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Breaking Bad

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I am concerned that, with the death of the traditional US "TV seasons", top-shelf cable programming might stand to suffer. It would be a shame to lose series like Mad Men and Breaking Bad because a new paradigm in American network programming pulled audiences away.

  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Thank god this isn't on Fox. Those pricks make a habit of cancelling good shows.

    Well, here's the thing about Fox.

    They do put out an awful lot of shit, yes. But they do take risks that other networks wouldn't dream of. Married with Children, for its time, was an incredibly risky move. As was The Simpsons - a prime-time animation show was just unheard of.

    And even more recently. They'll give shows a shot that are very, very risky. And while they may cancel them fairly quickly too, that's more of a chance than any other network would give them.

    But look at Futurama and Arrested Development. Two very brilliant shows with really strong cult followings, canceled before their time. With both of them, their ratings were always terrible. And yeah, they got shuffled a lot, but how else are you gonna try to catch an audience? Neither made money until looonnnng after they were canned. And yet, Fox kept both of them on for multiple seasons. Again - that's more than most networks would do.

    So they get an unfairly bad rap, in my book. Yeah, they canceled good shows. But they at least gave those shows a chance.

  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i don't think they ever really figured out arrested development. the ads made it look like shit.

    i'm giving nbc big ups for trying to figure out a way to keep friday night lights going, though.

  • MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Arrested Development wouldv'e been doomed on any primetime network. It's a serialized sitcom. You have to watch it beginning to end for half of the jokes to make sense. No one (in large enough numbers) wants to do that, especially when it's in a weird timeslot that keeps getting changed around or put on hiatus every few weeks.

    If AMC, or FX, or HBO, or Showtime would've picked it up, it would've ended when mitch hurwitz wanted it to. That wasn't the case, but it had a good run, and ended with a satisfying resolution before it jumped the shark (figuratively, they did literally). I'm satisfied with that.

  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Thank god this isn't on Fox. Those pricks make a habit of cancelling good shows.

    Well, here's the thing about Fox.

    They do put out an awful lot of shit, yes. But they do take risks that other networks wouldn't dream of. Married with Children, for its time, was an incredibly risky move. As was The Simpsons - a prime-time animation show was just unheard of.

    And even more recently. They'll give shows a shot that are very, very risky. And while they may cancel them fairly quickly too, that's more of a chance than any other network would give them.

    But look at Futurama and Arrested Development. Two very brilliant shows with really strong cult followings, canceled before their time. With both of them, their ratings were always terrible. And yeah, they got shuffled a lot, but how else are you gonna try to catch an audience? Neither made money until looonnnng after they were canned. And yet, Fox kept both of them on for multiple seasons. Again - that's more than most networks would do.

    So they get an unfairly bad rap, in my book. Yeah, they canceled good shows. But they at least gave those shows a chance.

    I agree. I can't think of another broadcast network that would have given Firefly a shot, especially in 2002. That might be different now, now that viewers are starting to expect better production values out of network TV, after shows like Lost.

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  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i forgot that you were the other person who watched studio 60

    I enjoyed the whole series, but I realize that it wasn't for everybody. It had its fair share of weak elements, and there's no denying that.

    But even beyond my personal enjoyment of the show, that pilot was just unimpeachably spectacular.

    Pooro becomes even cooler in my book.
    I fucking loved Studio 60.

    and Breaking Bad is amazing so far

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  • KarnackKarnack Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Bryan Cranston is a much better actor than I've ever given him credit for.


    Then again, I must admit I've only ever seen him in Malcolm in the Middle.


    I loved the expression on his face
    Spoiler:

  • Retarded_TurkeyRetarded_Turkey Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This show is delicious. I watched eps 1-3 yesturday night. I'm gonna go watch the next two now.

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  • Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I get MadMen onDemand since I have TimeWarner. But dammit, we need to connect the tv to the box and it's heavy and rghrghrghr!

    I need to find it on the intertubes.

    In conclusion: Breaking Bad is fanfriggintastic and gah, I'm loving AMC for it and Mad Men.

  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i wish they showed more episodes on the AMC website

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  • sarukunsarukun Gornlord Interplanetary InsanitariumRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Thank god this isn't on Fox. Those pricks make a habit of cancelling good shows.

    Well, here's the thing about Fox.

    They do put out an awful lot of shit, yes. But they do take risks that other networks wouldn't dream of. Married with Children, for its time, was an incredibly risky move. As was The Simpsons - a prime-time animation show was just unheard of.

    And even more recently. They'll give shows a shot that are very, very risky. And while they may cancel them fairly quickly too, that's more of a chance than any other network would give them.

    But look at Futurama and Arrested Development. Two very brilliant shows with really strong cult followings, canceled before their time. With both of them, their ratings were always terrible. And yeah, they got shuffled a lot, but how else are you gonna try to catch an audience? Neither made money until looonnnng after they were canned. And yet, Fox kept both of them on for multiple seasons. Again - that's more than most networks would do.

    So they get an unfairly bad rap, in my book. Yeah, they canceled good shows. But they at least gave those shows a chance.

    Fox gets a bad rap more for their deplorable news division than the rest their programming, I think.

