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(Entertainment Weekly)   Comparing the "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter" series finales, or the TV equivalent to the Denver Broncos-Jacksonville Jaguars game in a couple weeks   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 79
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2013-10-02 08:20:50 AM
headline fail, a better one would have been to lift a quote from BB

"Sooooo...It's grade school t-ball vs. the New York Yankees"
 
2013-10-02 09:55:36 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: "Sooooo...It's grade school t-ball vs. the

1927 New York Yankees"

FTFY

/ 2013 NYY make me a sad
 
2013-10-02 10:03:20 AM
Just a ratings suggestion for the NFL.  If Tebow were to be playing for the Jaguars when they play Denver....

I'm talking serious advertising dollars here guys.  ; )
 
2013-10-02 10:08:35 AM

garron: Just a ratings suggestion for the NFL.  If Tebow were to be playing for the Jaguars when they play Denver....

I'm talking serious advertising dollars here guys.  ; )


The problem with Tebow is if they sign him he'll fark up the plan by motivating the team to a few wins. They wouldn't get Bridgewater or Manziel (sp?) and then be stuck with him again. Plus he'd generate enough interest to keep the Jags in Jacksonville, which just shouldn't have ever happened.
 
2013-10-02 10:12:10 AM
even if the Broncos didn't take the field  until the 2nd half, they'd still blow out the Jaguars.
 
2013-10-02 10:13:37 AM
Dexter's writers' problem is they chose a half measure, when they should have gone all the way.
 
2013-10-02 10:14:04 AM
What is this Breaking Bad everyone is talking about?
 
2013-10-02 10:18:28 AM

BalugaJoe: What is this Breaking Bad everyone is talking about?


Some crappy show that airs before Low Winter Sun.
 
2013-10-02 10:18:29 AM
Breaking Bad's writing =  annoyzview.files.wordpress.com

Dexter's writing =  i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-02 10:24:35 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Dexter's writers' problem is they chose a half measure, when they should have gone all the way.


Not that I want to be that guy, but they went full retard seasons ago.
 
2013-10-02 10:28:54 AM
What would have saved the Dexter finale is that he was always a jumberjack and the whole show was a fantasy of his. Then they brought back all the people he "killed" as his lumberjack co-workers.

No, that would have sucked too.
 
2013-10-02 10:36:03 AM

Glitchwerks: BalugaJoe: What is this Breaking Bad everyone is talking about?

Some crappy show that airs before Low Winter Sun.


Jeezus, I've actually been watching that. I mean, they said it was based on a BBC show, and it had Gale Boetticher's actor in it, so I thought, "Great, this might fill the void once BB is done."

OMG, I've never seen a show miss the mark so hard. Continuing to watch it has been an exercise in masochism. At this point I'm just curious how bad it's going to get, and that's all that's keeping me watching. The writing is utterly, abysmally awful. Dexter:Breaking Bad::Low Winter Sun:Dexter. I've sat through crap before just to "find out how it ends" but I don't even give a shiat here how anything ends. The lead white detective spends his time crying about some tranny-looking Russian ho he thought was his girlfriend who had to be hustled out of the city for some unfathomable, poorly-written reason. I don't know what half the characters' names are. The writers are utterly incapable of providing backstory for anything. This week, the detectives seem to be testifying at a really important sounding case that as far as I can tell hasn't been mentioned before now and seems to have nothing to do with the overall story arc. One of the bad guys, hilariously described on Wikipedia as the "ruthless crime lord destined to be Detroit's reigning mob boss" is some dipshiat Boyd Crowder wannabe who owns a bar and whose evil plot is to open up an illegal fried chicken and drug dispensory/strip club in an abandoned building.

There is absolutely nothing good about this show. It didn't even get interesting when the lead black detective hurled the tranny-looking Russian ho out of a hotel room window for no apparent reason. The only thing even close to good about it is the frizzy-haired chick playing the Muslim cop, because she's kind of cute, but for some reason the writers keep having characters refer to her as a "Kaldean" or something and pretending that that's a word people actually use. For all I know maybe that means something in Detroit, but it means fark all to the rest of us.

