REVIEW: COLD CASE – SEASON 1-7

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CAST

Kathryn Morris (Mindhunters)

Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy)

Danny Pino (Law & Order: SVU)

John Finn (True Crme)

Jeremy Ratchford (Angel Eyes)
Thom Barry (Texas Chainsaw)

Tracie Thoms (Looper)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

D.W. Moffett (Chicago Med)
Michael Reilly Burke (Vice)
Sherman Howard (Superboy)
Kate Mara (Fanastic Four)
Becki Newton (Ugly Betty)
Brett Cullen (Lost)
Bree Turner (The Ugly Truth)
Christopher Shea (Star Trek: DS9)
Isabella Hofmann (The Flash)
Daisy McCrackin (Halloween: Resurrection)
Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights)
Cory Hardrict (Warm Bodies)
Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures)
Vincent Ventresca (The Invisible Man)
Josh Hopkins (The Perfect Storm)
Lacey Beeman (Coach Carter)
James DuMont (Jurassic World)
Summer Glau (Arrow)
Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow)
Barbara Tarbuck (Walking Tall)
Jack Guzman (Power Rangers Wild Force)
Laura Regan (Mad Men)
Kathleen Gati (Arrow)
Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm)
Christina Cox (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Fredric Lehne (Lost)
Jeffrey Nordling (Flight 93)
Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire)
Robert LaSardo (Nip/Tuck)
Blake Shields (Heroes)
E.J. Callahan (Bubble Boy)
Chelsea Field (Masters of The Universe)
Marc McClure (Superman)
Ray Campbell (Breaking Bad)
Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects)
Ryan Francis (Hook)
Leslie Silva (Odyssey 5)
Keke Palmer (Scream queens)
Garrett M. Brown (Kick-Ass)
Molly Cheek (American Pie)
Bruce Gray (Cube 2)
Autumn Reeser (Sully)
Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
Robin Riker (Alligator)
Nichole Hiltz (May)
Amber Benson (Buffy: TVS)
Marisol Nichols (Riverdale)
Maggie Grace (Taken)
Katee Sackhoff (BAttlestar Galactica)
Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play)
Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl)
Cameron Dye (Smallville)
Laura Allen (The 4400)
Lee Garlington (Sneakers)
Joel Stoffer (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Michael Paré (Gone)
T.J. Thyne (Bones)
W. Earl Brown (Bates Motel)
Tracy Middendorf (Scream: The Series)
Michael Nouri (Flashdance)
Spencer Daniels (Star Trek)
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Sam Witwer (Supergirl)
Mae Whitman (The Duff)
Robin Weigert (Deadwood)
Indigo (Weeds)
Aloma Wright (Scrubs)
Shirley Knight (As Good as It Gets)
Ian Bohen (Young Hercules)
Jenna Fischer (THe Office)
Rance Howard (Universal Soldier)
Chad Morgan (Pearl Harbor)
Stacey Scowley (Dollhouse)
Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham)
Cody McMains (Bring It On)
Seamus Dever (Titans)
Roxanne Hart (Highlander)
Chad Lindberg (The Fast and The Furious)
Susan Chuang (Young Sheldon)
Bruce A. Young (Risky Business)
Nicholas Guest (Trading Places)
Frederick Koehler (Death Race)
Daveigh Chase (Donnie Darko)
Virginia Williams (Fuller House)
Chad Donella (Smallville)
Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Josh Randall (Ozark)
Bob Papenbrook (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Patrick J. Adams (Legends of Tomorrow)
Orson Bean (Two and a Half Men)
John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Phil LaMarr (Supergirl)
Johnny Whitworth (Ghost Rider 2)
Robert Baker (The Originals)
Danielle Harris (Halloween 4)
Michael O’Neill (Transformers)
Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween 2007)
Brigid Brannagh (Runaways)
Brent Sexton (God Friended Me)
Audrey Wasilewski (Red)
Andrea Savage (Izombie)
Clare Carey (Jericho)
Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid)
Michael B. Silver (Jason Goes To Hell)
Dana Davis (Heroes)
Dee Wallace (E.T.)
Sean Blakemore (Bones)
Jay Acovone (Stargate SG.1)
Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination)
Bradley Stryker (Smallville)
Barry Bostwick (The Secret Agent Club)
Jeff Doucette (Dr. Dolittle)
William Morgan Sheppard (Transformers)
Piper Laurie (Carrie)
Tom Bower (El Camino)
Tessa Thompson (Westworld)
Karina Logue (Argo)
Sonya Leslie (No Good Nick)
Sarah Brown (VR Troopers)
Kristin Richardson (Rock Star)
Cheryl White (Major Crimes)
Lindsay Hollister (Get Smart)
Pat Skipper (Halloween 2007)
Nick Wechsler (Roswell)
Mimi Kennedy (Mom)
Christina Hendricks (Bad Santa 2)
Thomas Kopache (Catch Me If You Can)
Natasha Gregson Wagner (Urban Legend)
Diane Ladd (Joy)
Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn)
April Grace (A.I.)
Jon Huertas (Sabrina: TTW)
