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2012-07-09 09:05:18 PM  

Tax Boy: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x500]

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I LOVE Gogol Bordello.
 
2012-07-09 09:05:45 PM  
What IS the deal about Hanks rock collection anyways??
 
2012-07-09 09:17:59 PM  

P-Money All $tar: What IS the deal about Hanks rock collection anyways??


From what I recall it gave him something to do while recuperating, and it added to the story line because he was learning about 'crystals'.
 
2012-07-09 09:32:21 PM  

P-Money All $tar: What IS the deal about Hanks rock collection anyways??


It's an intentionally geeky and embarrassing thing for him to get into, something that no one around him understands. I can't explain it, but it feels very real to me.
 
2012-07-09 09:53:03 PM  
The numerous appearances of the teddy bear are cool but they don't make Vince Gilligan a genius as the writer of the article claims they do. He may be a genius. But not because he inserted a teddy bear into shots throughout the show. The article doesn't say what the teddy bear meeeeaaaans. That would be where the genius lies.

Noticing recurring themes is only a small part of the artistic process. The artist must ensure they do indeed represent something and the subject must then identify the symbolism, not just the symbol.

Unfortunately, we live in an era when there is more writing and with it, more BAD writing (over three unnecessary pages no less). Talking about the article here, not Vince Giligan.

Also, the writer of the article makes no mention of Jesse's last name being PINKman? Duh.
 
2012-07-09 10:01:40 PM  

eliasvict: The numerous appearances of the teddy bear are cool but they don't make Vince Gilligan a genius as the writer of the article claims they do. He may be a genius. But not because he inserted a teddy bear into shots throughout the show. The article doesn't say what the teddy bear meeeeaaaans. That would be where the genius lies.

Noticing recurring themes is only a small part of the artistic process. The artist must ensure they do indeed represent something and the subject must then identify the symbolism, not just the symbol.

Unfortunately, we live in an era when there is more writing and with it, more BAD writing (over three unnecessary pages no less). Talking about the article here, not Vince Giligan.

Also, the writer of the article makes no mention of Jesse's last name being PINKman? Duh.


Yeah he does. He mentions it in the second paragraph. Right above the embedded TwaughtHammer video.
 
2012-07-09 10:10:08 PM  

eliasvict: The numerous appearances of the teddy bear are cool but they don't make Vince Gilligan a genius as the writer of the article claims they do. He may be a genius. But not because he inserted a teddy bear into shots throughout the show. The article doesn't say what the teddy bear meeeeaaaans. That would be where the genius lies.


The girl and I watched the whole series by ourselves without any knowledge that it was even popular but the gf pointed out the missing eye thing in the teddy bear. I totally didn't see it.And obviously I don't keep up with pop culture.
 
2012-07-09 10:11:05 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Interesting read, that.


Confabulat: Very nifty. I'm sure people will write scholarly essays about the use of color in Breaking Bad, if they haven't already.

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"Here, Hank, let me get you some more purple."


www.writersstore.com
 
2012-07-09 10:18:17 PM  
I just finished season 4 yesterday. I knew it was going to end with Gus dying because of a spoiler I heard months ago, but it was still fantastic. And then the closing shot with the Lily of the Valley... damn.
 
2012-07-09 10:18:38 PM  

ontariolightning: I love BB but I've found more holy shiat did he/they just do that moments in The Shield with a lot of the characters.


THIS.

To avoid spoilers, and among others, let's just say that I might argue that the scene with the bag lunch and the hand grenade may be the saddest, tightest, deepest, most perfect scene on tv.

/ loves me some BB, tho....
 
2012-07-09 10:18:55 PM  

miss jinxed: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Interesting read, that.


Confabulat: Very nifty. I'm sure people will write scholarly essays about the use of color in Breaking Bad, if they haven't already.

[img834.imageshack.us image 550x387]

"Here, Hank, let me get you some more purple."

www.writersstore.com


Movies with sex and violets?
 
