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Breaking Bad Finale Spurs Bitter Lost Fans To Harass Damon Lindelof On Twitter

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Given that Lost ended three years ago, you wouldn’t expect it a sudden barrage of tweets about it to begin slamming the account of that program’s showrunner, Damon Lindelof. But that’s precisely what happened last night, ranging from profanity-ridden assaults on his talent to the simple, one-word tweet “Checkmate.” What was behind this assault on Lindelof’s Twitter feed? The series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad, which wrapped up five seasons in brilliant fashion last night. It seems many Lost fans think Lindelof should be taking notes on how to end a beloved series.

WARNING: BIG HONKIN’ SPOILERS FOR THE FINALES OF BOTH LOST AND BREAKING BAD BELOW!

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This Breaking Bad/Walking Dead Mashup Suggests Meth Started The Zombie Apocalypse

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Cable network AMC has two of the hottest TV shows currently on television. To celebrate the end of Breaking Bad this Sunday, and the beginning of The Walking Dead in a two weeks, the good people at College Humor put together a mash-up video that offers one explanation for the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Apparently, in this universe, Heisenberg’s candy-blue meth from Breaking Bad caused the dead to rise.

After premiering in 2008, Breaking Bad grew from a critically acclaimed drama with low ratings to the height of popular and cultural significance in the span of five years. Two parts of the success are the compelling drama of a high school chemistry teacher becoming the biggest drug kingpin in the southwest and the Internet streaming service Netflix. For the first time in TV history, viewers could catch up with a show without waiting for DVDs to hit store shelves, they could just binge watch.

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J. Michael Straczynski Urges Fans To Get Babylon 5 Back On TV (Thanks To Breaking Bad)

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Babylon 5Breaking Bad is already my favorite show, but Badger’s Star Trek spec script idea a few weeks ago coupled with Sunday night’s Babylon 5 reference has put it right over the top.

BREAKING BAD SPOILERS BELOW!!! AND BABYLON 5 ONES, FOR THAT MATTER!!!

The last episode features a hunt for Jesse (Aaron Paul) after he douses Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) house with gasoline but then mysteriously disappears before striking the flame. Walt and Saul (Bob Odenkirk) try to track Jesse down, going so far as to bug the homes of his sci-fi-loving friends. Sadly, the wire only picks up three hours of conversation “about something called Babylon 5.” Of course Badger and Skinny Pete watch B5. They may be meth-heads, but they have damn fine taste in television.

After the episode, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski tweeted a challenge to fans:

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Breaking Bad/Lost Mashup Explores Parallels From The Most Recent Episodes

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Breaking Bad is by far my favorite television show of the past decade. I remember being drawn in by the premise: A mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a newly pregnant wife and a teenager with cerebral palsy gets diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Determined not to leave his family destitute, he begins cooking crystal meth in an RV with an old student. He gets good at this — very, very good. Since those early days, I’ve been absolutely blown away by what creator Vince Gilligan has done with the storyline and Walt’s character, who changes more than any other TV character I’ve ever seen. And Bryan Cranston has come a long, long way from his Malcolm in the Middle days.

As demonstrated by Huffington Post video editor Amber Genuske, the most recent episode of Breaking Bad shared a number of parallels to a seemingly very different show: Lost. And the similarities aren’t limited to the fact that Walt seems to be in his own mysterious universe, or to the plane crash that happened at the end of season 2.

SPOILERS FOR BREAKING BAD BELOW!

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Darth Heisenberg Needs No Introduction, But Say His Name Anyway

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darth heisenberg“Walter White Jr. A.K.A. Flynn, I am your father.” Not that Walt Jr.’s lineage is a secret within the dark, brooding world of AMC’s Breaking Bad, but I couldn’t think of any more fitting way to start this story. The above image is called “Darth Heisenberg,” and it’s one of the latest masterpieces from artist PJ McQuade, perfectly mixing the worlds of Star Wars and Walter White, as portrayed with gut-wrenching aplomb by Bryan Cranston. Rarely do fan-created mash-ups work so, so well.

Formerly Jedi master Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader was swayed to the Dark Side (mostly because Hayden Christenson was a big puss), and ruled the roost with an iron fist and a Force Choke. Similarly, Walt used to have all of his values intact as a high school chemistry teacher, but that was before cancer came along and forced him to rethink his options, leading him into the criminal-heavy world of methamphetamine cooking and distribution. Not content with his limited role, Walt soon created the pseudonym “Heisenberg” to represent the biggest of the baddest in the drug game, and spent the next two seasons slowly working his way up (or down) to embodying the epithet himself. Walt’s virtues have been replaced by a pride-filled ugliness that you’d be advised to tread lightly around. And though half of Breaking Bad‘s fifth and final season has yet to air, I’d easily call Walt/Heisenberg one of the greatest and most well-rounded character arcs in all of fiction. That’s something that Darth Vader can’t really call his own, even though I’d much rather be in a room with Walt than Vader. Unless his mask is off. Then I can take him.

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Breaking Bad’s Hilarious Star Trek Fan Fiction Gets Animated

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If you’re not a fan of AMC’s Breaking Bad — and let’s face it, you totally should be — then you missed one of the funnier moments in recent TV history. During a scene in which Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is hanging out with two of his stoner friends, one of them — the appropriately named “Badger” (Matt Jones) — delivers such an epic bit of spoken-word Star Trek fan fiction that the Internet simply had to celebrate it. And so we get the above bit of animated brilliance.

For those of you at work or somewhere you can’t watch the video yet, here’s the basic setup. Badger tells Jesse and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) how, during a particularly slow period of their five-year mission, the crew of the Enterprise decides to throw a pie-eating contest. The field soon narrows to only three contestants: Kirk, Spock, and Chekov. They’re neck and neck, but Spock’s the odds-on favorite because he has “perfect Vulcan control of his digestion.” Soon Kirk pukes, and it’s just Spock and Chekov, but Chekov continues to hold his own. See, the wily Russian has a secret plan, and a co-conspirator helping him win the day. Unfortunately, it soon goes horribly wrong…and I’ll let the video tell you why. Otherwise…