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You know that after DVD marathons I always do Top 10 episode posts? Well, my favourite episode celebration for Breaking Bad is a little late - or a little early seeing as I should really wait till the end of S5 - but here it is. I'm sure I'll end up posting a fresh list some time after the last eight airs next year.

But these are my most treasured episodes so far. 


My Top 10 Favourite Breaking Bad Episodes


10. Bullet Points (4x4)

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"Maybe I'll tear up a little. I don't know. I'll just have to see what happens in the moment." (Skyler White)

I'd always wanted to see Skyler's creative writing talents put to good use. Give this woman a mask and she'll tell you the truth. Never have we seen Skyler be more brutally honest with Walt about how she feels about her secrets as when she translates them into a piece of fiction to present to Hank, Marie and Junior. This episode is full of theater and performances, with Walt numbly watching Gale's karaoke video and then having a tantalizing discussion with Hank over whether he's found his Heisenberg. Then there's Jesse, the one character who is rebelling and refusing to follow anyone's script, shaving his head like a condemned man and being driven out into the desert by Mike. With the introduction of the Super lab cameras there was much more of a big brother element to S4 and this episode was a great exploration for the performances these people have to keep up and the perils of letting their masks slip.   



9. 4 Days Out (2x10)

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"I have it coming. I deserve this." (Walter White)

You know, I always think of this as the happy Walt and Jesse episode. Which probably says a lot about how fucked up Walt and Jesse are on a regular basis because this is an episode about them almost dying of dehydration way out in the boonies. But there's so much screwball black humor to enjoy (even if I felt they slightly overdid the stupid!Jesse moments) and it's clearly influenced by The Sopranos 'Pine Barrens' episode which is no bad thing. I've always loved the montage sequences in Breaking Bad and the montage to 'One by One' is probably my all time favourite. This episode also has the happiest and saddest ending I think I've ever seen with the White & Schrader family celebrating the miracle of Walt's tumor reducing by 80% followed by Walter angrily beating the metal tissue dispenser. At this point, Walt was still moral enough to know what he deserved or at least he realizes that he's lost his heroic justification.  



8. Half Measures/Full Measure (3x12 &13)

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"I took a half measure when I should've gone all the way." (Mike Ehrmantraut)

Yeah, I'm sneaking two episodes into this spot, because given the titles they are clearly intended as a two parter, both framed by Mike's "No more half measures" speech. When Mike tells the story to Walt he's implying that Jesse is the drunken deadbeat husband who he should have killed before he caused any further damage. But Walt interprets the story as if Jesse is the beaten wife who Walt will need to take 'full measures' in order to protect. Walt has seen Jesse beaten up and threatened by drug dealers (and the DEA) countless times too and now feels like he's powerless to stop Gus from killing him. It's more than Walt wanting to save Jesse; it's Walt need to stop being powerless after a season of enslavement. In contrast, Jesse's own full measure of murdering Gale to save Walt is far more servile and sacrificial; a horrific act of loyalty that takes away the last of Jesse's innocence and leaves him with nothing.         



7. Crazy Hand Full of Nothin (1x6)

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"Sometimes you gotta rob to keep your riches." (Tuco)

Over the seasons, Walt's alter-ego Heisenberg has become a feared and loathed monster of a man. Yet when Heisenberg is first spawned in an explosive cloud of fulminated mercury was there anyone who wasn't cheering? The chemical reaction of cancer eating away at Walt's body and lifespan creating this new powerful being, this Ubermensch (thanks as always to lenina for my literary terms education). I loved every episode in S1 but this was the one that really blew my mind and gave me a clear shattering view of where this show was headed. 
     


6. Peekaboo (2x6)

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"It's just part of the game. You wait right here. Just don't go back inside." (Jesse Pinkman)

If Walter is trapped in the false role of a good man in an ordinary life who can't keep his inner darkness from peeking out, then Jesse seems equally trapped in his false role as "the bad guy" in a rotten world who can't keep his heart from hurting or his inner goodness from peeking out. Peekaboo indeed. This episode more than any other shows the parallel paths of Walt and Jesse as they struggle against their true natures and worlds that they don't wish to belong to. It's also the first episode that really raises Jesse above being Walt's sidekick. We get Jesse rescuing the methhead's child from horrible life of neglect, while Walt is saying "fuck you" to his concerned family and friends. It feels like the first hints that Jesse will eventually become the protagonist of the show and Walt the villain.   


