Posted by The TV Critic on 29 September 2013 | 8 Comments
I will be recording a podcast to discuss Breaking Bad Season 5 and the show as a whole some time next week. Leave your comments below to be included in the podcast...
I couldn't possibly sum up my thoughts on Breaking Bad in a podcast-friendly amount of time, so I will just speak of my overall favorite moment.
"STAY OUT OF MY TERRITORY."
I had known by the end of the pilot that I was watching a great show, but the end of "Over" literally had my jaw hanging, eyes bugging, and fist pumping. So unexpected while so appropriate.
Posted by Matt E., 15/10/2013 3:28pm (3 years ago)
hello, first off thank you so much for a cool, calm, & collected review of Breaking Bad, I respect & appreciate this podcast just as much or more as the Official BrBa insider podcast. Job well done. Now if I may I would like to add my thoughts to the discussion. I cannot pick a favorite episode, I can only mention highlights that thrilled me. One of my favorite scenes has to be the confrontation between Mike and Walt near the end of 'Say My Name'. The green grass was breathtaking, awe inducing, the half drunk tree or two gliding over our beloved Mike, the way Walt blows his top, the way Mike tells his truth, who knew a chemistry geek would be the one to end Mikes life? The pathetic sputter of Mikes car to the rock, that bloody handprint, the way Walt held the gun as if it were hot, 'shut the fuck up and let me die in peace' is not possible with Walt rambling on ..peace though is a cool clear stream, not a toxic ooze of acid, and who cares anyways we can just get the names from Lydia. I can only hope someday to have some stills of that scene framed and hanging on my wall. I also love '4 days out' I will explain why with two words....'wire' & 'robot' keep up the GREAT WORK AT TV CRITIC!!!!!!!
Posted by Andrew Keesee, 13/10/2013 4:00am (3 years ago)
A very great pleasure to listen to your coverage of this show. And sharing the feedback of others here.
The biggest jaw dropping moment for me was Walt watching Jane die. It was then I knew for certain this show wasn't going to pull any punches, Walt was breaking Full BAD. This was before I'd heard about Vince Gilligan's desire to have a Mr. Chips to Scarface transformation as a the backbone to this story.
Until this moment I really pulled for Walt. After this I became more sympathetic to all of Walt's collateral damage.
I am quite satisfied with how the series wrapped up. It's why I have no desire at this time to go back and rewatch any of it. It feels complete - as a study of the darkness inside a man, a tragedy for those who loved him.
Posted by Yogabon, 10/10/2013 2:57am (3 years ago)
To elaborate more on my previous question, Breaking Bad has the highest average rating for a show in its website. Does this mean that it's the best show? You recently mentioned on the series finale you put it with the likes of Buffy and Lost despite their lower average rating. Do you just think that the episodes you see in Breaking Bad are more consistent in quality and that in Buffy, there's a balance with the bad/adequate episodes are compensated by the more impacting, emotional episodes?
Posted by Krean, 09/10/2013 2:05am (3 years ago)
This was the best show I ever watched, and I am not surprised how much I miss it already. This show never had a weak episode, or one that was kind of filler just to kill a week.
I think was struck me the most overall about this show was the tightness and quality of the writing. Yes, there were some "TV"-type moments that occurred, but really, not many. I have never seen a show so skillfully and logically portray the consequences and ramifications of its characters' actions. Also, I liked all the characters in this show, and while that isn't a requirement of a show for me, it helps you form attachments to and care about the characters' fates. This is also a tribute to the skill of the actors. All were really top-notch, but Bryan Cranston was excellent. He was riveting to watch, and the show isn't as successful, probably not even close, without him.
I can't choose a favorite episode - just too many. My favorite overall season was probably Season 4, culminating in Walt's and Gus's final confrontation. It just built pressure all season. My favorite scenes require a brief list (again, too many to really choose, and I am leaving some off I am sure):
- Hank and the assassins at the end of "One Minute."
- The beginning of "Say My Name," in the desert. In some ways, the height of Walt's Heisenbergness. If you want to summarize, in one scene, how powerful he became, this is a good one to choose.
- "Grilled," with Jesse and Walt fighting Tuco.
- The final scenes in "Faceoff."
- Walt driving into the drug dealers.
- The final scene of the entire series.
I better stop - too many to mention. :) Thanks for a great podcast.
Posted by John D., 08/10/2013 12:50am (3 years ago)
Hi Robin, which moment in Breaking Bad is your best moment ever if you got only one choice? And which moment is the worst you most like to forget?
Posted by Dan, 02/10/2013 1:57pm (3 years ago)
I'm glad I watched this show.
I wasn't a part of the Sopranos craze, as I came to that show later. I wasn't a part of the Lost craze as that show never appealed to me. But I can say I was a part of the Breaking Bad craze, and that I'm grateful for the fact that I was.
I don't think the show was perfect. I don't think I would put it in my top 5. Maybe my top 10. Certainly it belongs in my top 15. The truth is I never got a handle on what I'd term "Breaking Bad logic". The show always seemed to be written plot-first. The characters being manipulated to do what the plot required of them, as opposed to the plot coming naturally from things that the characters themselves did. And that always did stick in my craw. But to the credit of the writers, they did a good job moulding the characters to the plot in a way that still felt true to the characters. And in this way, the characters remained interesting.
I cared about Jesse and I cared about Walt. I hated Walt, but I cared about him just the same. That's a complex emotion, so I applaud the show for that.
I'll forever remember the time Gus' face got blown off, the time a weeping Jesse shot Gale, the time Walt admitted he did it all for himself, and handful upon handful of other magnificent moments.
And I'll always look back at this and say "this show had an episode about two guys trying to kill a fly, and it was one of the greatest things I've ever seen."
Yeah, I'll miss the show. :)
Posted by Romit, 01/10/2013 9:13pm (3 years ago)
Hey Robin, in your opinion how does Breaking Bad compare in the pantheon of the best shows you've seen such as The Wire, Lost, Buffy after seeing the 2nd part of Season 5?
Posted by Krean, 30/09/2013 12:28pm (3 years ago)
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