I The Michigan Daily michigandaily.com Thursday, January 9,2014
For a series as acclaimed and adored as
"Breaking Bad;" ending the story can be a
formidable undertaking. A series' victory
lap can be the difference between a wholly
satisfying legacy (see "Six Feet Under") or
an infuriating conclusion to a once-great
show ("Dexter"). For "Breaking Bad,"
Walter White's journey from Mr. Chips to
Scarface ended with the unrivaled excel-
lence and skill with which it began.
"Breaking Bad" 's final episodes were
both surprising and captivating -- eight
hours of television in its peak form. The
sixth installment, "Ozymandias," will be
remembered as one of the finest hours of
television in history.
The finale garnered 10.3 million view-
ers, up 442 percent from the previous
year's finale, capping off "Breaking Bad"
's meteoric rise from critically acclaimed
niche programming to full-blown cultural
phenomenon. "Breaking Bad"'s final eight
episodes firmly cemented its place among
the best television series of all time and
with that, the legacy of Walter White.
How much does Kanye West not give
a fuck? Let me show you right now by
cueing up the auditory assault that is
Yeezus's opening track, "On Sight.' From
projecting his face onto hundreds of
buildings worldwide for the promotion
of "New Slaves" to splitting mountains
and bringing out Jesus in arenas across
the country on his Yeezus Tour, 2013
was the year where Mr. West either
lost his goddamn mind or turned Super
Saiyan and evolved to an unprecedented
level of genius. Personally, I believe
it was both. Yeezus is the sound of
a frustrated futurist creating harsh
compositions for no one but himself.
It's innovative, infectious and evocative
- all hallmarks of great art. More
than anything, Yeezus is an album that
understands the .power of surprise.
On his sixth album, Kanye managed to
mix memorable melodies and jagged
experimentation for a captivating
40 minutes of brilliant imperfection.