8 episodes. It’s a little short, but that was the plan all along, so at least the season isn’t stunted the way S1 is. But S5A does a good job of showing how long it takes to get to the top, even if no one’s in your way.
Season 4 of Breaking Bad seems to be the favorite season for most people (though depending on how the S5B ends, I’ll be curious to see if that overtakes it). It is a pretty awesome season.
S3 of Breaking Bad is a marvel. It’s a fascinating show for the way it was written and put together, for the peaks it reached in certain episodes, for just all sorts of things.
Season 2 of Breaking Bad was a notable improvement over S1. For starters, the season’s plot begins with a bang… the ticking time-bomb that is Tuco (man, Matt nailed the alliteration in that sentence!).
This is a quick theory that I have about Breaking Bad S5E14 (aka next episode if you’re reading this before Sunday, September 15). After reading lots of pieces about last week’s episode, which I thought very highly of, I thought of one random idea that I hadn’t heard in other recaps or comments. So I figure I might as well note it now. If this is what happens, then awesome. If not, then uh, well how easy is Breaking Bad to predict? Give me a break, bro.
Matt will go through each of the past five seasons of Breaking Bad, with some quick thoughts and look-backs. He will attempt to say things that others haven’t, mostly. But shrug, who knows. Each post will have many spoilers.
After seeing how each track from Yeezus fit into Kanye’s larger body of work, we decided it was high time to discuss the album on its own merits. What follows is an email exchange between Matt and I from several weeks ago, tackling all things Yeezus, with bonus contributions from our hip-hop correspondent Kavi D.
I’m in normal font, Matt’s in italics, and Kavi is in bold.
Can we talk our shit again?
Even if we don’t hit again?
Is it lame to write so much about Kanye? Perhaps we are succumbing to joining all the other media and “hipsters” and such for lifting Kanye up too much and writing so damn much about him. But screw that. We listen to a lot of Kanye and genuinely are huge fans of his, we can write about him if we want.
We last ranked Kanye’s songs (from studio albums) 2 years ago. With the release of “Yeezus”, we decided it was time for an update. We re-ranked our songs, incorporating new songs and making adjustments after looking back with two extra years’ time. And admittedly, probably just shifting songs a few spots around based on random chance. We have listed the top 25 songs below (last time we wrote about 20 of them), and we mention where they were ranked last time. At the end, we’ll also have Matt’s top 5 snubs and Alex’s top 5 snubs, if you wanna keep reading for some reason.
There are a lot of great songs that didn’t make the cut. Shoot we enjoy listening to most of the 74 songs we ended up ranking. But we figure this is a fun exercise to try to focus on what we like the best. And again, some of the snubs might just be random chance. We are basically averaging two people’s rankings; there’s not a lot of data there. That’s life. If you don’t like it, well you forgot about two things (wait, what?). Anyway, here are our rankings (and spoiler alert: we did not include “Never Let Me Down” again. Sorry bros. Jay-Z and J-Ivy still… “let us down” on that song.):
Netflix just added the Fox sitcom “New Girl” to Netflix, starring Zooey Deschanel and that guy you saw in a random movie once (Jake Johnson, who had a forgettable role in 21 Jump Street and was key in the lesser-known Safety Not Guaranteed). It’s got one season out, and it’ll have the second season on Netflix probably towards the end of the summer, before Season 3. You should watch it. It’s a great sitcom. But I know there may be some doubts about it.
First, I’d like to respond to some of the reasons people tend to avoid checking out the show (especially guys who aren’t in love with Zooey), and then give a few more reasons for why you SHOULD watch it. I bolded them, so you can just read the arguments if you want. How convenient!
Spoilers ahead on the Game of Thrones episode tonight, Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains Of Castamere”…