Baby Yoda Funko Pop
A Baby Yoda collectible Funko Pop? All Star Wars and Baby Yoda fans need this. Add it to your collection. Pre-order now. It will be available May 15.
Breaking Bad was one of the most critically acclaimed shows to ever air, and Lost was one of the most influential. Both shows’ finales received similar attention before they premiered but drew wildly different types of attention post-airing. Lost did not fare quite as well as Breaking Bad did.
After Breaking Bad ended in 2013, the internet was flooded with tweets about it. Many of these tweets were aimed directly at Damon Lindelof and Lost:
“Screw you @DamonLindelof for not giving us such a perfect ending for Lost like Vince Gilligan did for @BreakingBad_AMC!”
Here is the link to more examples and an article written about them: https://ew.com/article/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-lost-finale/
And here is Damon Lindelof’s take, co-writer of Lost:
I know it’s a small vocal minority, like most negative air on the internet, but in this case I don’t think they inaccurately portray a consensus that Breaking Bad outdid Lost with its ending.
Because Breaking Bad’s ending, unlike Lost’s, was satisfying.
And that’s what we want, right? After investing dozens of hours into a show we want to be satisfied!
But a satisfying ending doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. It is always immensely satisfying to watch Rocky beat the Cold War out of Ivan Drago while simultaneously avenging his friend, but that doesn’t make it a good ending. Lost’s finale, “The End,” makes some mistakes and may not be as satisfying as Breaking Bad’s finale, “Felina,” but it stays truer to its show, resulting in a more appropriate finish to its series.
I’m going to break this comparison up into three parts of what I believe makes a good finale. These are not the only aspects of a series ender that impact its effectiveness, but they are some of the most important: Characters, Themes, and Reflection
I want to make clear right now that I believe Breaking Bad is a stronger series overall than Lost. I am strictly comparing the finales and how well each ending wraps up its respective show.
Spoilers for the entirety of both series ahead
Lost was adamant that it was always about its characters and not the mysteries. It was stated repeatedly by the writers that the mysteries that would be solved would be the mysteries that mattered to the characters. While characters are absolutely integral to any story, it is not true that Lost was not also about its mysteries. The mysteries were a major draw to the series and it is understandable that many viewers were left underwhelmed with some of the answers (the whispers, for example), but the history of the show proves that the mysteries were always secondary to the characters. It wasn’t that a man could suddenly walk again; it was that John Locke could walk again. Few of us had posters of the Island or the Statue of Taweret hanging on our walls; fans had pictures of Sawyer, Kate, and the large cast photos, because what made those mysteries so compelling was the characters behind them. Most of the following shows that attempted to be Lost failed because they put mysteries at the forefront. Lost and “The End” kept the focus on the characters.
In fact, one of my biggest complaints about the Lost finale is the lack of recognition the Island itself actually gets. Would it have been too much to ask for Sawyer to look back at the Island on his way to the plane and give us one last full wide shot of the location we spent six years in? Or a solid look at it when he looks out the window as they are flying away?
And yet, I’d much rather the Island get shafted than Sawyer himself. Instead, the focus is on Sawyer getting to that plane and finally leaving the Island. It’s on Kate saving Jack’s life at the last second. On Jack accepting his place in all the madness. And each action they take reflects who they have been and who they have become throughout the series. Jack, obsessed with fixing everything, is no longer a man of science and fixes the Island on faith. Kate, always running, retreats from the Island but refuses to run from the complications of her relationship with Claire and Aaron. Frank, who just wants to fly planes that don’t crash, flies his plane away.
Richard decides to live. Hurley decides to rule. Ben willingly accepts a place as a VP and stays behind to meddle out his sins. The Man in Black dies fighting to escape his prison. The survivors find each other in the afterlife because they found a way to live together on the Island, so now they don’t have to die alone.
Each character gets attention in “The End,” and despite having such a large breadth of characters to juggle, they all get an active role in the finale.