Phillip Jeanmarie (Power Rangers: Wild Force)
Deborah Van Valkenburgh (The Warriors)
James Handy (Alias)
Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)
Michael Mantell (Secretary)
Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet)
Michael Welch (Star Trek: Insurrection)
William R. Moses (Mystic Pizza)
Meredith Monroe (13 Reasons Why)
Megan Follows (Reign)
James Jordan (Veronica Mars)
Zachery Ty Bryan (Slammed)
Christine Elise (Cult of Chucky)
Alona Tal (Veronica Mars)
Meagen Fay (The Big Bang Theory)
Shannon Woodward (Westworld)
Priscilla Pointer (Carrie)
Tina Holmes (Half Nelson)
Veronica Cartwright (Alien)
Jeremy Davidson (Roswell)
Brennan Elliott (Curse of Chucky)
Benjamín Benítez (Tru Calling)
Zeljko Ivanek (Heores)
Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead)
Mel Harris (Stargate SG.1)
Bre Blair (Last Vegas)
George Coe (Archer)
John Getz (The Fly)
Thomas F. Wilson (Back To The Future)
Laura Bell Bundy (How I Met Your Mother)
Eric Lange (Lost)
John Rubinstein (The Orville)
Allison Miller (17 Again)
Sammi Hanratty (A Christmas Carol)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
K Callan (Lois & Clark)
Peter Graves (Airplane)
Stacy Haiduk (Superboy)
Tonya Pinkins (Gotham)
Sam Anderson (Angel)
Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3)
Steven Grayhm (White Chicks)
Mageina Tovah (The Magicians)
Susan Walters (The Vampire Diaries)
Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel)
Jeanette Brox (Jack & Bobby)
Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars)
Will Rothhaar (Killing Kennedy)
Nestor Carbonell (Lost)
Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood)
Brian Gross (2 Broke Girls)
Elizabeth Tulloch (The Artist)
L. Scott Caldwell (Lost)
Jack McGee (The Fighter)
Neil Jackson (Westworld)
Enuka Okuma (Impulse)
Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3)
Susan Blakely (Over The Top)
Jake Abel (Love & Mercy)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Julie Adams (The Fifth Floor)
Rutanya Alda (The Deer Hunter)
Eric Jungmann (Not Another Teen Movie)
Matthew Glave (Argo)
George Newbern (Scandal)
Robert Pine (Red Eye)
Bonnie Root (Coming Soon)
Annie Wersching (Runaways)
Eugene Robert Glazer (La Femme Nikita)
John Aylward (Alais)
David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother)
Bobby Hosea (Xena)
Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck)
Brian Hallisay (Revenge)
Charles Mesure (V)
Conor O’Farrell (Lie To Me)
Sonja Sohn (The Wire)
Polly Shannon (Street Time)
Jake McDorman (Limitless TV)
Robert Picardo (The Orville)
Lucinda Jenney (Rain Man)
Ernie Hduson (Ghostbusters)
Sam McMurray (Addams Family Values)
Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
Kelly Overton (Van HElsing)
Sam Trammell (The Order)
Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5)
Sterling Beaumon (Lost)
Obba Babatundé (How High)
John Diehl (Stargate)
Greg Finley (The Flash)
Chris Mulkey (Cloverfield)
Don Swayze (Drop Zone)
Holmes Osborne (Donnie Darko)
Faran Tahir (Iron Man)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Darcy Rose Byrnes (Desperate Housewives)
Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games)
Tom McCleister (Twins)
Mitch Pileggi (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sean Whalen (Superstore)
Whitney Able (Monsters)
AnnaLynne McCord (Exorcisim)
Drew Powell (Gotham)
Charlyne Yi (This Is 40)
Erin Cahill (Power Rangers Time Force)
Ellen Albertini Dow (Wedding Crashers)
Angela Sarafyan (Westworld)
Meredith Baxter (Family TIes)
Brad William Henke (Bright)
Michael Massee (The Crow)
Vyto Ruginis (The Fast and The Furious)
Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2)
Ksenia Solo (Black Swan)
Anthony Starke (Repossessed)
Lynda Boyd (Power Rangers In Space)
Justina Machado (Six Feet Under)
Kirk Acevedo (Arrow)
Jack Conley (Angel)
Melissa leo (The Fighter)
Mark Rolston (Aliens)
Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A Time)
Randall Park (The Interview)
Shailene Woodley (Divergent)
Monet Mazur (All American)
Justin Bruening (Ringer)
Rodney Rowland (Veronica Mars)
Daphne Ashbrook (JAG)
Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
Jonathan Scarfe (Van Helsing)
Lawrence Pressman (Dark Angel)
Ralph Waite (Bones)
Aisha Hinds (Mr. Brooks)
Jamil Walker Smith (Stargate Universe)
Wings Hauser (The Insider)
Jonathan Keltz (Reign)
Jim Jansen (Gilmore Girls)
Justin Hartley (Smallville)
Diane Delano (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Nikki Deloach (Love & Other Drugs)
Deirdre Lovejoy (Bones)
Ian Anthony Dale (The Event)
Patti Yasutake (Star Trek: First Contact)
