Schwartz: Well, I did laugh at "Fuck you... and your eyebrows!"
Confessions of a BREAKING BAD virgin. - Page 4
What I'm probably gonna end up doing is watching a few episodes of Breaking Bad (probably the first season all on its own since it's only 7 episodes), then go back to Mad Men for a bit, wash, rinse, repeat. This will also be interspersed with incoming Netflix discs of Justified and Deadwood.
Spider, I know I was giving you crap in the Best Episodes thread recently about not having seen much quality live action TV, but holy shit, you really hadn't seen much quality TV. You are going to be very spoiled for the next few months.
If you were to hurry up and focus on Breaking Bad you might catch up in time for the new episodes to air, for what that's worth.
Unfortunately, Schwartz, Season 4 is not yet on Instant, so I don't know whether or not I'd be able to completely catch up in time for Season 5. That starts airing pretty soon, right?
Thanks for the compliment! Most of my extensive live-action TV viewing have been sitcoms both good and bad, and science fiction good/bad. I own Season 1 of Deadwood, so there's that. I also have The Killing in Instant since I've heard that turns into an entertaining trainwreck.
Some other series in my Discs queue: Game of Thrones Season 1, all of Rome, Brisco County Jr., and some miniseries for good measure. John Adams, the recent Mildred Pierce adaptation by Todd Haynes, Generation Kill, and Lonesome Dove.
Maybe after I get through all THAT and what's in my instant (which includes Twin Peaks and Friday Night Lights) will I consider doing The Wire and The Shield.
Thoughts on episodes 2 and 3:
-I really love how this story shows the nitty-gritty of things like making the actual drugs, what has to be done in order to get to that stage (stealing lab equipment, for instance), or stuff like dealing with dead bodies. Given that this is Breaking Bad, even that gets a unique spin: dissolve with acid!
-Except, oh wait, Jesse fucks that up in darkly hilarious fashion. So then they have to clean up the awesomely gory mess. I'm not usually squeamish about this sort of thing, but even I was going "Ewwwww" when Walter was picking up pieces of fucking jawbone.
-I love the way Aaron Paul played his scene with Skylar. The confusion, then comprehension, and his subtle decision to play along were all great. His website and answering machine were also hilarious: THE STREETS YO!
-The one sequence I didn't quite buy was Marie telling Hank that Walter Jr. was possibly on marijuana, if only because I don't think Marie is actually that stupid. And the scene where Hank tries to scare Jr. straight seemed like prime time-wasting. We did get the great deadpan "I thought we were going to Coldstone Creamery" line delivery, though.
-Goddamn, that long, long incredible scene between Walter and Krazy Eight. The tension slowly but surely becomes excruciating, especially when Walter discovers the missing plate shard. And that burst of violence when the strangling begins and Krazy Eight flails away trying to stab Walter? Easily one of the best violent scenes ever televised.
-Ah, gotta love the classic technique of ending an episode on "Honey, there's something I have to tell you."
Chris, or should I say MR. SPIDER: I demand you post your thoughts on each episode after you watch them, if only so I can vicariously through you experience the joy I had when watching for the first time. (Though my experience was weird and backwards...watching season three first, then two, then one. Don't ask how this happened. Season four was the first season I watched and had no idea where it was going)