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Posted By Kent Merritt

Breaking Bad: 'Phoenix'



Walt: "Someday, all of this will be yours."
Baby: "What, the insulation?!"


As the second season of AMC's Emmy-winning drama Breaking Bad comes to a dramatic close, it might be fun to speculate on what will happen in the season finale, airing  Sunday, May 31st.


The penultimate episode of season 2, 'Phoenix' was definitely...penultimate.  (I never thought that word fit the description, by the way. Penultimate sounds a lot more important than just saying 'second-to-last'). But if there is a descriptive word for this episode, penultimate wouldn't even do it justice.


Watching Walter White evolve - or devolve - from a mild-mannered family man and chemistry teacher to a scheming, seething, greedy and self-serving drug kingpin has been a real treat to watch this season. Bryan Cranston should make room on his mantle for another Emmy. And hopefully, one each for co-star Aaron Paul and series creator Vince Gilligan.


As good as the writing, acting, and casting has been this season, nothing compared to the gut-wrenching final scene in last night's Phoenix episode. Watching Walter stand next to the bed where Jesse's girlfriend Jane literally chokes to death on her own vomit was truly unnerving. On the one hand, we understand how Walter wanted his blackmailer to be gone, but on the other hand, he had to actually stand there and let her die. His expressions of panic, restraint, sadness, and finally the return of his steely-eyed resolve was very powerful stuff.

"Sorry, I never cared much for Jane's Addiction, anyway."

And now with one more episode to go, we are closing in on finally finding out what all of those flash-forward opening segments throughout the season might finally reveal. So far, we've seen hazmat-suited workers scooping a charred teddy bear out of Walt's swimming pool, as well as Walt's glasses, which have been carefully bagged and tagged by the powers that be. And more recently, we saw not one, but two body bags zipped shut, lying next to Walt's SUV. Here's hoping that next week's finale will finally give us the answers to these cryptic scenes.

The calm before the shitstorm?!

Anyway, time to speculate on what we'll be seeing in next week's finale.  My guess is that one of those body bags contains Jane's body.  We even saw a quick scene of her body bag being zipped shut in the promo for the finale.  I'm wondering if the other bag might contain her dad, a grief-stricken John de Lancie?!  


But, somehow, Walt's glasses have to be explained.  I'm wondering if Walter might stage his own death, somehow.  Possibly one of Walt's confidantes might have sold him out?  It wouldn't surprise me if Saul turns on Walt (especially if Walt tries to keep Saul's cut, like he tried with Jesse). Greed can make people do stupid things.

Obviously, whatever happened, happens next week. 


For more on this series, visit the official AMC site.

Posted By Kent Merritt





As if we're not all busy enough with our lives, the last thing anybody was looking for was another website to join, in order to spend more time online promoting that site.  Welcome to


Twitter, for those precious few people who are still living under rocks somewhere, is the latest online flavor-of-the-week website dedicated to social networking.  Because, MySpace and Facebook just weren't time-consuming enough, evidently we all needed a website where we could post fast, insignificant, 140 character messages, and hope that thousands upon thousands of people will somehow find it interesting.


Twitter-defenders (of which I am quickly becoming one of) will compare it with Macs-over-PCs fervency over those dusty old MySpace pages, and some even preferring it over Facebook.   I, personally somehow managed to skip the Facebook Bandwagon, but I'm somewhat ashamed to say that I am now a card-carrying member of Twitterville. 


And, I'm finding myself less productive online because of it! I find that I'm spending more time not only trying to increase my Followers, but I'm also wasting large chunks of my day thinking about what would be good things to tweet about!  These days, whenever I hear an interesting news story, or read about something I find interesting, I'm actually running that topic through my head to give it the 140-character-limit-test to see if it would make a good tweet!  Good Lord!


My main peeve right now with Twitter is having to cipher down through all of the useless crap that many people feel necessary to tweet about ("Just had some Ben & Jerry's.  Chery Garcia is da bomb" )  in order to find some posts from people I actually care about hearing from. 


But, that's my own fault.  In the world of Twitter, your status is based on Followers.  It doesn't take long before you start envyng those tweeters who have several hundred Followers, when you might only have 20 or 30.  So, you start following more people, in the hopes that they will follow you back!.  The only problem is, the people you are now following are either boring as hell, or they post about 10 to 15 tweets at a time, mostly just recycling other people's tweets.  It's basically the equivalent of those people who forward e-mails.  I guess some people just feel compelled with passing things on to other people in the name of socializing. 


As for me, I'm still finding my voice on Twitter.  I've noticed that when I post something funny, I get a few more followers.  If I post something stupid, I might lose one or two.  But honestly, why am I becoming so Followers-conscious?!  They really don't care about what I'm tweeting about, anyway.  Mainly because they are too busy trying to come up with their own tweets.  It's sort of like being at one of those parties where everyone is talking at the same time, and no one is really listening.  That might be why so many celebrities seem to like it.


I like it, too.  But I'm a little mad at myself for liking it so much. 


Oh, and make sure to Follow me on my Twitter page....






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