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Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 27th 2009 9:42AM
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I'm starting to wonder if Walter and Jesse have turned into the Abbott and Costello of Albuquerque or the New Mexican Laurel and Hardy or maybe some other bumbling duo that have been attempting to do something so far beyond their ken that the fact that they made it this far is a bloody miracle. This show illustrated yet again how the unexpected situations continue to pile up around Team Heisenberg and by the skin of their teeth; they come out the other side.

Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan should be winning more awards. He's just nabbed a Peabody, but there are Emmys in his future. Breaking Bad is that good. This level of writing, the complicated storytelling is amazing.

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Breaking Bad: Negro y Azul

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 20th 2009 4:15AM
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad(S02E07) The episode opened with a video by Mexican cousins Los Cuates de Sinaloa; the song is our episode title. It looks like the boys were hired to pen a tune that explains exactly what is going on in the drug community now that White and Pinkman are peddling their blue meth. The video is produced like something you'd see on Latin MTV (sort of) in Spanish with English subtitles. It also goes on to tell us that White, as "Heisenberg," has gained notoriety of the not-so-great sort in the drug cartel world further south. It was a unique if strange way to open the episode, as well as provide exposition on White's growing infamy.

As for Walt, one of the benefits of his newfound career in drugs is that he's a much more aggressive taskmaster in the classroom. No more timid Mr. White; Walt's apparently becoming a badass in all walks of his life. Or at least much bolder than he was. Meanwhile. Jesse is finding out that it's a lot tougher to be the badass everyone thinks he is when he doesn't have the self-confidence to be as hardcore as his image.

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Breaking Bad: Peekaboo

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2009 12:48PM
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Even though this episode was slow on external conflict as compared to other episodes, it was still an amazing and important episode. For twelve episodes now we'd been seeing our heroes immerse themselves in this world of meth with little to show the consequences of this. It was two very different storylines focusing each on Walt and Jesse, but in both we got to see how meth destroys lives and changes people.

It was powerful stuff and easily one of the best episodes of the season. Featuring the return of the junkie couple that robbed one of Jesse's men last week, theirs was the most direct and the most tragic fallout from a life of drugs, and meth in particular. I live in what was at one time at least the meth capital of the country. This county used to lead the nation in meth production and even now we can see the ravages of the drug on the faces of too many people in this community. It's all consuming and its destruction on your life and family is total. You can't find a better outreach against the usage of drugs than what Jesse experienced in that house.

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Breaking Bad: Breakage

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 6th 2009 3:37PM
Jesse Pinkman(S02E05) You know that things are really bad when even a stalwart rock like Hank starts to break down. All around Breaking Bad, the characters have been crushed under the weight of problems that seem to be unsolvable. I mean when this episode was over, the most together person was Jesse. Imagine that. Apparently last week's trauma in the Port-a-John left an lasting and therapeutic impression.

The image of Walt laying awake in bed was haunting. It was also universal, because I would bet there are a lot of people unable to sleep with the economic woes they're facing.

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Breaking Bad: Down

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2009 9:03AM
walter white(S02E04) The one-eyed stuffed animal was still floating in the pool, but not for long. It was fished out and lined up with a whole bunch of other evidence bags. What this all adds up to will likely be something dreadful. Right now, the tension builds and you just wonder what it all means.

Breaking Bad is like a pressure cooker, and the reference to cooking is probably appropriate. Walter and Jesse are stuck in a pressure cooker of their own design and things are getting more and more intense. Something is ready to blow, but the when and the where and the how keep us coming back for more.

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Breaking Bad: Bit by a Dead Bee

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2009 12:33PM
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC's (S02E03) "Waffle House is good." --Jesse Pinkman

I just love it when a plan comes together. It's a damned shame that old Walter White is dying because he's pretty good at this whole criminal behavior thing. Sure it helps that he's brilliant, but after the shootout last week, I was wondering how he and Jesse were going to get back into town and what they were going to do about their respective situations. Namely that Walter had been missing for a few days and that Jesse's car was at Tuco's place.

I guess I needn't have worried. But just as I was a little saddened to see the Tuco storyline wrapped up so quickly; if only because Raymond Cruz was just amazing to watch in the role; I was a little surprised that things got wrapped up in a nice, neat little package by the end of the hour. No bow though, as there are some residual issues outstanding, Skyler's mistrust in particular. I guess I get worried that things are moving too quickly, but I really need to just sit back and trust the writers. After ten episodes, I'm more engrossed in this story than almost any other on television right now.

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Breaking Bad: Grilled

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2009 10:27AM
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Nothing brings a family together faster than a crisis. With Walter missing without a trace, Hank gets the DEA team working on tracking down Tuco so he can help Skyler and Walt, Jr. find Walter. It seemed unlikely that Hank would have any luck tracking him down in Tuco's desert crib.

Tuco remained an unpredictable force and from the moment he let Walt and Jesse out of the trunk, it was anybody's guess what he was going to do to them. The revelation that he didn't know about Gonzo's death and believed his second in command was working with the cops just added to the paranoia. Feeding his fear only made Tuco more unpredictable.

