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Blogging TV: The New Entertainment

June 27, 2013

01 Breaking Bad 003_1883The idea of “blogging” TV started back in mid 90s for me, when Microsoft was trying to grapple the Internet away from Netscape [sic], and Michael Crichton’s ER was the hot new TV series. I really enjoyed the first season of the show, and by season two, I started scouring the web for more information on the actors, writers, and the show itself. To my great delight, I discovered a fan site where highly detailed re-caps of each episode were written up and posted within hours of the original broadcast. Reading other people’s impressions and discovering things I had missed was a great way of extending the pleasure of watching the show.  Unfortunately, mostly because of timing, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I was able to repeat that experience with other shows.

Since May 2011, I have came across three more series/blogs wherein I probably enjoyed the blog and comments almost as much as the show itself:

Treme / Back of Town  (gut-wrenching anecdotes and affirmations from people living in New Orleans)

Downton Abbey / Sarah Ball’s Episode Recaps  (hilarious recaps)

Game of Thrones / The PAR  (admittedly not of the same caliber as the show but still fun)

Well, starting on August 11, 2013, the first episode of the last half of the final season of Breaking Bad will be broadcast and I want The Stranded to get in on the blogging action.  When you watch a really good show, the first thing you want to do is talk about it with your friends.  This time, we can!  We shall call the series, “Baking Brad: Episode Name“, and every Sunday night, or as soon as possible thereafter, we shall post a quick recap or even just a favorite line and if possible, include a snapshot from a significant scene in the episode, to prime the well and get those comments flowing.  Anything goes.  Discuss your favorite scenes, lines, characters, stuff that got you thinking, stuff that pissed you off, where you think things will go next, and so on. With the exception of the image and favorite line from the episode, all spoilers will be after the Read more… so that those who aren’t able to watch the show, will still have it (and our thoughts) waiting for them when they do.

Those of you who haven’t watched any of the series yet have fully six and a half weeks to catch up (only 54 episodes – just slightly more than one a day!)  For those of you who have watched the show but have forgotten some of the important events, AMC has some wonderful season recaps, or a briefer series recap to refresh your grey cells.  This is a dark series, not for the faint of heart, but it is extremely well-written, directed, and performed, and while slightly more fantastic, it sits firmly with the greats of series TV: The Wire, Band of Brothers, and Generation Kill.

I can’t wait.  It is going to be a whole lot of fun to discuss it here without having to kick people out of the party, or go into a private chat channel, or just sit in toxic silence.  Finally, for those of you who like beer, Marble Brewery will be releasing its new Heisenberg’s Dark and “Walter’s White Lie” in time for the first episode.  Makes me thirsty just writing about it.  In the words of the Cole Train, “WOOOOOOOOoooooooo!”  and I don’t even like beer!

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2 Comments
  1. July 1, 2013 7:35 pm

    I think this is a really cool idea. As you know, we have watched practically everything on nextflix, so we are ready to discuss many shows.

    Especially:

    Arrested Development
    House of Cards
    Mad Men
    It’s Always Sunny…
    I LIKE TURTLES

  2. July 1, 2013 9:32 pm

    Ok, I am in for House of Cards Season 2, baby! I will blog the eff out of that show, episode by episode. Typing as I watch. Are you all caught up with Breaking Bad?

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