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Old 08-02-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Breaking Bad

As far as I know there is no thread on the notorious Heisenberg, and with the show coming to a close, (final 8 episodes start August 11th), I figure some of us might want to discuss the exploits of one, Walter H. White.

I suppose I'll also throw out "if you don't wish to be spoiled look away"...
I'm gonna make this a SPOILER thread.

Vince Gilligan, (who used to be a writer/producer on The X-Files) has really captured lightning in a bottle by creating this show. Watching a man go from a "mister rogers" type chemistry teacher to "A1 drug lord" has been SO riveting to me.

I'm just about up to date (saw Jessie and Walt rob the train in season five) with only a few episodes till I'm completely caught up... and I have to say "holy ****ing **** man!" Wow! What an incredible series! Ranks among my very favorites.

Any Breaking Bad fiends out there? Can't get enough of that "blue sky"?
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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AMAZING show but I have only seen seasons 1 & 2. Season 2 got a bit too bogged down in soap-opera drama but friends have told me that things get better again in Season 3.

My brother-in-law bought me a DVD set of season 1 & 2 as a gift because he likes the show and figured that I would, too. Boy, was he right. It's GREAT!
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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AMAZING show but I have only seen seasons 1 & 2. Season 2 got a bit too bogged down in soap-opera drama but friends have told me that things get better again in Season 3.

I agree, there is a bit of a lull in season 2 (its my least favorite season).

If you dissect breaking bad like its just a really long movie, season three is like page 60 in the script. The sh!t hits the fan man. Things get set in motion that change everything...

Wait till you see this guy "Mike". Oh man.

I'm sad to see the show go, but on the same token I'm glad that they went in with a definite plan. 5 seasons is just the perfect amount before a TV show loses it punch I think. And Gilligan knew from the start they were only doing five seasons and had a clear story arc to tell in those 5 seasons.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #4
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Wait till you see this guy "Mike". Oh man.
Heh, a friend of mine said the exact, same thing! I recently bought Season 3 from iTunes. Gotta watch it but the show is too addictive...

Worth mentioning is that, characters who I hated at the beginning turned around to become the ones I cared for. That's good story-telling.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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This was the first TV show I have watched in years, and I am hooked. Like a series it does get a bit 'out-there" like when Walt takes downt he entire Mexican Drug cartel.... I am excited to see the end and I am glad they are ending it As Jessie would Say B*ITCH!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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Like a series it does get a bit 'out-there" like when Walt takes downt he entire Mexican Drug cartel....

I believe Gus (mr. chicken man) took out the cartel... Pollos Hermanos
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:40 AM   #7
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Season 5 is now on Netflix in case anybody wants to catch up.

Last year I watched the first 3 seasons in a couple of months, and then 2 days before season 5 started, Netflix put season 4 up. I watched the entire season 4 in about a day! I had to so I would be ready for the starting of season 5!
This is one great show! I can't wait for the 2nd half of season 5 to start back up again!
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:44 PM   #8
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So about last night... how about Hank layin' Walt out on the ground with one punch?

Jessie makin' it rain... *****!

Thought it was a well executed episode.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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Tread lightly.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:57 AM   #10
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Breaking Bad oh man...

Having read many statements saying "movies are dead, cable television is the future" over and over, I decided to finally try and catch up with the many cable shows I never got around to seeing. The first show I decided to do this with was Breaking Bad...it was one best decisions I ever made. I was hooked. The pilot alone I found myself on the edge of my seat, laughing out loud and more emotionally invested in the story and characters than 95% of movies I've seen released in the past 10 years. Even the visuals, from the cinematography, editing, camera compositions etc, often felt like a great cinematic epic than it did television.

The story, a high-school chemistry teacher who enters the meth trade, was a truly great idea that hadn't been beat to death. The acting is also phenomenal. Bryan Cranston gives maybe the most convincing "transformation" I've seen on screen, giving one of the coolest and most in-depth characters ever. Who knew the father from Malcolm in the Middle had this much acting range? The other characters are great too though, I think my favorite might be Saul Goodman.

I've since caught up or at least seen a little of most every other acclaim television show out there from Mad Men to Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead(which I loathe), even catching up with older shows like The Sopranos and The Wire and I have to say Breaking Bad is truly the best out there. I think its even passed Lynch's Twin Peaks for being my favorite tv show. I caught up with Breaking Bad earlier this year, but I regret not seeing it even earlier when it first aired. I'm just thankful I've got to experience it while there's new episodes left to air.