Keone Young (Crank)
Kim Coates (Goon)
Ryan Kelley (Smallville)
Timothy Omundson (Xena)
Johnny Lewis (The Runaways)
Jeffrey Combs (Fortress)
Diana Scarwid (Wonderfalls)
Lilli Birdsell (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Kevin Cooney (Roswell)
Kathleen Munroe (Alphas)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica)
Joe Nieves (How I Met Your Mother)
Gigi Rice (Mission Air)
Maury Sterling (Coherence)
Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
June Squibb (The Big Bang Theory)
Brea Grant (Heroes)
Ronny Cox (Robocop)
Nicholle Tom (Gotham)
Molly Hagan (Izombie)
M.C. Gainey (Lost)
James Karen (Poltergeist)
Justice Leak (Powers)
Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point)
B.J. Britt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Cassidy Freeman (Smallville)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Adetokumboh M’Cormack (Gods & Heroes)
Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina: TTW)
Jennifer Hetrick (Star Trek: TNG)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)
Carl Lumbly (Alias)
Jake Thomas (A.I.)
Wilson Bethel (Daredevil)
Nicholas Braun (Red State)
Richard Herd (Get Out)
Charles Napier (The Silence of The Lambs)
Kim Director (Blair Witch 2)
Ajay Mehta (Anger Management)
Joel Murray (Two and a Half Men)
Ed Lauter (Cujo)
Elena Satine (The Gifted)
Nicole Bilderback (Clueless)
Tina Lifford (Babe)
Brad Rowe (Shelter)
Erin Cummings (Bitch Slap)
Patrick Fischler (Happy!)
Tania Raymonde (Texas Chainsaw)
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Tyrees Allen (Robocop)
Jonathan LaPaglia (Seven Days)
Keith Szarabajka (The Dark Knight)
Christine Woods (Flashforward)
Bill Duke (Black Lightning)
Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing)
Lee Majors (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Lindy Booth (Wrong Turn)
Raymond J. Barry (13 Reasons Why)
Taylor Cole (The Originals)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis (New Girls)
Jeff Kober (Sully)
Louis Mustillo (Mike & Molly)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Courtney Ford (Legends of Tomorrow)
David Starzyk (Veronica Mars)
Bailey Chase (Buffy: TVS)
Wynn Everett (Agent Carter)
Brad Greenquist (Ali)
Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign)
Tyler Blackburn (Roswell, New Mexico)
Jason Gedrick (Luck)
Jeff Fahey (Planet Terrror)
Beth Broderick (Sabrina: TTW)
Clayne Crawford (A Walk To Remember)
Jeremy Roberts (The Mask)
Brit Morgan (Supergirl)
Spencer Locke (Cougar Town)
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Manny Montana (Graceland)
Erich Anderson (Friday The 13th 4)
Victoria Pratt (Mutant X)
Ryan Wynott (Flashforward)
Johnathon Schaech (LEgends of Tomorrow)
Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick)
Zach McGowan (Black Sails)
Shalim Ortiz (Heroes)
Darius McCrary (Saw VI)
Tess Harper (Breaking Bad)
Madeline Carroll (Flipped)
Valerie Azlynn (Julia X)
Muse Watson (I Know What You Did Last Sumemr)
Channon Roe (Boogie Nights)
Michael Ironside (Scanners)
Jesse Plemons (Game Night)
Daniel Baldwin (Grimm)
Gary Hudson (Smallville)
Jessica Tuck (Super 8)
Shay Astar (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Ashley Johnson (Dollhouse)
Erin Chambers (Stargate: Atlantis)
Tracey Walter (Batman 1989)
Loren Lester (Batman: TAS)
Chris Browning (Agent Carter)
Dawn Olivieri (The Vampire Diaries)
James Earl (Scream Queens)
Steven Culp (Spartan)
Cress Williams (Black Lightning)
Meagan Good (D.E.B.S>)
Vanessa Bell Calloway (Saints & Sinners)
Jamie Hector (Heroes)
Steven Williams (IT)
Loretta Devine (Crash)
Yara Shahidi (Salt)
Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat)
Miles Heizer (13 Reasons Why)
Nelson Lee (Blade: The Series)
Reed Diamond (Bones)
Steven Krueger (Goosebumps)
Lolita Davidovich (Blaze)
Alan Blumenfeld (Heroes)
Julianna Guill (Captain America: Civil War)
Richard Moll (Scary Movie 2)
Jud Tylor (That 70s Show)
Chandra West (White Noise)
Gabirelle Miller (Highlander: The Series)
Rick Gonzalez (Arrow)
Sharni Vinson (Bait)
Carel Struycken (The Addams Family)
Justina Vail (Seven Days)
Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia)
Sean Maguire (Meet The Spartans)
Lauren Cohan (Chuck)
Roddy Piper (They Live)
Elya Baskin (Spider-Man 2)
Lauren Bowles (Ghost World)
Patrick Gallagher (Sideways)
Glenn Morshower (Transformers)
Jon Gries (Taken)
William Russ (American History X)
Melissa Ordway (Ted)
Susanna Thompson (Arrow)
John D’Aquino (Quantum Leap)
Peter Jason (They Live)
Azura Skye (28 Days)
Darren Criss (Glee)
Rob Benedict (Waiting)
JR Bourne (Ginger Snaps Back)