“Felina” doesn’t balance its much smaller cast nearly as well. The focus is heavily on Walt, as one would expect the focus to be, but what about the rest of the cast? Nearly every other character in the episode stays still and waits for Walt to do something to them, including Jesse.
Jesse has such a minimal, passive role in the finale that, frankly, he could have been killed off in “Ozymandias” and the ending, plot-wise, would have been exactly the same.
Walt was the clear protagonist of Breaking Bad, but Jesse was the heart. We felt for Jesse, rooted for Jesse, and cried for Jesse. It’s a much bigger mystery to me why Jesse wasn’t more prominent in “Felina” than why there was a magic cork plugging up magic on a magic island. It may have been satisfying to watch Jesse drive away screaming, free from the hell Mr. White dragged him into, but he had zero agency and didn’t relate to the final plotline at all.
I found it more satisfying watching Jesse team up with Hank to bring Walt to his knees a few episodes prior. Jesse took an active role by making a decision to turn on Walt. It felt as though he was growing and learning as a person, finally taking action against Walt and pushing his character to a new place. If Jesse could have freed himself from Walt’s world through his own actions, instead of Walt deciding, “Now you can go,” it would have fit better with Jesse’s arc over the course of the series and brought his character to an even more thrilling conclusion.
Is it in character for Jesse to be excited to escape? Obviously. Were the circumstances of his release as powerful as they could have been? No.
“The End” took its protagonist, as well as all the other main characters, and allowed them each to make decisions based on all they had learned to accomplish or fail their goals. Each major character had an active role in the final outcome of the story. “Felina” pushed its protagonist to the forefront and made the beating heart of the show a side player.
Lost and Breaking Bad were both shows with themes and ideas they explored. Each was consistent in the exploration of their themes, maintaining thematic consistency all the way through their respective series. From the beginning of Lost, even before it was outright stated, we saw that these people were going to need to work together, to live together, or die alone. Breaking Bad explored the idea of chain reactions and consequences from its first episode forward.
One of the most important aspects a finale has to nail is a reinforcement of the themes of the show. This is what this show is about, and it’s time to make a final statement, or, at least, raise a final relevant question to the themes that have been prominent throughout the show.
Most often these themes will be displayed or questioned through the characters and their actions. All of the actions by the characters in “The End” aren’t just true to the characters themselves but to the themes of redemption, loss, and faith running throughout the entire series. They reinforce an ethos – “Live together, die alone.”
Say what you will about the flash-sideways afterlife concept (I didn’t like it), but it is a true reflection of the idea that because the survivors learned to live together they didn’t die alone. It may be a bit too spiritual for some and lack the weight of the on-island story, but it provides an adequate vehicle to reinforce the idea that the survivors needed each other and that they became a family. They helped each other grow and move on in life, and therefore they move on together in the afterlife.
The finale also circles back to other prescient themes, such as Man of Science VS Man of Faith. Jack puts his faith in the Island, Jacob, and John Locke. No, we never learn for certain what would have happened if the Man in Black left the Island, but neither does Jack. If we did know, then Jack wouldn’t be acting on faith. In the flash-sideways, Jack gets his memories back from his father – appropriate considering how heavily fathers figured into the series.
“Felina” gives Walt the perfect conclusion to his saga. It’s riveting to watch him enact revenge on everyone who screwed him over, and even more satisfying to watch him admit to Skylar that he did it all for himself.
But this particular brand of satisfaction comes at a cost. His actions did not reinforce the themes the series presented us with. Was taking revenge in character for Walt? Absolutely. He was always a petty, egotistical man. But allowing this type of revenge goes against the ethos of Breaking Bad as a series. Breaking Bad never allowed for easy decisions and always forced major consequences against its characters with each decision they made. There was always a follow through, a reckoning. “Ozymandias” is a perfect example of everything the show was about coming together – the consequences to one man’s actions for illicit power created a chain reaction that finally caught up with him, destroying everything in his life. Being a badass drug dealer has its price. It isn’t glorious and it isn’t fist-pumping awesome.