5. Salud (4x10)

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"Fill your pockets and leave in peace. Or fight me and die." Gus Fring

Gus's massacre of the Cartel was like something I'd expect to see in a Tarantino film, not a TV show. It's another one of those incredible episodes which tells us so much about Walt and Jesse's relationship without them needing to be onscreen together. Jesse is facing the terrifying challenge of having to cook chemically pure meth in front of the heavily armed Cartel and the only way he can get through it is by going into Blowfish mode and running a lab the same way that the iron chef Mr White has taught him. That is -  by ranting over contaminants, allowing no margin for error and mercilessly insulting his lab assistants. Back in ABQ Walt's remorse over his fight with Jesse and his fear that he may never return from Mexico is played out beautifully in Walt's breakdown in front of his real son, Junior, who Walt accidentally refers to as "Jesse" as he is drifting into a drugged sleep. And all this would be epic enough for me but then we get Gus's mass poisoning and the desperate escape from Mexico to cap it off.



4. One Minute (3x7)

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"I think the universe is trying to tell me something and I'm finally ready to listen." (Hank Schrader) 

Poor, poor Hank has never been closer to catching Heisenberg and he blows it all by losing his shit and beating Jesse to a pulp. I don't know if we ever see a character break bad then immediately after break good like Hank does in this episode when he accepts responsibility for his act of police brutality even though it may ruin his career and his life. And what thanks does poor Hank get? He has one minute to prepare to fight for life against the psycho killer cousins. There's also poor poor Jesse and the epic tragic moment when he finally tell Walter off for ruining his life only to fall back into loyalty with him after Walt offers the slightest hint of a fatherly compliment. Despite the violent incident that links them in this episode, one of my biggest wishes for the final season would be for Hank and Jesse to become unlikely allies and bring down Heisenberg together.      




3. Grilled (2x2)

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"Crack him over the head with something and I'll go for his gun." (Jesse Pinkman)

A bouncing red car full of bullet holes and the ding of a little gold bell have never been more disturbing. You know, as much as I love it when Walt saves the day with his scientific brilliance or his bursts of Heisenberg badassery, I loved that in this situation it was Jesse's desperate human "Let's just bum rush him!" plan that ended up saving them. Walt and Jesse have been through a lot of life threatening ordeals together, but I still think being held hostage in the desert by batshit crazy Tuco, mad dogging Uncle Hector and that bell was the scariest of them all. But in a way I relish their suffering because they are trapped in the company of an insane man who is becoming more and more unhinged as he keeps snorting their product. This is why we don't cook meth, kids. I think this was also the first episode where I truly fell in love with Skyler as she sets off on her little mission to cover the town with Missing Person posters. Bless her.



2. ABQ (2x13)

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"Whatever it is...I'm afraid to know." (Skyler White)

I for one loved the answer to the Pink Bear mystery. The S2 finale for me is one man's personal apocalypse. Everything that Walt has been clinging to and fighting for since the beginning suddenly all bursts into flames and rains down on him. He has finally earned the money to provide for his family only for his web of lies to fall apart and Skyler to flee in fear and disgust. Walt has also come to the realization that he counts Jesse as his family too, so Walt makes it his duty to rescue Jesse from self-destruction. Jesse calling Walt after waking up beside Jane's corpse and crying in Walt's arms as he is being carried off to rehab seems to confirm that Jesse has come to see Walt as a surrogate father too, though tragically Jesse has no idea how much Walt is responsible for his guilt and devastation. The final butterfly effect of Jane's grieving father causing a plane crash and over a hundred innocent deaths right above Walt's head was the perfect operatic climax to the tragedy that Walt himself set in motion.     



