‘Breaking Bad’ Duels With ‘Homeland’ Last Night – Your Favorite Cable TV Show? [POLL/SPOILER ALERT]
Last night was one of those nights when, if you didn’t have a DVR (and who doesn’t have a DVR), it would have been impossible to make up your mind what to watch.
First of all, let’s face it. Network TV shows don’t have the edge that cable shows do. If all you have to rely on is network TV, you’re being “Danced” and “Voiced” to death.
So cable is the way to go. And last night didn’t disappoint.
The season finale of “Breaking Bad” vs. the season premiere of “Homeland.”
Two great shows, both on at the same time.
Which leads me to wonder – if you had to pick and choose from all the offerings on cable, which would be your favorite?
(“Homeland” and “Breaking Bad”) are two complicated series.
The new “Homeland” episode opens — mild spoiler alert — two months after the bombing at Langley. Marine-turned-POW-turned-terrorist-turned-congress-man Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) has been blamed for the bombing that killed 219 Americans and is now the world’s most wanted terrorist. Despite a global manhunt, there is no sign of Brody, who was last seen heading for the Canadian border.
CIA case officer Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes — the first one to suspect that Brody had been turned into a terrorist during captivity and now seemingly the only one to believe that he is innocent of the bombing.
She’s in a terrible way, not only because she’s in love with him. Off the medication she takes for her bipolar disorder — manic Carrie is a loose cannon.
In the final scene of the second episode, between Carrie and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), her mentor, Danes is especially terrific. (He throws her under the bus in front of an open Senate hearing!)
The other desperate character is Walter White, the protagonist of “Breaking Bad,” is a onetime high school chemistry teacher who, using the alias Heisenberg, came to head the biggest meth-cooking operation in the Southwest.
But now Walt’s world is in a shambles. His cancer, for a time in remission, is back, and he went into hiding in New Hampshire. Walt knows that, back home in Albuquerque, the feds are squeezing his wife Skyler because they can’t find him. The white supremacist gang Walt hired to kill Jesse Pinkman— his onetime student, then business partner — has taken all but one of the barrels of cash ($80 million, total) that Walt had intended to leave his family.
They executed Walt’s DEA agent brother-in-law Hank (this I didn’t know because I only watched one episoce) before his eyes, despite Walt’s desperate pleas to spare Hank’s life. And the very worst for Walt is that his adoring namesake has turned against him.
Walt, in short, has nothing left to lose. And at the end of last week’s episode, he was clearly headed back to Albuquerque, bent on vengeance.
So only having seen one episode makes me want to watch more.
My only problem is staying inside to watch a marathon TV session. I feel guilty anytime I waste a day in front of the TV when the weather’s beautiful.
But this is one I can easily get addicted to.
Unlike “Boardwalk Empire” which I kind of lost interest in after last year.
So if you had to pick one, just one, which cable TV offering is your favorite?