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Filling the hole left by BB’s ending

How have you been filling the hole left by BB’s ending? I’ve followed Bryan Cranston’s efforts in a Broadway show about LBJ and watched some of Aaron Paul’s recent film work, but I needed a new series to watch. “Orange Is the New Black” was my first try, and I’m a continuing fan, but it’s only a few drops in the bucket. A better filler (25%) is “Orphan Black,” a Canadian sci-fi series starring Tatiana Maslany as each of a series of clones created for some nefarious purpose without their knowledge. It’s gotten some awards, but nowhere near as many as it deserves — not one Emmy nomination this year, for example. You can watch it on Amazon — the first season’s free for Amazon Prime members. The third season is being filmed now, and will be available next spring. While waiting for that, I tried all of the “Orphan Black” podcasts I could find on iTunes, but didn’t like any of them.

That was probably because I’ve been spoiled by my two favorite “Breaking Bad” podcasts: the Breaking Good podcast and the TVCritic.org’s BB cast. Then I discovered that the Breaking Good cast, available on iTunes and at Baldmove.com is doing a rewatch, starting with season one. They also have a Baldmove TV podcast that’s interesting — I’m really a fan of these two guys! Robin Pearson of the TVCritic.org has, sadly, given up his TV podcasts in favor of The History of Byzantium, for which he apparently gets more financial support. I’m a former history major and current and always history buff, and I love hearing Robin’s gentle Brit delivery, but it doesn’t help with the BB hole.

I guess (sigh) nothing will. I’ve started watching “True Detective” now that it’s come out on DVD, and it seems well done (I love Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson). But I’m stalling, having watched the first two episodes. I guess I’m having a hard time committing to yet another gritty, violent series just for the writing, acting, and production values, as I did with “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad.” Maybe it’s because there doesn’t seem to be any comic relief. And no interesting women, just women as victims. Unrelenting grimness. I’m also getting hints that MM’s character might have committed the murders, which would be horrifying. I’ll probably look ahead to see what happens before I continue watching. (I like to be prepared more than I hate spoilers, and sometimes a heads up allows me to get more out of my initial watch.)

I’d love to hear what other BB fans have been watching…

I’d also like to start a new blog for BB fans now watching “Orphan Black.” Or find an existing one.

 

 

 

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An open letter to Vince Gilligan

Here’s a letter I’m physically sending to Vince Gilligan. Since he won’t see it in a timely manner in that form (if he ever does), I’m posting it online as well, in hopes someone will bring it to his attention:

Dear Vince,

I’m writing, as a devoted fan of “Breaking Bad,” to suggest that you consider writing a sequel. Having listened to many podcasts and read many blogs on the show, I know a lot of us were/are as interested in the stories of Jesse and Skyler as we were in Walt’s, and we’d like to know what happens to them after Walt’s death. Jesse’s story was especially compelling for many of us, and we’re speculating madly on what he’s doing after escaping the Nazis’ (and Walt’s) clutches. Are the Lambert sisters going to be able to reconcile? Surely, Skyler will break out of her shabby, nervous, cigarette-smoking shell. Will Flynn accept the money from Gretchen and Elliott, and, if so, how will he use it?

I guess what I’m saying is: you gave Walt as happy an ending as he could have – happier than he deserved, considering how much destruction his pursuit of “feeling alive” caused: the deaths of innocents and semi-innocents (Tómas, Drew Sharpe, and Andrea; Combo, Jane, and Mike), and the suffering and scarring of Kaylee Ehrmentraut, Brock, Jesse, and the White and Schrader families. Continuing the stories of the surviving “secondary” characters wouldn’t be as dark and violent as “Breaking Bad,” and probably wouldn’t take as long to tell, but they deserve “happy” endings too. Not to mention further development of their characters – Jesse, especially, went through a lot in these two years, but, except for his rising to the challenges of cooking meth in Mexico and ensuring that Gus and Mike got home in one piece, you haven’t shown him developing a lot of strength and maturity. It might even be interesting to see Badger and Skinny Pete again, remaining essentially themselves, but growing up a bit. All three of these guys could take on some adult responsibility – maybe (especially Jesse) helping to parent Brock, if his family would allow it. Jesse could also meet Flynn and have some contact with Skyler and Marie. I’d love to see him playing with Holly.

Doing this would allow us to see Jesse’s (and Flynn’s) values, not Walt’s, triumph in the end. Of course, you’d have to use the same actors. (P.S. I can usually tell the difference between fiction and reality, but these characters have taken on a life of their own.)

 

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