1. Fly (3x10)

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"If I had just lived up to that moment and not one second more...that would've been perfect." (Walter White)

Who would've thought that Walter White who once spent an entire day and night chasing one house fly around the Super lab would later choose to cook meth in cockroach invested houses? I've heard many suggestions for what Walt's "kafkaesque" fly really represents. For me, it's what Walt says it is - a contamination, a dirty drop of poison in his perfect formula. This episode is NOT filler. For me, 'Fly is maybe the last moment we see Walt as a tragic hero, lamenting the evil deeds that he can't take back or confess to. As much as Walt has rationalized Jane's death and the plane crash that followed it, there is still that endless buzz in his ears, telling him he is responsible, he is the criminal. By S5 Walt has accepted his true nature and become the contamination himself, but in this episode he is still horrified and haunted by it and regretful that he lost his perfect moment to die and be redeemed as a hero to his family. This is probably the last episode that I want to cry for Walt though not that last episode I want to cry over Jesse's devotion to Mr White. And honestly, I don't understand any BB fan who doesn't relish a full bottle episode with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul working their magic together.



Honorable Mentions

The Pilot and ...the Bags in the River (S1)
Negro z Azul and Phoenix (S2) 
Sunset (S3)
Problem DogEnd Times and Face Off (S4)


Please share your own BB faves in comments!

Date: 2012-08-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frenchani.livejournal.com
I would probably pick the same episodes!

I think that I would put "4 Days Out higher" though.

Date: 2012-08-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
'4 Days Out' should be higher really. But Top Tenning this show was so hard. I can't believe I didn't fit 'Phoenix', 'End Times' and 'Bags in the River' in there somewhere.

Date: 2012-08-03 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanfastolfe.livejournal.com
That list? Probably about perfect.

I would definitely give honorable mentions to any episode containing Hector Salamanca, though, because the way he manages to express himself with that bell - sheer genius on the part of Gilligan et al :P

Especially his last visit to the DEA! XD ("S" DING! "U" DING! "C" DING! and you can already see where this is heading :P )

Date: 2012-08-04 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
I was rewatching Grilled recently. Hector is a truly original creepy captivating villain. The ding of that bell is so sinister. I'll miss him as much as Gus in S5 but their mutual death scene was a great explosive end for both characters.

It's impossible to do a perfect BB Top 10. You always have to leave amazing episodes out.

Date: 2012-08-04 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elliotsmelliot.livejournal.com
Your lists are great trips down memory lane for me. They remind me how powerful one episode can be within a larger story. I have trouble singling out the episodes of shows with strong consistent narratives like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, or The Wire because the story all blurs together for me. I can distinguish seasons or moments, but usually not specific episodes unless they are more gimmicky (for lack of a better word - no disrespect meant) like Fly. Meanwhile for shows like Buffy or BSG or Lost, where the episodes feel more like distinct chapters and vary in genre/POV, I think in episodes.

Anyway, I should use your lists when I want to do a quick re-watch!

Date: 2012-08-04 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
It was definitely easier to do a Buffy Top 10. With the exception of the apocalyptic season finales, it was usually the 'gimmicky' standalone Buffy episodes that were the best ones. Breaking Bad is harder because each season is more and more like a visual novel (like The Wire). BB:S2 has the most memorable standalone episodes for me (the likes of Peekaboo and 4 Days Out). S4 is under-represented in my Top 10 mostly because it has an amazing full season narrative but not many episodes that have self-contained stories.

I think I'll want to do any all seasons BB rewatch sometime. Probably next summer before the final eight episodes.

Date: 2012-08-05 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frelling-tralk.livejournal.com
Fantastic list! I'd have to agree with [livejournal.com profile] elliotsmelliot above though that I'd struggle with picking out my own favourites because so much of the show is a continuous narrative. The Fly and 4 Days Out have always stood out as favourites because of all the Walt/Jesse screentime making them easier to remember as stands-outs for me, but otherwise I'm not sure how I would rank the episodes tbqh. I can't disagree with any of your picks though! I've always had a soft spot for Peekaboo for being the first episode to really see Jesse as a person with a good heart, and it also does an excellent job of showing the consequences of meth with just how squalid those living conditions were

Date: 2012-08-06 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
As much as I love the other characters and story arcs, I think there's part of me that'd be happy for BB to be just Walt/Jesse having dialogue scenes constantly. I doubt they'll be time for another bottle episode before the end but it's still on my wish list.

