‘Breaking Bad’ Alternate Ending Spoofs ‘Malcolm in the Middle’! Check out this hilarious alternate ending to the iconic series Breaking Bad featuring Bryan Cranston and his Malcolm in the Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek!
The trailer for Metástasis, the Colombian remake of Breaking Bad, starring Diego Truijllio as Walter Blanco.
I actually think this looks like it could work. And if the show localizes its problems to include just some of the issues surrounding the drug trade in Colombia, rather than just relocating the events of the original, this could be insane.
Like Walter White’s meth, the finale’s formula was flawless but is that a good thing?
This basically sums up my reaction to the episode.
How did the show’s perception change from a cult show, that other show on AMC, to the most quality show on TV?
This is a quick thought so I’m skipping any shout outs to theories here, but basically one of the criticisms about contemporary TV studies is that it focuses on “quality TV.” There are a number of issues aside from what exactly is “quality” and that is that most “quality” TV shows want to be seen as not TV and that 10% of TV shows get 90% of the critical interest.
There is partially a class issue. The idea of quality is generally assumed as being created by the ruling classes in order to reinforce their values upon the masses. This can be seen as occurring in the idea of “quality” TV given that these shows are all on pay networks and that excludes a great deal of the possible audience. In other words, there is an “elite” of TV viewers who watch, appreciate, and can afford and afford to appreciate, “quality” TV while the rest of the masses consume whatever slop the industry pumps out. I’m not saying this is true, but that is the assumption in many stuff written about TV.
What makes Breaking Bad interesting is that it has grown into being considered a quality TV show. It may not have been slop, but it wasn’t always considered “quality”. Its rise has caused a few of the “quality” biases to be complicated. Part of this is that it was on basic cable. However, Mad Men broke ground in being the major player in “quality,” though via the pedigree of “from the creator of The Sopranos,” or in other words this should have been on HBO. But Mad Men is a textbook example of “quality,” and appealed immediately to cultural elites. And the demographics of the viewers seem to reflect the stereotypes of the purveyors of cultural quality; Mad Men had a small audience, but the wealthiest on TV. Meanwhile Breaking Bad’s strongest markets were initially in Middle America; where Mad Men would rate high in New York, Bad would do well in a place like Kansas City, and among a younger audience.
It may be related to the stories on both shows, but also the ways those stories were told. Breaking Bad was initially not seen as on the same level of quality because its tone wasn’t ambiguous enough and its style not restrained (if the first state of “quality” TV this century was prized for its knowledge of European cinema, Breaking Bad was more New Hollywood, though both are still art-house based). One would also have to take into account that most of its actors were primarily comedic actors. Even 3 years ago to say that Breaking Bad was on par with The Wire would be heresy in the pantheon of “quality” TV. And I don’t think it’s because the show has gotten better. Sure, the tone of season 5 a was the most “quality” so far (or the most like The Sopranos), but rather that the show itself changed in an ever so small way how quality was perceived.
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Gus Fring and Me on our Wedding Day
Making a best of TV list is tricky since the TV calendar, like the US Government or the NBA starts in the fall so some shows fall in between the cracks (ie. Downton Abbey, which I haven’t caught up with so don’t hyperventilate).
- Breaking Bad, AMC: What’s amazing to me is that while all of the love, rightfully so, goes to the actors, people forget the writing. The fact that each episode (with 2 or 3 exceptions per season) feel like they could be season finales demonstrates how insane it is to raise the stakes to Spinal Tap post-10 levels. This may have been it’s weakest season to date (as it sets up for what feels like a scorched earth of a finale), but it’s still unlike anything on TV.
- Community, NBC: Who knows when we’ll ever see it again, but the show’s 3rd season took extraordinary chances, mostly making the show darker and the characters at times unlikable, which eventually paid off in one of the most rewarding and honestly emotional final few episodes (breathe-I meant of the season) for a comedy series in memory. That a show that is this meta, this zany can pull off such grounded character work is why it’s so beloved.
- Homeland, Showtime: The show is best when it’s a show about broken people working in a broken system instead of either showcasing one or the other-when it’s about the system its not much more than “24” (with a bit more liberal guilt) with all of its various ethical quandaries. When it’s only about broken people it’s the best acted and most bizarre Lifetime movie ever made, which is sort of what the second season turned into.
- Adventure Time, Cartoon Network: The bizarre, post-apocalyptic cartoon about a boy and his magic dog often deals with adult-ish themes (mental illness, aging, death, complicating gender roles, loneliness, etc.) with youthful excitement and imagination (and butt jokes). This past year it doubled down on its backstory and most notably turned The Ice King from an inept coot of a villain to one of the most tragic figures on TV. With this show you never know when you’ll see something like free-form jazz-like surrealism (“King Worm”), pitch perfect homage (“BMO Noire”), or catch you off guard with something profound (and without tissues; “I Remember You”).
- Game of Thrones, HBO: It’s still frustratingly uneven at times but the second season delivered on much of the promise of the first. When “Winter” finally comes this is setting itself up to be something incredible.
- Key & Peele, Comedy Central
- Bob’s Burgers, Fox
- Parks & Recreation, NBC
- Louie, FX.
- The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead, AMC, Awkward., MTV, Regular Show, Cartoon Network.