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Kim and Jimmy Chilling with the "Hero" Podcast

Kim and Jimmy Relax and Listen to The “Hero” Podcast

The podcast for Better Call Saul Episode 104 – “Hero” is now available!    Choose one of these links to decide how you wish to listen:

“Better Call Saul” from Baltic Effect on iTunes

If you search for “Baltic Effect” on iTunes, you can subscribe to the “Better Call Saul” feed so you don’t miss any of our shows when they come out.  The most recent podcast is the one at the top of the list.

“Better Call Saul – Hero” from Baltic Effect – listen online with your browser through TalkShoe

With TalkShoe you can listen online through your browser, you just need to set up a free account – because we use some bad words and the podcast is “age restricted”.

If you have an Android device, you can listen by searching for “Better Call Saul” and / or “Baltic Effect” on podcast apps like Podcast Republic.

You can also follow “Tucker’s Hole” (see the right margin of this page) or friend Baltic Effect on Facebook to stay informed when we release a new episode.

If you want to share your thoughts on an episode of “Better Call Saul” to be read on the podcast, e-mail us at  balticeffect@gmail.com.

If you want to contribute quiz questions about an episode, send them to our Quizmaster Sadie at balticsadie@gmail.com.   (Don’t send trivia questions to the main e-mail address for Baltic Effect or Trent and I – the quiz participants – will see them before the quiz, and that just isn’t fair!).

“Better Call Saul” episodes air on Mondays on AMC, and we record the podcast on Wednesday evening (at 9 pm Eastern Time) so that is the deadline for quiz questions and e-mails.  (Although if you have a late e-mail, we will read it the following week).  Thanks for listening!

Jimmy Waiting for the "Nacho" Podcast to Call

Jimmy Waiting for the “Nacho” Podcast to Call

The podcast for Better Call Saul Episode 103 – “Nacho” is finally out!    Choose one of these links to decide how you wish to listen:

“Better Call Saul” from Baltic Effect on iTunes

If you search for “Baltic Effect” on iTunes, you can subscribe to the “Better Call Saul” feed so you don’t miss any of our shows when they come out.

“Better Call Saul – Nacho” from Baltic Effect – listen online with your browser through TalkShoe

With TalkShoe you can listen online through your browser, you just need to set up a free account – because we use some bad words and the podcast is “age restricted”.

If you have an Android device, you can listen by searching for “Better Call Saul” and / or “Baltic Effect” on podcast apps like Podcast Republic.

You can also follow “Tucker’s Hole” (see the right margin of this page) or friend Baltic Effect on Facebook to stay informed when we release a new episode.

If you want to share your thoughts on an episode of “Better Call Saul” to be read on the podcast, e-mail us at  balticeffect@gmail.com.

If you want to contribute quiz questions about an episode, send them to our Quizmaster Sadie at balticsadie@gmail.com.   (Don’t send trivia questions to the main e-mail address for Baltic Effect or Trent and I – the quiz participants – will see them before the quiz, and that just isn’t fair!).

“Better Call Saul” episodes air on Mondays on AMC, and we record the podcast on Wednesday evening (at 9 pm Eastern Time) so that is the deadline for quiz questions and e-mails.  (Although if you have a late e-mail, we will read it the following week).  Thanks for listening!

Better Call Saul - Podcast from Baltic Effect

Better Call Saul – Podcast from Baltic Effect

I have received a lot of questions from Tucker’s Hole readers asking me if I was going to continue adding to the site by covering the new “Breaking Bad” prequel series “Better Call Saul”.  Well, the answer is both No and Yes.

Due to the workload involved in writing the articles for this site, I couldn’t commit myself to covering “Better Call Saul” with the same depth and be sure that I could follow through for the duration of the series (and I hope it has a long run)!  I might write about a special topic or episode from time to time, but I will not be writing about each episode like I did for “Breaking Bad”.  That being said, I will still be putting my thoughts and analysis on each “Better Call Saul” episode out there for those who are interested, but through a different medium!

I have been given the opportunity to co-host a “Better Call Saul” podcast with “The Baltic Effect”!  This podcast has an excellent pedigree, as it is the successor to the “Breaking Bad Edition” podcast by “Behind the Cutting Edge”.  As mentioned in the Breaking Bad Podcast Guide, Behind the Cutting Edge was the first “Breaking Bad” podcast out there, and was the inspiration for Kelley Dixon (film editor on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”) to start the Breaking Bad Insider podcast for AMC Television.  The Hosts from “Behind the Cutting Edge” formed “The Baltic Effect” when the founder of “Behind The Cutting Edge” decided not to continue podcasting after “Breaking Bad” ended.

I’m quite jazzed to be joining hosts Sadie and Trent to cover “Better Call Saul”.  Each podcast begins with a trivia quiz about the latest episode that listeners can submit questions for.  We then discuss the episode with our thoughts and insights.  This is a free – wheeling conversation, like friends sitting around the living room talking about a show that they love, so it is not a scene by scene recap.  We then read e-mail from listeners – and we read every one!

