Well gentle readers, those of you still checking this site that is, it seems time to post a brief message about our long absence here. This blog was an experiment started by two grad students looking for a way to elevate our procrastanalysis and give order to our meandering reflections on pop culture. It was a discipline of writing in new voices, for new audiences, and collaboratively with each other. We are so grateful that other friends joined in and amazed at the “real life” friendships that were cultivated in this online space. And most of all we are so grateful for the readers who found us, stuck around, and participated in the conversation. Along the way we got “real” jobs, had kids, and found our procrastinating turning in new directions. We’ve been on an unofficial hiatus for a year, but it seems time to make it official. We are no longer generating new content, but the archives of this experiment will remain on this site. Thank you for helping us take our unseriousness more seriously while making it all the more fun.
Kathryn and Natalie
It’s hard to believe it’s all over. In some ways, I thought this episode was brilliant, in others I was disappointed and, in one, I’m just left annoyed. So first, the brilliant. For much of the episode I felt like it didn’t even know it was the finale. Breaking Bad’s storytelling mode is near genius in terms of pacing. In all the seasons leading up to this one, we all marvelled at how little time passes in this incredibly packed narrative universe. And this season, we’ve had minutes take hours to show and months take seconds – giving us some form of temporal whiplash at moments that nevertheless satisfied. The temporal confidence (I’m not sure what else to call it?!) of this final episode shocked me. Read the rest of this entry »
So, that was a change of pace. That episode was pretty much what I assumed it would be: checking in with all of the relevant parties in the aftermath of the fall of Heisenberg. I thought it was pretty beautifully handled. Beautiful in a dark, dark way. The depth of Heisenberg’s fallout was a sad place for everybody involved. Read the rest of this entry »
I am beginning to wonder if I have the emotional stamina to make it through the final two episodes. Whew! So that is how a meth empire ends: “Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I don’t know about you guys, but this episode felt like it was trying to get a lot of things in place for the last four episodes. Not a whole lot happened necessarily, but we got some interesting setups. Most notably, Jesse is cooperating with the DEA (I loved the moment when Marie Read the rest of this entry »
So now we know how the White house gets trashed. I just hope that after his arson escapade, Jesse turns himself in and becomes that crucial witness in the case against Walt. If last week focused on the women in the show, this week really took up the male relationships – so I want to say a few words about Jesse, and leave the Hank stuff and the dvd confession for one of you to take up.
The scene between Walt and Jesse in the desert was just stunning! We’ve all been waiting so long for Jesse to call Walt out on his father-figure bullsh*t, and that he waited so long to do so made the payoff even sweeter. I know you guys (or, at least, some of you) still, at least kind of, think Walt’s doing what he’s doing “for his family” – whatever that might mean. At this point, I just don’t buy that at all! I think his core motivation is the preservation Read the rest of this entry »