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OK, Star and I watched the movie Don Jon last night so we downloaded and watched Breaking Bad this morning (we don't own a TV) and here are my immediate reactions to the show overall:
1. It's probably my 2nd favorite show of all-time after The Wire and above Mad Men. West Wing, Dexter and Lost are favorites too, but there's a clear dropoff from those top three to the next three. It's still far too early to slot House of Cards and Homeland in there.
2. The thing that makes Breaking Bad so damn good is not just the strength of the lead actors and actresses, but how they were able to make the place (ABQ, New Mexico) so integral too all the way up to the stark contrast between the final episode starting with him in a snowstorm in New Hampshire to ending up in some meth lab in a desert.
3. I wonder what happened with Brock. Does Jesse become his guardian or is the guilt too much or does Jesse - having lost his chance to change his identity - end up in jail after all? The optimist in me hopes he becomes a good surrogate father to Brock.
4. What do you think the relationship is like between Skyler and Marie now that both Walt and Hank are dead and it's pretty clear Walt's at least somewhat responsible for it all? To me, Vince Gilligan should let Anna Gunn (Skyler) and Betsy Brandt (Marie) create a spin-off with them living together and raising Holly while Walt Jr./Flynn goes off to college. I don't really want this to happen, but it'd be interesting.
5. Here's why The Wire is better, and it's really simple: It's more real. The drug game, politics and policing and poor education systems...that's the reality in many cities in America. Not sure many high school chemistry teachers are becoming meth masterminds who can say they've killed dozens of people including a Nazi crime boss and prison inmates. Also, if you asked people who the main star of The Wire is, you'd get maybe four different answers. In Seasons 2 and 3, the star was clearly Stringer Bell, while McNulty was probably the most consistent star from start to finish (Seasons 1 and 5) though Omar is easily the best character overall. Still, Marlo Stanfield was a key character in seasons 4 and 5.
Regardless, Breaking Bad is the best TV show of the social media era because Twitter and iTunes were major factors in the prominence of the show, especially this final season.