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Breaking Bad: Seven Thirty-Seven (season premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2009 12:26PM
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Three hundred and sixty-four days after the first season finale, the second season of Breaking Bad finally began last night (Damn you, writers strike!). While we only got seven episodes last year, the show still made a huge impact on the television landscape, primarily by being just amazingly produced and acted. The action and tone pick up here as if we've never been away, and despite a year since new episodes, it feels like only last week that we first saw Tuco go ballistic and viciously beat his own man.

Of course, if it had been last week then I doubt we'd have rewound the scene and replayed it in its entirety. Still, it was a nice reminder of just how crazy and unpredictable Tuco is. And it was the problem of Tuco that pretty much drove the entirety of the main plot tonight. It says something as to how perfectly disturbed Raymond Cruz portrays Tuco that despite being in the episode only during two sequences, his presence hovered over every moment.

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Cranston and Norris mix it up on Breaking Bad set - VIDEO

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 26th 2009 6:08PM
Breaking BadBryan Cranston and Dean Norris have been on a collision course since the beginning of AMC's Breaking Bad. For the uninitiated, Cranston plays Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher with terminal lung cancer who turns to cooking meth to leave his family financially secure. Norris plays his brother-in-law Hank, who happens to be a DEA agent. Which made family get-togethers in Season One pretty interesting.

Season One pushed White's story to the brink of believability -- he took on drug dealers using chemistry in one of the most amazing scenes on television last year, and never quite found his way out of the meth trade, even as it became harder to hide from his family, including Hank. I'm curious to see how the story continues, whether they continue to push White further and further out, or if he gets a break somewhere.

This fake interview on Dailymotion, supposedly taped for the show's electronic press kit, isn't quite the ultimate confrontation between White and Hank fans may have in mind. For that, you'll have to tune in to Season Two, which premiers March 8 at 10PM. But it is an amusing bit of improv between the two actors.

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Fire up the bunsen burners, Breaking Bad renewed

by Jason Hughes, posted May 7th 2008 9:27PM
Breaking BadAll I can say after word came out today that they AMC renewed Breaking Bad is FINALLY! What the hell took so long? Every bit as critically acclaimed and amazing as the already renewed Mad Men, this meth and cancer dramedy defies description and blows away expectations. After the strike-shortened seven episode first season, AMC has committed to a full thirteen-episode run for its sophomore effort; no word yet on when the new season will film or air.

Bryan Cranston is a veritable tour de force in the role of Walter White, the high school chemistry teacher who begins producing meth to procure the funds necessary for his family to get by after he dies. Aaron Paul is equally strong as his half-witted cohort in crime, and the two of them are the grimmest comedy duo since ... well, maybe ever. Each week the series surpassed expectations by getting better and better, and that was only seven weeks. I can't imagine nearly twice that!

[via Ain't It Cool News]

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Breaking Bad: A No Rough Stuff Type Deal (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2008 8:42AM
Breaking Bad: A No Rough Stuff Type Deal
Well, I have to say that while this finale did establish a certain status quo, albeit a highly precarious one, it was by no means a satisfying series ender. Thus, I fully expect that AMC will renew this amazing show for a second season post haste. Did you here me, AMC? Whatever you need to do to secure these actors and get this ball rolling. And maybe give us at least 13 episodes next time, eh?

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Breaking Bad: Crazy Handful of Nothin'

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2008 12:53PM
Breaking Bad - Crazy Handful of Nothin'
I hadn't even realized how quickly this season has gone by until the closing moments told me that next week was the season finale. That's way too soon, and yes I understand there was a pesky writer's strike which played havoc with production schedules. But Breaking Bad is just too good of a show that's just starting to find its groove. Bryan Cranston just constantly blows me away with his performance, and Aaron Paul continues to find ways to turn what could be a very one-dimensional, archetypical street thug into a complex personality.

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Breaking Bad: Gray Matter

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 25th 2008 10:41AM
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This episode served as a bridge in our larger story to the next chapter of both Jesse and Walt's lives. In the previous installment, Walt withdrew from the sordid world of drug trafficking and focused on his family, revealing his cancer and looking at the varying options available to him. Meanwhile, his erstwhile partner Jesse had a bad drug reaction and sought refuge in the home of his parents, which didn't turn out as well as he had hoped. Here they both continued their efforts to move on with their lives, to varying degrees of failure.

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Breaking Bad: Cancer Man

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 18th 2008 12:41PM
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman(S01E04) This episode was about calming down and reassessing one's life and family. We got to see Walter open up and share his cancer with his extended family, albeit reluctantly and only done really because Skyler couldn't handle it alone. Walter, in fact, remained incredibly stoic, silent and passive about his impending fate. He also stayed true to his original vision, which was not to leave his family with a mountain of debt.

As for Jesse, we finally got to meet the rest of the Pinkman clan and they're nothing like you'd expect - or they're exactly like you'd expect - and yet somehow they appeared to have a profound influence on where Jesse's life is heading and what he wants to do about it.

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Breaking Bad: ...and the Bag's in the River

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2008 10:03AM
Breaking Bad: ...and the Bag's in the River
"I thought we were going to Cold Stone Creamery." Walt, Jr. with Hank

With this episode we come to the conclusion of what would be considered the "First Act" of the Breaking Bad saga. I have to say that I was very impressed with this conclusion, and with the opening arc. Cranston continues to dominate the screen with his tragic portrayal of a desperate man who's health is clearly failing more and more with each passing moment. Hard decisions are made, and the hardest and best decision he's made yet looks to be the one the episode ends on.

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