43WcQo4u92niVu7P9FElTYyLMBBTelevision today often relies on sleazy comedy and bad CGI, with little or no story and too much drama. Cold Case begs to differ. It has the right amount of drama without overdoing it, is very suspenseful at all the right times, captures the nostalgia of different decades with song hits of the times and matching everything from the music, fashion, hair styles and cars to the exact year the crime took place. It is impossible to not immediately like the detectives of the Cold Case unit. There’s Lilly Rush, the main character who at first glance looks like a bimbo but when she talks throughout the show she’s actually an intelligent and skilled member of the team, with a past she shared with her alcoholic mother, absent father and promiscuous sister. She views Lt. Stillman as a father figure, because he was the first one to help her when she was a child and her mother sent her out into a bad situation.imagesScotty Valens is Lilly’s partner, a street-smart and aggressive but nice guy who is a valued member of the group. He is Cuban; his father moved to the States in the 1950’s. He has an extreme dislike for pedophiles because of a past incident with his older brother and a boxing coach, so he is very good at bringing pedophiles to justice. Nick Vera is the overweight joke of the group at first but is actually really caring towards children and wished he could have had a family of his own. He’s great at solving crimes and at playing “No Drugs Tonight” with Scotty and Will. Will Jeffries is Nick Vera’s best friend and excellent at solving murders; he has an extreme dislike towards racism and hit-&-run cases. His own wife was squashed to death by a mystery trucker years ago and he wants some sort of revenge. Kathrine (Kat) Miller is the only other female detective on the team, becoming a permanent addition to the show around Season 3. She is the single mother of her beloved daughter Veronica and a valued detective who knows a lot about the street gangs from her undercover years. John Stillman is in charge, his team affectionately calls him Boss and he is estranged from his family due to his career. He views his team like his family and tries to help each of them as much as possible.highlanderSadly Cold Case was canceled ; it’s one my favorite show of all time. It tackles crimes relating to issues like the barbaric treatment for mental patients in the 50’s and 60’s (lobotomy and electro-shock therapy), homophobia, racism, rape, pedophilia, abortion, religion, suicide, racism, sexism, pollution (check out the episode Breaking News for that) and child abuse. While helping the forgotten victims rest in peace the team is able to find answers to their own problems. The show doesn’t try to sneak romance in too much; most crime shows make the two main characters as lovers but in Cold Case Lilly and Scotty are just best friends. He is there when her mother dies and rescues her from a killer named Ed, whereas Lilly keeps secrets for him revolving around the crime with his older brother. The show has episodes featuring songs by bands like the Fixx, the Doors, Tears for Fears, Joy Division, Nirvanna, the Cure and Depache Mode. There are some totally heartbreaking episodes like Sleepover, Baby Blues, Boy Crazy, the Goodbye Room, Wishing, Committed and the Good Death as well as some suspenseful episodes like Stalker, Officer Down, the Woods and Flashover. All in all this is a beautifully made and amazing show that will hopefully be remembered among fans forever. I think Lilly Rush’s actress is now being considered in the remake of the 1976 slasher film Alice, Sweet Alice (according to Wikipedia anyway), so hopefully we’ll see her in more crime movies and shows. Still, Cold Case I wish had been continued, why it was shut down in the making is a mystery to me but I’m really glad to have the seven seasons around, I’ll remember it forever. It was based off the Canadian crime drama show Cold Squad, but although I live in Canada I honestly think Cold Case was much better. It’s totally worth watching, if you ever have the chance to see it, check it out, you’ll love it, guaranteed!

