Too-Tidy? Breaking Bad’s 94%-Pure, True-Blue Conclusion

The reviews were in last Monday for the finale of Breaking Bad and some cried:  “It’s too tidy.  It’s too neat.  The rest of the show wasn’t like this.”  It was the polar opposite of the terrible “But-They-Were-All-Dead-All-Along” finale of Lost.  It had no irritating fade to black with Tony’s knowing smile as he sees his daughter or a hit-man in The Sopranos.  Sure, Walter White didn’t wake up beside Suzanne Pleshette like the end of The Newhart Show, but the ending of Breaking Bad was completely satisfying because it was so neat–as precise as Walt’s nearly pure blue meth. Marty Robbins’ classic “El Paso” is the song that Walt sings to himself as he assembles the ol’ “machine-gun-in-the-oversized trunk” trick.  We don’t know what’s going on.  We’ve seen the gun for many episodes.  But our complete trust in Walt’s intelligence (for bad or good) is what made the show… Read More…