I hate to be so critical, especially of my co-number one favorite program, along with AMC’s other masterwork drama, Mad Men, but Breaking Bad for us ended on a very sour note, with s3 e13 entitled “Full Measure.”  Let’s see if we got this right?  Walt is somehow safe now that Gale (David Costabile, Flight of the Conchords), of only 3 episode fame, has been eliminated.  That’s seems preposterous to us, preposterous that Mike (Jonathan Banks), after we see him kill like five cartel gunmen who broke in to Gus’s factory, is going to acede to any of Walt’s desperate, dying pleas.  And then the fact that the got to Gale?  From Gus’s perspective, any chemistry grad student in the world could probably analyze the blue and then replicate it by knowing it’s chemical composition and exact ingredients. 

At best here, are they going to try to stretch Gus’s life for a few episodes up to a season?  It doesn’t seem practical, considering Walt’s propensity for murder and the fact that Walt also knows his days are numbered.  Walt is going to have to strike first, and he’s going to have to kill Mike, and good luck to him on that, because Mike proved last night he is a stone cold assasin.  So Walt has to get Mike and Gus and the young kid Victor (Jeremiah Batsui), who seems to be very quick with a gun himself.  It was nice to see Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), helping Walt and Jessie (Aaron Paul), and we are glad Saul’s character lives on, but even the resourceful and imaginative attorney is not going to be able to do anything for Walt now, who is in a bit of a murder or be murdered predicament.

Plus, what’s with the flashback to when Walt and Skyler (Anna Gunn, Deadwood) bought their house?  Was it a message of their one time innocence, with him having a full head of hair and her pregnant and youthful?  Because I thought, maybe they were going to buy a new house.  Now looking back, It seemed to me a bit dramatic.  As a fan who wants to see them get away with it, I like to have a little piece of mind for the character’s safety, especially at the end of a season.  Jessie is basically on the run, and Walt just killed his workers last week, and that was about to get him killed, until he killed another of their workers?  And that’s not going to get him killed?  They are gearing up for a big war between Walt and Jessie and Mike and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) and Gus’s boy.  That’s one thing to look forward to for next season.  Hopefully, they can kill these guys quick and then go to Saul and let Saul find them another connect, which should be easily done for a man of Saul’s talents.

Now if you looked at your program guides on your televisions, they said that Breaking Bad was going to be 1:47.  Instead, it was 56 minutes, and then AMC rolls into the first episode of Rubicon, no commercials.  I’ve paid very little attention to Rubicon (starring James Badge Dale, below), and I don’t really know any of the actors well, but I am willing to say, like I would with an HBO show, that’s it’s probably worth watching, given the networks’s track record with these type of shows.  And on one hand, you commend AMC for knowing that they are going to have to advertise and preview Rubicon, because it’s not a Breaking Bad or a Mad Men, and it is going to need to get some exposure.  But to sneak it in at the back of a Breaking Bad finale?  Bad form on AMC.

By the way, we did like the first Rubicon, which has the following concept: a really brilliant guy gets a super important job at a thinktank, and now he is going to get to make calls on some really serious and secret things.  Good enough for us.  But be honest about it, please.  Now in relation to the season 3 Mad Men finale AMC played at 2 AM, the Breaking Bad finale paled in comparison.  AMC’s two supershows are inevitably to be compared, and the Mad Men finale, in which Don (Jon Hamm) and Betty (January Jones) split up, and that he, Sterling (John Slattery) and Cooper (Robert Morse) form their own company with Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Pryce (Jared Harris), Olsen (Elisabeth Moss), and Crane (Rich Sommer), and bring Joan (Christina Hendricks) back to the fold, was nowhere near topped by Breaking Bad’s uneasy and unrealistic finale, one of the few episodes to ever disappoint us.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)