Breaking Bad Final Half Season

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Chuck Finley, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. DalekJim

    DalekJim Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    That isn't really being debated. I just contest that Walt was "evil", as pretty much everything he does in the finale is the opposite of that. It really dumbs the show down if people view Walt as evil and "the baddie". It's so much more interesting than that. Seeing people act like he's Michael Myers or Emperor Palpatine bothers me, and it's largely a view from people who have only recently jumped on to the show.

    I think the only characters in the show that could be considered truly evil, would be the Nazis that weren't Todd. Even he'd show a bit of humanity now and again.
     
  2. bigdaddy

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    Of course the show is more complex than evil or not, but saying Walt isn't that bad of a guy because in the finale he protected his family from gangsters that would have never been in his before the meth, saved Jesse after wanting him dead and blah blah is just silly.
     
  3. Borgminister

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    As far as Walt goes, I can see what you're saying to a point.

    Todd is a sociopath pure and simple.

    Nothing personal, indeed. :eek:
     
  4. J.T.B.

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    Not simply because he's a junkie, he's also a murderer. Hank is callous about Jesse, true, in a way a lot of people in law enforcement become callous. But as he sees it Jesse arrived at that point because of his own choices, not anything Hank did, nor was Hank forcing him to do anything.

    Hank's and Gomie's deaths and Jesse's imprisonment are a direct result of Walter White's criminality, vengefulness, ego and greed. Hank reacted to that, and it can indeed be said that his reaction was wrong. But it was a reaction, not the cause.
     
  5. Nagisa Furukawa

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    Well, he may be a sociopath but I'm astonished at the amount of people who think he's Gregor Clegane, a two-dimensional killing machine who only kills for personal, sadistic pleasure. It's pretty clear to me that while Todd has no qualms about ending someone else's life, he's someone who does it because he's desperate for the approval of some authority figure who can tell him that he did well. He killed the kid because he thought it would show him as being responsible and reliable to his superiors. Same reason for Andrea, just different superiors. He only decides to help kill Walt once he figures out it would have Lydia's consent. Uncle Jack, Walt, Lydia, hell, even Jesse when he brings him ice cream. He doesn't give a fuck if Jesse eats ice cream; he just wants approval from someone, acknowledgement that he's not such a bad guy. Doesn't make him a nice person, but it's more characterization and humanizing qualities than any of the other Nazis are given, who ARE just caricatures there to get gunned down in finale and probably Breaking Bad's weakest characters overall for precisely that reason.

    And that makes it any less disgusting that he doesn't care if Jesse gets killed in a situation Hank put him in so long as they capture it on video camera?

    Sounds like pretty Walt-esque justification.

    ANY situation in Breaking Bad could be broken down to "reacting" to the fucked up, chaotic world they live in, be it Hank in a situation of Walt's making or Walt in a situation of Gus's or whatever. It's what choices they make IN those situations that matters; I'm not going to give someone a free pass for reaction because all action is reaction, especially in a cluterfuck of a world like the black market drug trade.

    Hank chose not to tell the DEA about Walt. Hank chose to go after Walt personally. Hank chose to specifically use Walt's vulnerable points, Jesse and the money. And it was only after those vulnerable points were threatened that Walt was backed far enough into the corner that he called the Nazis. Again, no one saying Hank is Walt 2.0, but I think it's similarly disingenuous to remove all culpability and blame from Hank's deliberate decisions, knowing the consequences could be bad for himself and the people he cares about. Like Hank, Jesse, Gus, and everyone else, Hank chose to go deeper into the city of fire and like the rest, got burned.
     
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  6. DalekJim

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    Nobody in the thread has said this. I just said that Walt wasn't pure evil, and people who thought he was have an incredibly simple interpretation of the show.
     
  7. Very good finale, though not quite the legendary episode the way T'Hajilee and Ozymandias were. It felt a little tidy and safe, but I think they were walking on eggshells a little bit because of all the finale disappointments out there.
     
