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2012-11-22 05:06:59 PM
I'd say better Doctor Who cliffhangers include The Tenth Planet ep. 4 and Caves of Androzani ep. 4.

...and Best of Both Worlds is only #20?

And how could a shiatty Voyager episode make the list, while no DS9 episodes did? The finale of season 6 was great... Dax was dead, Sisko was gone... way better than anything on Voyager.
 
2012-11-22 05:14:40 PM
Wow. Macross' The Messengers made it onto there? Talk about obscure, meaningful Anime episodes.

Adventure Time made number one? REALLY? Adventure time?
 
2012-11-22 05:20:42 PM
Twin Peaks, "Beyond Life And Death".

Is what I immediately thought of when I saw the headline.
 
2012-11-22 05:29:40 PM

BronyMedic: Wow. Macross' The Messengers made it onto there? Talk about obscure, meaningful Anime episodes.

Adventure Time made number one? REALLY? Adventure time?


If Adventure Time made the list, then either The Return of Harmony part 1 or A Canterlot Wedding part 1 should be on the list.

/leaning more toward Return of Harmony, because Q.

/Q was also responsible for Best of Both Worlds part 1, in a roundabout way.
 
2012-11-22 05:51:51 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I'd say better Doctor Who cliffhangers include The Tenth Planet ep. 4 and Caves of Androzani ep. 4.

...and Best of Both Worlds is only #20?

And how could a shiatty Voyager episode make the list, while no DS9 episodes did? The finale of season 6 was great... Dax was dead, Sisko was gone... way better than anything on Voyager.


I think the list is reversed, so #20 is the #1 result, since it mentions that Best of Both Worlds was mentioned most and is probably the best.
 
2012-11-22 05:54:21 PM
Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense
 
2012-11-22 06:00:44 PM

Bondith: Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense


Yes.
 
2012-11-22 06:03:11 PM

simplicimus: Bondith: Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense

Yes.


Good.
 
2012-11-22 06:04:08 PM

simplicimus: Bondith: Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense

Yes.


OK, two things Kosh said made any goddamn sense.

/and ruthless efficiency
//The jellyfish Sinclair sees is not the jellyfish you are looking for.
 
2012-11-22 06:07:49 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-22 06:23:15 PM

Vacation Bible School: [i.imgur.com image 700x400]


The worst part was that you really had no idea at the time if the cliffhanger would ever be resolved.
 
2012-11-22 06:23:42 PM
I'm still waiting to find out what happens to Jubal Early.
 
2012-11-22 06:27:25 PM
Either they weren't in any particular order, #1 was the least awesome and #20 was the most.
Because, that would make sense.
 
2012-11-22 06:29:27 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I'd say better Doctor Who cliffhangers include The Tenth Planet ep. 4 and Caves of Androzani ep. 4.

...and Best of Both Worlds is only #20?

And how could a shiatty Voyager episode make the list, while no DS9 episodes did? The finale of season 6 was great... Dax was dead, Sisko was gone... way better than anything on Voyager.


I can see the end of the Tenth Planet being a huge WTF for viewers at the time, but aside from it being a great story, what made the end of the Caves of Androzani such a big cliffhanger? At that time, regeneration was old hat to the Who fans, and Baker II didn't try to choke a biatch until the next episode.
 
2012-11-22 06:34:06 PM
I'm going to assume that the list is in reverse order and that #20 is actually #1.

Actually, I only glanced over the rest of the list, I was just looking for Best of Both Worlds.
 
2012-11-22 06:34:06 PM

Mad_Radhu: FirstNationalBastard: I'd say better Doctor Who cliffhangers include The Tenth Planet ep. 4 and Caves of Androzani ep. 4.

...and Best of Both Worlds is only #20?

And how could a shiatty Voyager episode make the list, while no DS9 episodes did? The finale of season 6 was great... Dax was dead, Sisko was gone... way better than anything on Voyager.

I can see the end of the Tenth Planet being a huge WTF for viewers at the time, but aside from it being a great story, what made the end of the Caves of Androzani such a big cliffhanger? At that time, regeneration was old hat to the Who fans, and Baker II didn't try to choke a biatch until the next episode.


I say because of the snarky ending.

However, Caves 3 might have been a better choice.
 
2012-11-22 06:49:57 PM

Arn_Dee: I'm still waiting to find out what happens to Jubal Early.


Whedon says he survived.

speaking of unresolved series ending cliffhangers

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"For a minute there, I thought I was in trouble."
 
