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2011-07-13 01:04:11 PM  
Sunday @ 10 pm, I can't wait.
 
2011-07-13 02:18:12 PM  
Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.
 
2011-07-13 02:19:49 PM  
So very, very much looking forward to this season.
 
2011-07-13 03:10:17 PM  

Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.


All of them pale before...

4) Bob Hoskins - Nikita Khrushchev to Mario
 
2011-07-13 03:18:36 PM  
I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait it's been so long
 
2011-07-13 03:26:51 PM  

Tatsuma: I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait it's been so long


Way too long.
 
2011-07-13 04:03:01 PM  
Poooooooooor Michael C. Hall, he'll never win best actor at the Academy Awards until Breaking Bad ends. Mwhahahahhahaha.

Bry-Cran FO LIFE!
 
2011-07-13 04:11:32 PM  

Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.

2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger


With a turn as the desk-pounding J.J. Jameson in between.

/one of my favorite "that guy" actors
 
2011-07-13 04:21:54 PM  
FIVE MORE DAYS

Actually, I just started watching it a few weeks ago, went out and bought the DVDS and burned through all three seasons pretty quick. I can't count how many times I was literally on the edge of my seat or yelling "HOLY SH*T." What an amazing show, can't wait to see what happens next. I read an article that said there's supposedly a big twist in the premiere.
 
2011-07-13 04:23:12 PM  

irgunner: Poooooooooor Michael C. Hall, he'll never win best actor at the Academy Awards until Breaking Bad ends. Mwhahahahhahaha.

Bry-Cran FO LIFE!


No chance ever. Breaking Bad keep getting better and Dexter keeps getting worse. Maybe Hall can get a Lucci award after Showtime greenlights season 12.
 
2011-07-13 04:33:59 PM  
POLLOS
 
2011-07-13 04:35:40 PM  

violentsalvation: Tatsuma: I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait it's been so long

Way too long.


I watched all 3 seasons in a month last summer, so waiting this long has been hard. However, I don't know how I'll cope with only 45 minutes a week. I'm tempted to just save them all 'til the fall and binge, since it's been this long already.

You guys will save all the talk 'til then, right? Thanks! You're the best.
 
2011-07-13 04:39:43 PM  
I
 
2011-07-13 04:43:12 PM  
I have an Eisenboner


/best show on tv right now
 
2011-07-13 04:52:28 PM  
irgunner 2011-07-13 04:03:01 PM Poooooooooor Michael C. Hall, he'll never win best actor at the Academy Awards until Breaking Bad ends. Mwhahahahhahaha. Bry-Cran FO LIFE!
==============================================

Breaking bad is ineligible this year because it's airing in July.

/Also, I'm glad I found breaking bad only two weeks ago of this 15 month wait would have been INSANE.
 
2011-07-13 04:55:48 PM  
Larrydan43
No chance ever. Breaking Bad keep getting better and Dexter keeps getting worse. Maybe Hall can get a Lucci award after Showtime greenlights season 12.
================================================

The two worst seasons of Dexter were 1 and 2, the 3 best were 3, 4, and 5. So... no. You fail.

But then, based on my quick viewing when I found the show 2 weeks ago breaking bad is getting better each season. Season 1 was 'ok', season 2 was good, season 3 was amazing.
 
2011-07-13 05:08:18 PM  

jake3988: Season 1 was 'ok', season 2 was good, season 3 was amazing.


I thought the first season was pretty good, but it is definitely picking up momentum. Kind of the opposite of BSG, where they shot their wad pretty early and the last couple seasons were a fairly solid meh. BB is definitely keeping it going; I'm glad to see it finally coming back.
 
2011-07-13 05:14:49 PM  
Tight, tight, tight!
 
2011-07-13 05:20:04 PM  

Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.


He did get a little rapey with Skylar in season 2 if I recall correctly.
 
2011-07-13 05:21:07 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.

2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger

With a turn as the desk-pounding J.J. Jameson in between.

/one of my favorite "that guy" actors


The man was Cave Johnson. CAVE JOHNSON!!!

He's awesome on so many levels.
 
2011-07-13 05:21:38 PM  

Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.


Does the semi-rape of his wife count?
 
2011-07-13 05:28:28 PM  
Giddyup.
 
2011-07-13 05:30:20 PM  
I've said it before and I'll repeat it now: it's the best ticket on TV.

