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Breaking Bad: The Final Season
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Jan 28, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Various

Actors:
Bryan Cranston
Aaron Paul
Anna Gunn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The beginning of the end. Walt leaves his empire behind to live life, while Jesses alive, but dying on the inside. And then theres Hank, whose gunning for the King. One wrong move could mean life or death, and at this point, its still anyones game.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Since I wrote the column (Lily Of The Valley), which explored each episode in detail, Ive decided to go a little more roundabout with this reviewwatching each episode again and taking it all in as sometimes its easy to miss something when youre speeding through it for the column. Now that the hype has died down, the smoke cleared, and Ive had the time to reflect, this show still remains one of the best written, acted and produced pieces of work to ever hit TV. Is BREAKING BAD the end all/be all of television? Of course not, but it was consistent, smart, meticulous and remained sharpened to a fine point until its fade to black. Very few shows can say the same after a run of six seasons or more, so that in itself, is a testament to greatness. Praising and gratuitous reach arounds aside, Ill take this time to explore a couple things that didnt add up for me.

Now before you start sharpening your swords, understand that Im not saying I disliked the story, but as a writer, there are things that (though I understand why they happened), still didnt work. The first was the whole dynamic between Walt and Hank. This was a scenario that had been brewing for what seemed like forever, and fans (myself included), couldnt wait to see shit fly once Hank caught on. Now I liked what happenedtheir whole encounter in the garage was badass, but I feel they cut it too short. I wanted more Hank vs. Walt, plain and simple. I accepted the fact that Hank wasnt going to make it out of the desert, but what I found strange is that Uncle Jack let Walt live. I know, I know, respect and all that, and he had to for the sake of the show, but it doesnt make a bit of sense. He just gunned down the guys brother in law, his family. They see how devastated Walt is, and hes like, were good, right? It doesnt matter how big Uncle Jacks ego is at this point, hes still dealing with Heisenberg, and he should have known that like the Lannisters, Heisenberg pays his debts.

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON is nothing short of perfection when it comes to entertainment value. Speaking of value, do I feel that breaking up the last season into two parts was a blatant and ridiculous cash grab? Sure do, but hey, its nothing we havent seen before (Lucas and the STAR WARS flicks, and even now with all the LORD OF THE RINGS/HOBBIT regular and extended versionsand Im sure once the HOBBIT is finished theyll release a complete set of all six), so I guess that was to be expected. Do I think the Saul spinoff falls on similar grounds? At this point, yes I do. It may be good, but theres no denying why it exists. All that aside, the final episode of BREAKING BAD was great. It did feel a little rushed, like it should have been two episodes, but I loved the way many of these scenarios played out. Did I secretly want Walt to get away? Hells yes I did. Jesse too, the poor bastard. But rest assured, these are simply the ramblings and preferences of a fan with a vivid imagination. This was a phenomenal show and I feel blessed to have been a part of the ride. Dont worry Walt, well remember your name for years to come.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are commentaries for every episode from the cast and crew, as well as extended and uncensored versions of the episodesits great to actually hear Hank throw down the F bomb. These are fun and well worth checking out.

Now aside from that, there are hours of great stuff to sift through her for avid fans includingGag reel (which isnt all that funny, but the Malcolm In The Middle bit is killer), Alternate ending with a Behind the Scenes explanation, Life of a Show Runner, The Main Event, Walts Confession (thats a must see for sure), Jesse Pinkman Evidence Tape (another great added bonus), The Layers of a Sound Mix, Fire In The Hole: M60 Test Footage, Inside Breading Bad, and even a BLOOD MONEY Table Read. Sure, this isnt as extensive as the Money Barrel edition, but its still pretty damn sweet when it comes to extras and makes the purchase well worthwhile if youre not buying the Barrel.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
TV has come a hell of a long way these past few years and BREAKING BAD will forever be one its truest highlights. Its easy to feel bummed when good things come to an end, but rest assured there are plenty of great shows still out there and they keep comingcase in point, TRUE DETECTIVE (which our own Chris Bumbray is writing a column for). If you arent watching it, you should be. As for this Blu-ray compilation, if you have the rest of the collection, youll want to pick this one up. If not, go big or go home by snagging the Money Barrel collection featuring the whole shebang.
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11:27AM on 01/28/2014
Perfection.
Perfection.
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