 

REVIEW: BREAKING BAD – SEASON 3

STARRING

Bryan Cranston (Power Rangers)
Anna Gunn (Sully)
Aaron Paul (Central Intelligence)
Dean Norris (The Big Bang Theory)
Betsy Brandt (Magic Mike)
RJ Mitte (Final Recall)
Bob Odenkirk (Operation: Endgame)
Giancarlo Esposito (Money Monster)
Jonathan Banks (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Jeremiah Bitsui (The Reunion)
Steven Michael Quezada (Girlfriend’s Day)
Charles Baker (Abysm)
Christopher Cousins (The Grudge 2)
David Costabile (The Wire)
Jere Burns (Bates Motel)
Michael Shamus Wiles (The Bronze)
Matt L. Jones (Mom)
Mark Margolis (Noah)
Javier Grajeda (The Lincoln Lawyer)
Emily Rios (Snowfall)
Carmen Serano (The Flock)
Larry Hankin (Billy Madison)
John de Lancie (Star Trek: TNG)
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones)
Tess Harper (Amityville 3)
Tom Kiesche (The Animal)
Danny Trejo (Machete)
Taylor Dearden (American Vandal)
Julie Dretzin (Beastly)
Mark Harelik (Jurassic Park III)

Caleb Landry Jones (Byzantium)
Michael Bofshever (United 93)
Emily Rios (Snowfall)

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)

A chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), gets terminal lung cancer and decides to cook high-grade crystal meth in order to provide a nest egg for his family after he’s gone. We follow him as he and his former student turned small-time meth-dealer Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) drift deeper and deeper into South Valley’s violent criminal underworld.Bryan Cranston and RJ Mitte in Breaking Bad (2008)Season three opens with the devastating aftermath of a mid-air plane collision which rained flaming debris, not to mention body parts, on the Whites’ hitherto peaceful neighbourhood. This storyline is given an added frisson by the fact that we know something that the community doesn’t: that Walter was indirectly responsible for the crash. (The disaster happened because an air-traffic controller, whose junkie daughter died when Walter let her choke on her own vomit, was distracted by grief.)Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)Indeed, this season finds Walter in all kinds of trouble. Not only is his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), having stumbled on to the fact that he’s mixed up in meth, preparing to file for divorce, but there are two hulking assassins from a Mexican drug cartel closing in on him. Fortunately for Walter, the local restaurateur/druglord Gustavo Fring (played with icy menace by Giancarlo Esposito) needs his prized meth-maker alive – and is seemingly bent on protecting him. Elsewhere Jesse, who spent the tail end of the second season struggling with a drug addiction, is back from rehab, ready to take responsibility for his actions. “You either run from things or you face them, Mr White… I accept who I am… I’m the bad guy.”Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)Part of what makes Breaking Bad so exhilarating to watch is its slow-burn approach: it allows you to soak in the stunning visuals as well as appreciate the wonderfully nuanced performances, particularly from Bryan Cranston, who’s won multiple Emmy Awards for his role as Walter. It also allows tension to mount – and, boy, does season three explode into life later on. Tightly written and punctuated with Coen brothers-like humour, Breaking Bad is, rather appropriately for a show about meth dealers, eye-bleedingly addictive. I defy you not to become hooked.

