Monday, September 30, 2013

No 'Breaking Bad' Finale Spoilers Here, Except Todd Is a Young Jim Gaffigan

I don't have cable, but I have a subscription to Breaking Bad's final season on Amazon Video.  This specific blog post will have been published at noon 10 AM on September 30th.  By then, I will have access to the series finale of Breaking Bad.  As I write this on the night of September 29th, people have already watched the finale on TV.  Twitter and other forms of social media are currently full of vague emotional outbursts concerning the finale, "Felina," as well as outright spoilers.  Until I watch the finale of Breaking Bad, hopefully sometime tomorrow, I will avoid sites like Google News, as well as any and all social media, including Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.  (I've been on a Facebook hiatus since mid-July.)

During the week between the penultimate episode and the finale of Breaking Bad, I binge-watched the first season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix.  I like the overall tone of the show, morally ambiguous yet often humorous.  It's a mix between, I don't know, LOST (due to the use of flashbacks) and women in prison films (but not really, sort of).  The side characters are more interesting than the main character.

Are you Hal, or are you Heisenberg?
Speaking of Netflix, my fan-relationship with Breaking Bad started as a binge-watch back in March 2012, after my brother suggested watching the series.  At the time, Netflix only had the first three seasons of the show.  After finishing the first three seasons, I couldn't wait for Netflix to acquire the rights of the fourth season, which was sometime that summer, so I purchased the fourth season on Amazon Video, to stream on my Roku box.  Later that summer, I purchased the season pass for the first half of the fifth season of Breaking Bad.

Yes, that's a George Foreman grill.
Early in the series, Walter White shared a bottle of Pinch Scotch whisky with his brother-in-law Hank.  Later in the series, and I write this without revealing much, Walter drinks that brand of Scotch again.  It was cool that Vince Gilligan put that particular brand of Scotch in the show.

A few years ago, perhaps 2010 or 2009 or earlier, my dad told me about a bottle of whisky he bought around 1965.  It had an unusual, three-sided bottle, with gold netting around it.  He couldn't remember the name of the Scotch, other than it sounded like finch.  My dad never got to drink that bottle from 1965.  After a ridiculous amount of Googling of a period of time, around April 2010, we figured it to be "The Dimple" Pinch.  The local BevMo! had it in stock.  I'm a fan of drinking Scotch, but I am no connoisseur, but I think it's tasty whisky.

I digress.

With the Amazon Video season pass of the first part of the fifth season, in 2012, I was able to watch each new episode the day after broadcast.  If I recall correctly -- and I don't want to Google or Wikipedia this, for fear of finale spoilers -- they introduced a new character named Todd during the fifth season.  Todd, without spoiling much, is an unsettling character.  People on the InterWebs often refer to him as "Meth Damon," but I like to refer to him as a young Jim Gaffigan.

Comparing Todd to Jim Gaffigan actually makes Todd's actions seem absurd and endearing, like Hot Pockets and Gaffigan's whispering commentary voice of the "audience."  In September 2012, I tweeted to Jim Gaffigan about Todd, and I think he appreciated the comparison.

Jim Gaffigan 'favorited' this tweet.
I immediately purchased the season pass for the second half of the fifth season on Amazon Video.  Now I am a few hours away from watching the final episode of Breaking Bad.  Tomorrow morning, I hope to wake up early, get in a half-hour of exercise, eat breakfast, and find some time to watch "Felina."  If Jesse Pinkman somehow survives the series finale, perhaps that will make Team S.C.I.E.N.C.E. a canonical part of the story, which I wrote about last year.

I can't think of a good ending for this blog entry about Breaking Bad, but I can only hope that the ending of the show is much better.