2012-11-22 06:50:32 PM
There were some pretty good episodes in that list. "The Incident" may be my favorite cliff-hanger. Say what you will about the rest of the show, but that ending had me dying to find out what was going to happen next.

Farscape had a bunch of good cliff-hangers. I was just thinking about popping those DVDs in again....
 
2012-11-22 06:53:15 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-22 06:53:57 PM
Good list, the only other one that hasn't been mentioned in the thread I can think of is Knight Rider when Goliath took out KITT. My pre then mind was blown!
 
2012-11-22 06:54:29 PM
The season 4 finale of Farscape -- "Bad Timing" was the most aggravating cliffhanger, if only because they cancelled the series immediately afterward.
www.johnaeryn.com

/Loved the series.
//And thankfully, The Peacekeeper Wars tied up some of the loose ends.
 
2012-11-22 06:58:33 PM

Boudyro: Good list, the only other one that hasn't been mentioned in the thread I can think of is Knight Rider when Goliath took out KITT. My pre then mind was blown!


"Pre-teen."

/stupid auto correct.
 
2012-11-22 07:04:10 PM

BronyMedic: Wow. Macross' The Messengers made it onto there? Talk about obscure, meaningful Anime episodes.


How is that obscure? Robotech was huge.

That Battlestar Galactica episode they reference was also about the point in the series that I started to wonder what I was watching. It seemed like a cop-out after everything leading up to it.
 
2012-11-22 07:08:47 PM

JakeStone: simplicimus: Bondith: Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense

Yes.

Good.


Humanity is not ready for immortality.
 
2012-11-22 07:10:01 PM
What are 17 shows I've never seen, Alex? Can no longer consider myself a geek even if I work in software.
 
2012-11-22 07:12:41 PM

Bondith: Z'ha'dum.

"Jump!"

/only thing Kosh ever said that made any goddamn sense


"The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote."
 
2012-11-22 07:16:13 PM

swahnhennessy: How is that obscure? Robotech was huge.


Yes. Robotech is. The meaning of that Episode is TOTALLY different in the original Macross Saga than it is in the Robotech series. That's the episode which sets the stage for the only reason humanity isn;t annihilated when Boddole Zer's main fleet folds into Earth orbit at the end of it and in the movies. It's also the reason why the UN Spacy in the later series spreads out to every planet they can possibly colonize - to keep humanity from being glassed on Earth again

/nerdout.

Snarfangel: The season 4 finale of Farscape -- "Bad Timing" was the most aggravating cliffhanger, if only because they cancelled the series immediately afterward.
[www.johnaeryn.com image 572x354]

/Loved the series.
//And thankfully, The Peacekeeper Wars tied up some of the loose ends.


They've actually continued it past the Peacekeeper wars through the comics using the actual likenesses of the original characters. I've heard it's pretty good. Turns Scorpio into a pretty interesting anti-hero at times.
 
2012-11-22 07:16:23 PM

FarkerSnow: What are 17 shows I've never seen, Alex? Can no longer consider myself a geek even if I work in software.


So which three shows have you seen? I'll wager a guess and say TNG, Voyager, and...X-files?
 
2012-11-22 07:24:26 PM
Would have thought the last 5 minutes of the angel series would have been the best cliff hanger of the series
 
2012-11-22 07:33:44 PM
Maybe you have to be a certain age to want these on the list, but there were some pretty good multi-part episodes on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman (notably "Kill Oscar", the Fembot arc that crossed between series) and also The Incredible Hulk ("Mystery Man", "Prometheus", "The First"). Also, the entire original "V" miniseries was left unresolved for "The Final Battle" and there were cliffhanger endings within each miniseries (such as the birth scene).
 
2012-11-22 07:39:05 PM
Quantum Leap?

Dallas?
 
2012-11-22 07:43:02 PM
who made it law that these articles have to be written by those born after 1980 that are unaware the world existed before 1960, and where can i go to slap that lawmaker upside the head?

thats why some children think rap, hip hop and dubstep is great music. no one ever bothered to expose them to recorded music from wayyyyyy back when. and they are too lazy to do for themselves. you choose to go through life ignorant as hell some people are going to point out you know little to nothing.
 
2012-11-22 07:49:30 PM

hawcian: FarkerSnow: What are 17 shows I've never seen, Alex? Can no longer consider myself a geek even if I work in software.

So which three shows have you seen? I'll wager a guess and say TNG, Voyager, and...X-files?