If the show would have ended right there, that would have been a stronger conclusion to the saga because what follows goes against all this. “Felina” gives Walt the happiest ending he could have. He gets to “redeem” himself, in a sense, by getting the money to his son, explaining himself to his wife, and saving Jesse. Then, due to his death, he doesn’t need to live with or experience any of the consequences of these actions.
Perhaps some would argue that Walt himself is the reckoning and that all these people are getting what is coming to them based on their actions. But giving Walt this level of control and power goes against the themes of power from the previous five seasons. It also allows him to go out with pride, something that by all intents of the rest of the series was his downfall.
Even if we overlook the circumstances above, Walt’s means of revenge goes against the themes of the show as well. Breaking Bad’s pilot has a scene where Walt teaches his class about chemistry. He says that everything has a reaction, providing the first basis of chemistry themes in the series. Through the journey, we witness Walt use his chemical knowledge to outsmart drug dealers, create poisons, and (obviously) cook meth. And yet in “Felina” Walt takes down Jack’s drug crew through an impressive feat of mechanical engineering. Why not have him enact revenge on the group with an impressive feat of chemical engineering? This would reinforce the idea that all actions have a reaction, and give us a final look at one of the major themes presented in the show.
“The End” reinforces the major themes of Lost through the actions of its characters and the environment they find themselves in (even if that environment is a bit weak). “Felina” trades its thematic relevance for a revenge plot that, while satisfying, does little to further the themes of the series.
Reflection is important at the end of any story. It is always of benefit to remind viewers just how far the characters have come and remind them of how much has changed and how much has remained the same. This gives an ending a feeling of completeness and allows viewers an opportunity to say “good-bye.”
“The End” has several callbacks and lines to earlier moments in the series. The shot of Jack and Locke looking down the hatch is recreated. Famous lines such as “I’ll see ya in another life, brother” are spoken (and also another great relation to the thematic resonance of “live together die alone”).
The most obvious callbacks are the “reawakening” memories of so many of the characters. While they advance the story in regards to the survivors “waking up” in the sideways universe, I don’t feel they are quite as effective as the rest of the homages paid to the series in real time. They have a scent of clip reel, which is a cheap way to drum up nostalgia. I find it much more effective when Jack dies in the same place he woke up on the Island.
“The End” also misses an opportunity to allow us to reflect on the Island itself. We don’t have a chance to take in the full scope of the Island one last time, and it doesn’t use its environment as well as it could to reflect.
“Felina,” on the other hand, excels at these callbacks, even if I don’t feel the plot itself is up to the task. Skinny Pete and Badger have a fantastic cameo in the finale, allowing us one last look at the goofy duo. We finally get to see where the ricin ends up, which ties up a seasons long thread. Walt gets to say his goodbyes, allowing the audience to say goodbye with him.
A flashback memory plays within the episode in a similar fashion to how “The End” uses memories. Again, it feels a bit cheap, but Walt standing in his abandoned, vandalized home is an amazing visual representation of how far he has fallen.
I don’t feel there is any more effective callback than Walt’s emotional look at the meth lab. All that we need to understand about his view of himself is written on his face, and we get a long look at the environment Walt’s journey took place in. As I stated earlier, “The End” doesn’t afford us a chance to say goodbye to the Island properly, but “Felina” nails this aspect.
And then Walt dies, and the series uses its last shot to pay homage to another finale.
Neither finale is perfect. Your mileage will vary based on what is most important to you, and there are more aspects that go into an effective finale than the three that I highlighted above.
“Felina” is a fine finale. Damon Lindelof thought it was great. I think it is fair to say most viewers found it satisfying. “Felina” learned from “The End,” understood that viewers felt mislead, cheated, and like there were too many loose ends floating around, and adapted. Breaking Bad left no stone unturned and finally gave in to the power fantasy it had been avoiding before, leaving many viewers with a feeling of triumph that Walt proved you don’t mess with Heisenberg.
