@John Michael Herndon: thank you very much for your generous and positive comment, and for providing a small glimpse into the set dynamics of this engaging show. Your observation about the cast and crew mirrors some of the comments made by Matthew Gray Gubler and Joe Mantegna in earlier interviews. Seems like they're a great group to work with!
People sometimes clap in a movie theatre at the end of a good film. I always thought it was ridiculous: the actors and director aren't there to receive the applause, so what's the point? Last night as the screen zoomed out on Walt's face as he lay on the ground, while the police moved toward him, all wary with their guns out, I applauded. What an amazing series. Has Vince Gilligan set the bar too high for other programs? We'll have to see. Anyone who would meet that bar must first have a vision, and the will to see it through from A to Z, as he did.
I loved the show. But you know what put the icing on the cake? It was when Howard (supposedly while in an estrogen haze) took Sheldon and Leonard to task for their petty squabbling. It was a solid dramatic moment when he nailed the root of their rage: that Sheldon missed Leonard. That one hit home, and the actors portrayed the gravity of that comment perfectly. Nice to see. Man, I've missed this show over the summer. You can only watch so many reruns before it starts getting old. :)
Poppysmom: normally I'd agree with you. When something in business doesn't appear to make sense, the quandary can be resolved by asking the question "who profits from this?" And by observing the maxim "follow the money". Typically though, terrorist organizations operate on what they see as altruistic principles. The only way this particular scenario works is if they're using the money from their business partners to find their real goals (e.g, freedom for rebels from 'x' country, fighting the establishment, etc.). Which may well be the case. @Terrie: thank you for noticing the next episode date. Fixed. @Lurker: thank you for that new term. I've no idea whether that's original with you or not but I'm using it from now on. Gibbsmacked. Love it.
@gatorgal: thanks for the catch. Fixed.
Batista and Quinn pretty much telegraphed their understanding that Dexter deliberately killed Oliver Saxton. And we knew that, especially given the fact that the camera caught him pressing the panic button *after* he deliberately stuck the pen into his neck. It couldn't be more obvious. Batista and Quinn looked at each other to see if they understood what they saw, and then silently agreed with each other when Quinn said "well it was OBVIOUSLY self defence. I wish i'd done it." All in all a mediocre ending. Of course it suffers by great comparison with another wildly popular show whose season is ending in a week's time. *cough*
Move over, Dexter. Todd's in town. I mean really - the guy is an absolute psychopath, all smiley and saying what he needs to say to make the humans feel comfortable, right before he blows their brains out. Holy crap that guy is conniving and evil. I think he's more Heisenberg than Heisenberg is. And now the last of Walt's facade has been torn away: his family has forced him to see himself for who he is. He *almost* gave up, right up until someone basically called him meek and worthless. And now that pork pie hat is back on. God. Has there ever been a better TV series?
I think Vince has big plans for Walt Jr. Jesse thought that the money was Walt's dearest possession, but I think it's his son. Junior doesn't yet know the full scope of Walt's evil - so, what's going to happen when he finds out? Junior is the weakest link in Walt's armour. If Jesse makes it out alive.....well the possibilities are limitless, aren't they? As for Hank and Gomez: if either makes it out alive I'm calling BS. I don't want Hank to die, but that tsunami of lead pretty much assures that he will.
This season is going out with a whimper. Too bad, because up until lately the writing has been fairly decent. The character of Vogel hasn't been consistent at all: the contrived conflict with her son, where she at first offers to send him for treatment contradicts her belief that psychopaths can't be cured. It's who they are. I was surprised that she didn't offer to manage him the same way she wanted to manage Dexter (and other assorted psychopaths). That dichotomy broke the fourth wall for me, and I stopped caring. Dexter escapes; Dexter gets caught and jailed or Dexter gets killed. Who cares? End it.
Weird. I thought for sure Gomez was hit. It looked like he got struck by a bullet at one point. Might have been my imagination. When Hank told Marie (just before the white power gang showed up) that he might be late getting home, I gulped. Total foreshadowing, that one. My thought: no way is Hank coming home, at least not while breathing. The fact that Walt pretty much gave up the entire enchilada over the phone to Jesse told me just one thing: no one who heard or recorded those guilty words would see the light of the next day's sun. Hence my belief that Hank and Gomez are dead. (Plus all that firepower, as lousy shots as they seem to be, will ultimately do them in).
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