Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Breaking Bad Finale - Recap

Breaking Bad is one of the greatest TV shows I have ever seen. Sadly, after a turbulent 5 years everything has come to an end... Here is the basics of the last episode

His attempts to talk his son, Walter Jr (RJ Mitte), into accepting a parcel of money had led to a final breach. “Why can’t you just die?” his son had screamed. Walt’s gasp of “It can’t all be for nothing” was the sound of a man staring into the abyss. Perhaps the series should have ended there…

But, in an unlikely turn of events, Walt caught a TV bulletin in which his former business partners, Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz, who had grown rich on the profits of his early research, disowned his influence on their company, and White’s despair was replaced by anger. There can’t have been a Breaking Bad fan out there who didn’t cheer at the prospect of the imminent return of Walt’s inhumanly calculating alter-ego Heisenberg. It was like the moment in a western when the put-upon hero turns round to face his tormentors in a bar. The difference was that White’s accusers were putting $28 million into drug treatment charities. Those flippin’ Schwartzes, they had it coming.
They were Walt’s first call in the finale, and the first hint that his revenge strategies might work, but that Gilligan’s elaborate plans were too perfect, too neat. Walt tricked them into agreeing to a scheme to get his money to his son after his death, with the help of two of the “best hit men west of the Mississippi”, who turned out to be Badger and Skinny Pete, the reprobate buddies of his former meth-cook partner Jesse (Aaron Paul). From them, he worked out that Jesse was still alive, and almost certainly a prisoner of those damn, dirty Nazis who had stolen the greater part of his money and killed his brother-in-law.
Jesse was not only alive but in a golden reverie, in which he was lovingly crafting a wooden box, surely to contain the ashes of those he had loved who had died in the series. In reality, he was chained up in a meth lab, where the Aryan brotherhood gang of Todd (Jesse Plemons) and Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen) forced him to cook the drug under threat of murdering Brock, the child whom Walt had once poisoned simply to manipulate Jesse.
Back at the start of season three, Jesse had returned from rehab after the death of his girlfriend, with a lesson to impart to Walt. “You either run from things or you face ’em, Mr White. It’s all about accepting who you are. I accept who I am.”
“And who are you?” Walt had asked.
Jesse’s answer had been stark. “I’m the bad guy.”
It had taken Walt an awfully long time to reach the same conclusion. But here, in a snatched conversation with his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), he finally met himself. “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it.”
This was followed by the most powerful scene in the episode. Walt, without trying to make contact, watched unseen as Walt Jr got off the school bus and went inside. It was short and wordless.
The final scene, played out at length, was the showdown from that western, involving a high-powered machine gun, the killing of Walt’s enemies and the freeing of Jesse. Oh and the vial of ricin, over which there had been so much speculation, turned out to be for Lydia, and was beautifully administered. But Jesse and Walt’s final nod to one another, of having lived through this together, before the police closed in and Walt lay dying in the meth lab from a gunshot wound, felt shallow and unconvincing. Jesse, the heart of the series, played a bit part in the finale, which simply didn’t reach the heights of what had gone before. Breaking Bad has been utterly electrifying television, weird, funny, emotionally rich and endlessly surprising. but in the end, the finale of this great American series turned out to be one of its lesser episodes.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

A short, creepy story

A man, at about the age of 30 went to a hotel and walked up to the front desk to check-in. The woman at the desk gave him his key and all, and told him that on the way to his room, there was a door with no number that was locked and no one was allowed in there. So he went to his room, and went to bed. The next night he was curious as to what was in the room, so he walked down the hall to where it was and of course tried the handle. Sure enough it was locked. So he bent down and looked through the keyhole. What he saw was a hotel bedroom and in the corner was a woman whose skin was completely white. She was leaning up against a wall and her head was facing the wall. He stared in confusion for a while then went back to his room. The next day, he went back to the room and looked through the keyhole. This time, all he saw was redness. He couldn’t make anything out, all he saw was red.

