Ooh, what app action do you have going on here?
It’s a website, actually. http://www.mint.com. Though they do have an app as well. Pretty great site though.
the meanderings of one josh belville
"It’s not that Walt needed to suffer, necessarily, for the show’s finale to be challenging, or original, or meaningful: but Walt succeeded with so little true friction … that it felt quite unlike the destabilizing series that I’d been watching for years."
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I think this review is good, mostly in the sense that having the final episode be a fever dream of Walt’s last minutes of death would be pretty fucking cool, but I think it misses a central point of the series’ later seasons: it really stop being about Walter and starts being about Jesse. Yes, Walter is the one doing everything, but one of the things we really want to see is Jesse get out of there. I mean, we want to see everyone get out of there—Skyler, Marie, Hank, Walt Jr, we want everyone to get out from under Walt’s thumb, and the finale does a good job of doing that the only way Walter will let it: by removing the thumb himself. But I think the scene we were meant to see, the ultimate scene of catharsis for the audience, is of Jesse driving off to a new life.
In a way it reminds me of another series finale, Six Feet Under, and Claire’s driving off at the end, away from her family. Made me realize that in dramatic television series’ like these, one of the things the audience wants to see (even if they don’t realize it) is some character who gets out of it, who moves on. Because what else is a dramatic TV show but a handful of years of a group people stuck in some serious shit that they can’t get out of? Six Feet Under did such a great job of showing this, the pressure the Fisher family had of continuing their father’s legacy despite outside pressures. And in the end, Claire, the baby who grew up amid this chaos, is the one who gets out, who moves on. And I don’t know about you but I balled like a baby when that happened, because it was so damn cathartic. (It also didn’t help that I watched the entire series in a week long bender.)
In falling with the usual theme of the series, Walter gets what he wants in the end and, I mean, I don’t know about you but it makes me uneasy. Walter is not a good person, and he doesn’t admit that until the end of the show. And we spent five years dealing with his shit and the repercussions from it, and Jesse arguably dealt with it the worst. So for me, the scene of him driving off, leaving Walt to die alone with his empire of sand was the most cathartic moment of the entire series. He got away. He finally gained his freedom.
Good storytelling doesn’t give you the easy answers. Jesse’s freedom comes from Walter, probably the last person he wants it from. In the end, Walter’s legacy benefits, and yet continues to stain, his family. This is not a happy ending, but it’s also not a terrible ending, either. It’s just the end. The only happy moment in the entire episode is Jesse driving off. Keeping the finale in the landscape of a dream would rescind the catharsis necessary for—nay, begged by the audience for the last season (if not more). I understand the argument that Walter should not get what he wants because he doesn’t deserve it. But I would argue that he doesn’t get it in the end. All he gets is his pride.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
I completely agree with everything written here, with one exception: I don’t think asking for humility makes you racist. Humility is a moral trait, not a racial one. I also understand that that statement was written in the context of Kanye and the issue of PoC artists being marginalized, but I think in a general sense, people (all people) could benefit from being humble.
That being said, I also don’t think Kanye is especially arrogant, considering his music is both self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating. I mean, I wasn’t asking him to be humble, and I think it’s pretty stupid for other people to be doing the same.
I only bring this up because there is a difference between being “arrogant” and being “confident” and our country seems to have difficulty understanding that difference. Arrogance more or less is an outward appearance of confidence stained by actual inner uncertainty, deliberately hidden by self-denial. I think Kanye is mostly confident, because he’s good and he knows it, though sometimes it slides into arrogance because, guess what, he’s a human being who has feelings and shit.
Also Jimmy Kimmel is a hack and has been a hack since forever so I don’t know why anyone would be on his side.
John Barrowman putting together and riding an adult Big Wheel.
Because he can.
Woah. Woah. Woah.
… adult big wheels are a thing?!
on the one hand, it’s important not to participate too totally in romantic idealizations of childhood, besides which you can’t go home again, those days are gone forever etc, besides which the inherent rewards of adulthood are considerable, etc
on the other hand, now when you hear “Picture Me Rollin’” playing way too loud in downtown Durham from a block away you’re gonna have to realize that that’s JD on his adult big wheel and he has brought the party once again
reblogged for katelyn