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#21 Anders

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 11:35 AM

"Breaking Bad" returns TONIGHT! It's been a long year waiting to see what's going on with Walt, Jesse, Gus, et al. in the ABQ. Pretty excited.

A couple articles to peruse to get you in the "Breaking Bad" mood.

Newsweek on season 4: "TV's Most Dangerous Show"

New York Times: "The Dark Art of Breaking Bad"


To say I'm excited about this is an understatement. BREAKING BAD is one of my favourite narratives at the moment, in any medium.

#22 M. Leary

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 01:57 PM

To say I'm excited about this is an understatement. BREAKING BAD is one of my favourite narratives at the moment, in any medium.


Likewise, but I am nervous. The last sequence for this show is bound to be a high water mark. Right? Can't imagine a more alarming use of a Pontiac Aztec.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:36 PM

Likewise, but I am nervous. The last sequence for this show is bound to be a high water mark. Right? Can't imagine a more alarming use of a Pontiac Aztec.


HAHA! Nice.

I'm not really nervous, there is honestly no group of writers in TV right now that I trust as much as Vince Gilligan & co. (Well, I reckon I trust the "Mad Men" writers just as much.)

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:02 PM

The Ballad of Heisenberg

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 11:19 PM

Wow. Season 4 opened with a bang. I have no idea where the season is gonna go, but I feel like the possibilities are endless. Already feels like it's gonna be a good season.

I halfway guessed the "shocking" moment that occurred a little over half way through the episode, but that didn't diminish its effect on me. Yikes!

So glad that
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Two of the best characters on a show that is literally full of rich characters.

What'd everyone else think?

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:47 AM

I enjoyed it, if you can call sitting on edge for an hour "enjoying it." But it is. It's a pleasure to watch this show. The creators on this show know how to bring the tension every episode.

Walt is already back to his denial, attempting to make excuses for everything he has done. Aaron Paul does a great job at portraying Jesse's situation with very few words.

At first it didn't feel like much happened this episode, but
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:52 PM

I decided to finally catch up with this show a few weeks ago, and I'm 3 episodes from the end of the second season right now. Cranston is great, and is definitely has its moments, but I haven't been as impressed as I was expecting. The thing I don't like is how dead-end a lot of the storylines are: something happens (Tuco kidnaps them, Hank goes to El Paso, Jesse meets the junkies and their kid), there's conflict and maybe a few lessons, but by the end of each arc, the characters basically go back to where they were before, and nothing (story-wise) has really been risked. There aren't "can't go back from here" moments, though there is definitely potential for them, and maybe they'll happen later in the series--it seems like Walt's remission is pushing him toward a change in his character, where the meth becomes what he wants to do, rather than what he thinks he has to do. But I'm in the middle of that storyline, so I'll have to watch and see where it goes.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:59 PM

I finished the second season tonight, and I'm satisfied. I still think the early episodes are kind of slow and start-and-stop, but it really comes together in the finale.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 05:47 PM

Saul Goodman looks like a young Barry Zuckercorn.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:37 AM

Interesting news here. I am typically against dragging things out to multiple seasons, and have a hard time seeing this show be as good on a different network.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:32 PM

Mike, I was pretty disheartened to read that article, too, coupled with a couple of the other recent media pieces about AMC's lineup. The idea of Gilligan/Sony having to shop the show around is one thing-- Matt Weiner did the same thing to drive up the asking price for MAD MEN last go-round-- but the fact that AMC's scaling back the per-episode expenditures on BREAKING BAD and the zombie show. I wonder whether the increased cost of putting on MAD MEN is to blame-- I tend, fairly or not, to see AMC like a professional sports team working under a salary cap, and so I don't like to think of MAD MEN getting the Peyton Manning money while everybody else has to rework their deal. On a bigger front, I hope this doesn't signal a trend that AMC's business model isn't working.

Or maybe I should say it another way: I hope that AMC is able to adjust its business model without having to forego the dramatic ground they've carved out. I'm dying to cut the cable TV cord, but AMC is holding me in there. I could get an iTunes season pass of BB or MM for about $30, which is between 33% and 50% of a month's worth of cable, but I'd save a good bit more than money.

