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The Goggle Box – Saul Slows Down As The Walking Dead Goes Gruesome

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Full spoilers below for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead

Better Call Saul S01E07 – “Bingo”

It can’t be said that BCS has stuttered with this week’s seventh episode but it is more than accurate to say that this was the quiet beginnings of the path to Saul. Jimmy was so close, ready to move out of the salon and into a swanky office of his own, which he was hoping wouldn’t hurt his chances with Kim too of course. This is likely the last time we will see Jimmy get this close to real, legit success and it was handled in a surprisingly tragic manner. With Jimmy’s quiet moment in the final scene of the episode we saw a similar “lowest ebb” from him as we did from Mike last week. With both characters reaching their lowest, may we get nothing but climbs from now on? Climbs that find them both settle comfortably in the middle tier of course.

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The Goggle Box – House Of Cards Splits The Deck

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House Of Cards Season 3 has been and gone and opinions are divided at best. Was the third season of a binge watch TV series ever going to go down a treat? Probably not. Are we all fools to have plowed through all 13 episodes in no time at all? Probably, yes. But the burning question, was it any good? Yes; and here’s why.

Lads, seriously, full spoilers for House Of Cards follow.

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The Goggle Box – Yep, It’s Addictive

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Better Call Saul S01E04 – “Hero”
Four episodes in and yes, Better Call Saul is a damn fine TV show. Already it is clear that the twists and turns are just going to keep coming and escalating and the story of the rise of Saul Goodman is merely beginning. Bob Odenkirk is absolutely nailing it right now too, going above and beyond his previous portrayal of the character and he hasn’t even hit the highest highs of absurdity yet.

Like that other show before it, BCS has a huge emphasis on cinematography in each episode. The team behind the scenes well and truly outdid themselves this week, between the opening flashback in a dingy alley, the epic visuals of Jimmy growing into his new suit and billboard or that incredible bit of lunacy as Chuck experienced the morning sun of Albuquerque. The look of the show is a huge battle to win these days, score one to BCS. Continue reading

The Goggle Box – Better Call Saul Continues Strong

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below.

Better Call Saul S01E03 – “Nacho”

In only 3 episodes Better Call Saul has completely set itself out on its own while simultaneously containing the same highly intelligent writing and humour that made Breaking Bad such a great show. It is telling that after this week I may even be ready to stop referencing BB within the first paragraph of these reviews, such is the strength of BCS on its own.

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The Goggle Box – Did Better Call Saul Deliver?

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below

Some said it was a bad move, I could never decide fully which side of the fence I sat on to be honest, but Vince Gilligan and AMC decided they would press ahead with a Breaking Bad spin off featuring the superb series’ loveable(?) sleazeball Saul Goodman as the lead. Better Call Saul takes place 6 years before the events of Breaking Bad and chronicles Saul’s rise from back when he was just lowly public defence attorney Jimmy McGill to the – ahem – lofty heights of law when he becomes Saul Goodman. Oh, and it’s really really good.

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The Goggle Box : Walking In A Walter Wonderland

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Episode 15 – “Granite State”

So, that happened. Breaking Bad went as far off the reservation this week as it has ever gone. The speculation that last week was the true ending, and all of this is epilogue is clearly true. In this penultimate episode, and presumably next week’s finale too, we are seeing the loose ends tying up. And as a result it all feels a little different, but stops just short of being wrong. Continue reading

The Goggle Box : Walter White Channels Bond Villains While “The Newsroom” Misfires

Episode 12 : "Rabid Dog"

Episode 12 : “Rabid Dog”

Four hours, not even. That is all that remains of Breaking Bad. And watching this episode it is near impossible to see how they are going to get anything tied up in that short space of time. There are more cogs in motion now than there ever has been in the seven years this show has been running. Wildcard Jesse, truly more evil than any man on earth Walt, Skyler and family slowly moving darkside, Hank’s growing obession, Marie researching poisons. The list is endless, I’ve only ticked the frontline boxes. But that is just one of those things about BB, the trust the viewer can put in the writers simply means we can have full confidence that they will manage to pull this one off over the next month. Continue reading

The Goggle Box : Hank Clamps Down And “The Newsroom” Returns

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It was a little “difficult second album” for “Breaking Bad” this week. The running train of thought is that a bad episode of BB is still better than anything else on TV. Whilst this may be so, “Buried” will likely not go on to have anything resembling the impact of the last entry. Am I allowed be critical of this show?
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The Goggle Box: Breaking Bad Finally Returns

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Season 5 “Blood Money”

It’s been one hell of a wait, and the world hoped it would be worth it. Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” will be remembered as the turning point in the battle of TV versus cinema for quality entertainment on film (that is unless episode 16 of this final series features a song and dance number, that could be a step too far). Not wishing to sound like a certain Family Guy sketch, but watching this show really does display, better than any other, the quality that can be offered up on the small screen. Not a single film in the last ten years of cinema has come close to the quality of script, production and performance Breaking Bad produces on a weekly basis. In a genius move to create as much hype as possible, AMC decided that the 5th and final season would be shown in two installments, Part 1 screened from July 2012 to September 2012 and now Part 2 has begun, August 2013 to October 2013. How was the return? You know the drill, SPOILERS BELOW!

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Netflix: the good,the bad and the downright ugly

After a treacherous journey across the Atlantic Netflix has finally reached our shores with a few casualties along the way.  Launched in January this year Netflix is an online site allowing customers unlimited access to their film and television show catalogue for a small enough monthly fee.  Starting in America in 1999 Netflix became a massive hit and has now launched its European counterpart.  Seems all great in theory, your favourite film or sitcom at any time of the day, streamed in HD with no limits but there is a catch..

According to reports Ireland’s version of the site has only a small percentage of what the American version does.  The content just doesn’t seem to be there yet. Lots and lots of straight to D.V.D movies containing actors you’ve never heard of before.  But don’t be fooled, if you look hard enough there are plenty of gems found amongst the stones. Take for instance the brilliant sitcom Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Apart from a small run on 3e a few years ago the show has not had much publicity in Ireland, which is such a shame. Set in Philadelphia, it centres around a group of friends who own an Irish Bar. Starring Danny DeVito and the always funny Charlie Day, its crude and stupid while still managing to retain a sense of intelligence.  Probably one of the most underrated comedy shows running currently and with Netflix all seven seasons are available for the subscribers pleasure.

Other great listings on the site include  the beautiful if not slightly depressing Into The Wild, directed by Sean Penn.  The American version of The Office, widely regarded as better than its source material. The Ben Affleck directed Gone Baby Gone and the George Clooney directed Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.  These all nearly make the site worth paying for. Nearly being the operative word. At times a slow internet connection can give the viewer a fuzzy image and some of the films audio is so low its nearly inaudible, even with the sound at full volume.  It still has its appeals though, recommendations based on what you have viewed and your preference ratings make it easier to decided what to watch. You might even discover something you didn’t know you’d like. For the price of a cinema ticket once a month you can’t really argue.

There is still a lot of kinks for the people at Netflix to work out but when they do they will be on to a winner.