REVIEW: BREAKING BAD – SEASON 2

 

STARRING

Bryan Cranston (Power Rangers)
Anna Gunn (Sully)
Aaron Paul (Central Intelligence)
Dean Norris (The Big Bang Theory)
Betsy Brandt (Magic Mike)
RJ Mitte (Final Recall)

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones)
Steven Michael Quezada (Girlfriend’s Day)
Charles Baker (Abysm)
Christopher Cousins (The Grudge 2)
Matt L. Jones (Mom)
Bob Odenkirk (Operation: Endgame)
John de Lancie (Star Trek: TNG)
Tom Kiesche (The Animal)
Michael Shamus Wiles (The Bronze)
Raymond Cruz (Training Day)
Giancarlo Esposito (Money Monster)
Tess Harper (Amityville 3)
Mark Margolis (Noah)
Carmen Serano (The Flock)

Harry Groener (Buffy: TVS)
Jonathan Banks (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Sam McMurray (Drop Dead Gordgous)
Jeremiah Bitsui (The Reunion)
Nigel Gibbs (Eagle Eye)
Jessica Hecht (J. Edgar)
Danny Trejo (Machete)
Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out)
Dale Dickey (My Name Is Earl)
DJ Qualls (Road Trip)
Michael Bofshever (United 93)

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)My goodness. Look how far we’ve come. We started watching this show with a pretty simple, though hard to believe, premise. A teacher needed extra money to leave behind for his family in the event of his death. He cooked meth with his former student and by the end, he had earned the respect and business of Albuquerque’s craziest drug dealer, Tuco, by blowing out the side of his office. Of course it sounds silly written out like that, but the source of Breaking Bad’s power isn’t its realism, it’s its realism based in its fantasy; at the end of the day, it’s still a TV show. Walt had set out with a goal and achieved part of it by the end of the first season, but by the final scene, we were given that glimpse of just the trouble Walt and Jesse had just put themselves into, a glimpse of what was in their future.Bryan Cranston, Raymond Cruz, and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)That is, Season 1 was a preview. It was a taste of what the series was about, from the character development to the explosive scenes to the use of science in every day life to the tortuous limbo Walt had put his family in.Dean Norris and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)Season 2 was a beautiful thing, maybe one of the best seasons in television history. Even though we knew the show for its explosiveness, its ability to fool us and to build on characters, it enriched its soil, providing richer loams from which to grow. Jesse has always been a good character at heart. No doubt that Season 2 was tough on him. He moved from a wannabe tough guy to a kingpin poser to a heroin junkie. He was kicked around a lot, physically and mentally. He crashed through a port-a-potty while breaking into an impoundment lot so he could find a place to sleep for the night. He lost the only girl he’s ever loved. We also found out just how much Walt cares for him, though, and there’s reason to believe he’ll be back on his feet in Season 3. Perhaps he’ll attain redemption before the series is over. Skyler meanwhile proved she’s just as smart and strong as she appeared to be in season one. Hank was crass, but loveable, and showed that his interior isn’t as tough as his exterior. The rest of the cast has proven to be well-rounded characters, capable of good and bad, everyone having their two sides, but each one with their own line drawn in the sand.

