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Question: What is the best show of the most anticipated new shows this fall?
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« Reply #1410 on: July 08, 2018, 11:40:17 PM »

Saw the Lantern episode.  (finale of season 3)  OMG.

RIP Chuck McGill. 

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« Reply #1411 on: July 09, 2018, 02:46:15 PM »

Saw the Lantern episode.  (finale of season 3)  OMG.

RIP Chuck McGill. 



He was a sick bastard. He will not be missed. I guess it turned out to be an unfortunate choice for Mr. McKean. I think his character arc was long on the downhill side and didn't paint Chuck in a sympathetic light at all.
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« Reply #1412 on: July 10, 2018, 12:46:40 PM »

I think my RIP was directed at him finding some peace, because he was so fucked up in his life.  The "Chicanery" episode, where the psychosomatic reality of his illness is revealed with a cellphone battery, and his subsequent rant in the courtroom, was a powerful one, and it rendered him as a character more to be pitied than despised.  His unkindness to Jimmy turns out to be a symptom of some deeper affliction in which he simply cannot sustain a warm connection to anyone.  He is eaten up inside to the point where he final words to Jimmy are a total rejection.  When he says, "I never cared that much about you," I took that as a lie deployed to sever his final tie to the world.  It was very much part of his whole self-destructive action at the end.

Though the series is billed as black comedy, that finale was just tragedy.

McKean did a terrific job.  I can now see him as a King Lear, should he ever decide to brush up his Shakespeare. 
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« Reply #1413 on: July 10, 2018, 11:01:06 PM »

I agree,that he did. But I don't see this as the part he thought it would turn out to be. I think he was hoping to be a Gus Fring, or a Mike Ermentraut or a Hank. Or a Jesse.  He would up being a Skinny Pete + Badger.
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« Reply #1414 on: July 12, 2018, 01:20:06 PM »

Perhaps even a Marie, or Skyler! Or Walt Jr..

Hey, you did a great job, being a character NOBODY liked.
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« Reply #1415 on: July 13, 2018, 10:35:47 AM »

I hope AMC runs a BCS marathon before the new season kicks in.

As to Chuck as best I recall his pathetic denouement was a sad intersection of Tommy Smother's "mom always liked you best" and Gene Hackman's destructive paranoia in "The Conversation".

in any case looking forward to the evolution/devolution of Jimmy.

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« Reply #1416 on: July 14, 2018, 11:12:32 AM »

I hope AMC runs a BCS marathon before the new season kicks in.

As to Chuck as best I recall his pathetic denouement was a sad intersection of Tommy Smother's "mom always liked you best" and Gene Hackman's destructive paranoia in "The Conversation".

in any case looking forward to the evolution/devolution of Jimmy.



I remember the floorboard scene in The Conversation.  Yes,  good parallel.   

I just hope Kim lands on her feet.   

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« Reply #1417 on: July 14, 2018, 11:54:57 AM »

 I think as she recovers from her injuries (and perhaps a struggle with pain-killers) Kim re-evaluates life as a lawyer, and her role in Chuck's death, and considers a more contemplative life. Rejecting life in a convent she uses what little savings she has and finds true meaning owning and operating a Cinnabon outlet.
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