That wasn’t what Breaking Bad was about, though. It wasn’t a tale about learning not to mess with Heisenberg, and that’s why I don’t feel its finale truly lives up to what preceded it. One of its lead characters is rendered ineffective and the themes of the show don’t shine very brightly (if at all). There are some great callbacks and scenes of reflection providing us a good opportunity to say goodbye, but ideally that would be within a plot that reinforces those first two areas (character and themes). I don’t believe that “Felina” does this.
As a single piece of media and as a singular episode, I would probably agree that “Felina” is a stronger piece of work. It’s exciting, clean, and effective in its simplicity. But as the end to a series it doesn’t reflect the show it represents.
“The End” on the other hand, pushes its characters and themes to the forefront. “Felina” may be more satisfying than mystifying, but “The End” effectively wraps up its story in a way that is true to the characters and themes of the series. On that level, satisfaction be damned, it makes for a better cap to its respective show, wrapping itself in everything that made Lost Lost, which is why I believe “The End” > “Felina.”
Even though the flash-sideways was kinda lame.
Cassie and Jenny may have been responsible for the Kleinssasers’ undoing, but that family was always capable of destroying themselves all on their own.
Blood was spilled on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 15 as we saw the demise of Rand and JW.
And it was a long time coming.
After the Kleinsasser family caught Cassie, Jenny, and Gil on their property, it was every man (and woman) for themselves.
And thankfully, they all made it out alive.
The same couldn’t be said for Rand and JW, who deserved everything they got.
When Rand tried to run Cassie over, she shot out his wheels ensuring that he crashed. The next morning when Rosie found Cassie unconscious, they found Rand bleeding out inside his cabin.
He survived long enough to see his mother one last time before bleeding out.
JW died not long after his psychotic brother. Cassie and Cheyenne found him just as he was gearing up to take out Jenny. A wrestling match ensued and his little sister pulled the trigger.
While Cheyenne definitely knew that her family was disturbed and wanted to break free from them, she wasn’t all that different from them either.
She wanted the same thing JW and Rand did — she wanted the ranch for herself. And she wanted to be free from the control of the deranged men in her family.
And she got it. With JW and Rand eliminated, the ranch now belonged to Cheyenne.
We never saw Horst pay for his sins, but considering that Cassie and Jenny had a sample of the toxic chemicals on his land, it’s safe to assume he was held accountable for all the skeletons on his property.
Does anyone else feel a little cheated for getting invested in Margaret’s storyline only to see nothing come of it? If anyone deserved to kill anyone, it should’ve been Margaret killing Horst.
Cassie and Jenny made sure justice was served on all fronts by taking down Sheriff Wagy, who admitted on video to plotting to kill Cassie.
With the Kleinsasser family taken care of, Cassie and Jenny are free to return to their biggest problem: Ronald/ Arthur.
I’m much more invested in all the Ronald developments than I ever was in the Kleinssaser mystery, which made it feel like a completely different series.
It would’ve made more sense if Ronald was somehow connected to the Kleinsasser’s, but instead, we’ve just been following two separate storylines about people who are all too comfortable with killing for their own benefit.
I’m glad to be circling back to the former one.
The episode kicked off with Arthur burying Mary’s body and getting caught by Phoebe.
It was tense as he explained he was burying a dead deer, and then contemplated bashing Phoebe’s skull in with a rock.
I’m really glad he didn’t. Phoebe didn’t seem to buy Arthur’s story either — she’s a smart kid and knows that something is definitely up, which is why she lied to her mother.
Even when Arthur tried to remain normal, he gave off creep vibes.
Arthur was terrified of what would happen if Scarlet found out about his past, but much to his surprise, she didn’t even care.
It’s unclear how long Scarlet knew about his real identity, but I think that she knew the whole time Mary tried to warn her and just hoped Ronald would get rid of her sister.
She even seemed less concerned about what happened to Mary and more concerned with authorities finding Steve’s body.
Yep, turns out Scarlet was the one that bashed in her baby daddy’s skull (with a screwdriver!) as Mary helped her hide the body.
Scarlet explained that Mary held the crime over her head all these years, but obviously, this made Mary an accomplice.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to let the authorities believe Mary was the murderer? After all, the body was on her premises!
