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    Quote Originally Posted by kleiner352 View Post
    @Volband just think, Dexter's final episodes aired the very same night, moments after Breaking Bad's final episodes. The Dexter subreddit was so fucking hilarious that whole time and, I'm not even kidding, rather than bothering to post an episode discussion thread the mods just stickied an Ozymandias discussion thread the night it aired. It was one of their most popular threads ever.

    Breaking Bad got complex human morality right in a way few other series ever have (Mad Men is certainly up there, and Sopranos was and remains the king of it and the model others base themselves off of). The symbolism, the subtleties, the slow burns and flourishes, the acting -- it just had all you need to intelligently and believably craft a compelling cast with compelling motives and intricate identities. Jesse's arc may be one of the best TV's ever had. Him going from an abrasive supporting character who was planned to be killed off and turning into one of the most sympathetic and layered individuals in the series was just amazing, and Aaron Paul's performance really sold it beyond belief.

    If you haven't, give Better Call Saul a go -- I was a fan of BrBa from the night S01E01 aired and was extremely hesitant about a spin-off that started as a joke on the BrBa DVD commentaries and writer's room and turned into a real thing, but it's phenomenal and maintains its own identity while comfortably sitting in the ABQ that BrBa created. Same cinematography, same creative talent, and Odenkirk is beyond amazing in it along with Johnathan Banks as Mike. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

    Also, while we're talking satisfying conclusions to series -- Michael Hall has the bizarre status of being in one of the most satisfying endings of a series and one of the most insulting endings of a series ever. His HBO show Six Feet Under was superb and many consider it's finale the best out there. It's about as complete an end to a long-running show as I've seen. Sopranos' ending is fiercely debated but is largely seen as genius now and I love it. The Wire wraps things up wonderfully. I guess what I'm saying is HBO knows what they're doing more often than not when they get to a finale. Mad Men's left some sour, but overall was loved and I was thoroughly satisfied by it's final run as well. There are some excellent finales out there, it's just unfortunately nowhere near as plentiful as the awful ones (or all the shows that have no finale at all due to being cut short).
    "I think Holly's performance in "Ozymandias" was better than all of season 8 from Dexter." Ahahaha, so true. That thread is golden!

    Boardwalk Empire's finale was pretty good too, especially if we consider that HBO cut the season short, giving less time to the creators to finish up with everything. But the problem with Dexter was not that they were a bunch of pussies in the finale. The whole last season was a disgrace. Man, at the end of S4 I was just sitting there, paralyzed. Not even IRL deaths or tragedies fazed me as much as the last scene of that season. Little did I know, that in season 8 I will be laughing my ass off during every episode.

    Don't even want to talk about it! Especially when there's Breaking Bad, where there were times I hated the main character. Like, a moment just came when I said to myself enough is enough, I want this asshole taken down. But later I changed my mind. Then changed my mind again. Then I had absolutely no idea what to think. The funniest thing, this series worked better than ANY drug prevention we were subjected in school. It was always the same mantra in preventions, how X and Y died, car accident ,blahblah, who cares? But the series showed all the highs of drugs, which in contrast made the lows all the more powerful. On one hand, the scenes where they snort meth just peaks my interest, I am so curious of that feeling the actors are portraying, like their brains are being frozen, but watching Jesse and co. just getting by aimlessly was really depressing. So unless I become some high-profile guy who can get his hands on Heisenberg-level stuff, no meth for me, sorry!

    What I also liked in this series was the directing as well! Usually it's either boring, or overly-complicated, but it felt good picking up on the hints, or feeling the emotions they tried to show with the directing. And I'm talking about simple stuff, like when Gus walked into the lab, first it was shot from below, only seeing his steps through the cracks, then the camera slowly went down with him vertically as he descended on the stairs. It did a great job making you feel that the fucking boss has just arrived. Basically, the directing was enjoyable to aspiring directors, who could analyze every single frame and the meaning behind them, but to casual viewers like me as well.