Close, TNG, X-Files, and Twin Peaks. Still unsure how I feel about David Lynch, and Scully's wardrobe through the first few seasons.
 
2012-11-22 07:51:13 PM

FarkerSnow: What are 17 shows I've never seen, Alex? Can no longer consider myself a geek even if I work in software.


No, you can. Most of those shows are watched by faux-geeks... you know the type...
 
2012-11-22 07:58:10 PM
What? No "SeaQuest DSV: Splashdown?
 
2012-11-22 08:03:45 PM

texdent: Dallas?


The only way that qualifies as sci-fi is that Bobby Ewing's apparent death created a dimensional rift between Dallas and Knots Landing. The entire season of Dallas in which Bobby Ewing was dead was revealed to have been a dream, but Knots Landing apparently stayed in the "dream" universe for seven more seasons and there were no further crossovers because of the discontinuity. Gary and Valene Ewing will appear in the next season of the TNT continuation of Dallas (with Bobby alive, obviously) and how the writers reconcile things is anyone's guess.
 
2012-11-22 08:11:22 PM
The list fails and fails hard right from the get go.
 
2012-11-22 08:17:51 PM
17. Farscape, "Die Me, Dichotomy"
19. Babylon 5, "Zha'dum"


Nice

This io9 flashback originally appeared back in September 2010.

Not nice.
 
2012-11-22 08:31:24 PM
Dr Samuel Becket never returned home

/actually the worst
 
2012-11-22 08:43:05 PM
We have to go back, Kate! We have to go back!
 
2012-11-22 08:54:23 PM

FarkerSnow: hawcian: FarkerSnow: What are 17 shows I've never seen, Alex? Can no longer consider myself a geek even if I work in software.

So which three shows have you seen? I'll wager a guess and say TNG, Voyager, and...X-files?

Close, TNG, X-Files, and Twin Peaks. Still unsure how I feel about David Lynch, and Scully's wardrobe through the first few seasons.


Farscape is on Netflix. You should be able to devour the series before the new year. Go now.
 
2012-11-22 09:15:46 PM
List fails for not having Knight Rider crash head-on into Goliath.

www.dvdactive.com
 
2012-11-22 09:50:17 PM
"WE HAVE TO GO BACK!"
 
2012-11-22 09:50:22 PM
The BSG 'Lay Down Your Burdens' cliffhanger should have been number one. After that the show kind of went off the rails. It was always good if sometimes slow or just flat out weird, but it never again hit that high point.
 
2012-11-22 09:52:35 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Would have thought the last 5 minutes of the angel series would have been the best cliff hanger of the series


Pretty much this.

I'm as big of a Buffy/Angel fanboy as they come but I wouldn't have rated Angel's "Tomorrow" as #2 on this list. He's the main character of the series - it's not like they're going to leave him down there. I understand the Cordy bit too, but the fact she "knew" she was destined/bound or whatever for being on a higher plane and actually let it happen and abandoning Angel was, in my opinion, completely out of character and just had that "we need a nice way to get Cordy out of the picture for a while" feel to it. Thus the cliffhanger isn't as extreme as it seems.

Personally, I'd swap this with their #20.
 
2012-11-22 09:58:21 PM
At some point we will understand that these lists are not, or should not be, considered a countdown list. They are an aggregation of some individual's world view or a poorly conceived opinion seeker "poll" run by an intern.
 
2012-11-22 10:09:00 PM

AtlanticCoast63: The BSG 'Lay Down Your Burdens' cliffhanger should have been number one. After that the show kind of went off the rails. It was always good if sometimes slow or just flat out weird, but it never again hit that high point.


There were some truly epic beyond epic moments on that show. The scene where the raptors jump into the Cylon fleet in "Last Gleeming of Kobol", the heroic end of Pegasus, and most of the scenes with Helo surviving on a nuked Caprica were some of my favorites.
 
2012-11-22 10:33:05 PM
I'd replace ST:VOY with something from DS9. Doctor Who cliffhangers never really register with me - must be the fact that there are as many Deus Ex Machinas and ass-pulls as there are cast members.

Adventure Time is a really dark and weird sci-fi fantasy disguised as a kid's show.
 
2012-11-22 11:02:44 PM
TIme's Arrow from Next Generation 

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-22 11:03:26 PM
The X-Files cliffhanger where Scully reported to the oversight board that Mulder had committed suicide was a better one. That was a looooong summer.
 
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