I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
A man blowing bubbles in -45 degree weather.
I watched Kirk Cameron celebrate his birthday with Subway and a small grocery store cake.
All those… moments… will be lost in time, like…comments in Monsters’ Ball.
Time to die.
All these flashbacks to past episodes, all these old faces making cameos: it’s just the kind of clichéd series finale we would have come to Videogum to see Gabe/Kelly rip apart on a Monday morning.
The first time I saw this movie I had the immediate reaction of “that is now one of my favorite movies ever.” I was going through all The Exorcist, The Omen, etc horror classics, and was bowled over by just how much more perfect Rosemary’s Baby is in every way. The casting of the satanists especially:
I thought it was just part of the running gag that every time they got time alone for a date or a glass of wine on the couch, the phone would ring and Coach or Tami were called away to intervene in the life of a Troubled Child while the other one looked at them with disappointment before finally nodding and saying “yes, go do the right thing and Make A Difference.”
I think you’re right that he set up the one packet before. Someone pointed showed in these screenshots that Walt was staked out at a table across from them the whole time (nifty bit of misdirection via the cinematography). There was never a moment that implied slight of hand.
I agree that the tidy, fan-pleasing, dare I say fun way everything tied up was deserved after the previous couple hours. It was important and satisfying on a story level that it went to those dark places: there had to be cost to Walt’s actions, and the show was always set in a world where consequences came without mercy.
But Breaking Bad also, most the time, was a lot of fun. Kind of a twisted “dissolving bodies falling through ceilings, nursing homes getting bombed” type of fun, but still that was an essential part of what the show was. It was a thrill ride that made you smile when bad guys got got in really ingenious ways. So I was glad they sent us out on that note again. It was earned.
My favorite part of that scene may have been how, after watching his whole family machine gunned down, Todd’s main emotion seems to that he’s really impressed by how Mr White pulled it off. Fucking psychopath to the end!
Remember when some nerd last week was like, “I’m 99% certain we won’t see the Schwartz’s again, the ricin is OBVIOUSLY for Walt, etc etc you idiots”. Boy does that guy have to feel smart today!
But, yeah, this show always had a real gift for unfolding about how you expect, just in a much more cleverly constructed way than you could have anticipated in the previous week’s recap comment thread.
You’re thinking of a different movie (with a similarly long and gratingly whimsical title): The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
I don’t think Walt is afraid of pain at this point. If anything, he always sees himself as a martyr. Killing Nazis, “avenging Hank”, maybe having the time to tell authorities where the bodies are buried and then succumbing to poison he created himself…in his mind it would be a heroic way to go.
I remember watching that movie a while back, and I’m pretty sure it was actually a kids movie about death. LIke (SPOILERS) the Magorium character was dying and they were trying to make his last days really special or something?
What I’m saying is that Vince Gilligan showed his hand and that BB has been one big retelling of the Mr. Magorium myth.
Someone else pointed this out, but it was also a callback to how Jesse killed Gale late at night in his doorway.
99% certain we won’t see the Schwartz’s again. It was classic BB to bring back an almost forgotten loose end like that and have them (again) provide needed incentive for Walt to be self-destructive.
But Kelly is right that the biggest takeaway was Walt learning “his” meth is still being produced. He may hate Elliot and Gretchen for downplaying his involvement, but I don’t think his revenge/return is to kill them: it’s to prove them wrong by going out loudly in a way nobody will be able to ignore or dismiss. And that would be by following through with the entire arc of season 5 with the Nazis. It would be a strange change of focus to make the last hour at all about the Schwartz’s, in my opinion.
Also, the ricin is for Walt. A way to guarantee he will die if he gets taken into custody following whatever it is he plans to do with those guns.
sorry, here is the correct link to the very important Butt Fumble wiki:
Butt Slide is great. But, unlike Butt Fumble, it will probably never get its own Wikipedia page:
“Is anyone ready to discuss the implications of this team running the Wishbone offense? Zero threat of a pass, defense correctly puts eleven in the box, the QB makes little effort to sell the fake handoff on the option roll-out…I don’t think this offensive production is sustainable, outside playing against this kind of Keystone cops defending every week.” – some guy on ESPN First Take
As someone who grew up in this subculture, let me tell you: the shot (1:50 mark) of the ‘bad kid’ taking a swig from a ‘beer’ that is clearly a root beer bottle is a real hallmark of the Conservative Christian Student Film genre.
oops, accidentally treaded all over this joke a couple comments down.
The clip of Mrytle the Methylamine tanker getting robbed and the pushed off a bridge by Jesse Plemons…yikes.
I think even if it took a convoluted explanation, the drug money – medical bill connection is pretty damning. $177,000 from a dying high school teacher? It absolutely would look like Hank knew his brother-in-law was illegally bringing in huge quantities of money and cooperated with him. And there’s zero chance anyone at the DEA believes the “gambling” story (or believes that Hank would fall for it).
And Walt’s Fring / Salamanca story is well backed up by evidence, as Hector asked specifically to visit with Hank immediately before returning to the nursing home to blow up Fring.
I imagine even someone loyal to Hank like Gomez might give more credence to Hank being the master mind that ineffectual Walt. He seemed suspicious of him this episode for the Pinkman thing. As viewers we can understand why Hank had a blind spot for so long / was gullible about the “gambling money,” but to anyone else…
That “Mister and Pete” trailer is setting off my “Nobody Knows” PTSD.
“Dance floor is a little dead tonight.”
“I…I’ll lead the attack.”
“What was that?”
“I’LL LEAD THE ATTACK.”
“Ri¢hie Ri¢h Goes Galt” really took the franchise in a dark direction. Granted, as a child I didn’t fully understand the subtleties of the 50 min monologue Richie delivers mid-film, decrying all the poor, minority friends me made in the first film as moochers.
Oh…oh god. I ate the trend. I ate the trend! I ate the trend!!!