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I think Heisenberg would approve- but I'm not certain.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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I think Heisenberg would approve- but I'm not certain....
Arcs are winding down here pretty fast and furious.  The second-season finale of The Newsroom is in the house, although I haven't watched it yet. The second-to-last-ever Dexter HAS been viewed, with much suspense and agitas. I may liveblog the finale next Sunday night, just to share the experience with many of you who've been on this wild ride with me.

What, then, to do for serial entertainment, after next Sunday night?

I've got a Bad idea....

We've never followed Breaking Bad, but it's starting to acquire that pop-culture halo about it reserved for so many other amazing things. Last week's (sorry, paywalled) New Yorker profile of Walt White actor Bryan Cranston largely sealed the deal for me. Walt is an ordinary guy who turns extraordinary in the face of a cancer diagnosis, becoming a character known as "Heisenberg" to support his family in his prematurely postmortem range of expectations. More violence than hilariaty ensues, but, as with Dexter and Sopranos and likely others, it sounds like there are elements of both.

The BB finale is one Sunday following next weekend's Dexter finale. In the tradition of Memento, I'm giving consideration to watching the series in reverse- if not literally 62-to-1, at least watching Season 4, then 3, then 2, then 1, and finally back to 5 (by which time, one would hope, it would all be Netflix-streamable as the first four, and the first eight of S5, currently are).

If nothing else, by the time I watch at least a few of them, I'd hope the Middle School Musical version of the series will make slightly more sense than it already does:

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platypus From: platypus Date: September 18th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I would very (very!) strongly recommend watching Breaking Bad in order. I'm the kind of person who almost always flips to the last page of a book as soon as I open it, but Breaking Bad is built almost entirely on complex relationships that develop over time. You'll get a million times more out of it if you see that happen (and are not spoiled for things that won't have as much impact anyway if you see them without knowing the history). This final run of episodes is like one huge payoff for the previous years, which is wonderful.

The first season is really great, anyway -- lots of black humor among all the necessary setup. S2 is pretty grimdark, and I nearly stopped watching -- it was still a quality show, but I was about ready to say it was a quality show I didn't enjoy watching. But S3 shook itself back up, and I've found the show pretty compelling ever since. If you want the experience of every episode of Season 5B giving you a heart attack, watch the show in order. (The heart attacks are more fun than they sound!)
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