I invite you to join us by listening in!  You can download the shows to your iDevice through iTunes, or listen online through TalkShoe.  Our first episode (Covering “Better Call Saul” Episode 101 – “Uno” and Episode 102 – “Mijo”) is available now!  You can access it from the links here:

“Better Call Saul” from Baltic Effect on iTunes

“Better Call Saul Uno and Mijo” from Baltic Effect – listen online

I will be posting links to each of our episodes when they come out, right here on Tucker’s Hole. You can also friend Baltic Effect on Facebook to stay informed when we release a new episode.

If you want to share your thoughts on an episode of “Better Call Saul” to be read on the podcast, send it to balticeffect@gmail.com.

If you want to contribute trivia questions about an episode, send them to our Quizmaster Sadie at balticsadie@gmail.com.   (Don’t send trivia questions to the main e-mail address for Baltic Effect or Trent and I – the quiz participants – will see them before the quiz, and that just isn’t fair!).

“Better Call Saul” episodes air on Mondays on AMC, and we record the podcast on Wednesday evening (at 9 pm Eastern Time) so that is the deadline for quiz questions and e-mails.  (Although if you have a late e-mail, we will read it the following week).

Finally, as always, if you wish to contact me, use the Contact / Feedback Form here on Tucker’s Hole!

I hope you’ll listen in!

 

Walt and Jesse Debate how they feel about the Series Finale

Satisfied with the Ending?

Well, that’s it.  After six years, five seasons and 62 episodes, Breaking Bad is over.

When Episode 516 – “Felina” ended at 10:15 pm on 29 Sept, 2013, the show was over for good.  No more cliffhangers, no more predictions.  There may be some ongoing debate and discussion, but we’ve gotten all the Breaking Bad we’re going to get.

Is it what you expected?  Did Vince Gilligan create a satisfying ending, or are you disappointed with it?

Baddicts are some of the most passionate fans out there, particularly those that have been invested in the series since the beginning.  Time to vote on how you feel about how it all ended.  Click on “Open The Poll” to vote for how you feel about the series finale, and use the “Leave a Reply” section to share your comments with others.

…Open The Poll

Walt in the Granite State - or in a Dizzy State from Propane Fumes

Granite State

Bad Ass Quote of the Week

Settle down.  Settle down.  Hey remember!  There’s still the kid.” – Uncle Jack Welker

Thoughts on “Granite State”

Sure, this episode could be entitled “Granite State” because Walt goes to New Hampshire, but I think it’s because pretty much every character has hit rock bottom.  Except for Todd, whose sense of empathy is just stone like.

The first words that came out of my mouth when I was watching this episode were, “Oh Yeah!” when I saw that Robert Forster was cast as Ed the Dissapearrerer.  Season 4 may have been the nod to “Scarface” with Steven Bauer (Don Eladio) and Mark Margolis (Tio Hector Salamanca), but Season 5 is for “Jackie Brown” with Michael Bowen (Uncle Jack) and Robert Forster.  I loved Forster’s character Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown” and so does Vince Gilligan, as he mentioned in this week’s “Breaking Bad Insider Podcast”.  The characters of Ed and Max Cherry seem quite similar, and it makes sense that Ed was based on Max, and the role was written for Forster to play.  What a great treat!

Ed’s calm practiced manner shows his experience and professionalism in what he does, and it is a good counterpoint to Saul’s disheveled appearance (who didn’t laugh at that “hair flip”?) and uncertain demeanour.  Saul’s character has always had two main facets.  His desire to maximize his own profit, and saving his own skin from danger.  Saul also knows his business, and when he’s applying that knowledge he’s very sure of himself.  However, when his skin is in danger, he does get a frazzled, worried countenance.  He does not like dealing with situations where he does not have all the answers and has to deal with uncertainty.

Saul is making the right call though – getting the heck out-of-town fast! …Read on

Decisions, Decisions

Who Will Die in the Breaking Bad Season Finale?

Here it comes!  Just six days left for you to speculate, theorize, and make predictions about what will happen in the final episode of Breaking Bad.  We all know someone is going to die, maybe lots of someones!

Time to make your predictions!  The poll below is multiple choice, so make sure you select all of the people you think are going to “kick the barrel” in the finale, before you click on the “Vote” button.

If you want to vote for a name not included in the poll, type it into the “Other” category.  These “Other” names will not show up in the results, but I can see them, and once every day or so, I will update this article and post the names that were submitted as “others” below the main poll.  If you click on “Other” without typing anything in, it will just submit a vote for “Other” in general.

You can only vote once in this poll, so don’t forget to select all of your choices before you click the “Vote” button.  The poll will remain open until five minutes before Episode 516 – “Felina” premieres at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, 29 September 2013.

