Breaking Bad Page 101

  • up_the_ante 13 Oct 2019 19:06:14 1,157 posts
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    I don't think any true BB fans can complain. They managed to give us another 2 hours of entertainment keeping to the tone the series had set and not giving us any OTT stupid shit. I was skeptical before hand but am now quite content with what we got.
  • Joyless_Man 13 Oct 2019 19:15:31 627 posts
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    What else would you want? I know that Reddit post is extreme and tongue in cheek (sounds like one of Deckards tales), yet I'm struggling to think of another direction they could have taken it.

    I'm not being facetious, I'm genuinely interested what people think they could have done.

    Setting it in present day is an obvious one, but I'm not sure they could derive that much drama with Jessie so far removed from BB.

    Perhaps someone tracks him down in hiding and tries to force him to cook again, cartel maybe, as a premise. Dunno.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Oct 2019 19:19:29 17,917 posts
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    They could have not done anything.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2019 19:27:43
    That's the point. If you have nothing more interesting to tell then don't tell it. Less is more yadda yadda
  • Deleted user 13 October 2019 19:28:45
    They have justified BCS and then some. This was a bridge too far.

    For me the vision of Jesse in that car speeding away was all I needed. It was really cathartic. This is the hangover.

    Full of hazy recollections of a time when the series was at its best.

    Edited by adamasunder12 at 19:29:56 13-10-2019
  • RGeefe 13 Oct 2019 19:31:55 449 posts
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    Exactly. I would much prefer to have not seen it to be honest. No, it doesn't detract from the series but it feels like a waste of time when that effort could have been put into producing something worthwhile.
  • Joyless_Man 13 Oct 2019 19:35:52 627 posts
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    El Marmite then.
  • Mr_Sleep 13 Oct 2019 19:37:43 22,908 posts
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    I enjoyed it. I love the way they make a thing that breaks with drama and thriller convention. Small things deviate all the time and everything feels a little more human. Especially early in the episode it moves in an unusual directions.

    It was not necessary but I am glad it exists as watching the whole thing recently it is a good addition at the end.

    The director of photography really is excellent, so many shots are really well constructed.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2019 19:40:01
    The cinematography is exceptional. The shot in the dump is probably my favourite. I can't really explain why.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2019 19:40:45
    Joyless_Man wrote:
    El Marmite then.
    Well, I kinda like it. I got to defending why kinda liking it is enough. Somehow
  • Joyless_Man 13 Oct 2019 19:42:42 627 posts
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    Yeah I get ya. Hopefully BCS is soon and has a good send off. I really love the whole BB world and Gilligan is fantastic.
  • Mr_Sleep 13 Oct 2019 19:46:28 22,908 posts
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    No show has had as much visual flair and influence since The Sopranos. I see Breaking Bad shots all over the place on telly and in film and even then their shows still surprise in all kinds of visual ways.

    I feel partly they made it because they enjoy the shit out of doing what they do as film makers.
  • Mola_Ram 13 Oct 2019 19:52:21 21,765 posts
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    I just like that the show now has one major character who didn't finish up utterly, utterly fucked. That's nice to me, even if I guess his original ending was more artistically sound or whatever.

    And maybe it was inconsequential. But two hours of middling, inconsequential Breaking Bad is still better than just about anything else on TV right now. So I'm happy we got it, and happy that Jesse got to Alaska.
  • Joyless_Man 13 Oct 2019 19:55:11 627 posts
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    I'd rate it much higher than a lot of the episodes in S5. I got a bit fed up of giant magnets, train heights, desert shootouts and machine guns.
  • fontgeeksogood 13 Oct 2019 19:58:16 7,565 posts
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    I really wanted a fly origins film
  • SolidSCB 13 Oct 2019 20:04:16 11,728 posts
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    I loved the aerial shot of Jesse turning fat Todd's apartment upside down. Some great camera work as usual in this.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2019 20:15:04
    @Mola_Ram I definitely sympathise with you. When you put it like that.

    In my head Jesse was fine after BB
  • up_the_ante 13 Oct 2019 20:24:58 1,157 posts
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    Joyless_Man wrote:
    I'd rate it much higher than a lot of the episodes in S5. I got a bit fed up of giant magnets, train heights, desert shootouts and machine guns.
    You got fed up of peak Breaking Bad? :confused:
  • Joyless_Man 13 Oct 2019 20:36:00 627 posts
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    I'd say S4 was the peak. 5 was great but I felt it was on the slide slightly.
  • cowell 13 Oct 2019 20:50:50 2,041 posts
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    Thought it was a nice epilogue. Good to see what happened to Jesse. Not a classic by any stretch but worth watching
  • RGeefe 13 Oct 2019 22:34:59 449 posts
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    Joyless_Man wrote:
    I'd say S4 was the peak. 5 was great but I felt it was on the slide slightly.
    I did a rewatch about a year ago - whole thing over a month. I caught the first series on FX in 2008 when it came out and then drifted off. It definitely peaks in series 3. 4 was nowhere near as good as I remember it and 5 was definitely too long but it made sense within the world they'd created.

    Fantastic ending though.
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 08:22:04 11,728 posts
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    For me, S5 was great but it also really missed having Gus as a primary antagonist. It was still great TV and I still maintain to this day that Ozymandias is the best episode of TV ever produced but the Nazis never did it for me, Todd aside. They felt rushed in last minute just to bring in something even worse than what Walt had become so you would definitely root for him at the end.

    Also the Walt, Jesse, Mike partnership barely got going and I'd have loved to have seen a little bit more of those guys together as their chemistry was amazing.

    Basically the whole season felt like a bit of a box ticking exercise and as a result a lot of things got skimmed through and felt rushed. Still incredible TV but a definite downward trajectory from S4.
  • Salaman 14 Oct 2019 12:35:40 23,715 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    Damn, Todd got fat.
    It was incredibly distracting.
    In the first Todd scene(s) they seemed to really try hard to not show his whole face and never dead on, which just emphasised it more.

    Eventually they gave up though. Still low level distracting throughout.

    edit: I'm surprised so many are MEH about it.
    I quite enjoyed some new content set in that universe and produced to the high standard they always produce. It maybe doesn't add much to the overall BB story but the El Camino story itself was enjoyable, had a few surprises and twists and had lots of great acting.

    I'm not complaining!

    Edited by Salaman at 13:01:40 14-10-2019
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 12:56:04 11,728 posts
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    It still had nothing on Walter's moon head though.
  • Salaman 14 Oct 2019 13:02:12 23,715 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    It still had nothing on Walter's moon head though.
    Are you confusing Walter with a certain EG forum user?
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 13:48:03 11,728 posts
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    It's funny because as soon as Walt emerged in that coridoor it reminded me of that lovely piece of MS Paint artwork that did the rounds here years ago.
  • up_the_ante 14 Oct 2019 14:07:52 1,157 posts
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    It is slightly distracting
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 14:13:34 11,728 posts
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    Easy fix
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 14 Oct 2019 14:14:29 21,502 posts
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    Meth Damon to McDonalds Damon. No wonder Kirsten Dunst looks so miserable all the time.
  • Bedders Content Editor, Gamer Network 14 Oct 2019 16:12:41 256 posts
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    I hadn't really clocked Todd's appearance change, but that image above is quite striking.

    TBH I was more struck by Aaron Paul in this. He looks pretty bonny for a guy who's spent six months living in a pit as a meth slave.
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