Video: I’m in the Empire Business

Working on my book proposal today for Empire Business: What Don Draper and Walter White are Saying to the American Church. Here's the inspiration for the title:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIyClDuBgoAnyone want to publish it? … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: One Hell of a Story

The series finale of Breaking Bad was, in a word, perfect.I couldn’t be more satisfied - and that is saying something, seeing as my level of fanaticism for this show manifested in much real-world anxiety in the hours leading up to the final episode. In other words, this show matters to me. It carries deep significance. And its end carried the potential for deep disappointment (perhaps even a sad sort of TV disillusionment).Every since Ozymandias, I, along with many others, have been making p … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: Just Die

I was unable to post last week because of being sick, and, honestly, I’m not sure I would have been able to put together an intelligible piece anyway. The fact is, last Sunday’s episode, episode fourteen, was absolutely brutal. It was simultaneously the most magnificent hour of television I’ve ever watched, and the most horrible. It was, in the words of my friend Matt, like “experiencing your world collapsing around you, captured on film.” It was virtually unwatchable at times.Of course, the mo … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: Dead to Rights

As last night’s episode ended abruptly amidst a firefight between the family Todd and the DEA (i.e., Gomez and Schrader), my mind immediately went back to the future.To bearded Walt.You know, Walt at the diner in episode one of this season. Walt with the automatic weapons in the trunk. Walt at the start of this second half of season five – episode nine – entering the abandoned White residence, retrieving the ricin.These glimpses of the future help to inform our perspective on the pres … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: What’s One More?

Skyler White is on board.In what is decidedly a transitional fourth episode in the final eight of season five’s second half (whew), we see the character so often maligned on the interwebs for being Walt’s incorrigible adversary complete a full 180. The turn began in episode ten when Walt collapsed in a heap on the bathroom floor, his chemo-ridden body reacting to the exertion of burying barrels (literally) of money in the desert. There, Skyler uttered words we never thought we’d hear in a reass … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: Stop Working Me

The Rolling Stones sang about sympathy for the devil.And in the manic teaser for next week’s episode of Breaking Bad - episode 12 - we hear the gravelly, strained, almost animal voice of Jesse saying, “Mr. White...he’s the devil.”For the last couple of weeks, I’ve primarily set my sights on the series’ protagonist (antagonist?), Walter White, and the question of his original sin. In what sense, really, did Walt break bad? Did he begin basically good and then simply stumble onto this sinister … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: All in the Family

Sociopaths are born, not made.At least that’s the theory of most psychologists. And rightly so, it would seem; even a cursory investigation of sociopathic behavior suggests that there is something heritable at the root, something in there very deep that is only awakened or nurtured by various life experiences and choices. My conversation partner, Zac, rightly observed last week that these final episodes seem to be hastening toward an inevitable end: the demise of Walter White. But the question … [Read more...]


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