  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    wait you're unaware of the tendency for people to complain incessantly about fox canceling shows?

    you must be new to the internet

  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I agree with sarukun: The cancellation of shows is unfortunate, but a business call.
    Their "news division" is a crime against humanity, though.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    Oh man

    I thought I was the only dude who actually liked Studio 60

    everyone I know hated it

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  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i thought it was great

    though i didn't see the last few episodes because i was overseas

  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Studio 60 was a brilliant show.
    Watching it over is even more sad, since I now recognize several characters I didn't before, since I have now seen The West Wing.

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  • Beef AvengerBeef Avenger Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    So because of this thread I had to check the show out, now fully caught up.

    Holy crap it is awesome. After the first episode it really caught me off guard about how heavy it was getting, but it's just amazingly well done all in all

  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    So because of this thread I had to check the show out, now fully caught up.

    Holy crap it is awesome. After the first episode it really caught me off guard about how heavy it was getting, but it's just amazingly well done all in all

    I am glad you are into it now.

    But really, how surprised can you be? That opening scene is so unrelentingly intense that you've gotta see the heavier shit coming.

  • Beef AvengerBeef Avenger Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    So because of this thread I had to check the show out, now fully caught up.

    Holy crap it is awesome. After the first episode it really caught me off guard about how heavy it was getting, but it's just amazingly well done all in all

    I am glad you are into it now.

    But really, how surprised can you be? That opening scene is so unrelentingly intense that you've gotta see the heavier shit coming.

    I guess I mean more in the sense of heavy drama, the first episode made me expect dark comedy. Not to say there aren't plenty of bits of humor, but it's not the focus at all like i was kind of expecting.

  • Retarded_TurkeyRetarded_Turkey Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Can't wait to watch the new ep!

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  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I am a Chemistry Major, and I love this show.

    Looking at the chemical formula, Meth is really simple to synthesize - The guys in meth labs just reduce over-the-counter meds to form an impure product.

    A better route would be to do a synthesis with Styrene, Methylnitrate, and Epoxyethane. It would take longer and you need to separate out the diasteriomers, but it's much less suspicious than them buying 10 pounds of Ephedrine.

  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2008
    man what how can the next episode be the season finale?

    bull shit


    also walt was a fucking BADASS in the last episode

  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    The dudes behind Breaking Bad could teach a course about writing impressive openings. I imagine it would go something like "Step 1: Be awesome. Step 2: See step 1."

    This most recent episode was just spectacular. On every goddamn level.

    And because I've praised every other aspect of this show to high heaven throughout this show, I would also like dish some love out to the BB production design department. The set designs are consistently impeccable (with Tuco's den from this last ep getting especially high marks), the subtle yet undeniable differences in the look of various batches of crystals, the costume design on everyone from yuppies to lowlifes. "Perfect" is really the only word for it.

    To Kusu: Writer's strike cut into their production schedule, giving the shortened season. But not to worry, filming starts this summer on a second, 13-episode season.

  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Latest episode was fucking sick.
    Spoiler:

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  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    man, with my cough, potatoe and I think *I* may have lung cancer.
    And I'm not even a Chemistry Teacher.

    Fuuuuck, how am I going to make meth this way?

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  • OdenOden Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I just got episode six, I am so pumped to watch it. I'm just waiting for my buddy to come over because we watch it together since it is our thing.

    It's a damn shame there is only one episode left.

  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    oh shit
    you guys were right
    episode 6 was fucking great

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    yeaaahhhh

    neville knows what's up

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  • AHH!AHH! Registered User
    edited March 2008
    Alright I watched episode 6 and it was pretty awesome.

    Going to start from episode 1 now and see why the fuck that all happened.

  • Retarded_TurkeyRetarded_Turkey Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Holy fuck..
    Spoiler:

    And, the scene when their plaing poker. Wow:)

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    This morning I coughed up blood I wonder if I have lung cancer

    :(

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  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    It is a shame that the season is ending already. Episode 6 is really good. You only needed to watch thefirst 20 seconds and youknew it was going to be fuck-awesome.
    Spoiler:

    A+

  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Something I noticed in the most recent episode that's a small detail, but kinda neat to think about. The meth is always talked about in pounds and ounce, imperial measurements. But every other drug out there is on metric, in kilos and grams. But meth is the only drug that started here, and is hardly ever imported or exported.

    The fact that Breaking Bad sticks to this is not only an example of their dedication to realism, but also a subtle reinforcement of the "Meth as the American dream" theme that they seem to be hinting at. An entirely American product, relying on ingenuity, that allows low class people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and enjoy the fruits of capitalism. Horatio Alger as filtered through Hunter S. Thompson.

  • Grim OutlookGrim Outlook Registered User
    edited March 2008
    oh man, i'm hooked after two episodes, are there any other episodes online anywhere?

  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    oh man, i'm hooked after two episodes, are there any other episodes online anywhere?

  • AHH!AHH! Registered User
    edited March 2008
    goddamn this show is a blast so far.

    at episode 2 where he's trying to roll a joint. it's so hilarious.

  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2008
    attention everyone: do not link to pirated tv shows.

  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2008
    why would you even need to

    i mean


    seriously

    THEY ARE ALL ON AMC

  • Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Yeah, whoops on my part.

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