Walter White: Power Addict

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Walter White, aka The Great Heisenberg, is an addict.  Not a drug addict, of course; he may be the manufacturer of the highest-quality methamphetamine on the market, but he never touches the stuff himself, as we all know. Despite this fact, he is an addict, nonetheless.  Even if his own unbelievably pure, crystal blue product […]

A Farewell to Mike

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Before we plow ahead into the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, it seems like a good time to pause and say a fond farewell to a character who will not be continuing with us. I’m referring, of course, to clean-up expert, hired gun, and business advisor Mike Ehrmantraut, whose exit at the end of […]

Could Hank “Break Bad”?

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In a recent interview, actor Dean Norris- better known as Hank Schrader- revealed that he put in a request with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to have his character killed off.  Gilligan denied the request, of course, saying that with Hank gone, “what would I write about for the last eight?”  Given the discovery that […]

Breaking Bad: A Tragedy in Five Seasons

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When I first saw the poster for the fifth season of Breaking Bad, featuring Walt enthroned in the middle of his “fat stacks” with the caption “All Hail the King,” I saw it as confirmation of something I had suspected for some time: the story of Walt’s rise to power is a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy. […]

Dark Shadows: Pursuing and Protecting the Family Jewels

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Anyone who has seen Tim Burton’s 2012 version of Dark Shadows will have noticed that it seems to deploy humor over horror. As a fan of the classic DS, I cringed when I first saw the trailers. And yet, while at first I was highly skeptical about this move – maybe even a little heartbroken […]

Lonesome Dove: The Ties That Bind

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Woodrow Cal and Augustus McCrae There was definitely something unique about the friendship between Gus and Cal, but what is it that made them so special? Most strong friendships have the longevity and acceptance we saw between them. Cal accepted that Gus would never do his share of work. Gus accepted that Cal would never […]

Revisiting Lonesome Dove

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Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry’s 1985 epic of the old west, was the kind of success that can ruin a writer. Before its release, McMurtry was the widely respected author of “literary” novels like Moving On and All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers. Despite being pegged as a regional writer, the native Texan was no niche talent. His […]

No Stone Unturned: The Many Cultures of Firefly

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One of the most important, yet least talked-about aspects of Firefly is the genesis of the Alliance – or to use it’s full name, the Sino-American Alliance. However, Asian culture is a huge part of the ‘Verse – yes, more than just colourful profanity. The fusion of Wild West-esque saloons and bars (and brothels, in […]

What ‘School Violence’ In Mayberry Looked Like

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I am 52 years old and can remember a kinder, gentler, easier going era, where people didn’t take guns into an elementary school and murder innocent children.  As I watched the news coverage of the Connecticut tragedy, I couldn’t help but think of the town of Mayberry. You know how when you are being too […]

Kevin Fisher: Misunderstood ‘Bad Boy’

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Kevin Fisher’s arrival in Genoa City sparked Y&R fan’s attention for two reasons: another bad boy to fill the streets of Genoa City and to add spice to its younger generation . It didn’t take long before the fans realized Kevin was a misunderstood victim that brought trouble to everything he touched because he could […]