Jesse really came into his own in Peekaboo. I love any story where Walt and Jesse have to face the consequences of what meth does to people, but I also love that Jesse (much more so than Walt) lets it all weigh on his soul.

Date: 2012-08-06 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Just finished watching season 1... LOVE IT. I can't wait to read all your posts about it (and vid!) once I'm done. For once, I'll try to be spoiler free. I just ordered season 2, 3 and 4 on amazon. Boyfriend loves it too.

Oh, and I watched the two seasons of Games of Thrones recently. Kaja tells me you like Theon??? OMG, I thought I would be the only one. :) He's so fraked up.

Date: 2012-08-06 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
LUNE! So nice to hear from you. Sharing fandoms with you is always the greatest. I've missed it! I love that your loving Breaking Bad. It's the best show to marathon and if you loved S1 it only gets better (and crazier) from this point on. And yes, stay spoiler free if you can. I promise I'll keep my BB reaction posts behind LJ cuts. I can't wait to hear your reactions too! This show will seriously put you through the ringer. It's up there with BSG as the most satisfyingly traumatic show I've ever watched. I'm still practically shaking from last nights episode (that I've just caught up on this morning).

Yay, you're a Game of Thrones fan too! Yes, I do love Theon. In S1 he didn't make much of an impression on me but once they got into Theon's backstory and I realised he'd been living with the Starks as a hostage, I was really fascinated by him. Alfie Allen was terrific in S2. I hope he comes back in S3 somehow.

Are you still posting at Geeksquee? Last time I tried to visit I got virus warnings on my computer so I've been shying away and keeping my fandom posts to LJ. I still chat to Kaja a lot and Pace, Sapph and Jelly from time to time.

Date: 2012-08-06 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I already find BB amazing but I'm ecstatic to know it gets better! I think it has the potential to become one of my favorites along with BSG, Fringe and the x-files. I missed sharing fandoms with you too - you're insight is amazing. I'm always impressed by your analysis and your ability to make links between storylines and see the underlying themes. And we seem to enjoy the same characters which is quite eery.

As for GoT, I did some research and yes, it's been confirmed that Alfie is back for season 3 even though Theon is absent for the next two books (I'm currently reading book one and got a bit spoiled. sigh).

Not posting at GS much lately. Facebook is where I spend most of my time when I'm online. I've been marathon training a lot and I QUALIFIED TO RUN THE BOSTON MARATHON!!! So that how I've been spending my 'free' time lately. ;)

Date: 2012-08-06 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
You might know this already, but Vince Gilligan (BB's creator and show runner) is a former X-Files writer, so you're in good hands. BB is one of the most slick and flawless shows I've come across. The writing quality never dips. There have been no bad episodes or filler episodes to my mind so far. And the characters are great. For once I probably like the main characters (Walt, Skyler and Jesse) the most, but Jesse especially. I've said this a lot, but Jesse Pinkman for me is like a surrogate Charlie Pace with a much better written storyline.

What is Fringe like? I know a lot of posters on my flist watch it but I don't even know the premise. It's never aired in the UK as far as I know.

Yay! Glad to hear Theon's back. I think they changed his story somewhat but if that means we see more of that character I won't complain.

Can I friend you on Facebook? I'd love to be able to keep in touch. If that's okay I'll send you my link in a PM. Good luck with your marathon! I could do with something like that just to get myself fit.

Date: 2012-08-06 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Fringe is awesome! If you get a chance, I highly recommend it, especially since they (against all odds) have been renewed for a 5th and final season. Ratings are awful (for a Fox show) but I think it gets so much support from fans, tv critics and the network that it keeps being renewed.

It's a bit like the x-file but pure science fiction (no ghosts or vampires!). From the official synopsis: 'A television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.' I swear, it's better than it sounds! Olivia (the FBI agent) is one of the best and strongest female character on TV but the heart of the show is the absolutely messed up but wonderful relationship between the institutionalized scientist (Walter) and his son (Peter).