2012-07-09 10:22:36 PM  

Tax Boy: /Marie is awesome


... as a character epitomizing the perfect "cares too much" nurse / paraprofessional who anyone with an actual medical degree immediately wants to see run over with a truck....

/ mobile interface kinda sucks
 
2012-07-09 10:58:33 PM  
This article smacks of over analysis. Reminds me a lot of what the fans of Lost used to do. Maybe someone on the crew had an inside joke with the pink teddy and it just became a thing they kept working in for the fun of it.

The meaning of the flash forwards was always very clear - unintended consequences and collateral damage from the actions of Walt and Jesse.
 
2012-07-09 11:06:09 PM  

Mugato: [everyjoe.com image 500x332]

NEVER FORGET


When she got back into drugs she became a huge conniving biatch, Walt made the right call, for Jessie's sake too.
 
2012-07-09 11:10:57 PM  

libranoelrose: libranoelrose: violentsalvation: There was a link libranoelrose showed me and it had lots of screenshots of hidden things people have discovered in Breaking Bad. He'll probably show up and link it again. One of the things was Hector when he was younger sitting in a western-themed patio chair and the sides were made of wagon wheels, putting him in a "wheelchair".

I'll miss Hector.
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I'm still looking for that link. Here's one of the bear sightings that wasn't mentioned (unless I somehow missed it) in TFA:

It's hanging on an endcap display when Walt is naked in the convenience store.

Finally found it.

It's a link to Reddit, so be warned.


Finally saved it.

i798.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-09 11:27:12 PM  
Also check out tuckershole.blogspot.com

The guy who writes it does a pretty good job.
 
2012-07-09 11:29:03 PM  
Oops again.

It's tuckershole.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-10 01:55:15 AM  

miss jinxed: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Interesting read, that.


Confabulat: Very nifty. I'm sure people will write scholarly essays about the use of color in Breaking Bad, if they haven't already.

[img834.imageshack.us image 550x387]

"Here, Hank, let me get you some more purple."


I'll have to check out that book. That kind of thing interests me

/not the fabulous cover
 
2012-07-10 02:18:17 AM  
I think the uncut pizza represents Walt's passion for his product.

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Jesse: Yo, what's up with the pie, man, it ain't cut.
Badger: Yeah, right, that's the gimmick.
Jesse: What gimmick?
Badger: This place, they don't cut the pizza, and they pass the savings on to you.
 
2012-07-10 02:21:32 AM  

schpanky: miss jinxed: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Interesting read, that.


Confabulat: Very nifty. I'm sure people will write scholarly essays about the use of color in Breaking Bad, if they haven't already.

[img834.imageshack.us image 550x387]

"Here, Hank, let me get you some more purple."

I'll have to check out that book. That kind of thing interests me

/not the fabulous cover


All the colors in this series mean something.

Don't forget about the color (or the fruit) orange.

When Ted slips and kills himself the oranges get knocked over onto the floor.

In all three Godfather movies oranges suggest that a death may soon occur. For instance, Vito is shopping for oranges just prior to the assassination attempt on his life, Sonny drives past a billboard promoting Florida Oranges just before he is gunned down at the turnpike tollbooth, and Michael dies with an orange in his hand.
 
2012-07-10 03:46:43 AM  

violentsalvation: I'll miss Hector.


Tragic family.

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2012-07-10 04:05:31 AM  
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2012-07-10 04:23:42 AM  

violentsalvation: libranoelrose: libranoelrose: Also:

Oops


Phone posting?


Yup.

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2012-07-10 04:52:22 AM  
I wonder if these questions will be answered.

1. Will we learn Walt's past with Gretchen and Elliott and "Gray Matter"? Why did Walt leave the company - and what happened between him and Gretchen? I think that Walt and Gretchen were a couple at some point, but why their relationship ended and how she ended up with Elliot is not known. Is is it because Gretchen got together with his business / research partner that Walt left Gray Matter, or is there another reason?