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I agree, there is a bit of a lull in season 2 (its my least favorite season).

If you dissect breaking bad like its just a really long movie, season three is like page 60 in the script. The sh!t hits the fan man. Things get set in motion that change everything...

Wait till you see this guy "Mike". Oh man.

Huh, strange, the 2nd season(along with the first) are actually my favorite. I don't recall there being "soap-opera" drama, and I love a lot of great "singular" episodes, like the one where Walt and Jesse are stranded in the RV, or when Jesse tries to get the money back from that family (which memorably with the ATM), or the introduction of Saul Goodman etc. The other seasons are good too, the ending to Season 4 in particular more thrilling than pretty much anything I've ever seen on tv, but I prefer going back to the first two seasons where there was a little less at stake and there was a more sense of "fun" to the series. I especially loved seeing Walt as a teacher and then seeing him implementing what he taught at his class in the crime world! The only flaw I have about the entire series though is that the finale of season 2 is maybe a tad unrealistic and over-the-top, then again in our post-9/11 world, maybe it isn't.

I agree about Mike though! He's actually introduced at the end of Season 2 however.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:09 PM   #11
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in reguards to the episode that just ended (Sept 1st)

Aww Jessie, you poor sonofa*****...
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #12
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Which Breaking Bad Character are you.

Apparently, I'm Badger...which means nothing to me, because I haven't even seen one episode.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #13
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Apparently, I'm Badger...which means nothing to me, because I haven't even seen one episode.

Haven't seen any either. Had no idea what it was about until I caught a few words on this thread.

Every time I read the words 'Breaking Bad' it makes me think of those posters that were around for something called Twilight: Breaking Wind.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #14
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Which Breaking Bad Character are you.

Apparently, I'm Badger...which means nothing to me, because I haven't even seen one episode.

But you recently spent 3 hours talking about Babylon 5, so it's pretty accurate.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:01 PM   #15
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I think you're confusing me with someone else.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #16
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But you recently spent 3 hours talking about Babylon 5, so it's pretty accurate.

Hahahaha!!! That was the best line of the episode.

Now that the show is on its way down the dark path of death it's nice of the writers to put in some levity, whenever possible.

Things are getting pretty Shakespearian in the ABQ
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #17
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Man, what a bore.

This show continues to just spin its wheels in its final few episodes.

Hopefully something will actually HAPPEN in the final two episodes, unlike the last snoozefests.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:51 PM   #18
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Man, what a bore.

This show continues to just spin its wheels in its final few episodes.

Hopefully something will actually HAPPEN in the final two episodes, unlike the last snoozefests.

Dry martinis all around, then?

It's a very impressive show, but I confess one that I won't miss, particularly. I started watching the series in spring of 2013, and while its narrative drive is considerable - the urge to want to watch more when an episode ends is inescapable - I haven't rewatched any episodes and don't really expect to in the future. I suspect that's because I find the show somewhat insular, or at least limited, likely as a result of its strong focus on a single character and its taking place within such a brief span of time.

That said, I'm very curious about how they're going to wrap things up in the remaining 2.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:57 PM   #19
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IS there 1 or 2 more?

I disagree.... I think they are going full tilt and with the foreshadowing (the M60) I am excited about the end. I am glad they are killing it now and not trying to drain a few more seasons (Dexter...)
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:49 PM   #21
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Dry martinis all around, then?

Yeah he's definitely being sarcastic; as much happened on Ozymandias this Sunday as what has happened in the previous 4 1/2 seasons.

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I haven't rewatched any episodes and don't really expect to in the future. I suspect that's because I find the show somewhat insular, or at least limited, likely as a result of its strong focus on a single character and its taking place within such a brief span of time.

Interesting you should mentioned this, as AMC announced recently they will be green-lighting "Better Call Saul".

Even if that show doesn't quite turn out like Fraiser, I'm watching every episode!
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:11 PM   #22
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Gilligan (the creator) has said that his favorite episode of the entire series is "Ozymandias"... so I don't know how you could interpret that for the final two we have yet to see...

Oh yeah and the final two episodes are being extended for a 75 min run time (including commercials.)

and then there's this...


for no good reason.
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Heartbreaking. I watched the clip of him on "Price is Right". He was only over in his showcase guess by a hundred bucks and change.

Came SO close!!!

But he probably would have would up just tossing the winnings out his car window, so.....
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:07 AM   #24
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Breaking Bad finally won the Emmy last night for best drama series.

Going out on top...

1 episode left to go till it's all over.
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Love the Build up! doing a great job.
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