Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Let's talk a little bit about BREAKING BAD for a minute.

First, I love this show. From top to bottom, I think it's probably going to go down as my favorite TV show of all time. There's really only two ways they could screw this up:

1) Reveal that they've been dead for a while and just stuck in purgatory.


2) Cut to black without giving anyone a definitive ending.

Those are really the only two things that could derail the ending. Otherwise, they're sticking the landing really, really well in my opinion.

I've heard a few complaints about the show and the biggest one is that every episode seems to end with them almost getting caught, but never actually getting caught. I don't feel that way, and I think that anyone that does probably doesn't watch very carefully. I never feel like Walt or Jesse is going to get caught. They're always going to get out of it and one of my favorite things about the show is seeing how they get out of those spots.

Also, everything in this show matters. Everything. Remember that little throwaway moment from season 3? Well once it comes back to haunt these characters, you'll remember and wonder how the hell they pulled that off.

Those are the things that I love about this show.

I missed the newest episode because I was at the Utah State Fair (which was awesome), but I made sure to not check email, Twitter, Facebook or anything until after I'd gotten home and had a chance to watch it. Nothing was getting spoiled. I watched it at about midnight and haven't stopped thinking about it since. I won't spoil anything big, but it was amazing.

Let's just talk about my favorite part. It works on a few different levels. Remember in the very first episode, when Walt's pants blow away as he's trying to navigate the RV out of the desert? They made an appearance the other night.

As Walt rolls a barrel through the desert to The Limeliters "Take My True Love By The Hand", he passes by them as they're strewn on the ground, covered in dirt.

More than that though, the episode itself is titled "Ozymandias" after a poem of the same name by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It's about a ruined king alone in the desert. Bryan Cranston read it over a series of images for a teaser to promote the final 8 episodes and it was great then, but it's even better now that we've gotten a full look at the events of this episode.

The poem itself is chilling, but how much the show's writers, the episode's director (Rian Johnson, who also directed LOOPER and posted some amazing behind the scenes photos on his Twitter page) and creator Vince Gilligan got out of it just reinforces how much I love this show.

If you've never seen it, you've got ten days to catch up before it ends. Join us, won't you?

I met a traveller from an antique land 
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone 
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, 
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown 
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command 
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read 
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, 
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. 
And on the pedestal these words appear: 
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: 
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!' 
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay 
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, 
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

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