2. Will we learn more about Marie's shoplifting problem? It seems that she resorts to this when she feels her life is not going the way she wants at home, and wants to feel some control or power. This may not be a major plot point, but it has arisen at two different times in the past, and obviously bugs the heck out of Hank.

3. Will Jesse reconcile with his family, or will we even see them again? It was pretty obvious that his parents don't want anything to do with him anymore, and he is setting up his own family with Andrea and Brock. It might be interesting to see what path Jesse's brother Jake is on.

4. Will Jesse learn that Walt was in a position to prevent Jane's death?

5. Mike was a cop in the past. Did he ever cross paths with Hank? Is this a possibility for future plot developments?

6. Will the videotape of Jesse cooking meth in Mexico make an appearance? Either through another Mexican cartel or through the authorities? Perhaps this is not something to worry about as the police already suspect Jesse of a few crimes, and Saul would step in quickly to ensure the tape could not be used as evidence. However, if the police did get a look at it, they might start asking about how Jesse learned to produce such a pure product.

7. We last saw Mike in the field hospital in Mexico. How is his recovery going? How will he react when he returns to the U.S. and discovers Gus' death and his drug empire revealed to the DEA? Will he just shrug and move on, or will he go after Walt and Jesse? Knowing Mike's rather blasé attitude, he would probably move on... what point would there be for him to take vengeance for Gus? Mike is too great a character for me to want to see him go away though!

8. Does Hank have any suspicions of Walt left over from when Walt caused their accident?

9. I assume that Ted Beneke is dead, but will there be any fallout from his death and the IRS? Perhaps the IRS will be happy to receive their money and have no further concerns. Someone investigating his death may question his recent "inheritance", then death, and almost simultaneous squaring of his accounts with the IRS though.

10. Will Jesse be under any more scrutiny for suggesting ricin was used to poison Brock at the hospital? Probably not, it seems that the police are satisfied now that ricin was not the poison ingested by Brock.

11. Will Tio Hector Salamanca's sweet elderly neighbour from the nursing home mention to investigators that she saw a bald man with a goatee outside her window prior to the explosion? Granted, she seemed a little "out of it", but you never know!

12. Will any of the laundry workers (now unemployed) mention anything to authorities about Walt or Jesse? Gus was clear that his employees there knew to be discreet, but there is no one for them hide secrets for anymore. Would Mike really have any reason to discipline an ex-launderer at this point? One thought is that some of these workers were in the U.S.illegally and would not want to get in trouble with the law, and therefore keep their mouths shut. I don't know how likely that is, as I think that with Gus' "hide in plain sight" strategy he would not have risked an investigation of the laundry by immigration authorities.

13. It is now a pretty safe assumption that Walt was responsible for poisoning Brock as the first step in his ingenious plan to assassinate Gus. This raises a lot of questions that I really want answered. How did Walt pull this plan off in the limited time he had to do it? Remember, he started the day hooded and in the desert with Gus, where Gus made the threat against his family. Walt then went to visit Saul about contacting the "dissaperer", and then went home and freaked out in his crawl space. It is only after the DEA left with his family to take them into protection with Hank that Walt had time to sit in his back yard spinning his pistol and come up with the plan. He then would have had to execute this plan between that time (late morning) and the evening when Brock was admitted to hospital. How did Walt even know who Brock was? As far as I know Walt only had a momentary glimpse (if even) of the kid in Jesse's house the night before. I am guessing Saul was the only person that could have told him, but how would Walt have even thought that Saul might know who the kid at Jesse's house was? Then Walt would have had to convince Saul (and man-mountain Huell) into aiding his plan to poison a child. It was also a very huge gamble to try to replace Jesse's cigarette pack with the ricin loaded cigarette. On this one, Mr. Gilligan and the writers have a lot of 'splainin' to do!

14. As a follow on to the previous item - will Jesse discover that Walt was responsible for the poisoning of Brock, and that Saul,and Huell were potentially involved?

15. Is Gale's murder investigation still open or will it be wrapped in with the investigation of Gus and the super lab? This is still lurking in the background, and it would be interesting to see how it is resolved.