Bryan Cranston's work has been nothing short of flawless. I can't wait to see the further Scarface-ification of Walter White.


jake3988: Season 1 was 'ok', season 2 was good, season 3 was amazing.

I thought Season 1 was pretty dang good, Season 2 was *very* good, and Season 3 was out-friggin'-standing.

Sunday night can't get here soon enough.
 
2011-07-13 05:44:20 PM  

LarryDan43: irgunner: Poooooooooor Michael C. Hall, he'll never win best actor at the Academy Awards until Breaking Bad ends. Mwhahahahhahaha.

Bry-Cran FO LIFE!

No chance ever. Breaking Bad keep getting better and Dexter keeps getting worse. Maybe Hall can get a Lucci award after Showtime greenlights season 12.


I love both shows but seasons 1 and 4 of Dexter are two of the greatest seasons of television ever, with 3 being the only *bad* season IMHO. Then again Breaking Bad has yet to have a bad season.
 
2011-07-13 05:47:37 PM  

wantedbadass: Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.

Does the semi-rape of his wife count?


Kinda just humping away like a crazed senile dog...

She shoulda smacked him with a rolled up newspaper.
 
2011-07-13 05:51:54 PM  

Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.
1) Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch to Josef Mengele
2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger
3) Bryan Cranston - Malcolm's Dad to Walter H. White

I'm putting Simmons above Cranston until Walter rapes somebody.


Maybe they'll have a Number 6 Dance this season and Walt will rape
the shiat and voice out of his sister-in-law.

BTW, I say it's her or the old bald 'Cleaner/Fixer' guy who gets killed in the 1st ep.
 
2011-07-13 05:55:49 PM  

nocturn: OldManDownDRoad: Komplex: Ok, for actors, who's had the greatest range.

2) J. K. Simmons - Juno's Dad to Vernon Schillinger

With a turn as the desk-pounding J.J. Jameson in between.

/one of my favorite "that guy" actors

The man was Cave Johnson. CAVE JOHNSON!!!

He's awesome on so many levels.


We're between banks so just make those checks out to cash.

/pure awesome
 
2011-07-13 06:04:42 PM  
26.media.tumblr.com

If they ever make a movie...
 
2011-07-13 06:07:53 PM  
*ding*

*ding*

*ding*

*ding*

*ding*

*ding*
 
2011-07-13 06:36:08 PM  
I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?
 
2011-07-13 06:50:48 PM  

RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?


As much as he liked Gale (not Gus), he had no real connection to him. He owes Jessie, without him he wouldn't be where he is. He farked Jessie over, too, and felt bad for that. He went with his conscience rather than his own self-interest. It's a fundamental part of what makes him the man he is as opposed to just another ruthless drug dealer.
 
2011-07-13 06:57:25 PM  

RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?


It got farking awesome after that.

Your decision was bad and you should feel bad.
 
2011-07-13 07:07:56 PM  
Stile4aly: It got farking awesome after that.

What he said, RivenSilver. The last two episodes of the season were particularly amazing (Aaron Paul got the Emmy for "Half Measures," while Bryan Cranston got his third Emmy for "Full Measure," season finale).

On the plus side, you still have time to finish Season 3 before Season 4 premieres.
 
2011-07-13 07:09:52 PM  

RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?


timujin: As much as he liked Gale (not Gus), he had no real connection to him. He owes Jessie, without him he wouldn't be where he is. He farked Jessie over, too, and felt bad for that. He went with his conscience rather than his own self-interest. It's a fundamental part of what makes him the man he is as opposed to just another ruthless drug dealer.



Well, as timujin said, he did owe him, because immediately before Walt offers to make Jesse a partner in Gus' operation (at the time a 3-month, $3M job), Hank (Walt's B-i-L, though no blood to he or Skyler) beat the crap out of Jesse, b/c of the whole RV thing. The offer of renewed partnership was the only way to prevent Jesse from filing suit and bankrupting Hank&Marie.

If that's an unreasonable move to you, I think you should re-watch the pertinent episodes, as the character motivations didn't get through to you the first time 'round.
 
2011-07-13 07:10:37 PM  

timujin: RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?

As much as he liked Gale (not Gus), he had no real connection to him. He owes Jessie, without him he wouldn't be where he is. He farked Jessie over, too, and felt bad for that. He went with his conscience rather than his own self-interest. It's a fundamental part of what makes him the man he is as opposed to just another ruthless drug dealer.