TL;DR: The show is bad, and its writers should feel bad.
 
2013-10-02 10:37:24 AM
Dexter should've joined BB about three years ago as a Forensics dude in Hank's office. Then he could've killed Gus for putting that Ricin cigarette in the plane that crashed.
 
2013-10-02 10:59:20 AM

Mugato: What would have saved the Dexter finale is that he was always a jumberjack and the whole show was a fantasy of his. Then they brought back all the people he "killed" as his lumberjack co-workers.

No, that would have sucked too.


That sounds about as good as this ending for BB:   http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-ends-with-reveal-that-w h ole-series-wa,34036/
 
2013-10-02 11:02:42 AM
I love BB but I've about had my fill of news about it.. It's over.. Can we just go a day without 2-3 headlines about it now?
 
2013-10-02 11:17:09 AM
The main character in both shows had a lumberjack beard at the end?
 
2013-10-02 11:17:25 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Glitchwerks: BalugaJoe: What is this Breaking Bad everyone is talking about?

Some crappy show that airs before Low Winter Sun.

Jeezus, I've actually been watching that. I mean, they said it was based on a BBC show, and it had Gale Boetticher's actor in it, so I thought, "Great, this might fill the void once BB is done."

OMG, I've never seen a show miss the mark so hard. Continuing to watch it has been an exercise in masochism. At this point I'm just curious how bad it's going to get, and that's all that's keeping me watching. The writing is utterly, abysmally awful. Dexter:Breaking Bad::Low Winter Sun:Dexter. I've sat through crap before just to "find out how it ends" but I don't even give a shiat here how anything ends. The lead white detective spends his time crying about some tranny-looking Russian ho he thought was his girlfriend who had to be hustled out of the city for some unfathomable, poorly-written reason. I don't know what half the characters' names are. The writers are utterly incapable of providing backstory for anything. This week, the detectives seem to be testifying at a really important sounding case that as far as I can tell hasn't been mentioned before now and seems to have nothing to do with the overall story arc. One of the bad guys, hilariously described on Wikipedia as the "ruthless crime lord destined to be Detroit's reigning mob boss" is some dipshiat Boyd Crowder wannabe who owns a bar and whose evil plot is to open up an illegal fried chicken and drug dispensory/strip club in an abandoned building.

There is absolutely nothing good about this show. It didn't even get interesting when the lead black detective hurled the tranny-looking Russian ho out of a hotel room window for no apparent reason. The only thing even close to good about it is the frizzy-haired chick playing the Muslim cop, because she's kind of cute, but for some reason the writers keep having characters refer to her as a "Kaldean" or something and pretending that that's a ...


Haha.  You've wasted an hour a week for the past two months because you had nothing better to do between Breaking Bad and Talking Bad.
 
2013-10-02 11:37:22 AM

dletter: That sounds about as good as this ending for BB:   http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-ends-with-reveal-that-w h ole-series-wa,34036/


I was expecting a tired "Malcom in the Middle" reference, but that was much better. Good find.
 
2013-10-02 11:39:33 AM
Speaking of writing his stub of an article could have used a little more.
 
2013-10-02 11:44:19 AM
well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?
 
2013-10-02 11:44:30 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Breaking Bad's full serieswriting =  [annoyzview.files.wordpress.com image 153x196]

Dexter's final few seasonswriting =  [i44.tinypic.com image 512x332]


FTFY.  The final few seasons of Dexter really sucked.  But I would put season 4 (Trinity) against just about anything on TV.  The writing was tight, with constant little surprises.  Seasons 1 and to a lesser extent 2, were really good as well.  The rest wasn't very good, to be honest.

Breaking Bad, however, had almost constant spectacular writing.
 
2013-10-02 11:47:56 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Haha.  You've wasted an hour a week for the past two months because you had nothing better to do between Breaking Bad and Talking Bad.


