This one was actually difficult, because it's tied between two of what I consider to be my beloved shows.
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to me, is perhaps the biggest influence in my life during my junior high and high school years. When I got attached to it, during its third season to be exact, I didn't let go. It was something that I stayed with right up until the end, in fact it was the starting vehicle and introduction into fandom pretty much. Up until then I wasn't seriously engaged to a particular show I would consider my die-hard favorite show, and first watching Buffy it just, spoke to me.
Even though yes, there are seasons and episodes and particular characters and relationships and arcs I didn't like or favor, what defines this show as a favorite is the influences it had on my life. It wasn't just a show about a girl who randomly killed vampires, the entire series was about life lessons. Every single character had a starting point and they grew up, matured, and throughout the years we as an audience grew up with them, understood what they were going through because many of us probably were going through the same transitions in our own lives. From school to epic romances and tragic losses, friendships and family relations and everything else in between. There was a great amount of development this show had with its characters, for better or for worse. Another thing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer was how iconic it was in terms of feminism, it was groundbreaking in that there weren't any other show on television at that time that really had strong statements regarding female empowerment, and sadly since the show ended there hasn't been any other show like it demonstrating just that.
This is why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show. Even after all these years I can just pop in a DVD and watch an episode and be engaged all over again. It's timeless, it's amazing, it brings the nostalgia and come on, who wouldn't want to watch a tiny girlie-girl kicking ass and taking names?
(btw, that's the reason why I chose to use the gif above; that's Buffy's true hero shot, my favorite stance ever)
"We decided to play God, create life. When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore."Jesus Christ, what can I say about Battlestar Galactica? It's pretty much a fucking epic and genius masterpiece of television ever. There is no other show that will ever compare to it, and anyone that says otherwise is lying and doesn't know any better.
I honestly can't articulate into words how much I love and adore this show. It has everything that anyone could possibly want which makes it hard to identify as simply a science fiction show. Because it's much, much more than that. There's actual human drama, character relationships and arcs that are explored, real life issues that the audience can easily identify and relate to such as political systems, cultural differences, religion (both monotheistic and polytheistic views, even atheism), terrorism and torture, about sacrifice and survival, the gender roles and equality, just this entire universe is based on a lot of things and quite frankly, it's just remarkable with how they've dealt with showing it. The show is very dark, very dark with its content and it can be distressing at times, even uncomfortable, but the point is showing the realistic aspects of being the last surviving individuals of the human race with limited supplies and rations, just handling going on day by day. Morality issues often pop up, and rather than answering everything they make the audience think about situations; is it right to kill others in pursuit of the majority of humanity? How will you live with yourself with that knowledge? If a machine is self-aware and appears human, do you treat it like an individual or like a thing? What about infanticide? Genocide? Are they justifiable? This show takes all of this and makes you question, what if you were in that situation, what would you do? It doesn't offer answers, it doesn't offer a kind perspective on the show given the circumstances. Characters will make choices that weren't great. But that's just showing how human and how flawed we are, and how hard these decisions make in a life or death situation. It also blurs the lines between what defines "good" and "evil" in that there is no one Good Side or Bad Side, that everything is gray; human beings can be just as malicious and cruel as self-aware machines can demonstrate compassion and kindness.
I'm gushing now, and I'm not sure I'm explaining it all that well. But this is why I consider Battlestar Galactica one of my favorite shows because I haven't witnessed any other show that has all these concepts and themes wrapped into a four-season series. This derived from a cheese-tastic campy 70s show of the same name, but took its own spin to re-imagine the entire universe to make it absolutely relatable to our times today, especially in the post-9/11 world that we live in now where we can make allegories to terrorism and make us understand and acknowledge the concepts about war and why we fight. In fact it's made me really appreciate soldiers who are in war, based on seeing the perspective of the Galactica crew and how much they struggle with making those hard decisions every single day. It has dozens of complexities and it really makes one think, even after an episode you have to sit down and readjust yourself from what just happened on the screen. Very few shows have affected me in such a way. It's just so brilliantly written and executed on the screen, integrates so much in such a short time that leaves you holding your breath, it leaves you completely mindfrakked and craving for more.
So in conclusion, there will be no other show that'll ever compare to Battlestar Galactica. It truly is a masterpiece of television ever created, and that is why I love it forever and ever. ♥
Masterlist of days here.