…Click here to take the poll

Tucker's Hole Views Over Two Years

Tucker’s Hole Views Over Two Years

A huge THANK YOU to all the followers and fans of  Tucker’s Hole and to fellow Baddicts everywhere!

Yesterday was the second anniversary since Tucker’s Hole went “live” on the internet on 20 September, 2011.  Sometime early this morning (in the Eastern Daylight Savings Time Zone, while I was still sleeping), the site received its 100,000’th view!

I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for all the support.  To everyone who has visited the site and read my work, those that have reviewed articles before I published them, those that have provided advice, ideas, feedback and corrections, those that have commented on the articles and provided their own insight and interesting discussion, and, of course to those that have shared and spread the word about Tucker’s Hole, you all have my gratitude! …Read on for some fun stats, Maps and Flags!

Walt meets some fragment

Ozymandias

Bad Ass Quote of the Week

My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go fuck yourself.” – Hank Schrader

Thoughts on “Ozymandias”

The opening shot of this episode is of water coming to a boil, which is symbolic of where Breaking Bad is as a series with this episode.  It is driven home by Walt’s opening lines to Jesse explaining that they are waiting for an exothermic reaction, a reaction which gives off heat, to take place.  Every molecule in the mix is entering a higher energy state, the characters and the viewers!

It’s wonderful to see this flashback of Walt and Jesse cooking in the good ol’ Methabago, and to see their characters and interactions just as they were at the beginning of their criminal days.  It is not until they exit the RV and we see where they are that we realise this is their first cook together (Episode 101 – “Pilot”) taking place in the exact same spot we ended Episode 513 – “To’hajiilee” with the gunfight.  This is an entirely new scene, and would have occurred in the middle of their first cook in the “Pilot” episode.  For the record, so far in “Season 5b” the episodes are running at 66% on tightie whities.

Walt rehearses his excuse before calling Skyler to tell her he is going to be late arriving home.  This is going to be Walt’s “first lie” to Skyler, at least the first one he tells her about his meth business.  While this is a flashback, it emphasizes the fact that he has never been a good liar when it comes to Skyler and his family, and this is the first time we’ve seen him literally rehearse one on his own.  We’ve seen how he bumbles lies when he doesn’t put much thought into them (I’m thinking of the gasoline story in Episode 512 – “Rabid Dog”), and how Skyler has even coached him when he has had to tell an elaborate lie like in Episode 404 – “Bullet Points”.  This, along with him ticking his fingers just prior to filming it, makes me certain that Skyler helped him script and rehearse his fake confession video for Hank and Marie (Episode 511 – “Confessions”).  Walt doesn’t lie well, but Heisenberg does. …Read on

Walt Enjoys Scenic To'hajiilee

To’hajiilee

Bad Ass Quote of the Week

Walter White you have a right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  You have the right to speak to an attorney, and have an attorney present during any questioning.  If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at the government’s expense.  Do you understand these rights as I’ve just recited them to you?” – Hank Schrader

Thoughts on “To’hajiilee”

At the end of my article on Episode 512 – “Rabid Dog” I referred to that episode as a “stutter-step” in the sprint of the final eight episodes.  Now I know why we had a stutter-step episode – to get ready to take a high jump!

Todd’s meth looks awful, like something that oozes out of an infection.  No matter how hard I squinted or adjusted the ambient lighting, I didn’t see a hint of blue, green or aquamarine, despite the opinions of the “free to breathe what they want” Uncle Jack and Kenny.    By using a pipette and a kaleidoscope (guess they didn’t have a mass spectrometer handy) they determine it is 76% pure, despite its appearance.  At that point I kind of thought Uncle Jack might just dip the tip of his little finger in the meth mixture, dab it on his tongue and say, “Mmm… yep!  76%!’, like Yukon Cornelius prospecting for gold.  Lydia isn’t pleased, although she remains diplomatic…  blue is their brand.  About the only thing that did look good in that lab was Lydia, who is attractive even in a respirator.

Jack and Kenny don’t seem to think the colour is a concern, but will use food dye if it is an issue for Lydia.  Uncle Jack uses almost the same words he did in the opening of Episode 511 – “Confessions”, “All right, let’s make some money.”  The potential amount of money he can earn from this is more than he ever thought he would have access to, and that’s become his purpose.   …Read on

Chess Match

To’hajiilee in Five Seconds

Here is my synopsis of Episode 513 – “To’hajiilee” that you can read in five seconds:

It’s a chess match:  Hank & Jesse Vs. Walt / Heisenberg.  Moves and counter-moves are made.  Hank & Jesse play the final piece: Money Barrel to Cell Phone – Checkmate!  Uncle Jack comes in and kicks the board over.

The regular full article with thoughts and analysis on this episode will be published here at Tucker’s Hole later this week. :)

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