Archive for August, 2011
First off, it’s my birthday, today. I’ve made it 35 years on this planet. Hopefully I can pull off another 40 or 50. As a birthday present, the Internet got me some decent Breaking Bad news! That’s thoughtful of the internet, really. Wednesdays can be dry sometimes.
First off we have Hank’s blog, and not to be outdone, Marie’s blog as well. From Hank’s; “I gotta say, one of the best feelings in the world is to know, to really know, that you’ve got someone nailed… You find the little piece you need to tie the whole thing together, and you’ve got the bastard dead to rights. These are the days I love my job.” I wonder how that will feel when you eventually nail Walt, you big lug.
A bit of housekeeping first. If you missed it, we released the podcast for 407, “Problem Dog” last night. I hope you guys like it!
If you haven’t got a chance to read our listener Nick from Ottawa’s research on Gale’ case file, you should take a look. We talked about how the Madrigal Electromotive site is possibly fan made and not official. A lot of people are asking how could a fan have registered a website so fast, but Nick proves that this stuff has been laying around since last year. This morning, some enterprising soul over at reddit decided to email the contact at Madrigal Electromotive, and got a response. Interesting! I’m pretty solidly on the “this is a fansite” side of the argument, and I think this email supports that. It doesn’t seem to use the same “voice” as the show uses when they’re writing in universe stuff like Hank and Marie’s blog. But that’s me, what do you think? Full reddit thread here.
Unfortunately, PowerPlay has departed with Bald Move. We will be posting updates on our move at our temporary home
Peter Street and I are working on moving our content to a new host, and we will rename PowerPlay once we find a new home. We thank our fans for the patients and all your support while we get ourselves situated with a new home. I would like to personally thank A. Ron and Jim for all their help and support, and wish them continued success with their current and future podcasts.
-”The Don” Stafa
There has been a lot of confusion going around about the future of Breaking Bad, what with Aaron Paul mentioning that there is going to be two more seasons, and an Entertainment Weekly article claiming that Breaking Bad is getting “canceled” after season five. Our advice: be cool, baby. Like a little Fonzie, because unless I hear Vince Gilligan is getting less than he wants or is being forced to do more than he wants, I’m not going to worry about it whether we get two more seasons of eight episodes or one more of 16.
In the recap, we discuss Raging, tipping pet peeves, love letters to the American muscle car, Christ imagery, Eyebrows of Doom, adult conversations, who gets to wear the bacon gauntlet this week, the importance of a snack spread during high level criminal meetings, loyalty, Aaron Paul’s iron lock on next year’s Emmy awards, and the value of clean living, vitamins, and Googlefu.
We have TWO METRIC TONS of feedback and listener speculation to plow through. We did the best we could to fit it all in, and I believe we were successful. We have a lively discussion of the Madrigal Electromotive website, and we consider the shifting listener opinion of Jim’s maybe-not-as-batshit-crazy as it seems coffee theory. Listener Nick from Ottawa had some mind blowing predictions and speculation that we somehow missed, but he had this down as far back as episode 403 and 404! Check out the full text of his research here.
In the spoiler section we discuss the names and spoiler summaries (the ones AMC posts as the “short description” on their website) that recently got leaked, and talk about what they might mean. These are legit spoilers, so if you want to remain pure, stay away!!
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In case you missed it last night, you can find my instant review here, and Jim’s over here. Tonight we’ll start casting at about 7pm EST, so that’s the cutoff if you want to get your take read on-air.
Probably the craziest thing I’ve seen since last night is an actual website for Madrigal Electromotive. We’re going to talk about this tonight, but it begs several questions. Is it official? If it is official, is it real? Check out this image, which is from the Los Pollos Hermanos commercial from the beginning of episode 307, “Kafkaesque”, which I found on reddit this morning. They’ve been planting these seeds since last year. Wow!