It's even worse than that! I never watched "Talking Bad" (apart from the last one)! I have even less of an excuse.
 
2013-10-02 11:51:55 AM

YoOjo: Dexter should've joined BB about three years ago as a Forensics dude in Hank's office. Then he could've killed Gus for putting that Ricin cigarette in the plane that crashed.


Man I'm going to miss those Fark Breaking Bad threads. And the ricin cigarette was in Hanks bathroom under the book. Idiot.
 
2013-10-02 11:52:12 AM

RyansPrivates: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Breaking Bad's full serieswriting =  [annoyzview.files.wordpress.com image 153x196]

Dexter's final few seasonswriting =  [i44.tinypic.com image 512x332]

FTFY.  The final few seasons of Dexter really sucked.  But I would put season 4 (Trinity) against just about anything on TV.  The writing was tight, with constant little surprises.  Seasons 1 and to a lesser extent 2, were really good as well.  The rest wasn't very good, to be honest.

Breaking Bad, however, had almost constant spectacular writing.


Yeah.... 1, 2, and 4 of Dexter were good, 4 being great mostly because of Lithgow.  I also liked Carridine's character which was in 2 & 4... those two were really my favorite seasons.  3 was a down season, and it sounds like things went way downhill 5 on (I only made it half way thru season 5)...
 
2013-10-02 11:52:28 AM
pixel.nymag.com

Huell Babineaux is still sitting in that room all by himself waiting on Hank and Gomez to let him know it is safe to leave....
 
2013-10-02 11:54:42 AM

dletter: Mugato: What would have saved the Dexter finale is that he was always a jumberjack and the whole show was a fantasy of his. Then they brought back all the people he "killed" as his lumberjack co-workers.

No, that would have sucked too.

That sounds about as good as this ending for BB:   http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-ends-with-reveal-that-w h ole-series-wa,34036/


And having it ending in some kids bedroom with the kid asking his grandfather to come back and read the story again even though he didn't want to hear it the first time?
 
2013-10-02 12:00:55 PM
Upset special?
 
2013-10-02 12:03:54 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Glitchwerks: BalugaJoe: What is this Breaking Bad everyone is talking about?

Some crappy show that airs before Low Winter Sun.

Jeezus, I've actually been watching that. I mean, they said it was based on a BBC show, and it had Gale Boetticher's actor in it, so I thought, "Great, this might fill the void once BB is done."

OMG, I've never seen a show miss the mark so hard. Continuing to watch it has been an exercise in masochism. At this point I'm just curious how bad it's going to get, and that's all that's keeping me watching. The writing is utterly, abysmally awful. Dexter:Breaking Bad::Low Winter Sun:Dexter. I've sat through crap before just to "find out how it ends" but I don't even give a shiat here how anything ends. The lead white detective spends his time crying about some tranny-looking Russian ho he thought was his girlfriend who had to be hustled out of the city for some unfathomable, poorly-written reason. I don't know what half the characters' names are. The writers are utterly incapable of providing backstory for anything. This week, the detectives seem to be testifying at a really important sounding case that as far as I can tell hasn't been mentioned before now and seems to have nothing to do with the overall story arc. One of the bad guys, hilariously described on Wikipedia as the "ruthless crime lord destined to be Detroit's reigning mob boss" is some dipshiat Boyd Crowder wannabe who owns a bar and whose evil plot is to open up an illegal fried chicken and drug dispensory/strip club in an abandoned building.

There is absolutely nothing good about this show. It didn't even get interesting when the lead black detective hurled the tranny-looking Russian ho out of a hotel room window for no apparent reason. The only thing even close to good about it is the frizzy-haired chick playing the Muslim cop, because she's kind of cute, but for some reason the writers keep having characters refer to her as a "Kaldean" or something and p ...


Chaldeans are plentiful around Detroit. I'd never heard of it until I moved here either.
 
2013-10-02 12:04:03 PM

Uncle_Slacker: [pixel.nymag.com image 494x308]

Huell Babineaux is still sitting in that room all by himself waiting on Hank and Gomez to let him know it is safe to leave....


