Breaking Bad Pilot

An open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.

The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling.

Without a doubt, Breaking Bad is dominating all of our lives. Just as it should be. The final season continues to steamroll itself toward some kind of barbaric conclusion — with Walter White facing death, freedom, imprisonment and/or Tommy Westphall’s mind — it’s amazing that we have access to the previous five seasons as a means to absorb and dissect. If any show deserved scrutiny and euphoric revisiting, it’s this one.

Can you imagine something like this coming out before streaming and home video?

And has anyone studied the correlation between home video and the level of detail creators can inject into shows?

Meanwhile, I want to avoid spoilers at all costs, but here’s my official finale prediction: In the final scene, following a mind-blowing climax, Walt Jr. limps along the street. Slowly but steadily his legs start to straighten and his gait becomes strong and purposeful as he reaches a convertible that he hops into. He and Kobayashi speed away into traffic just as Agent Kujan bursts onto the street.

And just like that, he’s gone. [Netflix Streaming, Currently on AMC]

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Frasier

Obviously the best possible pairing with the wacky misadventures of a meth-cooking cancer patient, I dug back into Frasier in a strangely big way. It’s odd to think that it premiered the same year that Jurassic Park came out, but this show and Home Improvement were major sit-com safety blankets for me growing up. Although I can’t imagine that I caught most of the high-class references when I was 10. I just knew Frasier Crane was supposed to be pompous, Niles fell down all the time and Daphne was cute.

Re-watching it, it’s fascinating how well-crafted and atypically structured it was. Frasier’s relationship with his father made for some intense dramatic moments that would explode seconds after a punchline produced laughter from the live studio audience. There are two episodes in a row where Martin walks away disgusted by Frasier’s behavior. And then Niles probably fell down because Daphne said something suggestive.

Brilliant show. No wonder it lasted a decade. [Netflix Streaming]

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