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red chamber dream
you should definitely check out big love while you're at it
Almost happy
I started watching six feet under. Seems very promising so far, it's nice to see Michael C Hall not surrounded by hacks.

GoT is very good but it also suffers a bit from having the plot split into so many pieces, especially in later seasons, which generally means each plot has a pretty small timeframe to really develop each episode.
red chamber dream
6' under is fantastic all the way through
red chamber dream
that's a show about nothing but characters
One shall stand, one shall ball.
So 10.3 million people watched the finale apparently.

red chamber dream
yeah go 442% increase over the season 4 finale
I closed my eyes when I opened this thread to avoid spoilers, but I HAD to post this

I run this here hotel of an evening

One shall stand, one shall ball.
I love how easily this show could have been a comedy series.
Almost happy
It's pretty cool how the well the song that the finale got its namesake from actually fits overarching story of the show, and the finale in particular.

One shall stand, one shall ball.
If anything the I'd think Todd's uncle was the rival cowboy since he sort of stole the meth. So it's probably a little more contained in the finale than that video suggests. But then the finale isn't exactly a standalone thing so.

Point is that song owns and if anyone says "Yo I'm making this series that's pretty much based on a Marty Robbins song." they should get the greenlight by default.
Almost happy
Gus also fits somewhat as the rival cowboy, but yeah the finale is the only place where it obviously plays out in a way that is very close to the lyrics of the song (and it wouldn't surprise me if Gilligan never thought about the song in relation to the series until Granite State or even the finale), but it still fits quite well into the series as a whole in terms of Walt's feelings towards the whole methmaking thing, even if that was most likely more of a happy coincidence.

Although there's a short snippet of lyrics that's cut from the version in the video that coincides quite well with hanks death and the Ozymandias episode:

Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done.
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there,
I had but one chance and that was to run.
One shall stand, one shall ball.
If his comments on the podcasts are any indication Gilligan had nothing actually planned for the show's arc.

And yeah weird that they cut that verse from the video, lots of places they could have worked that in.
Almost happy
Yeah it's pretty crazy how little in the show was ever actually planned in advance outside of "walt gradually becomes the bad guy". It's a testament to the talent of the writers that everything didn't completely fall appart towards the end.
I hope they can keep this track record consistent in Better Call Saul. It would make for one hell of a prequel.
visiting the grandma like I do every year, and we bring up TV shows at dinner. On an off shot I ask her if she's seen or heard of Breaking Bad. Apparently she marathon'd it from the first episode all the way to the last one
red chamber dream
your grandma has good taste
lol, I started watching it I'm on episode 2 and it's pretty good.
I like turtles.
Started this yesterday.  Up to about a third through season two.  Good stuff so far, but I am hoping Walt and Jesse get less stupid over time.
red chamber dream
oh wow, nice to see someone watching it for the first time. i guess you'll just have to find out!
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I like turtles.
It's hard to make predictions because there's a distinct lack of status quo going on so far.  Like, as soon as something is introduced as a story element, it stops being a thing two episodes or so later.  Not a bad thing, but waaay different from most other works in a serial format.

I suppose it might also be a consequence of its debut coinciding with the writers' strike.
One shall stand, one shall ball.
Nah it stays like that, it's one of the reasons I liked it so much. There's not too much lingering shit, things get resolved so we can move on to new things.
I like turtles.
I suppose the idea is to reflect the identity of a guy who only has months left to live.

I don't think I've hated so many characters in one show before.  Especially Jesse's parents, my goodness.
One shall stand, one shall ball.
Oh man I forgot about them. God they are the worst.
red chamber dream

rj mitte rapping is the greatest thing ever