|Wed, September 04, 2013 at 10:12 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
WRITTEN BY YOH FROM THETAPEDECK.NET.
It wasn't until the ending of this past week's Breaking Bad did I discover my hidden desire for a Disney-esque happy ending. Walt's odd defying survival, Jesse's inner-redemption, completed with Hank and Marie's ricin induced suicide pact. The reality unfolding in Vince Gilligan's universe is a nightmare. As a viewer , I feel a sense of torment watching Walt vs. Jesse. The Sensei and the Grasshopper have become adversaries with no possibility of reconciliation. Their paranoia becomes three-dimensional, touching our very souls to the core. Was I the only one sitting on the edge of my seat as Walt walked through his gas coated home with his gun drawn? How about when Jesse was walking through the plaza with a head congested with fear? At 22, I almost experienced my first heart attack awaiting Jesse's cranium to be blown off his shoulders. The thrilling suspense that is in the shadow of each scene has made Breaking Bad's atmosphere a dark, grotesque shade of gray.
The biggest surprise would be the unexpected union of Hank and Jesse, a collaboration that has the most potential to achieve the dethroning of Walt. The enemy of your enemy is an ally they say, and sadly Jesse being blinded by rage has entered another manipulative relationship that has no recourse for his livelihood. Jesse won't survive, but the video confession of his sins will play the scythe in Heisenberg's public execution. Just when you believe Walt is a move away from checkmate, Hank stopping Jesse from burning down the White's house was the moment that sealed his fate.
There's a scene where Jesse refers to Walt as the devil;given that he has been instrumental in constructing the hell they're living in. But in hindsight and despite pressure from outside influence, Walt is most compassionate about Jesse's survival. Saul is first to suggest that Jesse has become Old Yeller and we all know how that tale ends. Skyler is second, who's colder about insisting that threats must be eliminated. She says, "We've come this far for us, what's one more?" belittlingWalt's relationship with Jesse, masking him as an obstacle whereas Walt sees him as a son. . The episode ends with Walt calling Todd after a failed attempt at meeting Jesse, and admits he'll need his Uncles for another "job". Go ahead and let the imagination run amuck as we await another week.
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|Mon, August 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 10: We Are Family | Written by Yoh of TheTapeDeck.net
How thick does the blood bond run in the veins of Hank and Walt? Brothers through marriage, foes through faith, it's the tale of good vs evil without clear distinction of who wears the protagonist mask. The previous week of Breaking Bad, episode 9, there was an accelerated climax that caught viewers off guard between the two, their dance has always been foreseen, but even I never imagined it would have been in the premier return. Ending with a stare off, Breaking Bad's Episode 10: We Are Family in comparison to "Blood Money" is a dull aftershock while the former was off the Richter magnitude scale. I'll admit it was a needed foundation layer, placing the tracks for a train of misery to glide across.
I wasn't fond of how Hank's and Walt's aftermath was handled, Walter departing from the garage as if a murderous confrontation didn't just transpire. His exit doesn't dissolve Hank's resolve, before he's able to pull out the drive way, Hank is phoning Skyler at the carwash for a rendezvous. Walt is unable to roadblock the two despite a speedy effort to reach his wife, but Hank is able to draw her into a one on one conversation that he sees is key to turn his Walt's suspensions into a definite conviction. I've been on the "I Hate Skyler White" team for the last few seasons, yet I might have a change of mind as the damsel in distress surprisingly stares into the face of her savior and request a lawyer. The last person Hank wants involved in this tangle. He seems sincere about protecting his wife's sister, but even more adamant about obtaining the key to Walt's jail cell. Something I've notice is the White familia doesn't like the idea of their children being taken away, and that suggestion alone is all it takes before the terror stricken Skyler is rising from the diner table yelling "Am I under arrest?" Being that she wasn't, Hank couldn't keep her constrained, even though he aggressively grabs her, showing his desperation.
Skyler's feisty escape doesn't end Hank's hot pursuit, while home and multiple failed attempts to reach Walt; Marie is banging on the door pleading with Sky to allow her entrance. Skyler sternly agrees to allow Marie to enter, but without Hank. I didn't expect much from the two sisters conversing, dramatic but the compassionate Marie pleads with Skylar to again deliver her husband to the sharks, and she still tearfully apologetically rejects. Marie explodes slapping Skyler for hiding the truth assuming she knew of Heisenberg's existence when Hank was shot. She then tries to remove baby Holly from the home, of course Skyer doesn't allow this and a heated argument ensue. Hank breaks them up, since the removal of the baby would be kidnapping. After the two leave the premises, sitting in the car boiling with rage Marie utters, "You have to get him". Family is a word that holds no weight in their world. Later we see interesting dialogue between Hank and Marie about how to tackle the Walt's issue; how this will be the last case of his career once the DEA realizes that man he's been chasing has been his brother-in-law.
While all this escalates, Walt consults with Saul Goodman about the next course of action; Saul's obviously worried about Hank's revelation, and even suggests sending the beloved brother-in-law on a Mike Ehrmantraut vacation. This infuriates Walt, "Hank is Family", and even suggests that before he plays a hand in Hank's demise that he would send Saul to where Mike resides. This comment shows the difference between Walt and Hank's perspective - Walt still looks upon his brother no differently, while Hank sees nothing but a monster needing a cage. Walt and Saul conclude the money from the storage uni
|Mon, August 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The eternal desire for endlessness born when indulging a series that enters a league of exceptionless has been stored in the bellies of every Breaking Bad fan since the series hit a status of critical acclaim. When it's good, you want it to last forever; a stream of never-ending adventures containing all the elements that attributed in your heads-over-heels emotional connection with characters and their fictional existence. BUT WHEN IT'S GREAT, the looming end is the destination you await like Christmas or any other gift-giving holiday, and Breaking Bad has long crossed that line.