The first season is entertaining but the show really get its identity and awesomeness in season 2.

Here's an interesting link - 5 shows you should be watching (yes, BB is #1. I've seen so many of those lists where Fringe is listed along with BB that I decided to give BB a shot):

http://whatculture.com/tv/5-tv-shows-you-should-be-watching.php?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-tv-shows-you-should-be-watching

Date: 2012-08-07 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Cool! I'd love to see a pure SF show. I'm often not a fan of shows that mix science fiction with supernatural elements - like Lost did - because it creates too much of a clash for me. I'm trying a bunch of new shows on DVD at the moment but I'll certainly keep Fringe in mind.

Breaking Bad sometimes feels a little like a SF show to me, only because Walt often resorts to crazy scientific measures to solve problems and get them out of scrapes.

Date: 2012-08-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Two scientists named Walter. Ha! Although Fringe!Walter is adorable. hmm. Well, maybe not always(yikes!). Now that I think of it, both of them are ready to do anything to protect their family - actions that have disastrous consequences.

I would love to read your reactions if you decide to start watching Fringe!!

Date: 2012-08-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I'm half way through season 2. Boyfriend and I watched six episodes last night (and yes, I'm tired today!). So I just wanted to read your comments about the episodes I've seen.

7. Crazy Hand Full of Nothin (1x6)
Yes!!! I was so cheering for 'Heisenberg'. Bad ass dad indeed!

6. Peekaboo (2x6)
What a disturbing episode. That little kid broke my heart. And Jesse too. At the end of the episode, I told boyfriend: Jesse's a nice guy. He doesn't belong in this world. I loved the opening scene where Jesse is playing with the bug - it was a good set-up for an episode that demonstrated that Jesse is not (deep down) a violent person. As for Walt, his 'fuck you' to Gretchen was chilling, as was his continued lying to his family. I'm scared of Walter now.

3. Grilled (2x2)
Gah, that freaking bell!!! I could barely breathe during those scenes. And the sound of the bouncing car... so distinct and disturbing. Poor Hank, this sound will hunt him forever. :(

Speaking of Hank, Jesse and Walt - I love how the show is gradually showing their true personality. Hank is presenting himself as a macho man but he is deeply disturbed by killing someone (as opposed to Walt who doesn't seem to loose a lot of sleep after killing Krazy-8). Jesse produces and sells meth, but he almost got himself killed because he cared about a kid. And Walter presents himself as a loving family man but the danger and criminal activity excites him. Although it puts him into a lot of angst and pain, ultimately - he enjoys this life and wants to continue (and drags poor, reluctant Jesse with him).

Date: 2012-08-11 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Yay, you're onto S2! Hehe. I remember when I was doing my BB marathon. I was often getting home for work and then calculating how many episodes I could fit in in one evening. It led to a fair bit of insomnia.

Your insight into Hank, Jesse and Walt is spot on. Hank and Jesse have their own darker nastier moments in later seasons but they are usually born out of traumas that they've gone through and they do feel guilty for the bad things they do. Walt has his own share of traumas and dark deeds that he's committed, but like you say, Walt has a way of rationalizing all the badness so he can just carry on. I think Walt's spent most of his life quietly furious that his scientific genius was never appreciated and now he's got his terminal diagnosis, he needs to unleash it all before he dies.

Peekaboo is a great character study of Walt and Jesse, but Jesse especially. I loved the little moment where Jesse is playing with the bug too. Jesse is a sweet kid, but he's needy, naive and directionless, making him very easy to manipulate. Jesse still sees Walt as his teacher and even a surrogate father figure as time goes on, but Walt abuses that position as an authority figure. Though sometimes I become a Walt apologist because Walt is very protective of Jesse and I think he does feel responsible for dragging him into a much deeper level of criminality than Jesse would have strayed into on his own.

Enjoy the rest of S2! You'll soon be meeting Jane and Saul and Gus who have very important arcs and roles to play in the ongoing story. Man, I really wish I could erase this show from my mind and experience it all again.