Was that a motel room though?  At some point, the motel would kick him out....
 
2013-10-02 12:05:03 PM
*watches final season of Breaking Bad*

Okay, that's how the fifth season of Babylon 5 would have gone if JMS was told he'd have an abbreviated split season to wrap things up instead of just four episodes.
 
2013-10-02 12:10:08 PM

dletter: Uncle_Slacker: [pixel.nymag.com image 494x308]

Huell Babineaux is still sitting in that room all by himself waiting on Hank and Gomez to let him know it is safe to leave....

Was that a motel room though?  At some point, the motel would kick him out....


Assuming the hotel has a few months paid into it and the water is still working.  Huell could live off his fat stores for months so he should be ok.
 
2013-10-02 12:14:30 PM

wjllope: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Dexter's writers' problem is they chose a half measure, when they should have gone all the way.

Not that I want to be that guy, but they went full retard seasons ago.


Pretty sure that was a BB reference. Mike with the wife beater who eventually killed his wife and again when he didn't kill Lydia
 
2013-10-02 12:16:31 PM
Hank left a DEA agent to look out for Huell. I'm sure he was informed about what happened...

...then him and Kuby took that cash they skimmed off the top of the barrel and headed straight to Belize.

The real one.
 
2013-10-02 12:19:27 PM

JonPace: wjllope: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Dexter's writers' problem is they chose a half measure, when they should have gone all the way.

Not that I want to be that guy, but they went full retard seasons ago.

Pretty sure that was a BB reference. Mike with the wife beater who eventually killed his wife and again when he didn't kill Lydia


sure, but I couldn't help but make the tropic thunder reference - just seemed to fit perfectly there... cheers
 
2013-10-02 12:23:22 PM

OtherLittleGuy: *watches final season of Breaking Bad*

Okay, that's how the fifth season of Babylon 5 would have gone if JMS was told he'd have an abbreviated split season to wrap things up instead of just four episodes.


The series would have ended with Sheridan falling dead in front of a meth lab as a security team entered, with Garibaldi having been spaced by anti-telepath activists two episodes previously?
 
2013-10-02 12:24:31 PM
the first 3/4 of season 7 of Dexter is pretty good, too bad they couldn't keep up that momentum. I'm really not sure what went wrong with season 8. Season 7 started out strong and like it had a clear path of where they wanted the show to go, but season 8 felt like I was watching a show's script being edited in real time; so many dropped plots that went nowhere and "hints" that seem less like misdirection and more like bad writing.
 
2013-10-02 12:32:52 PM

rickythepenguin: well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?


Around 60 episodes, I believe. And as good as the first episodes are, it will get even better.
 
2013-10-02 12:36:02 PM

browntimmy: rickythepenguin: well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?

Around 60 episodes, I believe. And as good as the first episodes are, it will get even better.


Yep, I think there are 62 total. I was never disappointed by an episode.
 
2013-10-02 12:39:10 PM

Dimensio: OtherLittleGuy: *watches final season of Breaking Bad*

Okay, that's how the fifth season of Babylon 5 would have gone if JMS was told he'd have an abbreviated split season to wrap things up instead of just four episodes.

The series would have ended with Sheridan falling dead in front of a meth lab as a security team entered, with Garibaldi Clark having been spaced by anti-telepath activists two episodes previously?


Close. Garibaldi would have been freed by Sheridan, only after he strangled Bester to death.
 
2013-10-02 12:40:54 PM

FeedTheCollapse: the first 3/4 of season 7 of Dexter is pretty good, too bad they couldn't keep up that momentum


I watched every episode faithfully but looking back, only the first one really blew me away. Getting the girlfriend/baby was a semi-shark jumping moment. But then the character couldn't remain completely stagnant for 6 seasons or however many there were.

Then again, he didn't have to get "cured" of being a sociopath either. I'm no shrink but I don't think it works that way.
 
