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Sunday, October 6 2013

Why Do We Feel So Good About Walter White's Bad Behavior?

Like Walter White, we left Breaking Bad with a big smile on our faces. And that’s what was so bad about it.


Sunday, August 25 2013

"I Can't Do It, Mr. White": When Education Tastes Like Los Pollos Hermanos

Walter White as aged teacher and Jesse Pinkman as retired student grow to be somewhat of a family for each other, but the way in which Jesse learns and applies himself shows that Breaking Bad's theme of learning goes deeper than one might initially think.


Thursday, August 22 2013

"Say My Name": Mythologizing Heisenberg As an Allegory for the American West

Once a viewer starts tuning into the subtleties of those affected by the collateral damage of Walt/Heisenberg's victories, it's hard not to read the show as a satire that challenges us to rethink our romanticized assumptions about American Westward conquest.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Go Home, Walter: The Case for Gustavo Fring as the Greatest Villain in Television History

Gus Fring has earned his spot in the all-time Villain Hall of Fame. It his unexcitable demeanor when enraged that makes him unpredictable and highly volatile to be around, and that's exactly what you want in a good antagonist: never knowing what he is going to do next.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

It's All About the Weight, Yo: A Meditation on Jesse Pinkman's Long Road Down

By the time Season Five came around, Jesse hadn't only changed, he became the moral center of Breaking Bad. His journey, grim as it is, is one of the show's most compelling arcs.


Columns

Sunday, July 28 2013

Latin Music Is American Music

For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.


Wednesday, June 8 2011

Characters, Compounds, & the Study of Change in 'Breaking Bad: Season 3'

Walter White didn't just wake up one morning and decide he'd spice up his life by cooking methamphetamine and muscling his way into a business with life-or-death stakes. It was a chain of events.


Reviews

Thursday, June 6 2013

Frontier Masculinity and Desert Symbolism in 'Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season'

Is Breaking Bad a critique of the devastating potential of frontier masculinity? Or is it itself a masculine fantasy? At this point, it seems that it wants to be both.


Monday, June 18 2012

I Am the One Who Knocks: 'Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season'

Season Four of Breaking Bad is so flawlessly executed, relentlessly suspenseful, and powerfully intelligent that when the "greatest show of all time" tagline starts getting thrown about, it's becomes increasingly harder to ignore.


Friday, July 15 2011

'Breaking Bad' Season Four Premiere

However Walt justifies himself -- and he is an expert in self-justification -- the impact of his choices on Jesse has been especially brutal, emotionally and physically.


Wednesday, March 24 2010

Breaking Bad: Season Three Premiere

The subtext that makes Breaking Bad both enthralling and often unbearable to watch is that Walt is becoming who he always was.


Sunday, March 21 2010

Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season

In short order, Breaking Bad not only surpassed Mad Men in quality and storytelling; it is, without question, the best show on television.


Blogs

Thursday, October 3 2013

"Felina" Is One of the Best Episodes of 'Breaking Bad'

"Ozymandias" may be Breaking Bad's crowing achievement, but "Felina" gave audiences what they wanted, and it's mercifully devoid of pandering.


Friday, August 30 2013

FRAME-BY-FRAME: Breaking Bad S05E10/11 - “Buried / Confessions”

In a final season where the ultimate end-game is up for grabs, every character's motivations are up for dissection. Whether anyone can have the ending he seeks, however, remains the ultimate question.


Tuesday, August 13 2013

Frame-By-Frame: Breaking Bad S5E9 - Blood Money

I've been saying it for years and tonight it held true: Introduce a DEA brother-in-law during season one and eventually you'll get a big boom. In "Blood Money", Dean Norris proves he's easily Bryan Cranston's acting equal.


Tuesday, March 19 2013

Watch 'Breaking Bad' 1995 Style

What follows cannot get enough publicity. YouTube user goestoeleven has revised the opening credits to AMC's Breaking Bad, rendering them the introduction to a cheesy 199


News

Tuesday, July 16 2013

A Look at 'Breaking Bad' Finale + News About Events and Merch

Anticipating the conclusion of Breaking Bad, AMC is building up anticipation in NYC with several events, including a free screening of all previous seasons at Lincoln Center, and by releasing on long-awaiting show themed merchandise.


Monday, August 22 2011

'Desperate Housewives,' 'Breaking Bad': When is it the right time to pull the plug?

Early this week, word came from AMC that "Breaking Bad," the critically adored drama about a meth-selling chemistry teacher, will wrap up with a 16-episode


Monday, August 15 2011

Sony Television, AMC work out deal for 'Breaking Bad'

LOS ANGELES — After almost losing one of its signature shows, cable network AMC has signed a new deal for 16 episodes to keep its critically acclaimed


Thursday, July 14 2011

'Breaking Bad' still unbroken

Usually right about now, the AMC cable network — or what I like to call TV's little art house — offers an exciting break from our summer


Tuesday, March 30 2010

Bryan Cranston's 'Breaking Bad' turn as a drug trader is rewardingly dark

LOS ANGELES — It's a tough job, and Bryan Cranston is more than glad to do it — playing Walter H. White, the frazzled antihero at the


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