Breaking Bad Finale & The Nit-Pickers

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I’m amazed how many people are out there complaining about the ending of Breaking Bad. I truly believe there was no ending they could have possibly done that these people wouldn’t have complained about. I thought the finale was beautiful and meaningful. When the show ended I felt overwhelmed, relieved and satisfied. In fact, I think I’m a little bit in shock right now, I don’t think I’ve fully processed the end.

What most people are saying is that the ending was too perfect. Too perfect? Really? Ok, did I have to suspend a little bit of belief for some of it but it worked for me and I was able to suspend belief to go along with the plot. I thought the cinematography and acting was above and beyond, as usual. Did I figure out the Stevia thing before it happened? Yes but I was still excited when that part was revealed.

Maybe it’s just because I really like to enjoy the shows I love and am willing to go along with the flow to a degree (I was not able to do this with the Dexter finale). I just want to enjoy this one last Breaking Bad ride, wherever it took me. I’m sure if I wanted to I could sit down and nitpick every little thing about the last episode but I loved it and I’m leaving it at that. Maybe some people want to dig into this episode so much because they aren’t ready to let it go and I can understand that. That’s why I’m listening to all the podcasts I possibly can, so I can squeeze out as much Breaking Bad as I can.

But I won’t be one of the people bitching about every little detail about the show. I’m a fan and I went down with this ship and I loved every minute of it.

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Walt’s Journey

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I’m starting to think many of us have a connection to Walt (and Jesse) more so than with any of the other characters on Breaking Bad because we’ve been along with them on their journey. In a way, Walt and Jesse’s journey is our journey. I don’t think that means we believe what he did was ok but we’ve been carried around on through every moment of these 2 characters while all the other characters are more peripheral. So it makes sense, that even though Walt is pure evil and we know he won’t get away with everything (most likely), that we’re more invested in him than we are Hank or Skyler.

Thoughts?

Review: The Spectacular Now

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m giving this 5 stars because I loved loved the book and even though I’m someone that enjoys an ending that isn’t nice and tidy (ie. The Sopranos) I still think there could have been a little more substance in the ending.

[I have a spoiler part in this section but you can read it if you want in my goodreads review]

I’m giving it 5 stars because I fell in love with the story and with Sutter himself, he was a fantastic character full of life and complexity. I think if I could have I would have given this a 4.5 but I couldn’t and I just couldn’t give this a 4, it was too good for that. While I loved Sutter I also thought Amy was a fantastic character and all the other characters too. This story was very rich and full of life, just the story I needed right now. I am actually looking forward to seeing how the movie comes out, the trailer shows a lot of potential. I’m glad they picked a guy who isn’t well known instead of some Teen Beat kind of guy.

I am sitting here missing Sutter though, there never seems to be enough of him.

Cheers Sutter!

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My Breaking Bad Finale Theories

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My theories on the end of Breaking Bad, not in order of plausibility.

  • Jesse or someone he cares about kills him face to face.
  • One of those people kills Walt and then takes his place as the new Heisenberg (ie. Jesse, Skyler or Walt Jr.)
  • He dies of cancer alone in a dingy hotel room and we see his last breath with a look of resignation that he brought himself to the place he is right now.

Those are the ones I think are most plausible.

ps. as of this moment I have not seen the new episode yet, so don’t spoil me.

Orange is the New Black

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Why would I check out a show that’s about a woman’s prison? A few reasons:

  • I love Laura Prepon, have since That 70s Show
  • The idea of the show is intense and kind of twisted, so of course I’m on board.
  • It was created by the same people as Weeds and I enjoyed Weeds, at least for a while.
  • The show is different than any other show I’ve ever seen and I love something totally different.
  • The characters are all over the place and you never know what they’ll do next, that’s pure gold in tv land.
  • It’s on Netflix and I automatically like things better when they are on Netflix because I can watch it whenever I feel like it.

The show is clever, funny, dark and honest. I can admit that many times I’ve watched this and thought I’m so glad I’m not in prison. And my husband was quick to tell me I wouldn’t last 10 minutes there, which is probably true. But seriously, if you like dark comedies and you like shows that dig really dip then you have to try this show.

TV Shows I Divorced

I rarely give up on a show entirely. Sometimes I’ll walk away for a while and then catch up here and there if it’s on Netflix or something. One show I did that with is Grey’s Anatomy because initially I chose CSI and House MD over it (a while back they were on at the same time) but then the show just got a bit Melrose Placey. However, if the new shows are on Netflix and I have nothing else to watch, I’ll totally watch it.

I was fairly into the show Revenge but it wasn’t a show I had to see or anything. However, I watched it mostly every week and was invested enough not to walk away. Then season 2 came and very quickly I was just not interested anymore. I think I watched 1 or 2 shows of season 2 and then just walked away entirely.

I stayed for a while with True Blood but a few episodes into the last season I just stopped bothering and I don’t miss it at all. The show got way too campy for me and way too out there. A bunch of shirtless guys is not enough for me to watch a show, actually that’s part of what started to irritate me about the show to begin with. I liked the show not because of vampires or studly men but because of the way they portrayed vampires, I found it interesting but it’s lost the original feel of the show for me. I think once you lose interest in the characters you lose interest in the show.

Most of the time I stick with a show to the very end, such as Weeds and trust me, it wasn’t easy. The L Word got awful in the last season and the finale was one of the most disappointing finales I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what keeps me watching one show that I’m not excited about anymore and give up on another show entirely.

What shows have you divorced?

The Sopranos vs. Breaking Bad

I’d been meaning to start watching The Sopranos for a while but kept putting it off. One thing that kept bringing me back to considering watching the show – that so many people consider it The Best Show of All Time. Wow, that’s a big statement and since I’m a tv junkie I really had to check this out, mainly because I believe Breaking Bad is the best tv show of all time. So if you are wondering where the comparison comes from, that’s why. Oh and I just realized that I’m not the only one comparing this show but I’ll wait to read this article.

Bear in mind that we’ve seen every single aired episode of Breaking Bad but we’ve only nearly finished the first season of The Sopranos so this is only the beginning of my comparisson. Also I’m comparing the shows on the following: writing, acting, cinematography and originality.

At this point I can admit the writing is pretty fantastic, especially for the show having aired back when there weren’t shows like this on tv. The acting is pretty great as far as I can tell but only a few characters have really stood out to me as impressive. The only catagory that really stands out to me as not even in the same ballpark as Breaking Bad is the cinematography. I’m sure not everyone really cares about how visually artistic a show is but I do, maybe because I’m a photographer, I’m not sure.

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I realize that you can’t compare these 2 shows without including that The Sopranos is the show that made it possible for Breaking Bad to even exist. Don’t worry, I am keeping that in mind. Who knows, maybe I’ll come out of this experiment with the belief that The Sopranos IS better, anything is possible. Right now though, Breaking is pretty far ahead.

Oh and for those who might wonder, I am starting The Wire as well so all is ok.