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April 28 2010

20 great "all seems lost" moments from science fiction/fantasy! Another list featuring Buffy and Serenity.

pretty good list, but i absolutely cannot believe that they chose "exodus: part two" for BSG. "kobol's last gleaming: part two," the season one finale, meets the criteria WAY more.
Oh, goodie, since I've never saw the original ST series, I finally understood the "Khaaaaan" reference.
I think the scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers is far and away the best "All is Lost" moment.
pretty good list, but i absolutely cannot believe that they chose "exodus: part two" for BSG. "kobol's last gleaming: part two," the season one finale, meets the criteria WAY more.
kefka | April 28, 06:28 CET


I actually would have chosen Lay Your Burdens Down, pt2. It's hard to think of a more chilling image than .... uum, the last scene in that ep (haven't ever learned to use invisitext and if anyone has yet to experience the awesomeness that is BSG, I wouldn't want to ruin that moment).

Pretty good list.
Yay! B5 mention!

The all-is-lost moment is one of my very favorite literary techniques, because it allows for the last-minute snatching of victory from the jaws of defeat. The book version of the Lord of the Rings has my very favorite, at the broken gates of Minas Tirith: the defenders are running, the gate has been broken, Denethor's gone crazy and is about to burn Faramir alive, and Gandalf is about to throw down with the Nazgul (and probably won't win). And then...
For "All Is Lost Until There's A Montage!" I would have added the scene from Dark City where you see the memories implanted in Murdock.
What about every season ending of Farscape?
Interesting list ... It's nice to see some novels mentioned, along with the TV shows--especially since the novels in question (The Gone-Away World and The Knife of Never Letting Go) are two of my favorite recent sci-fi novels.

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