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Breaking Bad

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by dannyshenanigan, Jun 7, 2010.

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Do you like the show Breaking Bad?

  1. Yes.

    61.7%
  2. No.

    3.3%
  3. Other.

    5.0%
  4. Never seen it.

    30.0%
  1. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Hmm, different strokes I guess, I found it dull & cliche.
     
  2. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    My ex-roommate came to the conclusion that nobody on the show is likeable at all, back in season 2. Loved the show anyway, wasn't sure why.

    I see you guys were discussing the fly episode.. that was a weird one. I hated it and loved it at the same time.
     
  3. dannyshenanigan

    dannyshenanigan Chieftain

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    Sometimes when I talk to people about the show they seem to think it would be better if it was just like a dumb action movie where none of the characters had families and there were no female characters. I appreciate the drama in the program just as much as the action.
    I never got the extreme Skylar hatred. She's hardly perfect but for the most part I find her decisions to be rational and sympathetic. Maybe some people don't like her because she's an obstacle in everyone's adolescent action movie fantasies. I absolutely hate when I hear people criticize her physical appearance. Do some people think she should have been played by Megan Fox or something? And how could anyone dislike Walter Jr.?

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    I also liked how they handled Jesse dealing with his guilt over shooting a (fairly) innocent man in the face. I would have been kind of inconsistent with Jesse's character to ignore it. Jesse is a non-sociopath trying to make it in a world of sociopaths.
     
  4. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    I just find Skyler kind of cold & dull I guess, I don't see any real chemistry between her & Walt (the sex scenes all seem a bit unnatural & forced and adding a sex scene is a cheap way to fake chemistry). It's not like I dislike drama, many of my favorite movies are pretty dramatic (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for instance is pretty much 100% drama). The family relations are just so strained & awkward I don't enjoy them. Marie isn't all that likable either (pampered rich ***** who doesn't seem to have any life outside of stealing). The son is a boring character & a bad actor "Can I have a car dad, can I have a car dad?". He's a token character & just doesn't add much (just a step up from prop-baby), only fills time.

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    I really disliked how much bitterness & disdain Skyler had for eyebrows (carwash owner) who had every reason to be rude & reject her offer. She seemed to feel no remorse about using underhanded tactics to acquire his business, thinking only of herself & he well being.


    Like Warpus's buddy, I still think the show is great, it's just hard to like anybody on it. Except Saul, Saul is very likable, perhaps the least depressed/repressed, most lively guy on the show. :)

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    I guess it was "in character" for Jesse to deal with the shooting the way he did, I guess I just don't have much respect for his particular choice & don't find it intense or interesting at all. Maybe because I had a couple of drunk/go-nowhere losers sleeping on my coach/floor for a couple of years & it only made me lonelier in the end (and the got another friend of mine deep into alcoholism & he later died). It's nobler to be depressed alone rather than helping other people screw up their lives just because you don't give a crap. Really that's one thing I despise about the characters. They are full of "principles" and yet they sell Meth & are responsible for hundreds of deaths. Of course shooting someone in the head must be rough emotionally. I liked Gail ok too come to think of it. Too bad it had to come to that.
     
  5. dannyshenanigan

    dannyshenanigan Chieftain

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    I think Jesse's way of dealing with it deserves tremendous respect when you consider the alternative way he could have dealt with it. You have to remember Jesse is a recovering meth addict and it would have been all too easy for him to completely relapse in that situation.
     
  6. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    I don't think it deserves respect at all. So what, instead of him doing meth & going down a dark path he basically has a bunch of other junkies do it for him, treating them like animals, manipulating them with money & drugs for his bitter entertainment. He actually begrudges his friends when they leave his pity-party to try to straighten out. Sorry man, I'm not seeing anything valorous about it.
     
  7. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Season 4, epsiode 6

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    Walt : I see, it's all about me!
    Jesse : *storms off*

    :lol:

    Felt bad for those cleaning ladies. :(
     
  8. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Rest of season four

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    Last few episodes were EPIC! Finale of season 4 was excellent. Only thing that left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth was the close-up of Walt's lily of the valley plant towards the end but who knows what that even really means. Can't wait for season 5 and really curious to see how they extend this.
     
  9. dannyshenanigan

    dannyshenanigan Chieftain

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    Spoiler :
    The lilly of the valley close up was to make it clear that Walt used that plant to poison Brock.
     
  10. holy king

    holy king Chieftain

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    indeed. or it's a red herring. but it would be the first in the series, so it makes sense to regard it as proof of what walt did.

    whatever it takes...

    edit: well, i was right.

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    http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/interview-breaking-bad-creator-vince-gilligan-post-mortems-season-4

    We have to start at the ending, with that shot of the Lily of the Valley plants in Walt's backyard. This is a very, very bad thing he's done, isn't it?

    Yes it is. Walt has come a long way in 46 episodes, that is for sure. But he had a reason for doing it. As bad as it is, my personal take on it is that it was not about murdering a child. It was about making a child very sick
     
  11. jtb1127

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    It seems Walt broke bad once and for all in that episode. He poisoned a kid, shot two people, blew up a meth lab, and blew up Gus and his stone wall henchman. How many people has he killed in all? I can't remember them all.
     
  12. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Well, being a chemist I'd like to think he knew just the right dose to put the kid out of commission for a day or two but not enough to kill him. I suppose in the grand scheme of things it could be called the "right" thing. I mean Gustavo wasn't exactly a humanitarian.
     
  13. Annex

    Annex Tyranny and Mutation

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    Yeah Saul is definitely the best character. I like Mike and Gail too.

    The fly episode sucked IMO. Only episode so far I thought wasnt good.
     
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    jtb1127 Chieftain

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    I got through the first season this weekend. Loving it so far.
     
  16. SuperBeaverInc.

    SuperBeaverInc. Groucho

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    I love Saul. Better Call Saul!
     
  17. jtb1127

    jtb1127 Chieftain

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    I hated how short it was though. It just ended for no particular reason. It was actually because of the writer's strike wasn't it?
     
  18. _random_

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    I believe that was the case.
     
  19. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    In an interview the director said that the writer's strike actually saved Jesse (who they originally planned to kill off).
     
  20. jtb1127

    jtb1127 Chieftain

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    How is that? And who in their right mind would want to kill him?
     

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