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November 24 2012

The 20 best cliffhangers ever shown on science fiction or fantasy tv. You'll find one or two Whedonverse gems in IO9's list of 20. Good hunting!

Yes, yes, and more yes. :D

Sorry, got carried away. The Lich was a totally mindscrew though.
Love all the Whedon-shows mentioned, although I was surprised they mentioned Tomorrow for Angel instead of Not Fade Away, which is IMO one of the best cliffhangers ever - I guess they're not counting the comics as continuing the series, but the fact that it's a cliffhanger doesn't change even had it never been resolved... series can end on a cliffhanger, no?

But I have to admit they're right on the ball with 'The Best of Both Worlds' as #1.

Patrick Stewart slowly walks into view, revealed as having been completely assimilated:
'I am Locutis of Borg... resistance is futile... your life as it has been is over... from this time forward, you will service ... us.

long beat as everyone absorbs that...

Riker: Mr. Worf... Fire!

Best. Cliffhanger. Ever.

[ edited by sathena99 on 2012-11-25 02:41 ]
I think a lot can be said (and has been said) about how NFA's ending is not a cliffhanger - and not because the show ends, not counting the comics. I'm not surprised it didn't make the list.
As well as the stunning "Zha'dum" cliffhanger, there's two others that stick in my mind.

The Season 1 finale of Stargate SG1, it was like how are they going to get out of this. And the Season 2 finale of The 4400 where there were 10 zillion cliffhanger moments in the last 5 minutes.
I remember screaming at the telly a whole lot for Farscape - that had crazy cliffhangers every season. These of course, always feeling incredibly sadistic due to the whole will-it-won't-it be renewed thing.
I would go with Becoming Part 2 as the better Buffy cliffhanger. Buffy killed Angel (I cried).

I prefer season 4 cliffhanger for Supernatural - Dean tries to stop Sam and fails - the Devil. That one really got me.

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