I suppose it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention that Odenkirk and Seehorn were snubbed by the Emmys, this year. But, then again, I no longer care about such matters, since I don’t need Hollywood’s (or what’s left of it) little circle-jerk parties to validate my feelings about this amazing show. I’m several step beyond being done with it all. The entire landscape is changing, and it needs to.
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I just need the final season of BCS to stick the landing, and then I’m seriously considering stepping away from modern entertainment entirely. BREAKING BAD already kinda ruined TV for me, because nothing else will ever top the level of excitement I felt diving into that show for the first time. And then BCS came along, tapped me on the shoulder, and showed me how Gilligan and his team should so casually and so sneakily top themselves. No longer are they reliant upon gunfights and cliffhanger endings. The stakes are technically much lower—very few people have actually died in BCS—but the emotional and moral stakes are just as high as they were on BB. This show has turned inward. It’s about hearts and minds rather than any sort of cliched crime-drama tropes. It’s hinges on ethics and choices, perhaps ever more so than its predecessor.
And I have no doubt that BCS will stick the landing. This show and the people running it are the epitome of everything I want from a scripted drama series. Consummate professionalism and talent combined with a deep and clear passion for the art of storycraft. “Where is Jimmy’s head at?”, rather than, “We need to employ Plot Device X to boost ratings and/or appeal to a particular demographic”. The storytelling is dictated by the characters. It’s organic and honest and raw and brilliant. With that in mind, I have no doubt that they’ll craft the right ending for this show and these characters, rather than turning the show into BREAKING BAD- lite, or “subverting expectations” with hackery and nonsense.
And, having spent the past few years watching virtually every nerd franchise I love burn completely to the ground, I need
BCS to stick the landing. It’s become my oasis in the desert. The one thing which remains right in the entertainment world for me, year after year. So, I need
it to stick the landing, and then I need seasons 5-6 and EL CAMINO on Blu-Ray (...physical media forever, dagnabbit!) so I can have the entire Gilliganverse Saga on my shelf, withdraw from modern entertainment, and dive into my considerable backlog of old comics, books, and movies.
Anyway, I can’t really choose a favorite. And why should I have to? I think my heart will always belong to BREAKING BAD, simply because it was the first, had the most shocking impact, and because of the slow and careful depiction of Walter White’s transformation, which is truly staggering and unforgettable.
But, as I’ve noted in the past, BCS is the more refined, more subtle version of this type of long-form storytelling by the talented men and women who have been cranking out top-notch entertainment for nearly 13 solid years.
At the end of the day, there’s no need to play favorites. I see it all as one giant story, spread across two shows and one feature film. People who love BB can enjoy it without watching BCS. And BCS stands on its own without needing to use BB as a crutch (although there are many, many, MANY more layers to appreciate if one goes in having seen BB beforehand).
I’ve been following the various recent interviews with cast and crew regarding development of the final season. They’re currently using Zoom to plot things out in a virtual Writers’ Room. Here’s hoping that production can commence in a reasonable amount of time, and that it runs safely and smoothly. I know the final product will be worth the wait, however long that may be.
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 19 August 2020 at 9:22pm