The ending is the most anticipated televised event that has attracted massive attention. This entire tangent has unsuccessfully exclaimed a universal excitement for the final 8 episodes which will coffin a series that will resurface in our children children's heyday. Vince Gilligan's masterpiece is a rare modern classic worthy of Nick-At-Nite syndication; which is like being inducted in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. The next 8 weeks isn't me attempting to review with biased eyes, but to document my thoughts on this rollercoaster.
"Blood Money", Season 5 Episode 9 begins where Episode 1 of Season 5 begun, in an unknown period with a Walter White looking more like a meth user than successful Scarface entrepreneur. We last saw him leaving a diner in New Hampshire on his 52nd birthday, now he's returned to his former home, abandoned, boarded, and the headquarters for skating teens shredding in the dried pool . He breaks in, and you notice the word "Heisenberg" graffiti on the wall, an indication that his double life identity has been publicly unearthed. Once recovering the hidden vial of Ricin, Walt returns outside where his neighbor Carol catches a glimpse of his escape, her terrified expression and horrified shriek again confirms that the world has been brought into the loop; he's obviously on the run, and equipped with Ricin and an M60 machine gun. I foresee a war is brewing.
The next scene returns to the present. Hank is still suffering from uncovering the truth that Walter White and Heisenberg is one and the same. His expression is a bull imprison in a crimson painted room. Before leaving the bathroom, Hank steals Walt's copy of "Leaves of Grass", the eye-opening evidence and rushes his wife Marie away blaming an illness for his abrupt behavior. One of my favorite scenes was Hank's panic attack while driving home. The anxiety is suffocating and his reaction had to be perfect. 5 seasons of building and the dispelling of Walter's illusion couldn't be simply Yeezus shrugged away. The car crash, the panic attack, all perfectly aligns with the agonizing complexity of realities revelation.
The focus then returns to Walter, adjusting to life as a successful Car Wash owner. The history repentance of most drug kingpins is that they aren't able to readjust into normality, they live and die by their empire, but Walt has accomplished acquiring unimaginable riches and now lives to love his family and business. He even inquirers about expanding. I was surprised by the early return of Lydia, and the swiftness that the foundation Walt created has started to crumble since the Blue Crystals potency has dropped 67% since Heisenberg hung up his apron. She pleads for the iron chef's return, but is quickly dismissed. Skylar's verbal assault awakened the idea that she is content with Walt's reforming, but fears any chance that he'll relapse back into the darker life. This speak
|Sun, July 07, 2013 at 12:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Watching Live From... Episode 6 always gets to us. Wow...
We taped it in June, which is Black Music History Month. Even though we knew the show would not be published for webcast until months later. We accepted and planned for that. The A-Team loaded up the van, went over the plan on the ride over, and executed the plan flawlessly. The published webcast was evidence of that.
However, our plans are not God's plans. The passing of one of our Episode 6 guests, Alabama Hip-Hop Pioneer ALI SHABAZZ, was NOT in our plan. Though his departure from this plane was well after he chatted with us, this taping would be Brother Ali's first and only appearance on Live From... The Talk Show. We STILL miss our Brother Ali; but we carry on keeping fond memories, music, and love for Hip-Hop in our hearts! We think he would like that. R.I.P. Ali.
And we know he LOVED doing this particular show. He told us so. For Episode 6, Guest hostess DVS stepped up and sat down to welcome some of Alabama's Black music history-makers! DVS welcomed B-MOE (Pioneer Promoter of Birmingham Hip-Hop Showcases), ALI SHABAZZ (Pioneer Promoter of Juneteenth Anniston and the BamaHipHop.com Artist Performance Network), and S-FLY (Birmingham Hip-Hop Pioneer and Founding Member of Red Light District).
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|Sun, June 02, 2013 at 12:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
...of Live From... Episode 5 could have been almost any of the five W's that night! We turned things all around!
In fact, we did not even start The Talk Show with "talk." We started with a turntable exhibition; and ended with the most beautiful...weird...but fun...but SOULFUL talk-and-music segment to date!
That's right! And it was all according to plan. See, we "LOVE it when a plan comes together!" Maybe that's why we at Live From have always considered ourselves the "A-TEAM" of Indie Arts programming.
(Well, there's that... and that we all ride over in a van!)
In Episode 5, the lovely GEM AVERY welcomes producer/turntablist R-TIST and... her FAVORITE performer...EVER!
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|Sun, May 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It could have been! The taping event for Episode 4 had been dubbed "The Invasion of Athens." But we are "live" not "evil" (which is just the opposite... if you REALLY think about it), so we went with "A Whole Lotta A," as guest artists from our Live From...Birmingham (Alabama) show, joined by some Atlanta artists, would be welcomed to Tasty World in Athens (Georgia), by Laura and Wil of Mantooth Music, to tape Live From... in Athens (e.g. Live From...Athens)!
Aaaaa...So much LOVE (we love our Mantooth Music Family); and so much LOVELY - as first guest AMY BRAY brought MODELS with her (rowwwrrr)! And our lovely hostess GEM AVERY kept the show flowing into our musical segment featuring spirit-filled gospel quintet THE WARDLAW BROTHERS (aka TWB5)!
Oh what a night!
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