OK, Rusty mentioned that season 1 of Lost was one of the best seasons of TV ever. Brian disagreed. So what’s your top 5?
1. Twin Peaks Season 1. I recently rewatched this. It is amazing. Yes the editing is a little choppier than I remembered (and especially compared to the digitally edited stuff of the last 10 years). But everything is just so perfect. Lynch did an amazing job of finding this enchanted world below the mundane. It’s too bad things went to hell the following season. This is a show that still influences a lot of TV. What’s nice is Lynch is kept somewhat restrained as compared to some of his more extreme “artsy” works. It also has arguably the best soundtrack to ever come from TV.
2. Battlestar Galactica Seasons 1 & 2. The first season was vastly superior to the miniseries. There were only two weak episodes in season 2 (and both of those were superior to most everything in seasons 3 and 4). It’s sad how the show ended up because the first two seasons are everything you could want from a show.
3. Deadwood Seasons 1 & 2. Like nothing that came before. Yes there is a lot of offensive stuff – especially language. But the show made a crude vulgar mining town into a poetic examination of the roots of America and democracy itself. I’m still devastating this show was cancelled.
4. 24 Season 1. The second season was fun, but each subsequent season got dumber and dumber as the idea became more and more worn. (Get rid of the real-time vehicle guys) There’s a slight lull from episode 13-15. But it really works amazingly well. If you’ve watched 24 since it might not have the same impact, but even if you are turned off by the last few seasons check out of the first season and try to pretend you haven’t watched the others. It really is amazing.
5. The Prisoner. I don’t know how many seasons this actually had. I think just one. It helps to know that the main lead played a James Bond like character in a prior television series. Basically a spy is kidnapped at the heart of the cold war, put on a mysterious (and psychedelic) island. He doesn’t know if it’s by his enemies, his friends, or what. It’s a very philosophical series. Even though some aspects are quite dated by 60’s sensibilities it’s amazing how much still works well. Reportedly this is being remade and I’m curious to see how well it translates. (I think removing it from the paranoia of the cold war might not work)