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Old 10-01-2013, 01:15 PM   #331
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Game of Thrones is up there for me, the NEXT great show has either only just started airing or will in the future.

I think the Walking Dead deserves a chance.

Nothing else currently on cable or network seems like a candidate.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:17 PM   #332
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House of Cards, maybe?
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:19 PM   #333
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House of Cards, maybe?
Too soon to tell. A lot of shows were incredible for one season.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #334
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Walking Dead is crap compared to BrBa.

House of Cards is really excellent TV, but doesn't have the same tension that BB had.

Homeland started out with potential to be really excellent TV, but it's devolved into just entertainment.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:30 PM   #335
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Too soon to tell. A lot of shows were incredible for one season.
Sure. But if the challenge is to pick the next "Breaking Bad", you should have to do it earlier rather than many seasons into it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #336
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So there are to many pages for me to go through (to lazy that is). Not sure if this link has been mentioned or posted but it shows 18 different callbacks to episodes throughout the season that was mentioned in the finale. Check it out pretty cool!!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthi...-series-finale
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #337
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:53 PM   #338
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Thought this was pretty great.

It's the End of Breaking Bad as We Know It

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #339
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I'm about two-thirds of the way thru Talking Bad from Sunday night, and, while I've been one of the more vocal critics of that show, so far it's been excellent. I would highly recommend watching it...almost every major character (sans Cranston who was in flight at the time of the live airing) was on the show. RJ Mitte was particularly good; he's been overlooked in many interviews, and I found his perspective enlightening.
I've never watched a Talking Bad until this one, which I watched last night. Agree, very enjoyable hour. [Aside: WTH was Jimmy K doing there?]

Anna Gunn had a box of Kleenex with her. And they needed it!

It was a nice sendoff to see & hear so many of these actors once last time.

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Mo Ryan really was unsatisfied with the finale !!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mauree...b_4022685.html
I understand what she says, but don't agree. I want to be left satisfied by a series. Had the finale been as bleak as she wants/expected, would we be as satisfied? I don't think so.

I'm not sure we would be better served had more time been spent on Marie or Flynn or Jesse or whoever (one of her complaints--not enough time on the others). We knew where they were, and while an hour with those characters is one of the best hours of TV, I don't think it's the best hour for a finale. I want to see where Walter White goes, how the story ends.

She complains that we don't see Lydia's daughter, and then complains because the ending was too tidy. I say those are contradictions--we either can't see how everyone ends up (helloooo Huell) or we can leave it all tidy. Finding that balance is tough, and I thought the finale handled it well. Perfect? Who knows. Life is not a 100% target.

She also comments on how the show went from "detached observations of Walt" to a desire to burnish and redeem him in the end. Especially in how all his plans worked out. I understand her point, but unlike Mo, I don't find that a negative. We'd spent six years with Walt & Co; I have no desire to see it all end in a miasma of depression. It's tough enough watching pretty much every character's world fall apart, with little to no hope for the future. But to also have a bleak finale that only paints a darker picture? No thanks. I'm more than thrilled with what we got.

And what did we get? Resolution to most questions. The chance to take one last look at these people's lives. Some slight hope that the future may not be a total hell for everyone. The joy of killing the bad guys with a typical WW plan. Walt & Jesse acknowledging their relationship, even with all the storms it's been thru. Walt dying with some inner peace, surrounded by his baby blue.

Yeah, I'll take it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:07 PM   #340
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:12 PM   #341
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So there are to many pages for me to go through (to lazy that is). Not sure if this link has been mentioned or posted but it shows 18 different callbacks to episodes throughout the season that was mentioned in the finale. Check it out pretty cool!!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthi...-series-finale
Some of those are a stretch. And we know the watch wasn't about wait being out of time. It was about him having to take it off before the already-filmed dinner scene.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #342
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Well said.
Yes, VERY well articulated...
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:26 PM   #343
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Some of those are a stretch. And we know the watch wasn't about wait being out of time. It was about him having to take it off before the already-filmed dinner scene.
Fun to read, but a big stretch on most of them, probably.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #344
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So there are to many pages for me to go through (to lazy that is). Not sure if this link has been mentioned or posted but it shows 18 different callbacks to episodes throughout the season that was mentioned in the finale. Check it out pretty cool!!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthi...-series-finale
Oh god, here we go again with people finding meaning where there was NONE intended.