Oh, and if you were wondering, the video game Jesse was playing at the beginning is ID Software’s new Rage. Which is NOT played with a lightzapper. </nerd>
Gus didn’t seem like he was particularly clever or all powerful this episode, did he? I’d almost go so far as to say that the cartel is to Gus what Gus is to Walt. Gus is in over his head, negotiating from positions of weaknesses, his foe is dealing with him through middlemen and they are refusing to expose themselves. What does the cartel want? Walt? Does Gus even believe if he hands over Walt at this point that it will be over? And the kicker is, Gus doesn’t even know that the situation is worse than he thinks.
What’s worse about it? I wrote an article a few weeks ago speculating that Walt would figure out a way to sic Hank on Gus. Now it looks like he’s siccing himself, thank you very much, and Walt should probably be worried about that.
“Problem Dog” marks the halfway point of season 4 of Breaking Bad and the pace really seems to be picking up steam. Very little time is wasted in this episode with the exception of Walt whose only mission in life now seems to be to have a blast before he’s taken out by the man who is always one step ahead of him.
Ok, ok. So the last few days haven’t been the best as far as Breaking Bad News goes. There just wasn’t enough news to write up a full article so I was reaching. But that all changes today.
There’s an article on aceshowbiz.com with a video interview of Aaron Paul who spills the beans on the rest of this season and the future of Breaking Bad. He says “from episode 1 to 6 it was a slow burn” but that things are about to get “really, really, really crazy – just like the fans want it”. As much as I love the subdued tone that Breaking Bad sometimes takes, I’m getting antsy to see Walter live up to his dark side potential so that’s very good news! How about a bit more from the interview? ”Our creator Vince always said that the show would probably end around season four, but they stretched it out a bit longer, so there is a bit more story to tell. We will probably split it up between season five and season six.” Excellent!
On a sad note, Michael Showers, an actor who played a union worker in the Breaking Bad season 3 episode “One Minute”, was found dead in the Mississippi River yesterday morning. He also had a recurring role opposite David Morse on the show “Treme”.
Did you know AMC holds Twitter contests and gives away prizes each week? Check out the first paragraph of this article on the official AMC Breaking Bad site that lists a few of the best tweets from the previous week and talks about the contest a bit.
Apparently it’s a slow news day today because that’s all I could find. But let me leave you with one last thing; a pic of Walt and Jesse and the blue stuff. Any idea on street value?
WARNING: This last paragraph could be a little spoilery! Skip it if you’re worried about that sort of thing.
And finally, being a drug lord apparently doesn’t keep you from getting jobs in Hollywood as Giancarlo Esposito has just signed on to the pilot of USA’s new series “Over/Under”. He has also recently announced that he’ll be appearing in ABC’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time”. Could this mean Gustavo Fring doesn’t have much time left? Maybe only as long as Gale’s coffee holds out?! Just sayin’…
I tried to get the news out early for you yesterday. Apparently, AMC saw fit to reward my effort with an act of sadism. Mere minutes after I posted yesterday’s Breaking Bad News, Hank’s blog was updated with a blistering commentary on the pros and cons of team spirit. Makes me think that Hank misses being a part of the team at work.
Looking for a way to break bad in the ABQ? I know a couple ground floor meth makers who got started in this RV for sale on Craigslist. I’m pretty sure you’ll just need a gas mask and an Erlenmeyer flask and you’re good to go.
After Sunday’s episode the Skyler hate seems to have been turned down a notch. A lot of people feel for her having to play the role of “bitch mom” throughout the first 3 seasons and now that she has to tell Jr. to return his badass Challenger. There’s a pretty good discussion about her on the Breaking Bad Reddit. But of course there will always be a small but vocal ”Fat Skyler” contingent as well.
And here’s why I waited a bit to give you guys the news today. Marie just made a blog post. She’s apparently feeling pretty neglected with Hank once again putting all of his attention on his current case and Skyler not answering the phone because she’s presumably too busy running the carwash. Of course we know better!
That’s it for today. Tune in tomorrow for another dose of Breaking Bad news!