16. What will happen to the methamphetamine market of the South Western U.S. in the vacuum left by the elimination of the Mexican cartel, and Gus' operation? Don Eladio and all his capos are dead; presumably leaving the underlings of his cartel to be taken over by other Mexican cartels... will they now move in? Will they have any interest in Walt and Jesse? Perhaps after they view the videotape of Jesse's Mexican cook?

17. All the "drop money" that Mike and Jesse used to go pick up is out there waiting (at least the final payments from the dealers). Will the dealers go and take it back for themselves once they learn that their network is dead? Or will fear of Mike result in them just leaving it there? Will Mike or Jesse make one last pickup run for their own benefit? The thought of all that cash scattered at clandestine locations around New Mexico is intriguing, even though this may just be a mystery left for us to wonder about.

18. Madrigal Electromotive owns Los Pollos Hermanos and was a source of lab equipment for the super lab in the laundry. Will they be subject to investigation? Do they have any knowledge of Walt and Jesse - and if they do - will they any interest in going after them? Is there a connection between Madrigal Electromotive and Gus' past? Which leads us to the next question...

19. Will Gus' background in Chile come to haunt Walt and Jesse? Hank said no record of Gus exists in Chile. Gus had Mike checking to see how well his background in Chile was covered up. Don Eladio did not kill Gus when they first met because he knows who he was in Chile. Obviously Gus has some powerful connections in his past. Many wonder whether Gus was involved somehow in the Pinochet regime. This is menacing! I will definitely be expecting some flashbacks with more of Gus!

20. Walt is now broke again. He has the Car Wash, but it most likely does not generate anywhere near the money he needs for any further medical expenses (for him or for Hank) and to provide for his family's future. What to do.. what to do...?

All in all, it's going to be really great to see how many of these questions can be resolved as we also get treated to the new stories and issues that will inevitably arise in the new season!

Oh and just for fun...

1. Whatever happened to Wendy? Will we get one last look at that pitiful soul?
 
2012-07-10 04:58:13 AM  
 
2012-07-10 05:46:43 AM  

libranoelrose: I wonder if these questions will be answered.

1. Will we learn Walt's past with Gretchen and Elliott and "Gray Matter"? Why did Walt leave the company - and what happened between him and Gretchen? I think that Walt and Gretchen were a couple at some point, but why their relationship ended and how she ended up with Elliot is not known. Is is it because Gretchen got together with his business / research partner that Walt left Gray Matter, or is there another reason?

2. Will we learn more about Marie's shoplifting problem? It seems that she resorts to this when she feels her life is not going the way she wants at home, and wants to feel some control or power. This may not be a major plot point, but it has arisen at two different times in the past, and obviously bugs the heck out of Hank.

3. Will Jesse reconcile with his family, or will we even see them again? It was pretty obvious that his parents don't want anything to do with him anymore, and he is setting up his own family with Andrea and Brock. It might be interesting to see what path Jesse's brother Jake is on.

4. Will Jesse learn that Walt was in a position to prevent Jane's death?

5. Mike was a cop in the past. Did he ever cross paths with Hank? Is this a possibility for future plot developments?

6. Will the videotape of Jesse cooking meth in Mexico make an appearance? Either through another Mexican cartel or through the authorities? Perhaps this is not something to worry about as the police already suspect Jesse of a few crimes, and Saul would step in quickly to ensure the tape could not be used as evidence. However, if the police did get a look at it, they might start asking about how Jesse learned to produce such a pure product.

7. We last saw Mike in the field hospital in Mexico. How is his recovery going? How will he react when he returns to the U.S. and discovers Gus' death and his drug empire revealed to the DEA? Will he just shrug and move on, or will he go after Walt and ...


TOO LONG, HEAD A SPLODES...
Things I agree with


I'd like to see why Walt was stuck in a dead end job and not a millionaire. Grey matter

Why Hanks rock/mineral collection?

