Star Trek: The TV Generation

Captain’s Log. Stardate…something something. Many digits. I am tired. Sick and tired of this ship, this crew. Of Riker barking “what the hell was that?” and bellowing “red alert shields-up!” at the drop of a tricorder. Goodness knows, Worf farts and suddenly Number One is calling for evasive manuever Riker-Delta. Well, perhaps that is the proper time to…

Breaking Bad: Series Finale Predictions

  In the penultimate episode, we saw Walt crushed and defeated. He’d lost most of his money, his power, and his family. He was utterly alone and dying in a cold cabin in the woods, paying his sole visitor $10,000 just to play cards with him for an hour (all he could get, having asked…

What Makes Breaking Bad So Insanely Compelling?

As the show arrives at its Series Finale this coming Sunday, the army of Breaking Bad fans and critics espousing their opinions online is still growing. One would be hard-pressed to name another television series that has generated this many reviews, recaps, analyses, deconstructions, or good old-fashioned water cooler conversations. Here are just a few…

Layer Upon Layer

One of the remarkable things about Breaking Bad during these final eight episodes of the series is the number of layers built in to many of the scenes and the amount of mental processing the show is asking of its viewers. A perfect example of this is the scene in the episode entitled “Ozymandias” when…