    I liked Jesse too, though not initially. It was S1E4 when he went home when I first started to click with him. Part of the reason my favorite season is the 4th (subject to change, but that's how I feel right now) because that was when they really put him in the spotlight. It was heartbreaking seeing him so proud of saving Mike, because you could just feel Jesse desperately tried to belong, or with mr. Trent Rizzo's words, do something that matters; but he was just being led. The other reason I liked S4 a lot was because of Gus. When that motherfucker walked right into the sniper shots I couldn't believe my eyes. Or killing off the Cartel, while the music is blasting into my ears, and Gus is just walking like he gives no fucks.

    I will definitely watch Better Call Saul, but so far I only gotten lke 15mins into the first episode. I really hoped it would actually start with him instead of the way it's currently going down.

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    How/when was Walt able to poison Brock with the Lilly of the Valley towards the end of 4th season? He is only in Jesse's house for less than a minute when he comes over and Brock and Andrea are there.

    Ive been watching the series again and this has been bugging me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SM Rollinger View Post
    How/when was Walt able to poison Brock with the Lilly of the Valley towards the end of 4th season? He is only in Jesse's house for less than a minute when he comes over and Brock and Andrea are there.

    Ive been watching the series again and this has been bugging me.
    I believe Saul did it for him since he was getting closer to Andrea and Brock. Sometime in Season 5 Saul pretty explicitly stated (or hinted) to Walt he was unhappy with having had to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zipfinator View Post
    I believe Saul did it for him since he was getting closer to Andrea and Brock. Sometime in Season 5 Saul pretty explicitly stated (or hinted) to Walt he was unhappy with having had to do it.
    Yeah I remember that part, when he was telling Walt he had Huey lift it off of Jesse, with his "hot dog" like fingers lol.

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    you guys are jerks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbie solo View Post
    you guys are jerks.
    ?????

    10 chr

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    By bumping the thread I thought maybe there was some news!!

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    The greatest moment of this show nobody talks about in great detail is when Mike briefly but instinctively pulls his gun on Fring in the first episode of the fourth season.

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    So the ten year anniversary of this wonderful show that was as close to perfect as you can get is coming up. Let’s discuss.



    This is in my Top 10 scenes. For me it’s the moment Walt transforms into Heisenberg:


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    Breaking Bad. (SPOILERS)

    Such a great show. A top fiver for me, for sure. Maybe even my #1. Regardless of ranking, “Walter White” has got to be the character with the greatest arc in the history of television.

    Now I want to re-watch the whole thing again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caca View Post
    Such a great show. A top fiver for me, for sure. Maybe even my #1. Regardless of ranking, “Walter White” has got to be the character with the greatest arc in the history of television.

    Now I want to re-watch the whole thing again...
    This show and Oz are the only ones I’ve watched from beginning to end three separate times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caca View Post
    Such a great show. A top fiver for me, for sure. Maybe even my #1. Regardless of ranking, “Walter White” has got to be the character with the greatest arc in the history of television.

    Now I want to re-watch the whole thing again...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bachy View Post
    This show and Oz are the only ones I’ve watched from beginning to end three separate times.
    I've seen the first season of Breaking Bad so many times I could care less if I ever see that season again.

    2 > 4 > 5> 6> 1 > 3

    Yes, I'm a season 3 hater.

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    Ok, now I have to rank seasons, too. ha ha

    4>3>5.2>2>1>5.1

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    Sooo I finally (I know, I get this backlash all the time) started watching this last week and Holy shit... I finished season 1 last night and started 2. Cranston is fucking amazing in this role, and the supporting cast is excellent to boot. It comes with this real feeling, but also feels sort of slapstick at times. Cannot wait to see what unfolds in this world of epic craziness.

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    If anyone had to rank the seasons... Where would you put them? I am currently on episode 11 of season 4. So far I would go:

    2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Self.Destructive.Pattern View Post
    If anyone had to rank the seasons... Where would you put them?
    5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bachy View Post
    So the ten year anniversary of this wonderful show that was as close to perfect as you can get is coming up. Let’s discuss.



    This is in my Top 10 scenes. For me it’s the moment Walt transforms into Heisenberg:


    What a scene ! Walt’s expression is something else . Cranston is a master .

    What i love about this scence is that moments before he threatened the “others” he offered to help one of them by giving him purchassing advice ,a second later his “Heisenberg” kicked in and he walked out to confront them.

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