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  1.  (10654.1)
    Let's hope Breaking Bad hasn't jumped the shark by killing off Gus. The show's going to be flapping in the wind without a major villain.
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    Just you. :)

    Walter is now, always, Heisenberg. The destruction of the hard drive showed that. He's still also Walter, though, and the Law of Unintended Consequences is biting him on the ass as usual, such as the bank number that was revealed in the picture he so helpfully broke for the police. They dealt with Mike much more quickly and efficiently than I was expecting, and I think he might even stick around to see how the new boss handles things, maybe. Skyler's ex-boss is now terrified of her, and for good reason, because Walt is rubbing off. Hank is 100% vindicated in last season's investigations. Jesse's "Try a mag... how about a magne... TRY A MAGNET!" bit was pure gold.


    Lots of stuff happened, wrapping up loose ends and starting a whole load of new ones.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2012
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    I'm with James. That didn't feel like filler at all.

    With the "Because I said so." and "I forgive you." cementing his hubris, I don't think the show needs another straight villain, Walter's doing just fine in that role.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2012
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    I've got a lot of catching up to do with some of these ^ shows. Definitely something to look forward to.

    I've been watching Simon Amstell's "Grandma's House" these past few days. Some of it's ropey britcom, but I'd say it's definitely worth watching for Rebecca Front and James Smith. Because they are brilliant.
  3.  (10654.5)
    @Stoto: I'd be curious to see what "Grandma's House" is like. Mostly because I'm familiar with Simon Amstell from Never Mind the Buzzcocks (and the occasional band interview on youtube), and I'm curious how that translates to him playing a character.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2012
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    To expand a little:

    My problem is that most of the episode was based around dealing with the laptop, and I feel it didn't lead anywhere significant. All the plot points that came about from it could have come about much more efficiently, but they needed some busy work to throw at the characters while they got all their ducks in a row.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2012
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    @DJ
    I can understand that. I think the one, fairly major, reason that the whole lap-top escapade was necessary was in restraining Mike from straight up executing Walt and aligning them towards a common goal.
  4.  (10654.8)
    Villain was possibly not quite the correct term. What the show requires is a dangerous antagonist for Walt, to maintain the dramatic tension.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2012
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    @trini_naenae

    He's meant to to be playing a version of himself in the show, so you'll see the trademark sarcasm. But it's also pretty self-deprecating and there's some sweet (yet cringey) bits. I'd say the family dynamic is more spot-on than other British sitcoms that get more viewers.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012 edited
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    Nothing to see here. Move along. Breaking Bad was awesome.
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012
     (10654.11)
    "The show's going to be flapping in the wind without a major villain"

    There already is one; we've been watching his development throughout the series.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012
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    Huell?
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012
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    You get a gold star for spotting it.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012
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    Psst! New thread.
  5.  (10654.15)
    See above re: villain. "Antagonist" was the more appropriate word.