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Breaking Bad S05E01 "Live Free or Die" OAD 7.15.12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Bierboy, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. KungFuCow

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

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    Its probably not realistic to cook meth in an RV either but that didnt stop the writers.. or construct a super meth lab under a laundromat without people knowing about it..

    Its TV.. for real, give it a rest. If you cant handle the liberties the writers take with this show, watch something else.
     
  2. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    So if a police station was built more than 20 years ago (probably most of them), and the evidence room wasn't built to protect against drug kingpins with giant electromagnets, you're saying it's unrealistic that electronic evidence would be stored there?

    Sure, it seemed relatively easy in this show, but that's because the magnet trick was written to work when in actuality it wouldn't work at all. But the fact that the electronic evidence was stored in an existing evidence room? I don't think that's unrealistic at all. The reason it wouldn't work in the real world is because you couldn't make a magnet powerful enough to both be portable and strong enough to do what happened in this episode.

    While we're at it, how much power do those tow-behind construction generators put out. Wouldn't it have been more plausible for Walt to use one of those than to rig up a whole bunch of car batteries?
     
  4. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    I'm just glad the S4 finale thread didn't devolve into a discussion of whether it is actually possible for someone with injuries like those Gus sustained to walk away and do a tie-adjust before falling down. Some entertaining moments should just be accepted at face value (so to speak).
     
  5. KungFuCow

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    Making meth in your backseat using the shake method is a whole lot different than a complete rolling scientific lab. And if someone dug a hole big enough underground for a "superlab" like those guys had, Google Earth or one of the other information gathering agencies would surely have caught a picture of it, the equipment being moved in or SOMETHING.

    You can nit pick stuff to death. Its a TV show Get over it and move on.
     
  6. BitbyBlit

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    Again, I wasn't bothered by the realism of the magnet being able to destroy the data.

    What bothered me was that they painted a picture of the laptop being in a location that was incredibly difficult to get to, but then got around that difficulty by introducing a vulnerability as if nobody in the history of the world had ever thought to destroy hard drive evidence with a magnet.

    It would be as if they had written the story so that once a day somebody would take the evidence from the super secure room, and drive around with it in the open bed of a pickup truck for 10 minutes. And that was the vulnerability that Walt and Jessie exploited to destroy the evidence.

    The solution to destroying the evidence was not based on the ingenuity of Walt and Jessie so much as the poor techniques used to handle the evidence.

    These writers have historically been good about not making people act artificially dumber simply to allow for a certain situation to happen. I've been extremely impressed with how realistic they've made Walt and Jessie commit dark actions, while still being able to reasonably justify them to themselves. It's too bad they couldn't have been the ones to write Anakin Skywalker's descent to the Dark Side.

    So this particular storyline seemed out of character for them. That's why it stood out to me. It didn't make me not like the show, or even not like the episode. I just wish they would have gone a different route.

    But this is the only time in the history of the entire series that I wished they would have done something different.

    Yes, particularly for high profile cases. If the police station didn't have a good place to protect their electronic evidence, then the evidence should have been stored somewhere else.
     
  7. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait for the next episode! That way, this thread can die.
     
  8. Hank

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    Making meth in RVs is a pretty well known method. As far as the super lab, ever hear of a basement? And even if they did build it previously, what's the problem with a private company building a structure on their own property? Oh, I forgot -- that happens EVERY DAY. So what if google earth had photos? You think the DEA/FBI is going to scrutinize every single big hole in the ground? Are you serious?
     
  9. BitbyBlit

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    We'll probably find out in the next episode that Walt's "I know it worked" plan didn't actually work, and it was only his egomania that made him think it would. So all my concerns will be moot. :D
     
  10. Hank

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    This. +1 :up:

    The writers set their own bar very high, and for the first time, they dropped below the bar, and it was painfully obvious. I'm a big fan of the show as anyone, but when the writers let us down like that, it's unexpected. Let's just hope it doesn't happen again.
     
  11. steverm2

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    Betcha it shows up there too.
     
  12. jmcdon00

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    Great discussion. I too was very skeptical about the magnet actually being possible, and like others I have to say it's not possible.
    I don't have any problem with the security of the evidence room, or that the computer would be there. It is simply that I don't believe the magnetic force would have been enough to do what it did in the show.
    As someone else stated it would be a great mythbusters episode.
     

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