Posts Tagged ““Breaking Bad”

Netflix Pix – March 2014

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

In like a lion out like a ... well, out like a something. March is here and it's not any warmer and snow is still on the ground and it doesn't feel like spring is right around the corner and St. Patrick's Day is less than two weeks away and Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday and blah, blah, blah, blah. Indeed, it's about time this doozy of a winter is supposed to be winding down. Whether or not it actually will ... well, heels crossed, as Claire Underwood would say. Either way, the dawn of a ... read more

So much media. So little time.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

You just have to love these Nielsen studies, don't you? I mean, come on, now. Those guys can turn any tiny piece of data into a multitude of conclusions. "The top 10 television shows watched only by cats between 2:39 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. on Wednesdays that occur only during the summer months." Or "39 percent of all Armenians with a smartphone have watched 'The Big Bang Theory' a total of 3.9 times per day when the sun rises before 7:04 a.m." Or "Study: Those who enjoy eating pizza also love watching ... read more

Sony wants to throw a bunch of money at TV. Why does this matter? Crackle and Comedians.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

"White House Down" and "After Earth." Remember them? One's a movie about an attack on the Leader of the Free World. The other was a Will Smith vehicle that approximately 49 people saw. In addition to being strong contenders for Oscars this coming awards season (yeah, that was sarcastic), the two films helped lead Sony Pictures to a $181 million operating loss ... in only the second quarter of this year. And yet people who make only the minimum wage can't support a household in this country. ... read more

What It Is To Break Bad, Part 59,027

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

There are spoilers. So, if you haven't seen the series finale, then go ahead and turn the other way right ... about ... Now. OK. So, after dozens of episodes, a handful of seasons and thousands of seconds worth of impressively dramatic ebbs and flows, "Breaking Bad" ended last night, probably in the way you — yes, you! — predicted. Whether it be season one, when the then-mustached Walter White killed his first victim with what looked like a bike lock, or season four, when he blew half a ... read more

The Best Photo to Come Out of the Comic-Con Convention

by Michael Hunley. 1 Comment

Yes, I am well aware that I am very late in covering the San Diego Comic-Con Convention, which ended last week, but I'm going to say to you the same thing I told the woman who shushed me last weekend at the movie theater after I slurped my soda too loudly: I'm sorry, but you need to get over it. Anyway, sandwiched between all the homemade Chewbacca costumes and the myriad of "Game of Thrones" cosplayers (WARNING: If you click on that link, you will see things that you cannot unsee) were actual ... read more

What it is to Break Bad (Part 49).

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

About a month ago, I was asked to contribute to a super-duper mega-tough, all-encompassing project dedicated to the history of "Breaking Bad." I then had to spend about two weeks rummaging through the series' DVDs, ultimately coming away with a little less than 10,000 words through seven separate pieces (and yes, I will annoy you all with links once the thing gets going next week).

It was interesting to me because "Breaking Bad," as I've written on this particular blog in the past (again — thank you, archive system!), isn't really my favorite show. In fact, it's probably not even in my top 10. The most annoying aspect of the whole thing was having to go buy the fifth season's DVDs so close to the time they were released. Why is that? Because eight episodes ran me a little more than 40 bucks.


Anyway, the rekindled romance has inevitably bled over into the upcoming final set of episodes — if I've made it this far in the series, the last thing I would want to happen is for the stuff to be ruined for me. "What are you going to do?" friends have asked me. "There's no way it won't get spoiled for you if you wait."

Well, I could rush to Amazon the day after each episode airs, blow a couple dollars for the right to watch the thing and do my best to keep up with it. I used this approach when we did the incredibly legendary (he says sarcastically) Mad Men Project, and it worked fairly well. The only real problem was how much it hurt my soul to go buy the fifth season's DVDs after I had already paid to own digital copies online. Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a completist.

The other option? Well, as it was reported last week by just about everybody in the world, I could move to Europe. Because not only is that logical, but that's also cost-effective (he again says sarcastically). What say you, July 26 news release?

"Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Sony Pictures Television today announced that the Final Episodes of the critically acclaimed drama, Breaking Bad will be available exclusively to members in the UK and Ireland starting on 12 August. New episodes will be available every Monday — following the US broadcast."