Date: 2012-08-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Just finished watching season 2. HOLY SHIT!! Sorry for the language but... wow. I want to bring Jesse home with me, feed him chicken noodle soup and give him the biggest hug ever. Watching him cry and suffer like that rips my heart apart. Maybe this is going to change eventually, but I still like Walter despite the fact that he let Jane die. I know I should hate him but... I can't! He does care for his family and oddly enough, he genuinely cares about Jesse. That probably the reason why I can't hate him (yet).

Speaking of Walter's family, my boyfriend had to walk away from the television when Walter was getting Walter jr drunk. I kind of see why he did that - it was one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen. 

Man, I really wish I could erase this show from my mind and experience it all again

I know that feeling! I've experienced the same thing with Supernatural, BSG and Fringe. I watched the episodes very fast but when I was done, I wished I had taken my time so I would still have new stuff to watch. ;)

Date: 2012-08-13 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Yay for you finishing S2! Do you have S3 DVDs at the ready?

Jesse's devastation in the S2 finale is so heartbreaking. And you know how we were so frustrated with Lost characters (such as Claire and Desmond) quickly recovering from deaths and traumas in, like, a day or two? Well, none of that in Breaking Bad. Jane's death and Combo's death and the guilt Jesse feels over them is not forgotten in S3. It means Jesse becoming a darker more broken character as the story continues but I appreciate that the tragedies on this show come with harsh realistic consequences. And be warned, Jesse's suffering is far from over. Seriously, Jesse has the sort of arc that Felix Gaeta would look at and wonder if he got off lightly.

Yeah, I felt the same way about Walt in the S2 finale. Walt watching Jane choke was horrifying and part of letting Jane die was simply Walt protecting himself from a girl who'd threatened to rat him out. But the other part of it was Walt realizing that he now considers Jesse to be family and I do think Walt was genuinely scared of losing Jesse to a heroin overdose. I also appreciated that Walt put himself at risk to rescue Jesse from the crack house. You may well have more reasons to hate Walt later on (and find him disturbing) but I still sympathized with Walt at this point. That said, I still relished the "Which one?" cell phone slip and Skyler calling Walt out on his crazy web of lies. And yes, Walt pressuring Junior to drink till he threw up was awful to watch.

I'm afraid that as with BSG, we'll both be caught up with BB just in time to wait for a year for the final run of episodes. I guess that'll give us plenty of time for a slower rewatch to really savour its brilliance. But I fear the approaching withdrawal (as we speak, I've only got 3 more upcoming episodes of S5 to tide me over).
Edited Date: 2012-08-13 10:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-13 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I absolutely have the S3 DVDs at the ready. And season 4. And I'm also preparing for S5. When I start obsessing about something, I don't go lightly. 

And you know how we were so frustrated with Lost characters (such as Claire and Desmond) quickly recovering from deaths and traumas in, like, a day or two? Well, none of that in Breaking Bad. 

I appreciate that a lot. Something else? Skyler being upset that she often doesn't know where her husband is. There's another show that I watch and enjoy (Dexter) where the main character is often away from home (which includes new wife, new baby and two step kids) and this barely gets mentioned.  Drives me nuts!! I still enjoy Dexter but they gloss over stuff to make the show work and it's illogical. When I started watching Breaking Bad, I was pleasantly surprise that Walter's absences are acknowledged and have consequences (the fugue state? Still gets mentioned!). Continuity is something I really appreciate when I watch a TV show. 

Seriously, Jesse has the sort of arc that Felix Gaeta would look at and wonder if he got off lightly

:(

I'm afraid that as with BSG, we'll both be caught up with BB just in time to wait for a year for the final run of episodes.

SAW THAT. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2012-08-13 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
That gaz station scene early in season 3?? The way he was looking at the cashier??? And then a police officer came in and he KEPT STARING AT HER??? With that smile? Ok, that was disturbingly hot.

Sorry for falling into the shallow end of the pool. I will have more intelligent thoughts about season 3 later.

Date: 2012-08-13 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Oooh, you watch Dexter too? That's been on my too-watch list for a while. Though I have heard from fans that Dexter can get wildly implausible at times, particularly in later seasons. I'd still be interested in trying it sometimes.