On topic, I've been pleased with how the season's played out thus far. I love the way in which the writers bring new, urgent dramatic tension to Walt's situation in new and unforeseen ways. Every time he thinks there's an escape, he's disabused of that idea. Meanwhile, his fetid stench spreads outward, now thoroughly infecting his quasi-wife and drawing her into his language of lies. That moment on Sunday where Walt in the dress rehearsal fake-apologized to Skylar for dragging her through this, and she momentarily thought it was a real apology-- the first one he'd ever deigned to make, that blameless provider-of-income-and-security--and she paused, and for a moment words actually stood for their real meaning, and not for some expedient way to a end, but then it was clear that he was still lying, but this time in collaboration with her, instead of to her. That's great drama.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:54 PM

I watched "Fly," from near the end of the third season, last night. It was a fun bottle episode and a nice change of pace. It was also fun to see that Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper (one of these days)) directed it.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:56 PM

I watched "Fly," from near the end of the third season, last night. It was a fun bottle episode and a nice change of pace. It was also fun to see that Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper (one of these days)) directed it.


We recently finished the third season, and for all the adrenaline you'll find in "One Minute" and the final two episodes, "Fly" might be my favorite. It's the one that best captures what the show is really about: The teacher and the pupil, stuck in a room together, driving each other crazy, putting all their monstrosity and humanity on display for us to see.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:43 PM

I like Michael Clayton to begin with, but I would have liked it more if it was about a different Mike. (sort-of spoiler if you haven't watched the third season.)

[edit] Just finished the third season. I didn't think this would ever happen, but I might be ready to get on board with the "better than The Wire" argument.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:07 AM

Has AMC had too much success too soon?


This article about Frank Darabont's dismissal from "The Walking Dead" considers some of the odd decisions made by AMC.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 01:06 AM

http://latimesblogs....amc-sony-1.html






After almost losing one of its signature shows, cable network AMC has signed a new deal for 16 episodes to keep its critically acclaimed "Breaking Bad."



For weeks, AMC and Sony Television, the studio behind the drama about an ailing high school teacher who turns to selling crystal meth to make ends meet, had been bickering over a new deal for a fifth and final season of the show. Talks got so bad that Sony actually shopped the show to other cable networks including News Corp.'s FX.



One of the issues over the show was costs and how many episodes would be produced for the final season. Sony wanted 13 episodes, whereas AMC was hoping to order just half a dozen or so in a cost-saving move.



Although AMC has ordered 16 episodes, it is not likely it will air the episodes as one season. Instead, the cable channel is expected to space the episodes out over the next few years. AMC said production on the last 16 would start next year but declined to comment on when they would air. The fourth season is currently underway.



It is not out of the realm of possibility that "Breaking Bad" will not air on AMC at all in 2012 and instead will return in 2013 and wrap up in 2014. AMC did not bring "Mad Men" back this year, choosing instead to start the next season in early 2012.



Part of the reason a network would do that is that typically the cost of producing the show does not have to be accounted for on the books until the episodes are run. AMC premiered the new series "The Killing" this year and brought back "Breaking Bad." Keeping "Mad Men" off this year, even though production has just started on the new season, will mean lower programming expenses, according to an executive at a rival cable network that carries a heavy load of original programming, who did not want to comment publicly about a competitor.



The difficulty in sealing a deal on "Breaking Bad" coupled with budget cuts on AMC's biggest hit "The Walking Dead" -- which also led to the departure of that drama's showrunner Frank Darabont -- has been the subject of much talk in Hollywood. AMC executives have denied that its lucrative deal for "Mad Men" showrunner Matt Weiner to stay on that show for a few more seasons is the cause of the financial issues at the other shows. However, AMC, a unit of AMC Networks, has declined to elaborate on why Darabont left "The Walking Dead" or what the issues were in cutting a new deal for "Breaking Bad."




Looks like Breaking Bad will run for five seasons.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 09:35 AM

Another story on the renewal, this one from AMC's blog.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 11:29 AM

Anyone watch last night's episode, "Shotgun"?

I feel like some big season story arcs finally left the harbor and set sail last night.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

Anyone watch last night's episode, "Shotgun"?

I feel like some big season story arcs finally left the harbor and set sail last night.

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I knew this season would take a while to get going, since they blew up so many storylines at the end of last season. It does feel like it's finally getting some momentum now, though. The Wire had some good slow-building scenes, and so did Rubicon.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:28 PM

The ending of last night's episode was like Police, Adjective meets Columbo.