  8. Enterprise is Great

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  9. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Yep. I think the key phrase in the entire article is in the first paragraph (bolding is mine for emphasis):
    The true agenda for his comments is quite clear - to ride on the coattails and unbridled popularity of a great show as a vehicle to convey the hawking of his particular "brand" of wares that probably would have, otherwise, gone generally unnoticed.

    Some people are born without arms and/or legs; Mr. Stone seems to have been born without shame.
     
  10. DalekJim

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    Very funny coming from the writer of Scarface.
     
  11. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    ^^^ :lol: I hadn't thought of that - indeed!

    Then again, like I said, I don't think he really believes the B.S. coming out of his mouth and falling on the floor about BB. He's just trying to raise awareness for his show, which will no doubt be a conspiracy-encrusted JFK-esque circle-jerk. I will probably watch it for the laugh, m'self... :lol:
     
  12. gblews

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    I was going to respond to the responses to the question I posed re: Hank, but so many have done a much better job of responding than I could have.

    Suffice it to say that though Walt's personality was very complex, he obviously loved his family (including Hank), he was still a murderous drug dealer, but who killed only bad guys. There was really no comparison between the two in terms of "darkness".

    Hank was pretty simple by comparison. Typical cop mentality; you're either one of the good guys or one of the bad. But even before he knew Walt was Hisenberg he was obsessed with catching him. To say that Hank was driven to bring Walt to justice by nothing but a thirst for vengence and anger simply isn't what was shown on screen.

    Hank would have moved heaven and earth to get Hisenberg. Finding out it was Walt did add a layer of hurt, anger, and humiliation, but that was nothing different from what any normal person would have felt under the same circumstances. And regardless of that, Hank would still have pursued Hisenberg with the same amount of fervor even if he had not truned out to be Walt -- just not without the DEA.
     
  13. Jonas Grumby

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    I think so, too. Although, seems the smart move would have been for him to flatter us Breaking Bad fans, thereby making us more inclined to view his own product favorably, than to trash it. Sour grapes over his puny-in-comparison viewership numbers, perhaps? :D
     
  14. 137th Gebirg

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    ^^^ Heh...most normal humans would do exactly that, yes. But this is Oliver Stone, who has built a respectable empire from mud-slinging and muck-raking. He seems to thrive on stirring the pot and knows no other strategy. He probably rationalizes it as an attempt to "get people thinking". I enjoyed Platoon and Any Given Sunday. All the rest of his crap, though? Feh...
     
  15. A beaker full of death

    A beaker full of death Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Sorry to join late, but...
    am I the only person who really didn't have much a of a problem with pretty much anything Walter White did at any point? Admittedly, I might be forgetting something...
     
  16. Count Zero

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    Hopefully.

    Regardless of whether you think that there was still some decency left in him or not, he was a criminal who murdered a bunch of people and strived to have a drug empire. We aren't talking about a guy who grew some cannabis plants or mushrooms in his backyard.
     
  17. FPAlpha

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    Risking the death of a small boy for his own gain isn't a problem for you?

    Walt had no idea the boy would make it, he got lucky.

    For everything else one could, and i stress could, make an argument because they were all bad people (some not so much as others) but this fact alone about Brock made him utterly irredeemable.
     
  18. A beaker full of death

    A beaker full of death Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I disagree. If he wanted to kill him he could have used the ricin. Or come up with something else. He took a calculated risk, making an educated assessment on how much Lilly of the Valley would not be fatal. Chemistry is his field, don't forget. It was a slight risk, but he certainly didn't see it as much of one, given his ego.
     
  19. Locutus of Bored

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    Empathy? Morality?
     
  20. TheGodBen

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    So you'd be cool if I were to poison your son/nephew/child that you cared about with something that caused him great distress and put him in the hospital, so long as I had a reasonable expectation that it would actually kill him? And you'd be fine with me doing that as part of a a scheme to manipulate you into becoming an accessory to murder?