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24 August 2019

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Sean T. Collins (Rolling Stone, Wired.com, Attentiondeficitdisorderly)

On a spoiler-filled episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sean voice their disappointment with the series finale of Breaking Bad. Alyssa suggests that the finale is an example of why television is seen more as entertainment than great art. What was the point of introducing neo-Nazis into the story? Alyssa and Sean praise the show’s visual ambitions, which are more reminiscent of comic books than other prestige TV dramas, but they mock the finale’s use of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” to spell out exactly what Walter White is thinking. Finally, Sean considers whether the show’s critics have gotten too moralistic.

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Critic Proof | Oct 2, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sean T. Collins

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