Stream On: Break, Breaking Bad, Broken: Prelude and Aftermath

By on December 19, 2019


Walter White, Saul Goodman and Jesse Pinkman: The saga continues. (

Breaking Bad (2008-2013), the story of a high-school chemistry teacher’s transformation into a meth cook and later kingpin, was a watershed series in American TV; its appearance in this column of lesser-known streaming series is merely to introduce some of creator Vince Gilligan’s subsequent work. So first off, if you enjoy TV but haven’t seen Breaking Bad, just go ahead and watch it. All seasons are available with a subscription to Netflix; the first two are also on-demand at $1.99/episode on Fandango, Amazon Prime and Vudu, and the last two seasons are also on Apple’s new streaming service for $1.99/episode. [TVPG]



Saul wasn’t always Saul. His back story is examined in Better Call Saul. (

BETTER CALL SAUL (1st 3 Seasons on Netflix; all Seasons for $1.99/episode on Redbox, AppleTV, Prime, Vudu and Fandango)

Sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk, Fargo) was one of the breakout characters on Breaking Bad; this 2015 prequel is his story, and provides a chance to revisit two other memorable characters from that show, fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks, Wiseguy) and restaurateur/drug kingpin Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito, Homicide: Life on the Street).

Saul wasn’t always Saul; his early years were spent as the black sheep of an accomplished family in Cicero, Illinois, running scams on marks in bars with friends for pot money. Better Call Saul follows his tumultuous path to the New Mexico Bar Association and his acquaintance with Mike the mechanic and Gus Fring. Fring’s backstory we already know from Breaking Bad; Mike’s we learn here, from his flight as an ex-cop from Philadelphia and his late son’s story to the establishment of his relationship to his daughter-in-law and his granddaughter Kaylee.

While it’s not as flashy as Breaking Bad, Saul has all its drama if not more, and psychological insights into the choices we make in serving good or evil. There are more laughs due to Saul’s comic persona, but thrills there are, too, courtesy of Gus Fring’s nemesis Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis, Gotham), his insane nephew Tuco (Raymond Cruz, The Closer/Major Crimes) and others we first met in Breaking Bad.

Knowing the ultimate fate of the characters from Breaking Bad doesn’t dampen the fun; indeed, we’re shown Saul’s own post-Albuquerque life in flash-forwards during the show. It’s all good, man; the drama is in the process. Here’s a two-minute trailer. [TVPG]



Call me Ishmael. The survivor of Breaking Bad has more trials ahead in El Camino. (


One major character is left standing after the apocalyptic finale of Breaking Bad; Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul, The Path) is shown speeding away from the carnage in a classic Chevy El Camino. This 2019 Netflix original movie begins with that scene. The fallout from the events at the end of Breaking Bad has caught the attention of at least three law-enforcement agencies and an all-points bulletin is opened on Jesse Pinkman, person of interest and possible perpertrator. The movie’s 122-minute running time is almost three episodes’ worth of drama in which we learn: whither Jesse?

His odyssey includes his friends Skinny Pete and Badger, and Jesse’s parents, and we see in flashbacks his time with Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons, Fargo) and Todd’s role in a major plot point going forward.

A two-minute trailer of El Camino is here. [Unrated]

This movie may put paid to the Breaking Bad saga, but remember, four seasons have been broadcast of Better Call Saul and a fifth season is scheduled to begin on AMC in February.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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