It may have had another thread split off it in the past (there are several Breaking Bad threads if you search Chronicles.) Or, it may have been picked up by a Google search term and gone viral (this happened before to a Thunderbirds thread of my own.) Sorry, but I just don't know so can't tell you why.I just noticed the numbers. How can this have forty something posts and ten thousand views? What the hell happened?
will I know what's going on, bearing in mind I've not watched much of the series? Does it stand alone?
@ctg says no. I'd say yes and no.Does it stand alone?
every ep seems remarkably similar and all the characters are vile.
I just noticed the numbers. How can this have forty something posts and ten thousand views? What the hell happened?
I think it might be the thread's headline that suggests the series was banned in the UK. If you say something like that, then people are going to take a look, even if it's just out of morbid curiousity to see what kind of series might have been so terrible that it was (omg): "BANNED!!" There's also probably a few people who went: "Breaking Bad was banned in the UK? WTF! That can't be right! and would click on the thread to check it out.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019...no-is-a-fitting-coda-to-jesse-pinkmans-story/The tight focus on Jesse's story, over such a short time period, is both a strength and a weakness for El Camino, however. Gilligan is a master of juggling multiple storylines involving many different characters—one of the most impressive elements of Breaking Bad and the source of much of its rich narrative texture. El Camino is much more limited in scope.
The film started life as a short 20-minute mini-episode before ballooning into a feature, and at times it feels like one-third of a Breaking Bad episode. Apparently Gilligan toyed with the idea of working Walter's family into the script—his wife, son, and widowed sister (Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, and Betsy Brandt, respectively)—but ultimately decided against it. I get why he made that call. This is a standalone film within the Breaking Bad universe, not a continuation of the original series, so focusing on Jesse makes narrative sense. But some of that rich texture is lost in the process.
Final verdict: fans will appreciate El Camino as a nice addition to the franchise, even if it's not particularly necessary. It provides a fitting coda to Jesse Pinkman's story, bringing some extra closure for one of our favorite characters in the Breaking Bad saga.
El Camino is currently streaming on Netflix, following a limited theatrical release. It will air on AMC at an as-yet-unspecified later date.
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