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    Mad Men season three. This show is oddly compelling. Nothing ever happens. Yes, people live and people die but it never feels consequential. You could miss half the episodes and it would change nothing. I think Breaking Bad has spoiled me in this regard. In Mad Men people have dinner together and small talk for five minutes, then they get up and go home. I always expect something terrible to happen by the end but it never works out that way. It feels like a soap opera at times.
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    I think to say 'Nothing ever happens' in Mad Men is a little unfair. If you're talking about plot, then yes, it is absolutely glacial. Though, considering the span of each season is roughly a year, I feel like certain developments are spaced out rather reasonably. Mad Men is absolutely about the characters. It's a microcosm of the era, of even a particular part within it, seeing how all these pointless lives play out. To skip odd episodes would be to miss little character moments where you find out that this one comment exposes someone as a racist, but that no-one is really phased because hey, we went to war with those Japs so who gives a?

    I do think Breaking Bad is better in regards to mixing plot and character movement and happenings, altogether being a better show too, but Mad Men is great at capturing the mood. The cinematography and music is pretty much perfect in Mad Men.
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    Plus, go back and watch Season 1 once you're up to date. You'll sit back and think...so much has changed, these people are so different.
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    Oh, I'm not saying it's bad. It really isn't. It's a very good show. I only remembered the parking lot scene from, I think season three of Breaking Bad or the recent train scene from season five. I mean, I almost died there. Scenes that make you jump up and punch the air once they're over just to relieve some of the tension. You don't have that at all in Mad Men. It's a very different kind of show.
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    Oh yeah, definitely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rath View Post
    I actually just watched the first episode of Breaking Bad this evening. It was entertaining, but nowhere near justifying the rabid enthusiasm people seem to have for it, so I can only assume it improves.
    You honestly cannot expect anyone to take you seriously when you say something like that. There's fifty-nine episodes of that show. You have watched 1/59th of the show. Of course it improves on the first episode, else it wouldn't have made it to five seasons and been so talked about. Interesting fact, after taking a one year break, sheer word of mouth, netflix and the internet managed to get so many people interested in the show that when episode 9 aired in the US, 5.9 million people watched it on tv alone. That's close to three times the average viewer numbers and doesn't include netflix people, pirates etc.

    Caught up with SoA today including the newest episode. Season five was a bit weak after a strong start. It really seemed like a lot of filler and a lot of set up. Pope was a criminally under used character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    Scenes that make you jump up and punch the air once they're over just to relieve some of the tension. You don't have that at all in Mad Men. It's a very different kind of show.
    Last episode of season 3 of Mad Men. I want your opinion on it, with regards to the quoted comment, when you've watched it. It's my favourite episode of the show.
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    We'll see about that. Currently at S03E06. Also, I have that stupid Bye Bye Sugar song stuck in my head.

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    You only need to watch the main part, not the bloopers. January Jones and Jon Hamm have the best parts tied with John Slattery.

    Mad Men has a bit of a penchant for giving you songs that'll stick in your head too...
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    Fucking hell Breaking Bad. Drama, drama, drama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    Mad Men season three. This show is oddly compelling. Nothing ever happens. Yes, people live and people die but it never feels consequential. You could miss half the episodes and it would change nothing. I think Breaking Bad has spoiled me in this regard. In Mad Men people have dinner together and small talk for five minutes, then they get up and go home. I always expect something terrible to happen by the end but it never works out that way. It feels like a soap opera at times.
    I felt that way about Breaking Bad vs Game of Thrones up until BB season 4's mid point.

    Breaking Bad's new episode is full of stuff happening, but I'm not happy with how they resolved the gun fight. Why the hell would Gomie die out of cover? But that's just me nitpicking, the episode was pretty good.
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    It seemed to me that there were a few extra seconds we didn't actually see. And that he clearly took shots in the front which knocked him backwards, presumably out of cover. So this episode was super unsettling for just a large variety of reasons, but the thing that bothered me the absolute most was the immersion killer of censoring a quite obvious 'fuck'. America, you can have gratuitous violence in a show for adults, but god rest your soul if you hear the word 'fuck'.
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    Wasn't censored on the stream I watched (it's fine I'm going to buy the DVDs!), shame they had to go for that it does somewhat ruin a brilliantly delivered line.

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    I can't say I noticed it at all if someone had said it or didn't say it but looked like they should have. What scene was it?

    The part where all three of them are fighting over the knife was one of the most tense scenes I think I've ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambchops View Post
    (it's fine I'm going to buy the DVDs!)
    Christmas is coming. Encourage your loved ones to get the box-set for you. If they question it, just inform them that you're the danger and the one who knocks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus_Phish View Post
    I can't say I noticed it at all if someone had said it or didn't say it but looked like they should have. What scene was it?
    Hank's final full-line.

    The part where all three of them are fighting over the knife was one of the most tense scenes I think I've ever seen.
    My thoughts while watching it: "OH GOD SOMEONE'S GOING TO DIE OH GOD OH GOD STOP IT STOP IT OH GOD."
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    WHITE TEXT!!!
    Ah, that wasn't censored on the version I watched which was on the britland version of netflix, which is why I didn't notice it! Thanks for pointing it out.
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    Presumably because we have a little more faith in our audience to not get completely upset at the utterance of a curse word. They did exactly the same thing with Mike before when he left that note (being vague here as possible). Not only was it not even said, but they had to censor half the word, as if it wasn't absolutely clear what was written.

    In this episode though, you have a central character who is quite clearly about to die, doesn't even get his last sentence completed (although does get his wish fulfilled, so I guess that's something) but because you've already used your one 'fuck' per season, you can't use it any more. It's a really dumb arbitrary rule that I hope at some point relatively soon gets looked into. It's such a simple action but it utterly breaks immersion for me and I'm sure many others. I shall now shut up about it.
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    The way it was censored was...OK for me. A lot better than bleeping.
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    Newsroom season 2 finale. Didn't see that coming.



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    Wow that Breaking bad episode was heart stomping, heart breaking, tense, and horribly dark. Was floored after it ended.

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