Author Topic: Breaking Bad (Season 5 - The Final Eight Episodes - 2013)  (Read 634 times)

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Neumatic

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Have we posted this yet?  Aaron Paul freaking out with excitement on The Price Is Right.


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Is that for real?

Meaning, a current mashup?
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It was from back in the day, while he was a struggling actor (actors usually appear on game shows as a way to get paid... don't trust what you see)

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At first when he runs down the aisle, I thought it looked super fake because he was kind of "floating" and the audience behind him looked like it was Greenscreened in , or more to the point where Aaron was rotoscoped into the shot. CBS is really going all out with their FX budget. ;D
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Did I tell ya all we be done with the series?
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Let the discussion begin!!! So, what do you think of Saved By The Bell and Screech's cinematic performance, year in and year out?  ;D

Seriously, let's discuss the awesomeness of Breaking Bad! Did it live up to the hype or did it fall flat?
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Totally lived up... I mean, I grant you that I thought that there would be a lot more Heisenberg than there actually was (maybe he had more impact when he was spread out some more), but I totally dug it.

I like how discombobulating it was at the start to see Bryan Cranston in the role, because he still looked like Hal from Malcolm In The Middle (with a little Ned Flanders going on, so it kept my mind fixated on a "Sunday night comedy" mindset), the house kind of looked like the one in Malcolm, it was shot kind of similarly (at first, the show looked AMAZING and totally different at the end), plus the scene where he and Jesse are fighting over the bag that Walt wants to flush down the toilet, that totally felt like MITM... the whole thing kind of felt weird and naughty in a great way.  I felt sullied, and I've been trying to think of how to recreate that feeling in my own projects.

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It's been a loooooong time since I've been able to sink my teeth into a show and just consistently love to watch and anticipate what will happen next. The stars were aligned, the dominoes fell like they should. This was such a well constructed storyline where everything mattered. Unlike a lot of other shows throwing stuff out and see if it sticks (I'm looking at you LOST). There was a plan from the beginning to end.

Walter's character evolved so nicely. Look, we (the audience) was rooting for the bad guy. The other characters evolved too. I think thatís what was refreshing for me. Look back at other shows and show me characters who transform that dramatically. Itís a formula. Hereís your character and play that to the bone in each and every case. Breaking Bad broke the mold for me.

And the characters throughout brought real human drama to the story, unlike a comedy or fantasy shows. They acted and reacted like you would expect. With such change, there will be times not everything works for everybody. I had a few problems with some of the elements, but I ignored them, as Iím sure the writers intended to move the story along. While its fun to point them out, not so much to dwell on them.

Now to find another show like that. Walking Dead does well. But I need moooooore


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Now to find another show like that. Walking Dead does well. But I need moooooore

That's just it. Breaking Bad is a once-in-a-life-time series. We will NEVER see anything remotely close to what we got with BB. Sure, there will be shows that have awesome episodes and may even have a nice run of seasons. But I just can't see any show from this day forward providing a consistent high level output from episode to episode that was and is truly astounding from every aspect of writing, acting and production in front of and behind the camera.

I'm very much looking forward to Better Call Saul, and even though it's most likely going to have the same writers and crew working on the series, I highly doubt it's going to be able to even come close to what they did with BB. That's not a knock against them as creative artists, but high praise for the bar they set as being the new standard of what a TV Series can give us. They have a lot to live up to. It still blows me away that there wasn't one bad episode in it's entire run. Not only that, but what other series can you name that literally got better with each season and ended with a very satisfying Finale? Ya can't.
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Ya know... I can't. Great observation about this series.

Friends comes to mind on consistent quality writing and can't think of one bad episode... but that's a different place altogether.

But, I will never say never. I'm just not going to hold my breath.
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I don't really dig the first few seasons of Friends, and even  in the final five years, I'm sure there were some clunkers.  There HAD to be.

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Was that really all we had to say about five seasons of Breaking Bad? For shame!  Lemme stir the conversation a little... and throw this in to sweeten the pot, Aaron Paul in an old 1-800-Collect commercial with Mr T.


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I can talk about Breaking Bad forever. Thought you guys were through. You can always hit the other Breaking Bad threads I have. It was fun re-reading them and seeing I was off the mark on a few things that never panned out. It was fun for me to read and see how much I loved the series right from the start.
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We can talk about the parts that jumped the shark or scenarios glossed over.
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