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When it comes to Television, Paddy Chayevsky could not have said it better!   It’s true that sometimes we think we’d rather be spending time doing something else… Something more productive… But often we become absorbed by the power of Television… So here I am embracing this love/hate relationship we have with our TV sets.   Yes sometimes I agree with Leo Anthony Gallagher who said, “I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence!”  But sometimes, just sometimes you can be so moved, so enchanted and so touched by Television that everything else is forgivable.   For me, there have been many moments that have evoked something truly special… And changed my life forever… So many wonderful moments in Television history – Too many to mention –  So I’d like to share with you 3 favourites in recent times…  I’d also like YOU to share the moments in Television that have moved you?     I couldn’t begin to describe the moments in Cinema – so I’ll leave that for another day…

Here goes…

1). The Carousel – Mad Men

In this poignant scene from Mad Men (Season 1), Don Draper pitches his advertising campaign for the Kodak Wheel (Slide Projector).  I never tire of this scene, in fact I’ve watched it over and over again… Each time nodding my head and saying ‘yes, that’s so true!’  Maybe it’s because it reminds me of all the times we’d sit in our living room as a family, flicking through slides and memories of days gone by… We’d laugh and cry watching our family evolve… Seeing our grandparents change and our siblings grow…  The ‘Carousel’ would take us on a journey , travelling through our memories… And as Don says, “It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.” There’s no doubt the writers of the show are genius – although Mad Men is set in the 60’s, the themes and content are so relevant to todays audience.

Don Draper: Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved…

2). Ross & Rachel Finale – Friends

Does she get off the plane??    Was your heart racing like crazy when you watched the final episode of the beloved Friends?  The scene where Ross listens to his voicemail only to hear Rachel finally making the realisation that she does in fact ‘love him!’   I don’t think I’ve ever been so satisfied by a SITCOM finale!  It was that moment when you hear Rachel say, ‘I got off the plane’ that moved millions of viewers across the globe!   Finally the Ross & Rachel reunion we were all waiting for…

3). Jesse & Kyle Fight & Cliff Jump – Kyle XY

Where do I start with Kyle XY?  Every episode was enchanting… This particular scene was incredibly chilling and left all the Kyle fans on the edge of their seats… If you haven’t seen the program, then you’ll probably watch this with a huge ‘WHAT THE?’   It’s complex and too hard to explain over this blog but I strongly encourage you to watch the program.  I will not promise however that you will be satisfied in the end as millions of viewers have been heartbroken by the axing of the show.   Once I got over the denial that the show wasn’t coming back for a 4th season, I was able to accept it and realise that this show is the most beautiful television series I’ve ever seen… Elements of supernatural together with drama and comedy make this program a winner!   This is the scene featuring the beautiful ‘Save You,’ Jesses’ betrayal to Kyle and subsequent suicide.

Here’s to hoping you’ve enjoyed these 3 clips… And I can’t wait to hear about the Television moments that have changed YOUR life forever… Be sure to drop me a line…

love, light & laughter,

– Carina


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