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)Walt has been leaning into evil, he’s shown his inner conflict: (1) in “Bit by a Dead Bee,” where he saw the effects his absence had created (the three times when he looks at the painting on the wall in the hospital were, I think, the best part of the season), (2) the scene on the cots in the camper in “4 Days Out,” where he admits to Jesse that he deserves “this,” and (3) the scene on the couch in the finale when Walt Jr. explains how Walt is his hero and his eyes mist over.Breaking Bad (2008)Walt’s leading this chimerical lifestyle and it kills him inside. Again, part of that is the brilliant acting by Bryan Cranston, of giving those heartfelt words and moments while being able to turn around and say “f**k you” at Gretchen through clenched teeth or tell some cook wannabes to get out of his territory. He has that fire in the belly, that passion to succeed, even if it’s through illegal means, but he sees that its costing him the life he had, the family he loves. Though it seems like it’s heading towards Walt’s eventual corruption, Walt could continue to walk that fine line. Besides, Breaking Bad has already thrown enough curveballs to make us second guess any predictions.Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)And might I add, the series has done a great job of not abusing Walt’s science acumen to get him out of tough situations. The occasional use of chemistry has been infrequent enough to not warrant a “How will they get out of this situation with chemistry this time” weekly guessing game. Maybe, just maybe, what made Season 2 so great was how well they were able to give us the explosiveness we desired without tipping their hand to it. There were also numerous surprises that were just as meaningful, but not as physically explosive. By the end of Season 2, Walt established the connections he has wanted from the start, but at a big cost—and in the finale, he receives his cosmic justice, as the consequences of his actions rained down upon him.Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)There was so little wasted in Season 2, so little plot that didn’t lead to something bigger, that it deserves a second, third and fourth viewing. It was impressive. Impressive if only because we started out with this neatly wrapped package and it exploded into this galaxy of deceit, despair, hope, trickery and the unraveling of our two antiheroes – all in thirteen episodes. Season 1 showed us Pandora’s Box and Season 2 opened it with a sledge hammer. Even in the end, when we were thrown that curveball ending, we wanted more.

REVIEW: BREAKING BAD – SEASON 1

STARRING

Bryan Cranston (Power Rangers)
Anna Gunn (Sully)
Aaron Paul (Central Intelligence)
Dean Norris (The Big Bang Theory)
Betsy Brandt (Magic Mike)
RJ Mitte (Final Recall)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Steven Michael Quezada (Girlfriend’s Day)
Carmen Serano (The Flock)
Maximino Arciniega (Haywire)
Charles Baker (Abysm)
Raymond Cruz (Training Day)
Jessica Hecht (J. Edgar)
Tess Harper (Amityville 3)
Matt L. Jones (Mom)
Adam Godley (Powers)
Michael Bofshever (United 93)

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)You were probably skeptical about this show, too. The promotional poster, the one of Bryan Cranston standing in his underwear, holding a gun, with the RV and the plumes of red smoke in the background, seemed forced, like they were aiming for a 14-year-old demographic, someone that had this gangster-like image of cool. To anyone who’s past that phase, it looked, well … stupid. Instead, we got something completely different. A dynamic and deep show with some realistic insight into the world of meth dealing, and creating characters you care about, too.Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)We don’t want to discount the drama, but the science is what captivated us to start the show. When Pinkman says his stuff is the best, he’s Captain Cook, he’s the alpha and omega of cooking meth, but then Walt’s stuff puts this to shame. Walt’s decided professionalism about it (taking off his shirt and pants on his first try and telling Pinkman that “we don’t use”) is kind of cute, too, in the same way as watching a kid ride a bike for the first time. The idea that a chemistry teacher could so easily create high-quality grade of meth is flat-out awesome.Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2008)Then came the drama – the really nasty stuff, the deadly chemicals, the hydrofluoric acid, the complete and utter failures and the rest of the nitty-gritty details of trying to be a drug runner in the world and just how awful it is to be dealing meth (on both the creation and selling sides). But what really kept us in the show was the depth of character. Walt’s unwillingness to tell anyone about his cancer and his subsequent reasoning to not get treatment, Skyler’s refusal to accept Walt’s bizarre behavior and being proactive about it, Pinkman’s time with his family (and especially his genius brother) … everyone has weaknesses and strengths; faults and virtues. Here’s where this show gets really cool:Bryan Cranston and Max Arciniega in Breaking Bad (2008)Walt was a simple character to begin with. He’s book smart, but not street smart, and he gets involved in meth dealing because he wants to provide for his family after he’s dead – he’s in the advanced stages of lung cancer, by the way. He’s the character to root for, the guy you want to see win, but at the same time, you know there’s an oncoming train wreck and that this is perhaps the stupidest get rich quick scheme anyone has ever had.Breaking Bad (2008)There’s also Jesse Pinkman, who’s stupid, but street smart. He failed Walt’s chemistry class in high school and now deals meth. He’s a born loser, but happens to make a good team with Walt, who is aces when it comes to producing meth. Skyler, Walt’s wife, isn’t a dummy. She’s quick as a whip and loves her husband and son and is protective of both of them.Breaking Bad (2008)Then the secondary characters are the enablers: Hank, Marie, Walt Jr., Crazy-8, Emilio and Tuco. You can make a pretty strong case that the cancer is a character in itself because of its broad repercussions and affectations on the lives of each character, but we’ll leave that out for now. And then you throw all of these characters together and you see what happens. Walt with Skyler is protective (see: refusing to tell her about his cancer). Walt with Pinkman works, but it’s highly unstable and dangerous. Skyler and Pinkman rarely interact, but when they do, they don’t go together well. Walt and Hank work pretty well together, though you wouldn’t think that, since Hank’s a DEA agent. Walt’s interaction with Crazy-8 basically changed his makeup altogether (for anyone who hasn’t seen this show yet, boy howdy are you in for a surprise on that one).This is what we’re talking about. Everything about this show was thoroughly thought-out and it’s a true joy to watch a show that can be dissected so much and make it more enjoyable. If you haven’t watched this show yet, it’s time to get on the bandwagon.