Was Anna gunn preggers in season 4 and miscarry or just gain a shiatload of weight.

You thunk too far...
 
2012-07-10 05:50:01 AM  
One more

Madrigal Electromotive

mad ri GALE lectro motive

GALE MOTIVE?
 
2012-07-10 06:26:50 AM  

libranoelrose: 1. Will we learn Walt's past with Gretchen and Elliott and "Gray Matter"? Why did Walt leave the company - and what happened between him and Gretchen? I think that Walt and Gretchen were a couple at some point, but why their relationship ended and how she ended up with Elliot is not known. Is is it because Gretchen got together with his business / research partner that Walt left Gray Matter, or is there another reason?


I'm just tossing this one out, having caught up on the first four seasons and getting ready for 5.

From the previous interactions with Gretchen and Elliott, I very strongly doubt Walt's position in the Grey Matter startup. Cutting the crap, my money's on Walt's meth operation not being his first foray into illicit drug production -- I bet Grey Matter was either a cover or an attempt at laundering. Looking back at the earliest episodes, I definitely get a sense Walt wasn't just getting some Sherlock Holmes-esque intuition of meth labs and how to elude the authorities, get the sense he went on the ride-along with Hank as a refresher.

I don't think Walt just decided to break bad when he found out he had cancer. One of the running things with the show as I see it, is people either have and indulge the capacity for evil, or don't. Walt took to the seedier and less ethical elements of his lifestyle, but for the violence, way too well and too quickly to not stretch credulity even for someone as intelligent and educated as Walt.
 
2012-07-10 07:16:28 AM  

P-Money All $tar: I'd like to see why Walt was stuck in a dead end job and not a millionaire. Grey matter

Why Hanks rock/mineral collection?

Was Anna gunn preggers in season 4 and miscarry or just gain a shiatload of weight.

You thunk too far...


I think Walt and Gretchen were together, having an 'affair' behind her now-hubby's back. he found out, and kicked Walt out of Grey Matter, AFTER Walt's work set the stage for the company's success. Walt ended up in the teaching gig to tide the fam over (when they bought the house he was with a big govt research outfit and Skyler was preggers) to something bigger/better and guilt kept him there.

If you notice, when Hank first gets the rocks, he's adamant that they're "MINERALS!" But as his depression eases and he gets into Gale's file and back the blue meth thing, they slowly turn back to just "rocks."

Anna Gunn was preggo in real life in S4 - hence the extra curves


also, Wendy's other 'head shot'
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Also, also: TUCKER!!!
Apparently she's a triathlete as well as an actress IRL, hence the super-low body fat
 
2012-07-10 07:20:11 AM  

P-Money All $tar: One more

Madrigal Electromotive

mad ri GALE lectro motive

GALE MOTIVE?


dayam.
at the bottom of the "Los Pollos Hermanos" commercial there's a tiny copyright
graphic stating ownership(?) by Madrigal Electromotive GmbH

Between ze Germans and los Chileans, BB's going out with an international flair!
 
2012-07-10 10:06:21 AM  

ontariolightning: As for Walts bad ass moments I still prefer the Stay out of my territory line


A few friends and I were having a discussion on when "Heisenberg" first appeared. I'd have to say that scene, or the one in Tuco's office.
 
2012-07-10 10:28:21 AM  
I think I was in season three when we stopped watching on Netflix, We'll have to get caught up by, what, Sunday? I can do Sunday. But dammit, you guys are talking about some stuff that I shoud remember, but I don't. So i guess I'll have to watch refreshers also.
 
2012-07-10 10:39:20 AM  

browntimmy: Mugato: [everyjoe.com image 500x332]

NEVER FORGET

When she got back into drugs she became a huge conniving biatch, Walt made the right call, for Jessie's sake too.


Yeah I guess that's part of what makes her hot .
 
2012-07-10 11:46:13 AM  

Keigh: I think I was in season three when we stopped watching on Netflix, We'll have to get caught up by, what, Sunday? I can do Sunday. But dammit, you guys are talking about some stuff that I shoud remember, but I don't. So i guess I'll have to watch refreshers also.