Anyone else bothered that whomever wrote the thing capitalized the words "final" and "episodes"?

Indeed, after forcing me to run out and buy the first half of its final season — the episodes still aren't on Netflix's streaming service — "Breaking Bad" is going to give up the goods to those living overseas a mere day after each 40-some-minute chapter airs stateside. The approach, in short, is great (though it would be awfully greater should it be offered in this country as well). Why not post the episodes this quickly, especially for viewers in other countries, where it takes light years for it all to be sent their way in the first place?

The most recent example of such delayed-viewing atrocities came in the form of "Derek," Ricky Gervais' recent gem that first aired its pilot on Channel 4 across the pond ... in April of 2012. To be fair, the show's first series wasn't presented in its entirely until the beginning of 2013 in Europe, but even so, it won't be until September of this year that it will finally be made available on Americans' Netflix accounts. That's a year and a half since its pilot aired and nine months since it began its initial run. I mean, what's next? Texting through Morse Code.

My only hope, of course, is that some shows will be willing to utilize the same practice stateside ("The Killing" is currently using this same gimmick, also leaving us Yankees without a quick turnaround). The Internet is where all this content is heading, anyway. Why not expedite the process by at least dipping a few toes into the streaming-TV pond now? People are going to find ways to access the episodes, no matter what — torrents, overseas streams, etc. — so why don't you just stop pretending that the whole streaming-TV-shows-online thing doesn't already exist en masse and partner with a legitimate company to help bring your work to its fans more quickly? In theory, this should be a win-win for everyone, all around.

Besides: The more you resist this, network executives, the more out-of touch you appear. There has already been enough evolution in the medium to prove that Internet television is here to stay (cough, Emmy, cough), so why not just embrace the transition? Here's an idea: Cut a deal with Netflix, make your American fans happy, and save me 40 bucks the next time. How's that sound? Good? Good. 

For those still wondering how The Greatest Supporting Actor In The History Of Television, Aaron Paul, will play out his final days as The Greatest Non-Main-Character In The History Of Television, Jesse Pinkman, "Breaking Bad" will kick off the final half of its final run Aug. 11. As you'll see if you read the statement, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos called the series a "once in a generation calibre of show." That in mind, I will now go bang my head against a brick wall until lunchtime (he does not say sarcastically).

Netflix Pix – October 2012

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Oh, October. You bring orange-colored leaves, a healthy dose of chilly weather and, of course, Maceo Parker, as illustrated in this week's 72 Hours (yes, that was a shameless plug). You are the last full month before we turn the clocks back an hour, and you amuse us with your ability to make perfectly reasonable people dress up in highly embarrassing costumes as soon as the end of your 31 days nears. Most importantly, your beginning also means a fresh dose of Netflix Pix, the award-winning ... read more

Netflix Pix – October 2011

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Why, hello to you, October. So far, you have given us the biggest television news of the year (and if you don't think I'm going to weigh in on such arrested developments later this week, you are just as nuts as three Buster Bluths), cold weather, more football and a crowded calendar that will apparently allow me a grand total of 20 hours of sleep for the entire month. Still, my attitude toward you and your depressing ways has admittedly begun to turn, October. For some odd reason, I find myself ... read more

The curious case of what it is to break bad — part 2

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

"I've been watching the series from the first season. It is one of my DVR permanent records. I think the irony and level of complexity continue to grow as does Bryan's character." That was part of an email I received after taking to the Internet(s) to post this. My response to the reader in question was as follows: "See, that's what I'm hoping for! I hope his character becomes more complex because it seems now that it's a bit too surface-level. I'm not going to give up on it ... But I'm ... read more

The curious case of what it is to break bad

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

So, I have a problem. For months now, I have been hearing from every corner of my life that "Breaking Bad" is must-see television. My dear friend Frank swears by it. My dear friend Dan went as far as to buy me the first two seasons of the show on DVD for my birthday recently. I just had to watch it, I kept hearing. It blasts everything else out of the water. Combine that with Bryan Cranston pushing Jon Hamm out of the "Best Actor" spot at all of the trophy shows television can offer anymore, Rolling ... read more