Yeah I saw it as pure guilt for killing Jessie's smoking hot girlfriend and all the shiat that followed. It was an impractical decision, and he could've split his $3m paycheck with him without involving that knucklehead in his schemes.

There are only two differences between him and any other 'ruthless drug dealer' and one of them is entirely subjective: the show presents from his sympathetic perspective as a family man. We see Jessie from the same perspective, too, which is why he's such a popular character. All drug dealers, or any other kind of villain for that matter, has their own perspective. Morality is a relative thing, and strongly based on group/tribal lines. That absurd Mexican thug whose name I can't recall was a family man, too.

Let's not forget we've seen Walt murder rival dealers and melt them in vats of chemicals. The show is fundamentally about him breaking bad; the only major difference between him and any other drug faction is the fact that he's not a dealer--he's a producer, and he does all he can to limit himself from street-level intervention. Every time he does, he always presents himself as completely ruthless, and he's utterly indistinguishable from any other violent dealer.


/ps, the chicken man's name is Gus, I didn't get it wrong.
 
2011-07-13 07:16:43 PM  

timujin: RivenSilver: it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--


I understand how that seemed like a plot hole. However, it really wasn't. Here's my take:

At this point in the season, Jesse was hell bent on ruining Hank's career and decided to abandon Walt and attempt to cook and distribute on his own; two things he would fail at, and cause major headaches for everyone. The most powerful Saul Goodman line of the entire series was, "It may be time to talk options," about Jesse. Walt did not want to have Jesse killed, so he simply changed his situation to where he would be forced to recruit him again.
 
2011-07-13 07:17:11 PM  
I almost wish El Pollo Loco would do a Breaking Bad promotion with collectable cups from Gus' Los Pollos Hermanos.
 
2011-07-13 07:17:16 PM  
It's funny...usually death by Aztek involves a ritual heart removal atop a stone pyramid.

You've got it, Pontiac.
 
2011-07-13 07:17:35 PM  

RivenSilver: /ps, the chicken man's name is Gus, I didn't get it wrong.


sorry, you're correct, I misread what you wrote and thought you were calling the assistant Gus...
 
2011-07-13 07:21:26 PM  

RivenSilver: timujin: RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?

As much as he liked Gale (not Gus), he had no real connection to him. He owes Jessie, without him he wouldn't be where he is. He farked Jessie over, too, and felt bad for that. He went with his conscience rather than his own self-interest. It's a fundamental part of what makes him the man he is as opposed to just another ruthless drug dealer.

Yeah I saw it as pure guilt for killing Jessie's smoking hot girlfriend and all the shiat that followed. It was an impractical decision, and he could've split his $3m paycheck with him without involving that knucklehead in his schemes.

There are only two differences between him and any other 'ruthless drug dealer' and one of them is entirely subjective: the show presents from his sympathetic perspective as a family man. We see Jessie from the same perspective, too, which is why he's such a popular character. All drug dealers, or any other kind of villain for that matter, has their own perspective. Morality is a relative thing, and strongly based on group/tribal lines. That absurd Mexican thug whose name I can't recall was a family man, too.

Let's not forget we've seen Walt murder rival dealers and melt them in vats of chemicals. The show is fundamentally about him breaking bad; the only major difference between him and any other drug faction is the fact that he's not a dealer--he's a producer, and he does all he can to limit himself from street-level intervention. Every time he does, he always presents himself as completely ruthless, and he's utterly indistinguishable from any other violent dealer.


/ps, the chicken man's name is Gus, I didn't get it wrong.


Well, you're right about that. Maybe he didn't want to split his money w/ both Gale and Jesse, or he promised Jesse a full $1.5M, or he's just plain greedy. I can't quite recall his deal w/ Jesse to drop the charges.

The fact that he becomes just like the criminals he portends to not be is what makes the show great. Anyone, even a HS chem teacher who washes cars on the side to pay for his unplanned newborn can become a ruthless killer if the right situation presents itself.

Also, I was wrong to question you understanding of these characters' motivations (given what you just wrote). I apologize, but I maintain (along with others, above) that you should attempt to reconnect with the show. It's so worth it.
 
2011-07-13 07:26:53 PM  
WAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLT!