Breaking Bad is very good for continuity. Sometimes it gets a bit wacky with Walt's crazy science schemes but the characters emotional development is very believable. I think Skyler becomes a much more interesting character now she knows what Walt is up to.

Ok, that was disturbingly hot.

LOL, you are not alone in that reaction to gas-station-Jesse. I don't think I've ever found Jesse more despicable and yet so fanciable in the same scene. I should just be yelling "Do not push drugs on that nice cashier girl, you meth whore!" But, nah. :D

Date: 2012-08-15 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Dexter is really, really good. Boyfriend wanted to watch it but I had no interest in watching a show where the main character is a serial killer. However, since I made boyfriend watch Buffy, BSG, Supernatural and plenty of other shows, it was his turn to decide what we were going to watch. ;). Yes, Dexter is wildly implausible at times but same can be said about most tv shows (How can that many high profile serial killer end up in Miami?? srly.). The Dexter character is... oddly very likable. Although I really love the show, I would recommend Fringe to be higher on your too-watch list.

I'm up to 3x4 (officially) but I'm completely spoiled for the rest of the series. I have no self-control. :(

Date: 2012-08-16 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
I didn't know you'd watched Buffy too. I had a Buffy marathon this Christmas. I never thought I'd like it but I got sucked in, especially by the darker later seasons.

I'm up to 3x4 (officially) but I'm completely spoiled for the rest of the series. I have no self-control. :(

I have no control either. That's why I had to marathon it so fast, otherwise I'd end up spoiling myself. Still keep me updated on your progress. There's a really explosive episode mid-S3.

Date: 2012-08-19 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I really liked Buffy. First season was horrible but it became quite addictive. I've also watched Dollhouse (another Josh Whedon show). I liked it.

My tv show collection is growing.:) I think I'll have to do an inventory someday and rank them.

Date: 2012-08-19 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I'm all done!! Had to ditch boyfriend - he couldn't keep up with my obsession. He'll re-watch with me but he's completely spoiled. Darn internet. One of the reason why he's not as invested is because he doesn't like how horrible Walter had become.

For the record - I HATE WALTER. I HATE, HATE, HATE HIM. I have no sympathy left for him. What an horrible sorry excuse for a human being.

one of my biggest wishes for the final season would be for Hank and Jesse to become unlikely allies and bring down Heisenberg together

WORD. SO FRAKKING WORD.

Watching the Flash Forward of season 5, I think Walter wants to go out in a blaze of glory - true criminal fashion. But I hope the writers will not grant him this wish. I want Walter to get caught by Hank, to rot in a jail cell, suffering and dying of cancer, with not one single visit from any of the people that used to love him.

Date: 2012-08-19 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
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Sorry, I've been waiting for an opportunity to use this GIF. :D

I also want Walt to go to jail and die of cancer. I think you're right that Walt wants a Scarface death and I don't think the writers will give him that either. That said, getting arrested would finally allow Walt to take responsibility (or credit?) for all his crimes and he probably wants that too.

I don't have sympathy for Walt anymore either but I don't know if I feel HATE either. I tend to see Walter and Heisenberg as two different entities. I think Walt was a flawed yet not evil human being who really did care about his family and came to care about Jesse, but Walt could never really handle himself in the criminal world. The moment Gus threatened his family and Walt discovered there wasn't enough money in the crawl space to get them into hiding, Walt checked out and Heisenberg has been in control ever since. It used to be that Heisenberg was a persona Walt would put on but now I think Walt is a false persona that Heisenberg will put on to manipulate people.

Maybe I'm taking the schizophrenia reading too far, just to say that I don't think Walt has always been a monster deep down and I do think it's kind of tragic that the old "Mr White" is probably never coming back. He's become a bit of a Gollum to me.

Date: 2012-08-20 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
just to say that I don't think Walt has always been a monster deep down and I do think it's kind of tragic that the old "Mr White" is probably never coming back.

I dunno. He might not have been a monster but I think he might have been a repressed sociopath all along. His cancer allowed his true nature to break free.

Date: 2012-08-20 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Oh, forgot to say - LOVE THE GIF!! :D

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