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The Goggle Box : Blood , Meth And Tears

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So that’s that. The series finale of Breaking Bad, aka Felina, aka Finale aka “Blood, Meth & Tears” (Fe, Li, Na, ok that one is a stretch and slightly inaccurate!). It’s been one hell of a journey for fans watching the exploits of White and Pinkman Inc. And that is the point that has to be stressed. Journey. This finale may have disappointed some, but don’t ever forget the journey this show has been. If you weren’t happy as “Baby Blue” rang through the lab, remember what brought you to this point. God it was brilliant.

“Felina” was both predictable yet original all in one. We knew Walt would be taking care of Uncle Jack and his gang, we knew he would make one last effort to secure his family financially and deep down we all know Jesse was the only one getting a remotely happy ending. Watch back the entire season and it becomes even more obvious.

Yet in true BB style, none of it was run of the mill and certainly none of it could be accurately predicted in its implementation. The M60 wreaking havoc, Jesse actually getting his revenge on Todd (oh how sweet that scene was), Walt’s method of getting his cash to Flynn, the brief cameo return of Badger and Skinny Pete. It was all just, as usual, so precisely put together and more so than ever filmed with the greatest care and passion that it all still seemed fresh.

We’re we all happy? Of course not. Personally I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’m already hearing the complaints. To be fair, once Lydia showed up in the throes of Ricin poisoning I was happy. But the little send off to the lab, Walt getting one last moment with his family, and in the process admitting to his ego and love for the cook. Marie finally getting Hank’s body. Enough was tied up to make it satisfying, and fans of other shies that didn’t wrap up half as well will tell you that’s all they would want.

It’s over, it’s been incredible. And we will never see the likes of it again.

Breaking Bad has reached its end and all 5 seasons are available on Netflix

Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D

Well you know what they say, if it ain’t broke, milk it for all its worth. You’d be hard pressed to find someone without that attitude to this latest product from the Disney/Marvel powerhouse. The aim with this show is to put some more emphasis on the eponymous S.H.I.E.L.D and the “small work” they do between saving the world with The Avengers. And, begrudgers begone, it’s pretty good.

Sure, it’s not hard hitting drama, but there’s oodles of potential for fun in this show. Beginning with the recruitment of a new agent into the mysteriously resurrected Phil Coulson’s gang, we get a bit of a rookies introduction to the workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the meantime we follow hard on his luck everyman Michael Peterson who has seemingly allowed himself to act as a guinea pig on an experimental super soldier serum that has a lot of the same traits as Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3.

Plot wise, this was all setup for now. And that’s no bad thing as this is a show that never really has to end. God knows there’s no better database for material than the Marvel archives. Viewers will be impressed too by the extremely high production values of the show, the entire universe slotting in seamlessly with the established Marvel cinematic universe.

We’re working of potential for now, but Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D looks like a winner.

Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D is airing Fridays on Channel 4 and Sundays on RTE.

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