Monday, September 30, 2013

BB

Seems like only yesterday, and now it's over.
Did anyone other than the Flugels and I watch this show?
If you can watch Scene 23 (click twice on the green right arrow) and not be immediately hooked, then I don't know what. Jesse, t|he junior member of the meth-cooking duo, is at one of those self-indulgent self-help meetings; he's confessing - via metaphor - to murdering a human being and the woman on his right gets all up his ass b/c she thinks he's actually talking about having killed a dog. He then gets on such a roll that, despite being  as fucked up as he is, he still has enough self-awareness to realize that the rest of them are bunch of spineless, mush-headed losers who are, in the parlance of the show itself, his bitches.
The only thing he doesn't shout out is, "I made choices." That would be too obvious for a well-written show such as this one. And we, the audience, are meant to identify with Jesse, the moral centre of the show and, most often, the recipient of all the blowback that ensues from those choices.


4 comments:

Bill Needle said...

Actually, Jesse made very few choices. Usually, it was Walt's choices he forced upon him that affected his life, whether he had to continue to cook meth, kill somebody or get his head stoved in.
Really good show, and a fine ending, but I'll take Deadwood over it, even if it wasn't given the chance to wind up its story arc.

Art Vandelay said...

I see what you're saying about Walt controlling Jesse.
But when the chips are down I vote for free will.
Jesse didn't have to shoot Gale; he could have run. He didn't have to bone his parents out of their own house. He could have climbed into the van and left for Alaska instead of coming back to douse Walt's house with gasoline. etc.

Didn't they cancel Deadwood b/c it cost too much to produce? That's too bad, even though I only made it to about Episode 3 before I bailed.

Bill Needle said...

Hey Art, if you check out Norm Macdonald on Twitter - yeah the comedian from SNL way back - he has an alternate theory about the final episode of Breaking Bad that will at least give you another reason to watch the final episode.

Art Vandelay said...

Thanks for that heads up. That's an interesting theory he's got going there. That's the beauty of the show. Always something more to take from it on subsequent viewings.