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Old 01-28-18, 10:22 PM   #1
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Mr. Bill's Re-watch of Breaking Bad (First-Watchers Welcome)

This will be my third time through, it's by far my favorite TV Show, ever. I'll try to keep any foreshadowing in spoilers for First-Watchers, if any decide to participate.

A little background on the show:

Vince Gilligan is the lead writer and Exec. Producer of this show. Gilligan got his start writing for and eventually leading the writing team on The X-Files (of course another favorite of mine). Bryan Cranston (Walter White) was a guest star on the X-Files episode , "Drive" and Gilligan was so impressed with him that Breaking Bad was developed for him as the lead character.

The show is filmed in New Mexico in and around Albuquerque and the scenery and cinematography is as much a character as the actors. It's an amazing ride with superb acting, great action, great storytelling, and excellent attention to detail throughout its 5 seasons. All "t"'s are crossed culminating in a very memorable finale.


Walter White is a struggling H.S. chemistry teacher with a baby on the way and a son with mild Cerebral Palsy, has limited health insurance, and has to work part time at a car wash to survive financially. His greatest achievement is a plaque for contributions to the Nobel Prize in chemistry which didn't pan out career-wise. He is diagnosed with terminal cancer with six months to live and wants go out leaving his family financially stable, and here we begin ...

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Re: Mr. Bill's Re-watch of Breaking Bad (First-Watchers Welcome)

Oh, this sounds like fun. Count me in! Mrs. Mo and i will try to watch along to some extent as well.
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Pilot

First, Teachers need to be paid a lot more than they do!... let me get that out of the way.
I really felt Walter White's humiliation when one of his students he reprimanded drove into the car wash in his daddy's Porsche and Walter had to detail his car.

Walter's DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), comes off as a complete goof-ball clown in the pilot but man do they develop his character as the seasons progress.

Jesse Pinkman ... former student and "Captain Cook" with a pinch of chili powder to spice it up. Love Jesse Pinkman and his "Cow Houses".

I love the way this episode was book-ended, beginning and ending on the nearby reservation and all parts in between were 36 hours prior leading up to it. I guess standing out on the road in your underwear would come in second place on the humiliation meter.

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Oh, this sounds like fun. Count me in! Mrs. Mo and i will try to watch along to some extent as well.

Will this be your first time watching it, Mr. Mo?

(sorry, mod error - please excuse the edit in you op, I hit edit rather than quote by mistake).
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Re: Mr. Bill's Re-watch of Breaking Bad (First-Watchers Welcome)

I've been a follower of the Breaking Bad Insider's Podcast which started in season 2. I'm looking forward to providing some behind the scenes tidbits from those podcasts. Really interesting stuff from Vince Gilligan and the cast and crew.
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No, this will be my third go-round also, and Mrs. Mo's second.

No worries about the oopsie edit, it happens.

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Pilot

I know that every season starts off with a flash-forward, but man, what an iconic way to start a TV show! A guy in a gas mask and tighty whiteys is driving an RV through a desert like a bat out of hell, and in the passenger seat is an unconscious guy in a gas mask, while dead or unconscious people slide around on the floor in the back of the RV. Then the RV crashes, the driver gets out, removes his gas mask and puts on a shirt, films a goodbye for the love of his life and somebody named junior, then as the sirens get louder, he pulls out what i think at a quick glance is a .45 caliber handgun, and walks out into the road with his gun, his shirt, and his tighty whiteys.

One of the best opening sequences of its age for sure.

Walt worked on a team that won a Nobel in 1985.

"The study of change" - an informative topic - "growth -> decay -> transformation"

A little messed up how Hank's drug bust is the star of Walt's 50th b-day party.

"Here, honey, here's a halfhearted handjob while i nag you about other shit, happy birthday!" Skylar has some great moments throughout the series, but man she's about impossible to actually like.

Tossing matches in the dirty pool. Great visual metaphor there.

Walt threatens Jesse, using blackmail as a business bargaining chip. Walt has some serious difficulties understanding human nature.

There's some really good symbolic imagery towards the end of the ep.
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I thought the scene at the doctor's office after Walt collapsed at the car wash and was rushed to the hospital was interesting. As the doctor is describing the details of Walt's cancer and life expectancy, he's muted out by a tinnitus effect as Walt is fixating on a mustard stain on the doctor's shirt. A really interesting way to visually and aurally describe shock. It's familiar in other films, but it was very well done. Of course he mentions none of this to his wife.
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Subbing.

I may watch along a bit, too. I've only seen it once straight through, and then random episodes re-watched.
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Welcome Vonne, looking forward to your participation.

What I find really interesting and it's been repeated several times in the podcasts is that every line of dialogue is written in stone, there is no ad libbing in this production. The actors can suggest changes, and they may make some small modifications to the script, but every thing is there for a purpose, for continuity. It's really a testament to the writing how natural the dialogue is.

There's a team of about 6 writers led by Gilligan who spend months "breaking" a season where every detail of the storyline is looked at for continuity, production concerns, etc., and then it's handed off to one of the writers to produce an episode script. It's a fascinating process where no stone is left unturned.
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I've been a follower of the Breaking Bad Insider's Podcast which started in season 2. I'm looking forward to providing some behind the scenes tidbits from those podcasts. Really interesting stuff from Vince Gilligan and the cast and crew.
I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about the show from this source.

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I thought the scene at the doctor's office after Walt collapsed at the car wash and was rushed to the hospital was interesting. As the doctor is describing the details of Walt's cancer and life expectancy, he's muted out by a tinnitus effect as Walt is fixating on a mustard stain on the doctor's shirt. A really interesting way to visually and aurally describe shock. It's familiar in other films, but it was very well done. Of course he mentions none of this to his wife.
Agreed. It's not often that a show pilot can include a terminal cancer diagnosis for the ostensible main character and make us laugh at the same time, however uncomfortably. One of the many things that i love about Breaking Bad is its odd sense of humour.
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