack Bauer everyone. He more than earned a happy ending this year, and it's not like he even got one the year before, so no alternation clause. The sun was shining, the right people were in cuffs, somehow there was still a full cast even though like a hundred people died that "day" and Kim Raver as Audrey Raines was looking sexy as fuck waiting to give Jack his due reward. And then the Chinese showed up.
Supernatural - No Rest for the Wicked, S3
The whole season was built around the looming date when Dean would be sent to Hell for his season 2 deal with a devil (not to be confused with the Devil, that's s5 waters) to save Sam's life. And all season I waited for the Winchester brothers to find some cool, awesome loophole that saved his life in the 11thhour. It never came. The final images are haunting, first Sam staring in disbelief at Dean's lifeless, mangled body only to cut to Dean screaming Sam's name, his torture in Hell already having started. Chilling stuff. Would you believe the show went on to get even bleaker...and better?
Battlestar Galactica - Revelations, S4 mid-season
This shit might actually be bleaker than Supernatural. It comes to realization that every Galactica finale ended with a crazy cliffhanger, and it's a testament to the power of this one that it was no decision which to choose. Rug, pulled out.
Heroes - How to Stop an Exploding Man, S1; An Invisible Thread, S3
True Blood - Evil is Going On, S3