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Countdown to Breaking Bad!!!

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Teacher, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. HORNS

    HORNS Senior member

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    Walt was like Augustus Gloop entering the Chocolate Room when he saw all of that lab equipment. And I loved the music they were playing when first laid eyes on the equipment.

    Such a well written and filmed show - from the scene of Jesse in the strip club to Skyler talking to her lawyer, and the lawyer saying that she was half as qualified and twice as expensive as a therapist.
     


  2. Teacher

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    And I loved the music they were playing when first laid eyes on the equipment.

    Wasn't that awesome? And I loved the scene where Hank stumbles on the fat older couple in the RV...priceless!

    The first few episodes, more than anything, were building up to something, and I think last night's episode was where it all starts to really happen. Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride!
     


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    The first few episodes, more than anything, were building up to something, and I think last night's episode was where it all starts to really happen. Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

    I watched the two most recent episodes last night. They have, with respect to the pollo (now laundry) business, the private dick, relighting the cooking fire and the aforementioned secene when Walt lays eyes on the lab, completely busted down every narrative limit that might have appeared to constrain the show during the first few episodes. I'll admit I was getting a little cycnical and thought the show was slowing down and then Walt, minding his own business get knocked with over with a brick of money somebody threw at him and shouted "Your Half!". +1 on the above, if a decapated head on the shell of a sucide tortise bomber wasn't enough, well, there's more. [​IMG]

    The line when the chicken man says something to the effect of "My apologies for making my behaviors so transparent'" is exactly the kind of line that makes The Wire work so well. Two people from seemingly obtuse backgrounds communicating on the level. Shit is fucking lovely.
     


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    Anyone else notice how dark Jesse got? I think the brick throwing was the first act of violence
    he willingly did?
     


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    I'm afraid Jesse is getting set up to take some baaaad shit. Sad because in some ways he's one of the most likable characters on the show.
     


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    If anything it seems that rehab made him worse. He isn't using but he's convinced he's a bad person and therefore will act like one.
     


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    and then we have the motivations of Walt to consider....his signing of the divorce papers removes any pretense of 'doing it for the family', 'love of the chemistry' is a factor, but at some point, greed has to be in there somewhere.

    And the wife....so willing to forgive and fall for a dude who is committing all kinds of fraud 'for his family', but furious at her husband's breaches motivated by the same thing, but calling on a different skillset. In a way, both men are stealing bread to feed hungry kids, which we are all supposed to forgive, but there is a line somewhere between fudging financial documents, and supplying seriously potent drugs to the market...and in the meantime showing no signs of remorse for her own infidelity, and starting to be tempted by greed as she ponders the lifestyle that big black duffel bag offers her. Couple that with the fact that she is now complicit in the crimes of them both (assisting him with book-cooking, and as her own lawyer pointed out, an accessory to the drug crimes) with really no redeeming motivation for either...

    Damn this show is fascinating.
     


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    and then we have the motivations of Walt to consider....his signing of the divorce papers removes any pretense of 'doing it for the family', 'love of the chemistry' is a factor, but at some point, greed has to be in there somewhere.


    But remember what el pollo says, that as long as he has kids, he still has family.
     


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    But remember what el pollo says, that as long as he has kids, he still has family.

    And that he should always provide, whether he is liked or disliked. I think that's what made him start cooking and sign the papers - for the infant.
     


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    there's more than enough in the bag to see that through...already laundered and good to go. Nah, it's not about making sure the kids are looked after any more...
     


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    there's more than enough in the bag to see that through...already laundered and good to go. Nah, it's not about making sure the kids are looked after any more...

    No, his initial plan was for around $790,000. There isn't that much in the bag; he's kept having to pay people off, buy equipment, etc. He does need more, but greed is also an ingredient.
     


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    [​IMG] Riverdance! Yet again, the music during the lab montage ("Ginza" by Vince Guaraldi of Peanuts fame), was all killer no filler. I was also happy to see one last, classic RV moment before bidding farewell.
     


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    That was awesome! The scare with Hank was great, as was the way they figured things out. And the whole "best cup of coffee" bit was the funniest thing I've seen this season. Of course, the new development with the Mexican hit men gives an entirely new twist to the plot. It just gets better and better.

    However, the changes they've made make me wonder: how far can they keep this going without either (1.) reformulating the whole show or (2.) getting rid of most of the main characters. It'll be interesting to see where this all leads...and how long it lasts.
     


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    The coffee setup reminded me of one of these. Also, did anyone notice that Walt's new lab assistant was the ineffectual newspaper editor from the last season of The Wire? So, Gus was planning for him to learn, then recreate Heisenberg's formula? And the eagerness of the cousins to terminate WW threw a monkey wrench into the plans? Plus, Hank (although outsmarted last night) is still a Bad Motherfucker. No way he let's the cousins get the drop on him...
     


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