First and foremost, I must say I am happy with all of the Breaking Bad wins, that show deserved every trophy it won tonight, but more on that later. Let’s start with the host, poor Seth he tried, he started out with some great zingers about cable television and Netflix being the most nominated shows, […]
Ask the average American under 40 what they know about President Lyndon B. Johnson and they will likely do one of two things: (1) stare at you blankly or (2) start mumbling about JFK’s assassination. Despite having a political science degree and twenty years of U.S.-based education, I know very little about President Johnson. Don’t […]
With most shows, viewers spend countless hours discussing possible endings for the series. With Breaking Bad, however, there were certain truths that had to happen and most of us were able to sit back and let Vince Gilligan and his crew lead us to salvation. As writer and director of the final show, “Felina,” Gilligan […]
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The penultimate Breaking Bad launches with Saul entering his own version of witness protection. Played by Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive), Ed sets up Saul with a new identity and then escorts him below his vacuum store cover business where Walter is also hiding out with his barrel of money and a tornado of […]
Designed to remind us of how far we’ve come, “Ozymandias” begins with a flashback. Before things got so complicated, Walter and Jesse cooked in a Winnebago in the middle of the desert. In his trademark whitey-tighties, Walter the teacher bores Jesse with his extensive knowledge of chemicals before calling Skylar with a planned story of […]
Breaking Bad is arguably one of the greatest shows on television. This week, the writing staff and creators have actually topped themselves with one of the best episodes they have ever aired. Vince Gillian once described the show as a “modern western,” and that has never been truer than in episode thirteen, “To’Hajiilee.” In this […]
The last episode ended with Jesse pouring gasoline on Walt’s carpet and soaking the living room furniture. “Rabid Dog” begins from Walt’s point-of-view as he pulls up to the house with Jesse’s car parked diagonally in the front yard. Somewhat hesitant of the possibility of having to shoot Jesse, Walt enters through the bushes from […]
Since the beginning of Breaking Bad, there has been a growing hatred towards the character of Skyler White. She began as a character with a strong backbone and firm set of morals and seems to have become a target of ridicule and general loathing. On August 23, Anna Gunn sent in an op-ed piece to […]
Within the realm of Breaking Bad, nothing is too peculiar. In last week’s episode, when Jesse was flinging out $10,000 wads of greenbacks like a paperboy (while fighting back tears of guilt), it seemed like his rock-bottom-moment was about to pass. On the contrary, it turned out he was only circling the drain. “Buried” begins […]
Some would argue that Breaking Bad is the best television show on the air right now. Some would say that Breaking Bad is the best television show of all time. With the massive media blitz leading up to last week’s premiere, we’ve been inundated with articles, reviews, think pieces, and blog post all eager to […]
Directed by Bryan Cranston, “Blood Money” began much like the first episode of the first half of season five, “Live Free or Die,” which showcased Walter White’s lonesome Denny’s birthday. Set approximately one year in the future, our loveable anti-hero—with hair—visits his abandoned former home to find a few local kids playing Lords of Dogtown in the […]
For better or for worse, the final season of Breaking Bad is half over. As discussed previously, AMC has decided to spread the remaining episodes of Breaking Bad over the next two years. Eight episodes have aired thus far in 2012, and eight more are expected during the summer of 2013. Rather than ride the […]
The most satisfying moment in any underdog story occurs when, almost inevitably, our hero must pull himself up by his or her bootstraps, then either succeeds or fails based on his or her merit alone. The newest season of Breaking Bad finds its protagonist, Walter White, doing exactly that. The events which concluded the previous […]
Anti-heroes are a puzzling breed. Why do we cheer for Michael Corleone, The Godfather’s despicable mafia Don? Why do we root for Travis Bickle, the psychotic serial killer from Taxi Driver? Why do we want to see Sonny, the armed bank robber from Dog Day Afternoon who deserves absolutely none of our respect, succeed with […]
Easily my favourite thing about AMC’s edgy and critically adored series Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul as scruffy drug dealer Jesse Pinkman is a study in detailed character acting. Everything from his ever-roving bloodshot eyes to his restless hands to his frantic speech patterns make Jesse come to life as the palpably conflicted and complicated character […]
The critics love it. People with some of the most sophisticated TV taste I know swear by it. It’s got an Emmy-winning star, a network on the rise and subject matter so edgy it’s almost too sharp to handle. So how does Breaking Badfare when evaluated by a slightly prissy TV nerd with a fondness […]