REVIEW: KARLA

CAST

Laura Prepon (That 70s Show)
Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Patrick Bauchau (Panic Room)
Emilie Jacobs (All Over Again)
Alex Boyd (Lost Signal)
Cherilyn Hayres (First Snow)
Tess Harper (The Jackal)
Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow)
Jeff Doucette (Bedazzled)

MV5BNzUyNDAyMzg0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDMwNjg4MDE@._V1_Karla centers around a young Canadian couple who meet and very quickly fall in love with each other: Paul Bernardo (Misha Collins) and Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon, of TV’s “That ’70s Show”). Unfortunately, Paul is mentally unstable, and finds pleasure in raping and sexually abusing women – something Karla wasn’t aware of in the beginning. It begins on Christmas Eve when Karla and Paul end up accidentally killing Karla’s younger sister while trying to make a sex video. While she is disturbed by the entire thing, she is still desperate for love (which she believes she has truly found), so Karla goes along with her husband’s insatiable hunger for sexual violence and power, and takes part in it as well, as he kidnaps young women, makes sex tapes with them, tortures them, and ultimately murders them.MV5BMTczNzU1OTUzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDEwNjg4MDE@._V1_Based on the real-life murders that occurred back in the early ’90s, I found this true-crime flick a fairly disturbing film. I had read a little about the real crimes that happened before, finding that Homolka and Bernardo have been labeled Canada’s most notorious murderers. While I know the basic details of the case, I’m still not all too familiar with the real Karla’s involvement in the murders. In the film she is depicted as an abused woman, weakened by her husband’s manipulative and violent personality. In fear of him, she does as he says, even if that means participating in horrific acts. The main reason she is seen as guilty in the murders is because of her lack of empathy for the victims, and this is clearly shown throughout the film. The problem that I had here though is that I was confused as to how this film was trying to portray her – was it attempting to tell us that Karla was simply an abused, beaten-down person who was coaxed into these crimes? Or was she mentally unstable as well, and participated in the crimes by her own free will? To me it appeared the film was sympathetic towards her, but that’s how I interpreted it. Whatever the real events may have consisted of, the storyline revolving around her character is fairly well constructed, whether it is fictionalized in the real Karla’s favor or not. Good writing is present, and the story is told from Karla’s point of view as she retells the events to a parole officer in hopes of making her way out of prison into the real world.The acting in the film was surprisingly good. Laura Prepon, who gained her fame playing the friendly red-headed girl-next-door in the television sitcom “That ’70s Show”, makes a large departure from her comedy roots, in a powerhouse performance as an extremely dark, and obscure character. She plays the character surprisingly well, and anyone who is immune to seeing her as the spunky, good-hearted Donna on “That ’70s Show” will be quite surprised with this disturbing performance she delivers. The audience can sympathize with her to a certain extent. Again, I am not sure if the real Karla was as innocent as the film portrays her. In the film however, she seems relatively normal, and clearly not as mad as her husband. Her neglect for human life though (and her passive following of her husband) is a sure sign of mental illness. Misha Collins is menacing as well as her abusive and murderous husband – he’s a scary guy. The violence in the film is mostly implicated and not shown, but it’s just as equally effective – the abuse and torture endured by these innocent girls is awful, and stomach churning when projected on screen.MV5BMTc5ODAyOTg4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzEwNjg4MDE@._V1_Overall, “Karla” is a disturbing film. Regardless of the real Karla Homolka’s innocence or guilt in the actual crimes, this is still a really good crime film that holds itself up well. If you see this movie, expect a disturbing and uneasy experience. The story is fairly well told (even if the real facts may be distorted or changed for storytelling purposes), and it is an interesting film to watch, plus there are really good performances to be found.