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Old September 27 2013, 05:33 AM   #646
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Re: Breaking Bad Final Half Season

I'll be gearing up for Better Call Saul and The Adventures of Huell
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Old September 27 2013, 05:55 AM   #647
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Damages had a fantastic first season, an okay seasond season and a somewhat interesting third season. Now I'm on season 4 and I've been stuck there all year. I can't finish it because it's so boring.
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Old September 27 2013, 07:16 AM   #648
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What are we all going to do come Monday when there is never anymore Breaking Bad again?

I'm thinking about taking up drinking, or maybe some meth.
I've already taken up drinking.

I'll be focusing my attention in Survivor and South Park. I'm still a big fan of both and have neglected them this past week.

I will be at a wedding this weekend and have a long drive on Sunday, do I might not see the finale until the second showing or god forbid, Monday. I hope I can make it back on time though. Either way, I can't wait.
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Old September 27 2013, 02:27 PM   #649
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Hmm, TheGodBen, maybe I'll give House of Cards another try if you take Orange is the New Black for another spin? The pilot is a good starting point, but the episodes after show the world coming together in a way I didn't expect. The inmates are brilliantly characterised, and there are excellent moments of drama and humour.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't think Orange was a bad show at all, it seemed quite good from what I saw. I just wasn't interested in that world or the story it was trying to tell. I had a similar reaction to Mad Men, which I could tell from the first episodes was a fantastic show, but I had no interest in continuing with it past the third episode.


The Shield is another great anti-hero show in a similar vein to Breaking Bad, but it has a slow start. I felt that the first season tried too hard to be edgy, and the show was very episodic for the first couple of years, but once it gets going it's an amazing ride. It also has one of the best endings for any show I've seen.

The Wire should be shown in schools. It's that good.

I'll also throw out a recommendation for Boardwalk Empire. It's pacing is glacially slow at times, but the show does an incredible job of recreating 1920s America and has a diverse cast that support several running plots at a time. It's not so much a gangster show as it is an examination of life during that time period centred around gangsters.
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Old September 27 2013, 05:20 PM   #650
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Re: Breaking Bad Final Half Season

quick poll

will Walt survive? yes or no
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Old September 27 2013, 05:26 PM   #651
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Yes and no.
He will survive up until a certain point and then he won't.
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Old September 27 2013, 08:24 PM   #652
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Vince Gilligan had some interesting things to say about his characters in a Q&A in the L.Times today. All of this pertains to stuff we have already seen so no spoilers.

His take on Walt's feelings about "family": (for any who thought Walt's reaction to Hank's death had more to do with losing his drug empire than feelings for Hank)
The (writer's) big question for Walt is, "Do I kill my brother-in-law or do I not?" But we didn't discuss that for more than a minute or two in the great scheme of things. Our guts told us that Walt wouldn't kill Hank. It wasn't that we were afraid that Walt would be too unlikable. It's just that you have a certain understanding of the character, and mine was he would never do that. He would never actually harm a family member.
This implies that Walt's turning in Jesse out in the desert was based on the heat of the moment and not a lasting hatred:
He (Walt) lost the battle to save his brother-in-law, who is dead right there before his eyes. He's lost all his money. He's as low as he's ever been in his entire life. He can't strike back. He's completely impotent. He's lying there in a depthless misery, and he starts to snap out of it. He realizes he's staring at Jesse Pinkman hiding under that car. And in that moment, I think he's focusing all his loss, misery and rage on Jesse.
As for redemption for Walt:
Redemption is in the eye of the viewer. I can tell you, as writers, we didn't set out to damn or redeem anyone.
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I don't think there's any redemption for Walter White, but that doesn't mean he has to go out in a sulfurous cloud of ignominy. It remains to be seen if he goes out standing on his feet or lying on his back.
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Old September 28 2013, 03:08 AM   #653
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Just saw the Conan episode that was dedicated to Breaking Bad and it was great! It had the entire cast. I thought that Giancarlo Esposito should have been there but he wasn't.

Some highlights...

- Bob Odenkirk was a writer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien back in 1993 - 94.

- Jonathan Banks is just as scary and intimidating as his character Mike. I don't think he was acting when he played Mike.

- Los Cuates de Sinaloa played their song "Negro Y Azul (The Ballad of Heisenberg)".



- Then there's this...

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Old September 28 2013, 03:58 AM   #654
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I Always thought that the cartel house band song was a great touch for the show
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Old September 28 2013, 04:13 AM   #655
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Mike came off as a real asshole in real life...
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Old September 28 2013, 04:32 AM   #656
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I've personally only seen Jonathan Banks in one other interview-type situation other than the Conan episode (which may be evidence that he disdains interviews, or maybe just hasn't been asked to give many due to playing almost exclusively supporting roles in his career, or maybe just that I don't watch enough TV).

It was fairly recent, one of those "catch 'em on the red carpet outside the pavilion" deals, with Bob Odenkirk as co-interviewee. Banks displayed a kind of bemused stand-offishness then, too, but I interpreted it as a reaction to Odenkirk, who was jumping on every question, talking a mile a minute and not really allowing Banks to get a word in edgewise.

Of course, it was pure assumption on my part that Banks actually wanted to get a word in edgewise.
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Old September 28 2013, 04:36 AM   #657
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Jonathan Banks is a really nice guy. Check out this. He also did an interview with the AV Club where the interviewer's five year old daughter wanted to ask him a question and he answered it in the sweetest way possible.
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Old September 28 2013, 04:52 AM   #658
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Orange Is The New Black is a fine show but it's no Breaking Bad.

Only show on right now even in the same ballpark is GoT.
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Old September 28 2013, 05:03 AM   #659
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Damages had a fantastic first season, an okay seasond season and a somewhat interesting third season. Now I'm on season 4 and I've been stuck there all year. I can't finish it because it's so boring.
The 4th and 2nd are the weakest. The 5th gets better.
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Old September 28 2013, 05:37 AM   #660
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Honestly, I think Breaking Bad has ruined television for me. Every show I ever watch from now on will have to be compared to it, and no show can ever measure up.
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