Breaking Bad - S05E16 - "Felina" (series finale!)

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  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003


    Four years ago today...

    I've noticed as time goes by, more and more people are putting this on their Best Ever type lists. The rare series that went from very good to exceptional over its run, with each season becoming even more addictive. And went out on top.
  2. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I've spoken to a lot of people about the show, and often I get a "meh, I watch the first few episodes, and I just couldn't get into it." I'm like WTAF? :eek: We were hooked in the first 10 minutes. I just don't get it.

    I think it's a fundamental change in how people watch TV now. I think a lot of people now watch TV with a notebook open in front of them or a phone/tablet, etc. And the TV program becomes secondary to chatter online or snapchat, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. (It's even worse at concerts now). So with a show like BB, you can't watch it in the background, you have to be an active participant. It's not like reality shows that replay the same clips 12 times so you're going to get the entire content of an hour long show in about a total of 7 minutes of TV viewing.

    It's sad, really.
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  3. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007

    i agree 100% there have been a few shows that I've gone and rewatched because the first viewing was while playing on my phone. Double screen time is a killer for true viewing comprehension.
  4. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    That was me. I watched maybe 4-5 episodes, got bored, and stopped. It wasn't until the gap between the last two seasons that the buzz just got to be too much, and I started over.

    Not sure why it didn't grab me the first time. The same thing happened with Halt and Catch Fire (not in the same league as BB, but much better than I thought my first try). And I'm not the watch TV while doing other stuff type, so that's no excuse. ;)
  5. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL


    My teenagers are always double screening and it bugs the crap out of me. We'll be watching a movie, and I will pause it and ask them what the main character just said. Half the time, they have no clue. It's like they are only getting half the experience.
  6. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    My wife does that too, and it drives me nuts! Like I'll laugh at something funny, and a moment later she'll laugh, but I know it's only because I laughed and she had ZERO idea what happened on the TV. I'll say, 'did you see that' or 'did you get that' and then she'll say 'uh, can you replay it??'. Not enough of these: :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  7. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    Pretty much the same for me. The first season didn't impress me very much.
  8. tivotvaddict

    tivotvaddict CreativelyChallenged

    Aug 11, 2005
    In front of...
    It took me four tries to watch this show. The first few episodes were just too depressing to me. I didn't like the overall "look" of the show from a visual cinematic perspective. The Walter and Skyler White house felt like it was from the 1970s and there was a strong disconnect between that visual and the supposed time frame of the show for me. The Skyler character was highly irritating and a major part of the show in the first few episodes.

    Everyone kept talking about how great the show was, people who shared my general taste in tv. So I'd try again, starting from the beginning, but couldn't get through it. FINALLY the last time I tried it again, I decided not to start at the beginning again, and just start where I left off. That happened to be the episode where Walter's "bad guy" hat first appears, with the explosion. Finally I was hooked.

    It's in my top 3 tv series of all time.

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  9. stormtech

    stormtech Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    NW Penna
    Add me to the watched a couple episodes and quit. Then when I noticed on Netflix some time later I started again and loved it. I never watch movies or shows more than once but Breakng Bad changed that. I just got done watchng the entire show (one episode at a time) a second time.

    I think I enjoyed it even more the second time.
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    tiellv Pluviophile

    Nov 11, 2002
    I never watched the show until it was over. I think I may have heard of it but I didn’t take the time to check it out. When I heard the series was ending and that it was a terrific show I decided to DVR Felina but as soon as I started watching it I was lost, of course. So I went to Netflix and started watching it and was immediately hooked. I’ve watched it multiple times since then. One of my favorite tv shows of all time.
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  11. Oct 2, 2017 #771 of 813

    teknikel Member

    Jan 27, 2002
    Count me as one who couldn't get through the first episode four times over the years. i also kept hearing how good it was. But I always watched it late and would fall asleep. Like tiellv, when the show ended, I forced myself to watch season 1 and finally got hooked. I try to watch tv shows like this without distraction and am mostly successful.
  12. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Today is the 5th anniversary of "Felina", the Breaking Bad finale. A show that makes more Top Ten lists as time goes by. And that rarity, a great series where the finale is almost universally considered to be superb. As hard as it is to make a great series, it's that much harder to go out on top.

    Coincidentally, I happen to be in Albuquerque for a few days. While walking around Old Town yesterday (ABQ's 300+ year old cultural and historic district), I spotted this poster in the window of a shop...

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  13. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

    Aug 22, 2007
    Valley of...
    There's been so much BB discussion in the BCS threads that I had to go back and watch season 5 again this past week. They really did a great job with the whole final season and I loved the finale. I'd done a rewatch of the full series in the last year, but, well, with CRS, I've still forgotten a lot. I'm always surprised at how on the first viewing of the show that I hated Skylar, and now on every viewing after that first, I really feel bad for her. I still don't like her, but I sure don't hate her.
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  14. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    I thought a lot of people had a problem with the finale? It was better than most but there was a lot of very convenient things falling into place.
  15. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    That was before Mythbusters proved it totally feasible.
  16. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    There were a couple of crazy scenes, but the general tone, and the way the story concluded were well liked by most. Especially compared to the discussions after Sopranos or Seinfeld or Lost. So many other series that were great TV, but didn't end as well as hoped.
  17. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Back to Old Town today for more shopping, and came across the (supposedly) actual RV used in BB. Bullet holes and all.

    bb-1.jpg bb-2.jpg
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  18. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio
    I could see you going inside and cooking up some meth. Shave your head and you'd look like WW.
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  19. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Thanks. I think. :Do_O
  20. GoPackGo

    GoPackGo Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Hmm, it may be one of the RVs used for the show, but I don’t think it’s the actual “hero” RV used for close up shots etc. That was in the Sony lot when I was there a few years ago.

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