2013-10-02 12:41:05 PM

rickythepenguin: well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?


I started BB about 2 weeks ago. I was jealous at how its fans were so in love with the series while Dexter just dragged itself along...
 
2013-10-02 12:44:34 PM

orclover: dletter: Uncle_Slacker: [pixel.nymag.com image 494x308]

Huell Babineaux is still sitting in that room all by himself waiting on Hank and Gomez to let him know it is safe to leave....

Was that a motel room though?  At some point, the motel would kick him out....

Assuming the hotel has a few months paid into it and the water is still working.  Huell could live off his fat stores for months so he should be ok.


That would be hilarious if Lavell Crawford (actor of Huell) lost a lot of weight in the next year or two and then released a Youtube video of him walking out of the hotel room with really baggy clothes on. "Is it okay to come out now?"
 
2013-10-02 12:44:41 PM

Mugato: Getting the girlfriend/baby was a semi-shark jumping moment



to be somewhat fair, having both Harrison being born and Rita killed in the same season did paint the writers into the corner. Though I think better writers could've thought up a better option than a 24/7 babysitter in order to break Dexter out of being tied down by Harrison.

Mugato: Then again, he didn't have to get "cured" of being a sociopath either. I'm no shrink but I don't think it works that way.



eh, they had been building up that possibility from pretty early on.
 
2013-10-02 12:44:45 PM

rickythepenguin: well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?


Put on a diaper for the season 4 finale.  I almost shiat myself, and all in all that episode was masterful.
 
2013-10-02 12:46:48 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Dimensio: OtherLittleGuy: *watches final season of Breaking Bad*

Okay, that's how the fifth season of Babylon 5 would have gone if JMS was told he'd have an abbreviated split season to wrap things up instead of just four episodes.

The series would have ended with Sheridan falling dead in front of a meth lab as a security team entered, with Garibaldi Clark having been spaced by anti-telepath activists two episodes previously?

Close. Garibaldi would have been freed by Sheridan, only after he strangled Bester to death.


I erred also in misidentifying the drug; Sheridan would in fact be found near a Dust lab.

/Enjoyed watching Vir slip ricin into Cartagia's tea.
 
2013-10-02 12:53:22 PM

browntimmy: Around 60 episodes, I believe. And as good as the first episodes are, it will get even better.


Huh.  Cool.  so i should be able to burn through it in a couple of months.


FeedTheCollapse: I started BB about 2 weeks ago. I was jealous at how its fans were so in love with the series while Dexter just dragged itself along...


dexter was another one that was constantly recommended to me.  i'm not I Don't Watch TV Guy, but i don't watch a lot of tv, and what i do watch is predominantly sports and a few shows like SNL, Archer, and the concert channel.  primetime stuff doesn't really do it for me.  but my wife was hearing so much about BB that we finally cracked it open and it was pretty cool.
 
2013-10-02 12:55:48 PM

LeroyBourne: Put on a diaper for the season 4 finale. I almost shiat myself, and all in all that episode was masterful.


Best episode IMHO next to Ozymandius is 4 Days Out
 
2013-10-02 12:55:52 PM

LeroyBourne: rickythepenguin: well i really did it good this time.  after having been aware of BB for lo these 4-5 years or whatever but never having watched it, hand on my heart I watched the first episode just last night.  it was really good.

so one down and what, 120 to go?

Put on a diaper for the season 4 finale.  I almost shiat myself, and all in all that episode was masterful.


Greatest thing I have ever and will ever see on TV.
 
2013-10-02 01:04:02 PM
I really tried to like Dexter.  I was with it right up to the point his wife, what's her face, got murdered.  It made little sense after that, I had to give up.
 
2013-10-02 01:11:14 PM

IdBeCrazyIf: LeroyBourne: Put on a diaper for the season 4 finale. I almost shiat myself, and all in all that episode was masterful.

Best episode IMHO next to Ozymandius is 4 Days Out


I'd put Box Cutter, Crawl Space, and One Minute on that list as well.
 
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