At this point he was confused and a little freaked out. He went to the front desk and asked the lady about the room. She sighed and said, "Did you look through the keyhole?" The man told her that he had and the lady said, "Well, I might as well tell you the story. A long time ago, a man murdered his wife in that room, and her ghost haunts it. But these people were not ordinary. They were white all over, except for their eyes, which are red."

Friday, 24 September 2010

The Simpsons, lost it's magic?

Now don't get me wrong, i LOVE The Simpsons. I've been watching them ever since i was young! I've loved the creativity, mysteries, humor and constant references to other well known figures in the real word. I loved how they got a good range of famous people to star in their episodes. I could easily go to school the next morning and refer to a past episode I had watched and instantly the person i was talking to understood exactly what i was talking about! And not to mention the countless quotes from the many episodes were priceless! It was a sort of culture, a fashion statement, a lifestyle!

However, today it seems to have slipped. I rarely ever watch The Simpsons anymore and when I do I don't really enjoy it. It doesn't have that special vibe that it used to have. I used to get all excited to turn on my TV and switch over to Sky1 but now I really don't want to. Maybe it's because they have run out of ideas? Maybe there are other TV shows which also capture the viewers attention a way The Simpsons never have (The Inbetweeners, Mythbusters, The Peep Show, Prison Break).

What are your views on this? Do you think The Simpsons as a TV show has become boring or is it still that great TV show it always is?

Oh and I would like to thank ALL my followers <3 Its because of you guys I will continue posting!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Tribalwars, anyone?

Anyways i play this good little browser game called Tribalwars. Well, to be honest its not really a "little" browser game, it has around 200,000 players! It involves people starting off with a single village, raising an army and then taking over other villages. Wash, rinse, repeat. Players join local tribes and gradually gain villages and their tribe grows and grows. Eventually, if you still have the time and have not quit of course, you can control 100s of villages and have 'Wars' with other players and tribes. Its a pretty addicting game, just got back into it though not seriously. It's definitely worth checking out if you are not doing anything for a few days.
URL: www.tribalwars.net

Microsoft launches iTunes rival in the UK

Microsoft has rolled out its iTunes-esque Zune movie and music service in the UK - although not the iPod-esque hardware device that accompanied its launch in the US. Instead, it's relying on the new Windows phones to provide the mobile hardware.

The service, which already has a partial foothold on your Xbox 360 thanks to the movie downloads on Zune Marketplace, is Microsoft's take on Apple's iTunes. You can download and buy MP3 tracks, or stream the entire Zune archive for a monthly subs fee of £8.99, and rent movies to watch on PC or soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 7.

The press release has the details: "When the service launches, consumers in the UK will be able to purchase MP3s from Zune Marketplace and listen to them on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
Zune Pass, the monthly music subscription service, will also be available for £8.99 providing unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalogue and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE."


"In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers will also be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to synch the rental to their Windows Phone 7. Consumers in the UK will also have the option to purchase download-to-own movies and music videos to watch anywhere - on the big screen with Xbox LIVE, their Windows PC or synch it to Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go."

"As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Local experts will programme Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos and unique promotions for each country."

The release also confirms that "the Zune PC software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client." This means if you want to get one of the new Windows phones with Xbox Live integration and Gamerscore-equipped games, then you'll need to use the new Zune software to sync it.

All part of the great connected future - but it won't get really interesting until Windows Phone 7 arrives. Barring any hitherto-unseen problems with the software, there's every chance it'll be the must-have phone for Xbox owners, and if you can rent movies on it so much the better.

Pretty pathetic, just another money making scheme to be honest :|

Saturday, 18 September 2010

New to this...

So hello world!
was thinking of taking part in this whole blogging thing for a while now and have never really got round to creating one :| damn laziness. Anyways i hope to be discussing anything ever imaginable in the near and distant future.