At a screenwriting workshop a few years ago i was asked what I liked about television shows and which shows I liked. My answer was I like shows that mentally scar me, and this is actually the truth. i can still recall the exact moments in some TV shows (and occasionally movies) that have brought a tear to my eye or made me furious, elated, indignant, repulsed etc. I am going to share a few of them with you here now.

When I write i look for what it was in those scenes that had the most impact on me, what it was that made me connect with it emotionally, and i try and put that in my work.

1. Buffy the Vampire slayer

I loved this show, I mean LOVED – and there are so many scenes to choose from (most of them involving seth green) but in fact the first one that really got me was the moment after Buffy and Angel sleep together (she loses her virginity, he loses his soul) and basically – hes a massive douche.

2. Oz

Another one with so many moments to choose from, but this was genius. When keller wrestles Beecher, in order to manipulate him into being in love with him. Keller is another fantastic character – i saw Oz after watching SVU and after seeing the righteous Stabler, i found it so weird seeing him like this as a massive sexual predator and rapist. he does some seriously twisted things in this show. But the subtext in this scene was brilliant. The real tragedy of course being that he falls in love with Beecher too, the most beautiful toxic relationship on screen in the history of toxic relationships

3. Dexter

Doakes was a great character in dexter, the one person who saw through the veneer – there are a lot of moments in dexter so ill put them here, but this was the first one that i found exciting

dexter was very protective of kids, which was beautiful really. this was funny and exciting at the same time.

this was a brilliant episode, from start to finish. he finds out the psych is a killer and so he starts to use him as a shrink to find out how he ticks. i could fill up this page with moments from dexter but for now ill leave it here

4 Justified

So so many awesome moments in this show – the entire of season 2 is one of my favourite pieces of tv viewing ever, such a brilliant story. if you havent seen it, dont watch this scene, it ruins the whole thing

Justified is a well writeen witty but deep show. Raylan givens is a fantastic character and heres a compilation of his killings, because thats where he shines the most.

another installment of this when i think of more, this post must be long enough already

until next time


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