And Steve is the least of their worries since they’re really after Ronald!
However, Scarlet revealed she was cool as a cucumber with Ronald’s past crimes. In fact, she was even more attracted to him, which meant Ronald somehow met his perfect match.
If you didn’t think soulmates existed before, you definitely do now.
Scarlet may be even more deranged than Ronald since she owns up to what she’s done and is more than happy to give into her urges whereas he tries to tame them and is ashamed of them.
Having someone who shares his “interests” is bound to make Ronald much more dangerous.
Scarlet’s confidence likely won’t have a positive influence on him.
Will he go full-on psycho? And what does this mean for poor Phoebe?
Lindor and Geri — who is hellbent on revenge even if it might get her killed — were closing in on them, but Ronald’s storyline is far from over.
As the teasers for next week’s Big Sky Season 1 finale reveal, Ronald is going to get caught, and it will likely unearth something much more sinister than we ever anticipated.
Will Ronald take them to where all the bodies are buried?
What else was he involved in? And why do I have a hunch Scarlet will help him escape again?
Things in Lochsa are getting messier and messier by the minute.
Jenny Hoyt wanted to know why everyone was scared of the Kleinsasser’s, and when Rand drove the truck into the motel, I think she finally got her answer.
Not only does the family have blood on their hands — including Blake’s — but the body count is rising by the minute.
And the worst part is that they feel absolutely no remorse about it.
It’s not even what they’ve done, it’s how unhinged they all are.
They take toxic to the next level.
Rand’s out here talking about opening some kind of torture haunted maze because he enjoys seeing people be afraid, Cheyenne’s out here threatening to expose her brother’s for what they’ve done, and Margaret flat out said she will kill her husband and then sealed it with a kiss.
But that didn’t stop Jennny and Cassie!
Jenny escaped from the motel attack unscathed, but the same can’t be said for Angela. She tried to help and ended up dead, which seems to be the trend.
You’d think Jenny would take the hint and stop asking other people to put their lives at risk, but not a chance! Instead, she tries to convince Gil, Rosie’s father, to tell her what the K family has been up to all these years and why they have so much pull.
By speaking out and taking Jenny and Cassie to the back pasture where they unearthed the poisoned land (along with more corpses), he sealed his fate.
It’s kind of a lame reveal, to be honest. Yes, it’s terrible that they’ve been dumping chemicals and poisoning the land, but this is their big bad secret?
And is that what Cole Danvers found out and died for?
Jenny should take a cue from Cole’s demise. What’s the point of learning the truth if you don’t live long enough to report it?
She’s in way over her head here, especially now that they’ve been spotted snooping around the land.
As someone who has been watching Big Sky from the beginning, it’s clear the series isn’t afraid to take risks.
However, I’m less interested in the mystery of the Kleinsasser’s and more concerned about how Arthur (fka Ronald) is trying to navigate his new life while taming his urges.
I mean, he didn’t do such a hot job considering he killed Scarlet’s sister, Mary, which exposed him.
I’m not saying Ronald deserves a fresh start, but since he’s already started a new life, he could’ve just lived peacefully without raising any flags.
Instead, he’s on the run again, but this time, he’s taking Scarlett and her daughter, Phoebe, for a ride.
It probably wasn’t the smartest idea to buy a truck again since that’s exactly what Cassie and Lindor are going to be looking for.
This guy just can’t help himself. He’s his own worst enemy.
And truly, I still can’t figure out how Ronald managed to escape with Mary’s body when Cassie and Lindor were inside. Sure, they went into the basement, but that’s a close call.
Then again, Ronald is used to close calls. He had several with Scarlett and Phoebe throughout the episode when he saw blood pouring from Mary’s body while they were sleeping right next to it (ew!), when he was almost caught moving her bagged up body through the woods, and finally, when Phoebe saw him digging up a hole in the middle of the night.
I’m genuinely concerned for Phoebe. Ronald has never seriously injured a child (though he’s come close), but we know he’ll do anything to protect himself and his secret.