Netflix doesn't have Season 4, and seeing season 4 is ESSENTIAL to watching anything afterward. I bought it on Amazon streaming for $20.
 
2012-07-10 12:13:58 PM  

elvisaintdead:
I think Walt and Gretchen were together, having an 'affair' behind her now-hubby's back. he found out, and kicked Walt out of Grey Matter, AFTER Walt's work set the stage for the company's success. Walt ended up in the teaching gig to tide the fam over (when they bought the house he was with a big govt research outfit and Skyler was preggers) to something bigger/better and guilt kept him there.


When he met with Gretchen in the restaurant I recall her saying something like "You left us" and that they didn't want him to leave.
 
2012-07-10 02:38:29 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: ontariolightning: As for Walts bad ass moments I still prefer the Stay out of my territory line

A few friends and I were having a discussion on when "Heisenberg" first appeared. I'd have to say that scene, or the one in Tuco's office.


Well, "Heisenberg" was his "cover" and certainly came up with that in Tuco's office.

For me, the "Stay out of my territory" to the random meth making guy at the store was the line he crossed from "Something I am doing because I felt like I needed to" to "Something I am doing because I want to".
 
2012-07-10 04:48:28 PM  
Also, I'm not an air traffic controller or anything, but I do know how to listen and notice patterns, and i'm pretty sure that the mid air collision was not her Dad's fault. I would be very interested in hearing about that scene from someone who knows something about air traffic control.
 
2012-07-10 11:46:02 PM  
What does the H in Walter H White stand for? I can't remember if the show ever said what it really was, but as if Heisenberg isn't his middle name.
 
2012-07-11 12:43:03 AM  
I don't understand why people keep saying season 4 isn't available on Netflix. I just watched it on Netflix, to get ready for season 5. ??
 
2012-07-11 12:56:17 AM  

cochlear: I don't understand why people keep saying season 4 isn't available on Netflix. I just watched it on Netflix, to get ready for season 5. ??


1. Because I just rechecked a second ago and it still says 3 seasons.
2. Because Netflix said they'll have season 4 on July 15 and it is not July 15 yet. https://www.facebook.com/netflix
 
2012-07-11 01:35:49 PM  

Luminiferous Aether: What does the H in Walter H White stand for?


Hartwell
 
2012-07-11 04:44:29 PM  

cochlear: I don't understand why people keep saying season 4 isn't available on Netflix. I just watched it on Netflix, to get ready for season 5. ??


Perhaps you're confusing Netflix with Amazon.
 
2012-07-11 05:57:52 PM  

libranoelrose: I wonder if these questions will be answered....


16. What will happen to the methamphetamine market of the South Western U.S. in the vacuum left by the elimination of the Mexican cartel, and Gus' operation? Don Eladio and all his capos are dead; presumably leaving the underlings of his cartel to be taken over by other Mexican cartels... will they now move in? Will they have any interest in Walt and Jesse? Perhaps after they view the videotape of Jesse's Mexican cook?


I've heard rumors of there being a neo-nazi/skinhead gang in the upcoming season. That may be a partial answer to the question of who fills (or tries to fill) the vacuum left after the demise of the cartel and Gus' operation.

/I cannot name my source.
//Friend of a friend kind of thing.
 
2012-07-11 06:29:08 PM  
I have serious reservations about this upcoming season. They wrapped up nearly all of the plot lines last season so nicely, that I'm worried that this season is going to be a simple encore performance, with not nearly as much tension as the first seasons.

Hank will still be snooping around, possibly getting to the truth of the matter. Everybody knows this one.

The power vacuum is going to draw in some new interesting characters or groups. Walt and Jesse won't be able to stay out of it. Will they be on the same side, or opposing sides?

Will Jesse learn about Walt's involvement with the death of his girlfriend? Will he find out something about the poisoning of that little kid?
 
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