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05 August 2010 @ 08:22 pm
TV meme, day 9  

Day 09 - Best scene ever

Until recently I considered this the best scene ever:



It is from the first episode of The Singing Detective (1986). The writer Philip Marlow suffers from psoriatric arthropathy. He is lying in a hospital bed and the pain and fever give him hallucinations.

This clip is quite long, over 9 minutes, but I prefer it to the ones that just give the song, because some context is needed and it perfectly shows the condescending attitude of the medical staff.

I remember that the first time I watched it, my jaw just dropped and I declared it the greatest thing I'd ever seen on television.


Lately though it has been replaced in my affections by a scene from the first episode of Life on Mars:



DO NOT READ if you haven't seen the first episode yet and do not wish to be spoiled!

The scene I am referring to is the one in which Sam is hit by a car in 2006 and wakes up in 1973. For me, it actually starts at around 6:35 when "Life on Mars?" begins to play and ends with its last notes, when Sam walks into the police station. Unfortunately the clip cuts the song in two, so for its last two minutes or so you need to watch the beginning of the second part.

The way the song is used contributes greatly to the brilliance of the scene. I love how when Sam is knocked down, the music abruptly stops and then slowly seeps back in, intermingled with the sounds from the ambulance and the paramedics. It reaches a crescendo as a bewildered Sam gets up and the camera pans around him, showing a different world, and later on again, when Sam sees the billboard announcing the building of the new highway.

Let us all be thankful that Mr Bowie has graciously allowed the use of his song. Without it, no Life on Mars. It does not bear thinking about.


 
 
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Current Music: Life on Mars? - David Bowie
 
 
 
callmemadam: life on marscallmemadam on August 5th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Life on Mars
I'm just loving how you're loving it!
Mnemosyne: laughing_lethe_ on August 5th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Life on Mars
Hee! I totally make up for my SO's lack of enthusiasm :-)
heartofdavid: housewilsoneyerollheartofdavid on August 5th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I watched the entire first episode of Life on Mars very early this morning - perfect viewing for 3:30am.

I shall be making a post in my LJ about my experience. ;) Probably later today, as I now need to vacuum and do other required home maintenance.

But I will say this much now - I adore Hunt.

*runs*
Mnemosyne: silly gene_lethe_ on August 5th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, great timing! (Although I'm sorry about the insomnia.)

Looking forward to reading your thoughts! :)

I adore Hunt.

No need to run, unless you don't mean it of course. The Gene Genie may seem like a bully, but deep down he's just a sweetie really. :P
heartofdavid: Fakefrownsheartofdavid on August 5th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Vacuum duties accomplished.

I didn't have insomnia. I took a prolonged eye-rest at 5pm, after coming home from a restaurant. I woke up, eyes fully rested, at 9pm (lol). Well, that did it for me. I did go back to bed at 5am, and woke up at 6:30am - sufficiently rested.

I definitely do adore Hunt - I like characters like his in general - outwardly crusty, cranky, and crude, but inside there is a mushy center - not unlike a truffle sweet with a hard outer layer hiding gooey goodness.
Mnemosyne: bugger_lethe_ on August 6th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I take it House is like that too?
heartofdavidheartofdavid on August 6th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, but it took several seasons to discover that there is goodness within House, because he was consistently a prick. But hope was held out due to his best friend Wilson. Wilson is totally is a doll who makes continuously makes disastrous relationship choices, but he is good and honest and true. That he remains friends with House despite House's high rating on the total dick meter indicated that somewhere, buried deeply, there must be something worthwhile in House. Or else Wilson was into emotional S&M in friendships, lol.

House finally let his good side show because of Wilson - he loves the guy and understands he is the one good thing in his life he can always count on.

Makes for some very nice slashiness. ;)
Mnemosyne: tension_lethe_ on August 7th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
it took several seasons to discover that there is goodness within House

I started watching House at the time because I love Hugh Laurie, but I gave up on it because I hated his character with a passion. Glad to hear I was not wrong.

Shame about the missed slashiness, but I'm afraid patience is not one of my virtues when it comes to TV shows. :)
The Living Breathing Oxymoron: Roachmotodraconis on August 5th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
The Singing Detective clip is damned good!
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on August 5th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
The whole series is!
heartofdavid: toocutethinkingagainheartofdavid on August 6th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, almost forgot to say what I wanted to say about The Singing Detective clip, and the show in general. Ever notice how after this series ran, other shows (dramas mostly), put in a special episode that was done as a musical? And in most cases, it worked.
Mnemosyne: rain_lethe_ on August 7th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't recall any... You've made me curious, do you have examples?
heartofdavidheartofdavid on August 7th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the first, the episode is called "Once More With Feeling", and Scrubs also did a musical episode that was popular with the fans.
Mnemosyne: dancing_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I never really watched Buffy, but I may have seen the Scrubs episode. Never connected it with The Singing Detective though. :)
heartofdavidheartofdavid on August 8th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, maybe the connection is my own, lol. Xena also had a musical episode, and I've heard that NCIS (some show with Mark Harmon but I've never watched it) is planning the same.

And I nearly forgot...Cop Rock! A ghastly show which was all done as a musical, I don't think it lasted long.

Here's a sample of it:

Mnemosyne: silly_lethe_ on August 11th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
LOL, I must say I rather enjoyed this clip! It seems intended as a tongue-in-cheek show.

Interestingly, the ratings on IMDb couldn't be more diverse, almost as much 10s as there are 1s:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098772/ratings
heartofdavidheartofdavid on August 11th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
It viewed like a joke that goes on too long.
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 8th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
sadly there is no clip to be found.

Law & Order CI, US version. Season 9, Episode 14

Palimpsest

(the title is difficult to explain)

Jeff Goldblum, as Detective Nicholls, is called to investigate a double homicide. The address is the home of a dear friend. The owner's daughter Regina (played magnificently by Geraldine Hughes) was once his fiancee, but now she sadly suffers from Korsakoff's Syndrome (she cannot make new memories, and thinks that she saw him only yesterday). murder plot enues, pay no mind. Detective Nicholls is leaving for the last time.

Regina: Will you kiss me?
Nicholls: Yes.
Regina: When?
Nicholls: Tomorrow.

it was like a blow to the face.
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Is this the episode you refer to here?

Criminal Intent is shown here, but with Vincent D'Onofrio, so it may take a while before we get to see this.
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 9th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
that's the one, yes. of course if you were a truly wicked lass, there would be a way to seek it out before it aired across the pond, but then you'd miss the mythology.