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Reply #180 on: September 26, 2018, 11:24:41 AM
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This episode has gotten some mixed reactions, apparently, but I have to say it's one of my favorites of the season. Finally, surprising things are happening.

Kim's character turn is totally fascinating to me. It's a surprise but also makes sense. She is 100% addicted to scamming (there's a reason she's stayed with Jimmy), and she's been using her workaholic lifestyle as a distraction. The only real difference between her and Jimmy is she wants to scam for a good cause.

Some nitpicks. Jimmy's pastor character was almost full-on Mr. Show. It was a little too much. If I were the prosecutor, I would have immediately done a whois search on the church website domain, which ostensibly would have revealed the scam. There are a few too many loose ends.

I thought the Germans wanted actual prostitutes or something. They're somehow satisfied by watching bikini-clad dancers?
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Reply #181 on: September 26, 2018, 03:44:24 PM
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Some nitpicks. Jimmy's pastor character was almost full-on Mr. Show. It was a little too much. If I were the prosecutor, I would have immediately done a whois search on the church website domain, which ostensibly would have revealed the scam. There are a few too many loose ends.

I thought the Germans wanted actual prostitutes or something. They're somehow satisfied by watching bikini-clad dancers?

Remember this is still early 2000s, so I can't imagine a DA from Albuquerque being savvy enough with the Internet to do a WHOIS search, and even if you do so many domains block their registration details. Oh and by the way, Google Maps didn't even come out until 2005  :shock:


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Reply #182 on: November 07, 2018, 12:19:17 PM
So this is why VG hasn't been in the writer's room for the past year+

‘Breaking Bad’ Movie In the Works With Creator Vince Gilligan

Seems this is a new strategy for AMC. Earlier in the week they announced Andrew Lincoln's Walking Dead character hasn't actually been killed off the show - true, he'll never appear again - but that's because he's getting his own spin-off movie series.
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Reply #183 on: November 07, 2018, 12:46:05 PM
So this is why VG hasn't been in the writer's room for the past year+

Interesting... but he's still directed quite a few eps of season 4 no?


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Reply #184 on: November 07, 2018, 12:47:07 PM
So this is why VG hasn't been in the writer's room for the past year+

Interesting... but he's still directed quite a few eps of season 4 no?

Uno


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Reply #185 on: November 07, 2018, 04:44:16 PM
If it's about Jesse, great. It kind of sucked how much season 5 didn't really care about him.
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Reply #186 on: November 07, 2018, 04:50:37 PM
Jesse was my thought too. AP needs a career resurrection.

I think it was mentioned on one of the very last episodes of the S4 podcast (probably Wiedersehen) that he hadn't been involved in the writing this season, which was the first official confirmation I was aware of. Although in previous episodes he'd asked PG how they came to certain decisions, which I thought was weird at the time, but just figured he'd not been part of those specific conversations. Something else I saw somewhere said he wasn't in the writer's room last season either, but he is a credited writer on Mabel.

Either way, he's still very much involved in BCS, but not in the writing (at least for S4). I guess because he's been focusing on this.
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Reply #187 on: November 20, 2019, 12:53:59 PM
S5 premieres February 23.
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Reply #188 on: January 09, 2020, 12:58:41 PM


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Reply #189 on: January 09, 2020, 02:43:30 PM
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Reply #190 on: January 09, 2020, 02:59:53 PM
Their key-art/promo materials for each season has been its own work of art.


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Reply #192 on: February 26, 2020, 03:03:14 PM
Lalo Salamanca is such a great character. Tony Dalton going toe-to-toe with Giancarlo Esposito, what a delight. Meanwhile, Odenkirk gets to play two distinct personalities as "Saul" grows and develops and Kim gets stuck at the crossroads.

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Reply #193 on: February 27, 2020, 08:57:14 AM
I'm extremely bored when all that Narco shit gets all the screentime, even though it's done in an entertaining way and all—but I don't care. And it's getting extremely silly when all the drug addicts are treated like goofy characters.
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Reply #194 on: February 27, 2020, 10:55:32 AM
This seemz to be an issue you have with Breaking Bad/El Camino too -- I mean you called El Camino just an extended ep of BB. It's an aesthetic or tonal concern, but none of the "narco" crime elements or comedic-stylized druggie bits in BCS are dissimilar from Breaking Bad's. Narco-crime has been a huge focus since Salamanca and El Paso. Its tone hits like pulp, not corn.

I mean, the parking lot shootout with Hank and the Twins? Gus Fring as a character? Badger and Skinny Pete. Even the "yeah, bitch!" motif became its own meme. Its druggie vibe has always had goofy charm.  But that's also what makes episodes like "Peekaboo" all the more tense and potent.



Last season at the moneywire storefront, Lalo's ceiling drop became one of my fav moments :p