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Mr. White, he’s the devil

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Breaking Bad - S05E12

Hey folks,

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 »

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September 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Equal Gender Employment Commission

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Parks and Rec - S05E11

Daniel,

We’ve talked before about Parks and Rec’s ability to handle political topics with grace, and this episode was no exception. This week, they brought up and handled the topic of gender inequality in politics. And, it was pretty hilariously done. On a larger scale, this episode was about generation gaps. Leslie and April had to fight against an older, male dominated mindset in government, specifically the sanitation department, which we all know is the smelly glue that holds the city together. Ron and Ann struggle to deal with Diane’s daughters and how to relate to them. Similarly, Tom wants to learn how to deal with his customers. And Chris is trying to understand how Shauna Malwae-Tweep is defining their “personal relationship.” Read the rest of this entry »

Still Firing Bullets!

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Not pictured: the terrifying Jonathan Banks, firer of bullets

Bryan,

This week’s installment of Parks and Recreation got a lot of belly laughs out of me by going to the reliable well of Ben Wyatt being nervous.  As showrunner Mike Schur has noted, Adam Scott “just says things, and they’re funny.”  It’s hard to think of many other comedy straight men whose timing and phrasing gets comparable laughs (Jason Bateman on Arrested Development comes to mind), and Scott’s quietly panicked, insistent fatalism really sold a line like “If there’s anyone that can bring my parents together…it’s no one.  No one can ever bring them together.”

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I’m in the empire business.

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Starting at the beginning, I love how Breaking Bad is never willing to gloss over the details of the aftermath. I think a lot of shows would have said, “And then, they got rid of the evidence.” Instead we got to see a beautifully haunting and detailed deconstruction of the motor bike. The scene was full of details like slicing the hand grips off of the handle bars and sawing the wheels in half to fit them in the barrel. And the haunting sound design of only non-diegetic music floating around was really wonderful. Did you think that Walt actually showed some real remorse during the cold open? I thought there were moments when his face looked like he actually was bothered by what had happened. Then in the next scene we get to hear how he has already rationalized himself into believing that Todd probably did the right thing. Walt has really toned his rationalization reflex muscles. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

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“It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Hank says this to Walt in an attempt to console him about his marriage with Skyler. But, if you read it as a foreshadowing about what is coming, this episode takes a quick turn towards the darkness. It gets damn dark. Todd has shown initiative to help out the operation. He sought to impress Walt by telling him about the nanny-cam in the house they are about to cook in. And in an attempt to impress Walt and Jesse with quick thinking about keeping the heist a secret, Todd decides to shoot the little boy who sees the end of the heist. I wonder how Walt and Mike are going to react to this terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Nothing stops this train

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Breaking Bad Watch Nightstand S05E04

So, Skylar’s slow burn finally paid off this week. And in wonderful fashion. Round 1 didn’t really have a winner; it mostly just had both sides laying all the cards on the table (analogy 1: cards/poker). Skylar openly admits that her best plan is to suffer through Walt’s mania, trying to keep the kids as far from him as possible, and waiting for Walt’s cancer to resurface and kill or debilitate him. Her strategy is to take as many blows for as many rounds as possible and then strike when her opponent is too weak to retaliate like Muhammad Ali (analogy 2: boxing). This is a terrible thought to Walt because cancer must seem like something that could actually slow him down. But, he sure does seem confident that no other person could threaten his reign as Lord White of Downton Crystal. He believes that he is always a move ahead of his competitor, calling all of Skylar’s potential, future moves (analogy 3: chess). Read the rest of this entry »

I Forgive You

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Yeah bitch! Magnets!

So, I guess I’ll start at the beginning. How awesome is the hipster version of Walter White? I loved his glasses and beard. What we learned in the cold open is that at some point in the future, Walt will end up having a lonely 52nd birthday breakfast where he purchases a large amount of weaponry. So, it seems that while he did “win” against Gus Fring, he still has plenty of battles to fight.
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