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Dude, they're all "massive stretches" except for #13 ("woodworking") which VG even talked about.

The rest? Come on.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #345
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I think Mo's opinions comes from trying to find a reason she was dissatisfied by the finale. I just can't see it as one of the best TV episodes ever so I understand. It wrapped the story up nicely but that episode wasn't a batch on any of the first 6 this season.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:50 PM   #346
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I've never watched a Talking Bad until this one, which I watched last night. Agree, very enjoyable hour. [Aside: WTH was Jimmy K doing there?
Aaron Paul was hosting a big finale viewing party and then there was a Q&A with the cast afterward. Jimmy Kimmel was hosting the Q&A portion. I'm not sure why they included him on Talking Bad other than that he was a celebrity and he was already there for the other event and all the other episodes of Talking Bad had included unrelated celebrities, so I guess they wanted to continue that trend. I liked that he mostly kept quiet and let the cast and Vince talk.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:02 PM   #347
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There are only so many themes and plots out there. Seems like almost everything is similar to something that came before.


So is the show still over? What's next? What's the great show that comes after this one?

We had The Wire, LOST, Shield, Breaking Bad. There have been many other awesome shows. I'm ready for the next one.
I personally don't hold Lost and The Shield near as high as The Wire and BB, they were fun tho....
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:11 PM   #348
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The Shield, yes. Lost..ehh.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #349
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Awesome finale. I deleted the episode and brought it back several times to rewatch the last 10 minutes again and again. I was rooting for Walt so I loved that ending. Seeing him content, almost happy, in his element with the cooking gear around him. I thought that was a great way for him to go out.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:41 PM   #350
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IT'S NOT OVER!

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Old 10-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #351
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I think Mad Men can be added to that list.

Excellent TV.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #352
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Mad men, no. not consistent enough
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:00 PM   #353
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Just watched the finale again over lunch. I really get choked up at the end.. more-so now than the first time.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #354
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Just watched the finale again over lunch. I really get choked up at the end.. more-so now than the first time.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #355
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I think Mad Men can be added to that list.
I certainly think so. Yes it's had its ups and downs, but overall 'Mad Men' has been really great.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #356
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We had The Wire, LOST, Shield, Breaking Bad. There have been many other awesome shows. I'm ready for the next one.
You aren't watching Game of Thrones?
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #357
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Looking forward to a re-watch on my big screen at home, probably on Thursday night. Streamed it on UK Netflix (the ONLY way to watch it here in the UK) on a 12" Ultrabook, so at least we got to see it last night!

...and why polute the thread with talk of that 60's based soap opera that's Mad Men? It's not even in the same league!
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #359
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Mad Men had spectacular writing, great performances, universal themes, unbelievable sets and costumes and is as good of a character written drama as any of the others on that list - maybe even better than some.

Mad Men is truly excellent TV.
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You know, I think about that a lot. I love to say that shows like this only come around every 5 or 10 years, but I have to say, there have been a LOT of great series recently.

Another thing I've noticed, at least with myself, is I don't start thinking of a series as being one of the greats until 3 or 4 seasons in. There are rare occasions (Lost being one of them for me) where I was gripped early on, but mostly it just slowly penetrates into my psyche.

I'm starting to think of Homeland that way, but it has many flaws and falls down a lot. I love The Walking Dead, but it's just not in the same league. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

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I look forward to Justified more than I do Breaking Bad. I hope that doesn't ban me from this thread.

But yeah, I think any given year there are 2-3 shows that are excellent. They all might be on HBO or Showtime and I don't get to see them, however. Heck, House of Cards on NetFlix was phenomenal (to me).
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