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This review is from: Breaking Bad - The Final Season* [DVD] (DVD)
Ever since I read this on The Independent online ...
Is Breaking Bad's 'Ozymandias' the greatest episode of TV ever written? It's scored a perfect 10 from over 12,000 reviewers on IMDb. It's had a breathless reaction from the critics. But most of all, it's had millions of already enraptured viewers open-mouthed with their heads in their hand.
... I thought to myself "That's it, I give up! I've got to buy the Breaking Bad boxsets already and see what all the fuss is about!"
The Ozymandias episode is the 14th episode in Season 5, the third from the end. Through 59 episodes and all 5 seasons I was waiting for it.
But first, a bit of housekeeping. It easy for people to get confused with what season of Breaking Bad this actually is. This is not Season 6 - it is the second half of Season 5, which is the final season. Previous Breaking Bad boxsets have had all the episodes of a season in the one boxset, so it is easy to wonder what is going on. In America, they break seasons into two lots and have a mid-season break. The 16 episodes are divided into 2 boxsets with 8 episodes on each and they call them Season 5A and Season 5B. You are buying Season 5B, the final 8 episodes.
A few people have said that after the amazing climax to Season 4, there was something of a comedown and Season 5A took a while to get going. I disagree, as I was thoroughly and utterly entertained and absorbed by the first half of the season, but, yes, if you are waiting for all the fireworks and revelations and shocks, then this is the boxset for you. I'm not going to spoil anything for you, but be prepared to be blown away. Especially if you are going into these last 8 episodes blind. The less you know, the better.
With regards to the ending, unlike, say, The Sopranos or Lost, each loose end is taken care of as much as possible and there is some closure for the viewer. A lot of people seem to get angry with vague, ambiguous endings, but you won't get that here. The story has a beginning, a middle and a very firm end.
I'm not sure what tired, worn out adjectives can be use to describe Breaking Bad anymore ... amazing, incredible, sheer brilliance. They have been said too many times before and they don't do it justice. Perhaps the best way to describe to you how good this show is is when I pressed play on the last episode, number 16, called 'Felina', which is an anagram of the word 'Finale'. A profound sense of sadness washed over me, as I realised this was it. No more Breaking Bad. My evenings would never be the same.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 01:53:11 GMT
Norman Sanker says:
"Felina" is, indeed an anagram for "finale," which I hadn't realized, but it also refers to the song "El Paso" used in these episodes. It's Felina--the Mexican maiden who dances at Rosa's cantina--that brings the narrator back to his doom. "Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel a deep, burning pain in my side."
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