This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin, Jeff talks about the only thing on his mind at the moment: Breaking Bad. To do this he brought in Chuck Klosterman and during this episode they talk about the effect the ending has on a TV show’s legacy, whether or not deleted scenes are canon and who’s the best villain on TV.
“People who really sympathize with Jesse and want Jesse to somehow eliminate Walt and become the center of the show, are people who watch television with the hope that it is just an unreal version of life and that justice really matters. If you are rooting for Walt you are almost rooting for story and villain. You don’t want this to happen to anyone you know, but you see this show more as fiction.” — Klosterman’s theory on how who you root for in Breaking Bad tells something about yourself.
“It is so unique. I can’t think of any other example, where I am both very much aware of who the villain is, and very much on his side.” — Klosterman on why Breaking Bad is the best show on TV.
“Omar’s central ethic is that he only robs from criminals, and he sticks to his ethics. Walt however keeps expanding on his ethics. Walt cares the least about his own rules. He will change his rules to fit the scenario, where Omar would not.” — Chuck Klosterman on the difference in ethics between Walt and Omar from The Wire.
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