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Absalom

The last thing I needed was to find out I must have the Absalom trading card.

The first show of s2 accomplishes two goals. First, the episode uses the summer gap to temporarily divorce Buffy from Sunnydale and from us, making the change in her – from victorious, celebratory Slayer to callous, cruel Slayer – believable and understandable. Second, despite the three months off, the story manages to pick up right where we ended: in the library with Giles, Miss Carpenter, Cordelia, and Willow standing over the freshly staked skeleton of The Master. (more…)

As Breaking Bad has finally wrapped up, leaving me mostly satisfied and somewhat relieved to be free of the final season’s relentless tension, I’m realizing that something I’ve been waiting for throughout the series is never going to come to fruition: a truly rounded Latino character.

Gus is a match for Walt

Walt and Gus are a match.

Yes, I am a Gustavo Fring aficionado; to be more specific, I experienced a phase in which I was more a Gus obsessive. For me, Gus is the most magnetic and elusive of all the Breaking Bad characters, but after his spectacular departure in the nursing home blast, I’m left wondering if part of his mystery was just carelessness on the part of Vince Gilligan. Fring’s (more…)

Bad Eggs Buffy asleepI’m not going to dilly-dally here. I like Bad Eggs.

Part of this lies with my great fondness for Invasion of the Body Snatchers in all its incarnations as well as most of the homages to it featuring alien replacement/possession. I was a major fan of Robert Rodriguez’s The Faculty (written by then-horror giant and Sarah Michelle Gellar favorite Kevin (more…)

Walt wants what Walt wants. At this point in the game, he’s asking for ten murders in under two minutes. His precision in chemistry is now focused in mass murder, and the swastikas of the white supremacists surrounding him do not look out of place. Walt would have made an excellent commandant at a concentration camp. Yeah, it’s come to that. There’s really no coming back from this depravity.

I’ve been watching this season’s Breaking Bad with a sense of dread and intensity like no other. Every season has been fantastic, but this one, perhaps because it was truncated to make way for another next summer, has drawn me into the dark mind of Walter “I want an empire” White – his wanton ambition, ruthlessness, cunning, duplicity, and delusions of grandeur: gliding over all. Director Michelle MacLaren and writer Molly Walley-Becketthave both been working with the series for years, (more…)

There’s not a lot of thought here – just gushing. No spoilers if you don’t look at the pictures.

I love tv. In a major way. I remember shows from when I was a kid. I actually am baffled by people who don’t remember the shows they or their parents watched growing up. One of my earliest memories is watching the Mickey Mouse Club and desperately wanting a Mickey Mouse watch for Christmas – the one where Mickey’s in the middle and his arms are the hands of (more…)

Walt has a new hero that he wants his family to know about: Scarface.

After Walt learns from Marie that Skyler has had a breakdown, he not only falsely blames and reveals her affair with Ted, he recognizes how shattered and frightened his wife has become since truly learning what her husband is capable of. His reaction: to gather their children around the television and blare the conclusion of Brian de Palma’s Scarface, cheering on the hyper-carnage to rouse Skyler from her self-imposed seclusion in the bedroom.

Walt once again asserts absolute control, here showing Skyler that her fears mean nothing to him – other than a novel avenue to exploit her. By encouraging Walt Jr. to yell (more…)

Mike is back from Mexico, here playing with his granddaughter Kaylee, in whose name Gus Fring had funneled over two million dollars into a secret offshore account, which has been traced by Hank and seized by the government, pushing Mike back into the game, even with Walt, who he considers a time bomb, as his partner.

The fifth season of Breaking Bad has begun, and my obsession with Gus Fring shows no hint of abatement.

Mike’s return from the makeshift ER in Mexico suggests that I’ll learn more about Fring as the season moves forward, but then, Mike really know how to keep his trap shut. Note the poker face he maintains after Hank announces that the two million (more…)

Sonny. Where to begin?

Nicolas Cage: Director. Holy shit.

First, there is somewhat of a Woody Allen phenomenon happening here. You know how Woody Allen cannot really conjure any character beyond himself, be it due to narcissism or limited artistic vision? Nowadays, when he isn’t the romantic lead in his (more…)

I wanted to post some photos which apparently requires a new post about The Simpsons Breaking Bad Mashup.

That Simpsons opening makes me still love The Simpsons. Even though the opening wasn’t theirs, they still got it on air and, I am sure, had to flex considerable muscle to do so.

The opening was done by Banksy. His signature all over the billboards during the traditional opening is intentional. Have you seen Exit Through the Gift Shop? It’s good and an art piece in every sense. This episode was called Exit Through the Kwik-e-Mart and features Bart becoming a street artist, plastering Springfield with posters a la Shepard Fairey’s Obey but with (more…)

There’s a YouTube video out there with clips from The Simpsons dubbed with lines from Breaking Bad.

It’s a great mashup – funny, clever and proof that the creator is a fan of both shows. My favorite detail is that even the opener is a mashup of both the Breaking Bad logo and The Simpsons font. They could have been lazy here but they went all the way. All the details are great – Bart Simpson as chronic fuck-up Jesse Pinkman, Maude Flanders as Skyler White, Cleetus and Brandine as meth heads, Lionel Hutz as sleazy Saul Goodman is spot on, Mr. Burns’ beloved teddy bear Bobo as the bear from the airplane crash and episode openings for season two, the barfing frog prince as junkie Jane is inspired and of course Ned (more…)