I’m currently watching Breaking Bad every spare moment I have. I only discovered it a couple of weeks ago, and am completely desperate to catch up on Netflix so I can watch the final episode when everyone else does. I’ll be writing more on the subject when it’s finished, but I made these comments on a Facebook thread, and wanted to record them for posterity. Or, at least, as an aide memoire 🙂
- No idea. If you like beautifully plotted stuff, with extraordinary character development. moments of sheer laugh out loud black comedy, beautiful and clever direction and cinematography, and acting from some people which is peerless, then watch it. It is extraordinary television.
- I loathe explicit violence in films, and avoid ones with it in. There is, of course, violence in BB – given the nature of its subject matter, that’s unavoidable. But I don’t find it gratuitous, or overly gory or drawn out. Oh, and I find it challenging, intellectually – my emotions are drawn hither and thither. It’s brilliantly plotted, written and performed.
For years and years, I have held that The West Wing is the best television ever made. BB has knocked it off its perch. Watch it.
p.s. Every home should have a Lego crystal meth lab. Even the mother of my 6 year old grandson said so.
I refer you all to this week’s Private Eye …
One of the television series I have very fond memories of (of which I have very fond memories?) is the 1981 version of The Day of the Triffids. I’m a huge fan of John Wyndham’s books, and I reread his entire canon every couple of years, and I recalled this series being outstanding.
So I was very pleased to discover it running on BBC 4 yesterday. I’d missed the first 3, but I set the Tivo and settled down to watch the rest. Oh dear. Oh dearie me.
I won’t criticise the effects, because I think they were terrific given the constraints of the time. But nobody seems to have been employed for their acting, not even John Duttine (who I remember with great fondness from To Serve Them All My Days. The music was … extraordinary. The titles were, I suppose, of their time and it’s a good job design has moved on since then.
I was so disappointed. But I shall fish out the books and read them all again instead – the pictures are always better in one’s head anyway.
It’s very rare for perlmonger and I to have a late night. To sit up until 2 a.m. watching television is practically unheard of. Especially as it was Torchwood.
cut just in case anyone sees my comments as spoilers
Well, we’ve just watched episode 3, and I wept buckets.
Ghod knows what awaits us at the end of episode 5 …
so, to nobody’s surprise, I suspect, here’s the confirmation from the Washington Post that series 7 will be the last.
[don’t read the link if you haven’t caught up with series 6 – there be some mild spoilers there]
I think it’s as well – although Sorkin didn’t set out for it to be that way, it was about Barlet’s presidency just as much as his staff, and for me it simply wouldn’t work with another president.
we’ve watched virtually nothing else since the boxed set of West Wing arrived. Over the weekend, we finished series 5 (which is where we’d got up to on television), and so now we’re into new territory, for us.
cut just in case anyone else is still catching up