The 5 Best TV Moments Of 2017
Largely thanks to Netflix (but also shout out to Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale) 2017 has been a great year for slobbing out and binge watching.
These, in our humble opinion, have been the greatest TV moments of the year:
Stranger Things – Bob’s Death
When Barb died in season one of Stranger Things, people got pretty pissed off. There was a whole “justice for Barb” social media campaign, and she even got fake resurrected as part of an Emmys skit. And she wasn’t even that good of a character… She was in about two episodes, and pretty much just spent her whole time whining at Nancy’s burgeoning relationship with Steve.
Season two casualty Bob, on the other hand, was a damn hero. One of the founding members of the AV Club, which straight away lends him a certain status, he was a great boyfriend to Joyce, a promising father figure for Jonathan and Will, and then he went and saved the whole of Hawkins.
The moment he was ripped to shreds by demo-dogs was a difficult one.
Bob, you were too good for this world.
Game of Thrones – Ice Dragon
This year’s was the penultimate season of Game of Thrones, so we knew that we were in for a wild ride. And wild it certainly was. Jon and Daenerys met, then – in the ultimate act of dramatic irony – had sex just as the rest of us found out that they were aunt and nephew, the Starks (or, at least, the alive ones) reconvened at Winterfell, and – oh yeah – the Night King has a dragon now.
When Daenerys flew north of the Wall to rescue her boyfriend/nephew Jon, the OG white walker took the opportunity to spear poor old Viserion, then drag his body out of the lake and convert him into a white walker dragon.
Then, in perhaps one of the most shocking Game of Thrones scenes that we’ve experienced yet (and we’ve experienced Tyrion shooting Tywin when he was mid-shit), icy Viserion breathed some sort of ice/fire onto the wall, melting it to nothing and letting the dead army pass through.
In the words of Ricky Baker, shit just got real.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Luke’s alive
Two polarising scenes can sum up just quite how powerful The Handmaid’s Tale was. The first – which saw Ofglen and her girlfriend handcuffed in the back of a van, on the way to the execution of the latter – was a moment of utter despondence. These women hadn’t so much as their voices to say goodbye (Ofglen’s girlfriend didn’t have so much as a name), and we felt their helplessness through the short van ride, as the condemned was pulled from the vehicle and dragged to a scaffold, and as Ofglen watched her hung from a crane as the van drove away.
It was stark, it was brutal, and it was completely unforgettable.
While her death served to sever any shred of hope, this second scene – at the opposite end of the spectrum – reignited it.
June (Elisabeth Moss) discovered that her husband Luke had not actually been murdered, and had managed to escape to Canada. She discovered that he was alive, and – even more significantly – she was able to get a message to him.
We needed a win, on The Handmaid’s Tale, and the news of Luke’s survival gave it to us.
This Is Us – William’s death
While This Is Us was hugely popular in the USA, it never really took off when Channel 4 broadcast it in the UK. And that’s a shame. It’s bloody great.
One of the most powerful storylines concerned adopted triplet Randall (Sterling K. Brown) finding his birth father, William. While they managed to build a relationship, it was to be a short-lived one. William was terminally ill with cancer by the time Randall managed to track him down, and he died at the end of the first season.
This, to put it bluntly, was utterly heartbreaking. It seemed savagely cruel to give Randall only a few months with William (who, as it turned out, was a great guy), but then really, it was a miracle that they got any time together at all.
13 Reasons Why – Clay’s tape
13 Reasons Why was polarising, with some praising it for its depiction of mental health struggles, and others accusing it of glamorising suicide.
It followed teenager Clay who – while grieving the death of his friend Hannah – was given a set of 13 tapes that she had recorded before taking her own life. On each, she explained how a different person had contributed to her decision to die.
The fact that Clay had been sent the tapes meant that he was on them, but he couldn’t fathom what he could possibly have done to harm Hannah. And after watching a few episodes, neither could we. In flashbacks, we saw Clay and Hannah’s friendship to be a mutually supportive one, and we were apprehensive to learn what changed – what Clay did, or who he became.
When his tape finally arrived, however, we learnt that actually, Hannah didn’t blame him for anything. She had included him on the tapes because he was part of the story, not because he had mistreated her.
Clay still blamed himself for not doing enough to save Hannah, and, in one particularly cathartic scene, he imagined what he could have done differently, and how he could have reached out. It was a powerful message, and a poignant lesson for us all.
What’s been your favourite TV moment of 2017? Let us know in the comments!
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