His little freaky spiel about nice animals being taken out by violent animals proves that he’s willing to do anything to protect himself because that’s life! He really tried to use the analogy to justify his actions. What a creep.
And while you might think Scarlett and Phoebe are safe because he “loves” them, that didn’t work out so great for his mother.
Plus, he already took out the taser when they almost caught him moving Mary’s body.
However, if he wants to preserve what he has with Scarlett, he can’t kill Phoebe as it would put too much heat on him.
Maybe he’ll tell her that he found a violent animal and killed it to protect them?
We know Ronald’s all too good at spinning a lie when necessary.
There’s also the mystery of Steve Lahren’s death. They found Phoebe’s father stuffed in a freezer in Mary’s basement, which likely means she’s the one that killed him with an ice pick.
But Scarlett was also confident that Steve was never coming back to bother her and her daughter. Did she have something to do with his death? Does she know what her sister did?
And if so, would she be fine with Ronald’s, er, pastime?
One thing’s certain: both Ronald and the K family are the “curse” of Montana.
Big Sky has been renewed for a second season with a brand new showrunner. Since the show has taken on more of a anthology vibe with each season focusing on a new mystery, it’s safe to say we’ll wrap up all the drama with the K family by the mid season finale.
Will the hunt for Arthur remain ongoing and bleed into season 2?
My only hope for the second season is that there’s less mysteries to focus on. Between the drama with the K family and Arthur, adding in the mystery of what happened to Cole and Steve is too much.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
Since The Mandalorian picked up steam in 2019, Baby Yoda has been all the rage. Some might even say that the force is strong with this little green one.
Fans have been waiting for Baby Yoda merch since the premiere, but since the alien, known as The Child, who bears a striking resemblance to a young Yoda thus earning him the name, was such a huge secret, merch hasn’t been available until now!
We may be in quarantine, but at least you can re-watch the series in your Mandalorian swag!
Or, if you have a big fan in your life, you can buy them something from this list to cheer them up!
Check it out below… and if you can’t wait for season 2, here’s everything we already know about the upcoming season!
Disclosure: We may get a commission from retail offers.
A Baby Yoda collectible Funko Pop? All Star Wars and Baby Yoda fans need this. Add it to your collection. Pre-order now. It will be available May 15.
Do you have the urge to just hold Baby Yoda tight and never let him go? Same. And you can with this 11-inch plush! Get him now!
Okay, so Baby Yoda might not be on the bedding per se, but if you’re a fan or have a child that is, how can you resist this spread? Let the force be with you day, night, and when you take a nappie. Get the bedding now!
Take Baby Yoda wherever you go with this slick backpack that’s ready for any adventure! Grab the backpack now!
Are you even a real fan without trading cards? These cards are made just for a Baby Yoda fan and follow the journey of The Child! Buy trading cards now
These Lego Brickheadz give you Baby Yoda and The Mandalorian. You’ll be able to create an authentic display complete with signature weapons! Get your Brickheadz now!
Okay, so this one isn’t for kids, but hear us out — Baby Yoda is technically 50, so a whiskey glass dooooes sort of make sense. Buy it now
Hasbro has several different Baby Yoda figurines with various poses including reaching (for the radio controls), eating a frog, sipping his tea, and more. The release date is May 25! Find out how to purchase
There’s nothing more enjoyable during quarantine than doing a jigsaw puzzle with a Baby Yoda smiling back at you. Grab your puzzle now
This T-shirt isn’t joking, you’ve got precious cargo in your pocket… it’s Baby Yoda! Grab the tee now
All the Baby Yoda Merch Every ‘Mandalorian’ Fan Needs
Manifest Double Episode Review – How Is Noah’s Ark Connected to Flight 828? (3×07 & 3×08)
Manifest Review – Tailspin (3×04)
Cruel Summer – Victim or Villain? (1×03)
Good Girls Review – Brother/Cousin (4×08)
Younger Review – Raise the Flag (7×07)
Debris Review – Do You Know Icarus (1×09)
Legacies Review – Hope Turns Into a Monster (3×11)