/i keed
/looking forward to sunday
 
2011-07-13 07:28:02 PM  
I'm going to, now that I've exhausted every other good video game and TV show ever. Summer has such a dearth of good shows that I'll have to power through to the part where everything blows up on him.I just hate watching characters I've invested in stick themselves in tense situations that I know are going to backfire on them. Regardless of his good intentions toward Jessie, their relationship has always been volatile.

I have to admit, though--the amazing Halflife juxtaposition that's been floating around the interwebs for weeks has made me miss the show more than anything else they could have done.
 
2011-07-13 07:35:48 PM  

RivenSilver: I'm going to, now that I've exhausted every other good video game and TV show ever. Summer has such a dearth of good shows that I'll have to power through to the part where everything blows up on him.I just hate watching characters I've invested in stick themselves in tense situations that I know are going to backfire on them. Regardless of his good intentions toward Jessie, their relationship has always been volatile.

I have to admit, though--the amazing Halflife juxtaposition that's been floating around the interwebs for weeks has made me miss the show more than anything else they could have done.


I'm enjoying Burn Notice and White Collar right now, and trying really, really hard to enjoy this season of True Blood.

/actually, last week's episode wasn't bad
 
2011-07-13 07:45:18 PM  
there was a scene in season 3 that just had me floored by bryan cranston. if i remember correctly, he was drugged by jesse with sleeping pills because he was going kind of crazy or something. then he just goes on this monologue babbling about whatever and after like five to ten minutes of this it just struck me that it was ALL ONE TAKE! I mean, just wow.
 
2011-07-13 08:02:41 PM  
Those are my 3 shows as well, although I'm trying really hard to not watch True Blood for at least another month. It's a magnificent show, one of my favorites on TV--I love dark romances, and I'm actually writing one right now--but its storytelling scope just can't fit into a weekly episodic format.

I hate this season, and I hated season 3 when it first aired. When I watched S3 again--all the way through, in one or two sittings--I farking loved it. There's just not enough screentime for each individual storyline to fit into each episode, and unless they move away from their real time, perfect continuity presentation, they're stuck breaking up each storyline into unsatisfying little snippets.

I'm sure I'll love season 4 when I can watch all 12 episodes contiguously, but right now I'm just gonna keep raging because Erik only gets 5 minutes of screentime per episode.
 
2011-07-13 08:14:20 PM  

Stile4aly: RivenSilver: I stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt fired his earnest and competent lab assistant during the gig with Gus just so he could hire Jessie to fark everything up. I get the whole theme of him feeling responsible for Jessie and whatnot, and I even like Jessie, but it was such an unreasonable move in the context of that situation--with all the promises he'd made to Gus and considering the stakes of the situation--that it literally turned me off to the entire show.

Did it all go to shiat for him from that point on, or did he miraculously pull through somehow? How is this show still going after such an episode of bad judgment?

It got farking awesome after that.

.


THIS:

"You might wanna hold off... Your boss is going to need me."
 
2011-07-13 08:41:14 PM  
Watching "ABQ" on the DVR right now, so I'm getting a kick...

Season one was good stuff, but when we first meet Heisenburg, and Walter's nerd rage LITERALLY explodes? Boys, it don't get no better than this.

Someone wrote "POLLOS" a few posts ago. That episode's final 10 minutes is like a master class in Hitchcock's bomb theory of suspense. Seeing that word like that gave me chills. Then they did it AGAIN in the end of "Half-Measures."

"Run."
 
2011-07-13 08:41:40 PM  
Bryan Cranston NEEDS to play Kolchak, and Depp needs to step aside and play the bad guy.

/Agreed?
//Agreed.
 
2011-07-13 08:51:13 PM  

jake3988: Larrydan43
No chance ever. Breaking Bad keep getting better and Dexter keeps getting worse. Maybe Hall can get a Lucci award after Showtime greenlights season 12.
================================================

The two worst seasons of Dexter were 1 and 2, the 3 best were 3, 4, and 5. So... no. You fail.


Nah. To me, 5 seemed like the "we're out of new ideas" season.
 
2011-07-13 09:38:19 PM  

Mattevil: I almost wish El Pollo Loco would do a Breaking Bad promotion with collectable cups from Gus' Los Pollos Hermanos.


www.sfgate.com
Free w/ every family value dinner pack!
 
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