The Televerse #6- Breaking Bad Season 4 with Ricky D

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The Televerse is back with its latest episode and it’s chock full of Breaking Bad-y goodness. This week, Simon Howell and Kate Kulzick talk through our week in TV from Tuesday to Monday with looks at Ringer, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope, Suburgatory, Modern Family, the South Park premiere, the American Horror Story pilot, Top Chef: Just Desserts, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks and Rec, How to be a Gentleman, It’s Always Sunny…, the premiere of The League, Prime Suspect, Supernatural, Fringe, The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, and the Enlightened pilot. Then we spotlight this week’s Breaking Bad finale, “Face Off” and look back on season four as a whole with guest host Ricky D from our own Sound on Sight podcast. Check it out, then come back and tell us where you fall on the great Skyler debate!

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10 Comments
  1. Kate Kulzick says

    Thanks for the comments, guys!

  2. Kate Kulzick says

    tmack- lol, I’m sure Rick is happy to have another compatriot in the We Hate Skyler Club.

    Dan- Yeah. I’m kinda wishing I’d opted out too, though I guess if I can stick with Ringer, Glee should be nothing.

    Shawn- Let us know what you think of Prime Suspect if you check back in with it, and thanks for calling me out, re:NCIS. I’m often too dismissive of popular shows that aren’t my cuppa. Thanks for keeping me honest.

    Mario- I have no idea where Homeland’s going, and I love it! If you’re looking for more theorizing, check out Corey’s reviews. He’ll be covering Homeland for us this season. I’ll definitely be leaving some comments. As for Amazing Race, how annoying are the brother/sister team, right? Not a fan.

  3. Mario in Philly says

    Simon, Just finished listening to this ep of The Televerse and went back to read the Bad comment in the BB ep 12 blog. Just keep doing what you do. Your comments are insightful and are well written. While everyone has an opinion, some people just have to bitch about it. I’ll be back and letting others in the fun.

    1. Simon Howell says

      Thanks Mario – I was kinda upset about it at first but, y’know, it’s the Internet. Cost of doing business.

  4. Mario in Philly says

    Glad to hear you gave a shout out to The Amazing Race! I had decided the snowboarders were going to be the team for me to root for too.
    I did catch Bedlam and thought it was a little better than if not on par with American Horror Story. Did you notice that the first episode of AHS used music that sounded like it came from the movie Vertigo and the second episode had music that came from Psycho. I guess if you’re going to copy something it might as well come from Hitchcock.
    As far as Homeland, I like it a lot but keep wondering how it will play out. If Damian Lewis’ character has turned, then will the other characters find out and stop any attacks that might be planned? And will they bring him down? If he has not turned, then, well, he’s just a soldier with torture issues and that’s that. He has to be compromised, right?

  5. Shawn says

    Another great episode guys.

    I will have to give Prime Suspect another shot as I had dropped it after the second episode. As much as I am a fan of police procedurals (Castle, Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS LA, The Mentalist, etc.)I have found that Bello is just to boring for me to watch for the most part. In fact I have found the WHOLE cast to be pretty lifeless.

    On the flip side I have to admit that I have been pretty surprised with how much Unforgettable. I find the witty banter among the characters so much more entertaining then that found in Prime Suspects, and the fact that if you really PAY attention they do give you some hints towards solving at least some of the mysteries in the episodes. I am finding Montgomery is charming and more interesting then Bello’s hard nosed bland counter point, though Montgomery’s incredibly shrinking tank tops are becoming an annoyance with me. It makes me wonder if it will NEVER be winter in NYC in the unforgettable universe because that woman will need a parka in order to survive.

    I will admit that your apparent dislike of some of the higher rated shows (Two and Half Men, NCIS were mentioned) makes me chuckle as I have had that argument with my ZeroPretension co-host Greg on a few occasions. Both of the shows have had to earn their audiences with a lot of hard work and, especially in the case of NCIS, some lean ratings. NCIS didn’t become the top rated drama till about it’s 7th season I believe, and it took them that long because they had to build up their audience to that point. I will completely admit that I am a fairly recent convert to the Cult of Gibbs. My wife and I only started watching it at the end of season 6. However, after a summer of watching the previous seasons on DVD we were hooked. It really is a good show that has built up its fan base through hard work, and that hard work has allowed it to survive while other flashier more trendy shows like say Lost or Heroes flamed out after their initial candle burnt out.

    Again I love the show, and keep up the good work.

    Shawn

  6. Dan Heaton says

    I just caught up with this episode, and one of the highlights was the Glee rant. I bailed in early Season 2 and haven’t gone back except for the last finale. The issues you guys have covered during the past few episodes are the exact reasons that I bailed. It can be great at times, but it’s all over the map and just gets tedious. Great episode!

  7. tmack says

    Walt is pretty hard to hate, even after all that he’s done. I suspect the reason some people hate him is because of what he’s done to Jesse. He took a kid, someone who could be his son and a simple eff-up to be sure, and made him a killer. Right off the bat. And Jesse doesn’t have a clue.

    But I would bet most people don’t hate Walt. In fact, I’d argue that most people empathize with Walt. Here’s a guy who’s brilliant, who for some reason got screwed out of a profitable enterprise and had to labor as an underpaid high school chemistry teacher to support his family. When he gets sick with cancer and faces death, he initially opts for death rather than to saddle his family with health care expenses that his insurance won’t cover. In these hard times, Walt exemplifies Everyman who’s followed the rules and still lost the ball game. Where’s the justice when banks can commit crimes and get saved with bailouts while the ordinary person gets arrested or foreclosed on. On a subconscious level, most people can identify with Walt, even given the despicable, lowdown things he’s done.

    As for Skyler, I really wanted to see her snipered. She started out as a sanctimonious, judgemental wife and sister who was ultimately turned by heated bathroom floors and a duffel bag full of money. And even now that she’s broken bad, she still wants to control just how bad is bad. I don’t blame Walt for not moving back in with her–either your in it or you’re not. She hasn’t come to terms with the fact that she chose, she made a choice. Legally, she’s an accomplice as just as culpable as Walt.

    Glad to see you are covering Homeland. I, too, was afraid that episode 2 would disappoint. (I also was an aggrieved viewer of Rubicon.) But #2 stood up and I’ll look forward to #3.

    P.S. I’ve tried often to get back into Fringe, which I stopped viewing regularly after David Jones (Jared Harris) was seared in half trying to crossover to the alternate universe. David Jones was a first rate villain, as good as if not better than Gus Fring.

  8. Kate Kulzick says

    Thanks, Mario! When you’re done, drop a line back and let us know what you think!

  9. Mario in Philly says

    D’oh! I didn’t realize The Televerse is a different podcast from the Sound on Sight (movie) podcast. I heard the first one and will check out the rest – especially all of the Breaking Bad episodes!

    I just subscribed. I listen to the iTunes podcasts while I’m at work. Love the movie discussions and look forward to the TV talk as well. Good topics and great perspectives. Thanks!

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