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  1. S06.E01: Staten Island, Part 1

    As in Mad Men, addiction gets to be a pretty boring plot element after a few seasons, because in real life hard core addicts are fundamentally tedious. I've stayed with the show because I like the actors, but it really peaked at the end of season 2, and has been in significant decline ever since.
  2. S04.E10: Winner

    What are there, three or four states left including California, where you can still get a license to practice law, by doing a 18 hour a week apprenticeship in a law office for 4 years, and then passing the bar exam? I imagine, however, that there are few lawyers willing to take on such apprentices.
  3. S04.E10: Winner

    Oh, I'd never hook up anything in my home to the internet, except my computer, my television, and my phone. As you say, security for such activity sucks. I just know of several convictions, including the pretty famous football player recently convicted of murder, where the meathead criminal didn't consider that everything in the house was being captured on video, and uploaded to the cloud, including the meathead's criminal behavior.
  4. S04.E10: Winner

    The rotating machine gun could work, if you were willing to risk being stopped from parking the car next to the clubhouse and not getting all the bad guys in the club house and not having access to your key fob. The writers wanted to have dialogue with Walt, Jesse , and bad guys, so they went that route. If Walt had just wanted to kill the bad guys, and free Jesse, he would have surveilled the clubhouse, determined that Jesse wasn't in it, rented a small truck, filled it with explosives, waited until the neo Nazis were in it, driven through the gate, into the clubhouse, and set the bomb off. Jesse would have been freed when the police showed up. Wouldn't have been as interesting to watch, though.
  5. S04.E10: Winner

    Hmmm, that's interesting, because so many residential security systems upload to the cloud. It's been quite a problem for some people who commit crimes in their own home.
  6. S04.E10: Winner

    I do wonder when writers, at least the good ones, will give up the trope of the gun wielding big bad erasing or grabbing the damning video evidence after whacking someone.
  7. S04.E10: Winner

    In a few years after this takes place, this will be much, much, less plausible, since so much security footage is automatically uploaded to the cloud. The ubiquity and permanence of digital video has made crime related drama much more complicated, with regard to plot details.
  8. S04.E10: Winner

    Yeah, that makes sense as well. In real life, most of these cons usually just involve being such a pain in the ass to the insurance company, since it is just about impossible to prove that somebody isn't suffering lower back pain, that they throw a few thousand to the "victim". You eventually run out of insurance companies, however.
  9. S04.E10: Winner

    They shortened the process for many self serve pay lots. They have a self serve kiosk in some central location where you get your ticket after parking, estimating the time you'll be there, and paying up front. When you leave, you feed the ticket into the reader at the exit gate, and if you haven't overstayed your time (this can be a big headache if some bonehead has, with cars in line), the gate rises.
  10. S04.E10: Winner

    I really have never understood the idea that Mike is portrayed as being omniscient. We have seen him make many mistakes, in BB and BCS. I think he is shown to be a patient, very systematic man, who is prone to making mistakes because he is engaged in a very complex undertaking, without a lot of assistance. What has been compelling to me about him is why he chose that undertaking, and what he would sacrifice in pursuing it. I think that question has been answered now fully, and he can take a very secondary role next season.
  11. S04.E10: Winner

    I largely agree, but I don't want to dimiss what it means to engage in a crime that involves deliberately having a moving 2500 pound object strike a human being, even if that human being is one of the criminals. That's a lot worse than lying about a moving 2500 pound object hitting someone. I hate, hate, hate, burglary, however. Have seen it result in just a massive amount of terrible violence visited on wholly innocent people. Ol' Jimmy sure allows us to explore the varied degrees human misbehavior!
  12. S04.E10: Winner

    I lumped sexual assault in with aggravated assault. I'd put armed robbery and kidnapping on the same level. I've never understood why the attempted murderer is punished less severely than the murderer. Because he wasn't as skilled?
  13. S04.E10: Winner

    So many murders and horrible assaults arise from burglaries that I consider that crime to be far worse than the faked accidents that you quoted Jimmy on. If we disagree on that, o.k.. The staged "accident" is worse than the faked accident, but I've always categorized burglary as only lesser to murder and aggravated assault. I understand that a lot of people differ with me on that.
  14. S04.E10: Winner

    Oh, the skateboard scam was worse than most, no doubt, but I've always seen burglary as an overt crime of violence, given the number of murders and aggravated assaults that arise from them.
  15. S04.E10: Winner

    I really don't think we need 10 episodes of Saul being Saul, nor do we need any more of Mike's story. A brief illumination of what being Saul means, how Kim responds to that (her story needs a finish), hopefully with Howard involved somehow, along with whether Nacho escapes, would still leave a lot of room for other stuff, including some extended Gene exploration. I tend to think next season should be the last.