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Old 10-06-2013, 10:31 PM   #4396
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This has probably been discussed many times. I wouldn't know, for I haven't been able to check these boards as much as I'd like due to being so freaking busy lately with school, work and parenting 1 and 2 year old girls. Apologies in advance if this has already been covered dozens of times...

So.... Todd Alquist:



I was absolutely terrified of this character. Not only did I perceive him as the most terrifying character in the entire series, but probably the most terrifying character I've ever seen on TV. And I'm relatively thick-skinned when it comes to watching TV...it takes a lot to scare me, but this character managed to do so. I can't pinpoint why exactly, Todd Alquist terrifies me 1000 X more than other notoriously terrifying TV characters, such as Hannibal Lecter. I think it's the fact that I found his portrayal of a psychopath to be so spot-on and realistic. His personality can be so sincere, yet he is simultaneously able to do horrific things, such as killing the kid as if it were nothing.

I think the unique combination of the characteristics of sincerity in his personality, his awkward behavior in his interactions with people, his loyalty, his utter nonchalance in unbelievably strenuous situations, his cunning physical resemblance to an "off" version of Matt Damon, his glaring need for approval from his superiors, his lack of ability to merely comprehend let alone distinguish between right and wrong and his capability to do things that are horrifying beyond comprehension without showing a hint of empathy is what makes his character so frightening to me. I find his portrayal of a sociopath/psychopath...more believable than anything I've ever seen.

In my life thus far, I've known psychopaths/sociopaths...a couple-few of them very well. I worked as an Intensive Psych Practitioner/Service Coordinator of a mental health facility for 5 years following my graduation from college (in which Psych was my major...dumb choice). Some of his behaviors/characteristics remind me of some of my past clients who were psycho-sociopaths as well as a couple people I have gotten to know real well in my personal life, who were/are psychopaths.

I dunno, I've just literally never seen anything like him on TV and have never been literally "shook up" from being scared due to something I watched on TV until the last few episodes of Breaking Bad in which he was a prominent character.

Anyone else affected by Todd the same way I was (am)?

Sidenote: Todd reminds me of the type of guy who is predisposed to be a sociopath, but the tendencies are multiplied by a thousand due to not having a positive and/or consistent father figure in his life. I would guess that if the show had a chance to expand on him a bit more, this would likely be reflected as a contributing factor in terms of what made him the way he is. Anyone else catch that vibe from him?

Ugh! (chills thinking about it).
I appreciate this praise for Jesse Plemons' performance. He was convincing for all the reasons you stated.

And, unlike in Silock's insane opinion, this performance was utterly different than Plemons' performance of Landry in Friday Night Lights.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #4397
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Oh, I know, I know.

But still....were/are you scared of the dude? Or am I a wussy mcwussypants?
I wasn't scared of him, in the sense that though he presented a creative and credible character I was aware throughout that he was, in fact, a TV character. Kind of a twist on the 'oh hey, that's Tom Cruise' effect, where no matter how good an actor he is, you always remember he's really Tom Cruise.

But he was a great character to have portrayed on a great show. Reminiscent of Schwartzenegger as the original Terminator, like you could envision the machine under the skin.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:51 PM   #4398
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And, unlike in Silock's insane opinion, this performance was utterly different than Plemons' performance of Landry in Friday Night Lights.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #4399
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I wasn't scared of him, in the sense that though he presented a creative and credible character I was aware throughout that he was, in fact, a TV character. Kind of a twist on the 'oh hey, that's Tom Cruise' effect, where no matter how good an actor he is, you always remember he's really Tom Cruise.

But he was a great character to have portrayed on a great show. Reminiscent of Schwartzenegger as the original Terminator, like you could envision the machine under the skin.
Haha, man...I love your perspective on things. Cool post.

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I appreciate this praise for Jesse Plemons' performance. He was convincing for all the reasons you stated.

And, unlike in Silock's insane opinion, this performance was utterly different than Plemons' performance of Landry in Friday Night Lights.
Glad I'm not alone here in thinking this dude pulled off a unique performance. My wife (who I watch the show with) disregards him as nothing, but a weird, annoying character and she doesn't share my fear of the character (yet she's too scared to watch a Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street movie). Whether it was inadvertent or intentional...this character gave me the creeps.
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YES, THAT'S AN EXCELLENT IDEA!!! I wonder how the commentaries are going to be on the Season 5 DVD set!!!!?!?!?!?

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Haha, man...I love your perspective on things. Cool post.



Glad I'm not alone here in thinking this dude pulled off a unique performance. My wife (who I watch the show with) disregards him as nothing, but a weird, annoying character and she doesn't share my fear of the character (yet she's too scared to watch a Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street movie). Whether it was inadvertent or intentional...this character gave me the creeps.
Another thing Jesse reminded me of, early Michael Corleone. Baby faced and soft spoken, but every ounce as brutal as the situation demanded.

He wasn't 'forced into it' as Michael was, but he had the same mix of innocence and unflinching brutality that Michael displayed.

I imagine that Jesse's heartbeat never rose above 75 BPM in the entire series.
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Another thing Jesse reminded me of, early Michael Corleone. Baby faced and soft spoken, but every ounce as brutal as the situation demanded.

He wasn't 'forced into it' as Michael was, but he had the same mix of innocence and unflinching brutality that Michael displayed.

I imagine that Jesse's heartbeat never rose above 75 BPM in the entire series.
I think Aaron Paul has a shot of being a huge star. He definitely has a bright future, IMO.

Sidenote: I met him at Lollapalooza 2012. He was literally sitting, camping out for the RHCP show, right next to us while Doomtree was playing. He was pretty cool shit...I don't know how he enjoyed his time there...he had a shit-load of people (including my posse) pestering him throughout the duration of the entire Doomtree show. He was real cool about it though...seemed to enjoy being acknowledged/receiving attention.

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I think Aaron Paul has a shot of being a huge star. He definitely has a bright future, IMO.

Sidenote: I met him at Lollapalooza 2012. He was literally sitting, camping out for the RHCP show, right next to us while Doomtree was playing. He was pretty cool shit...I don't know how he enjoyed his time there...he had a shit-load of people (including my posse) pestering him throughout the duration of the entire Doomtree show. He was real cool about it though...seemed to enjoy being acknowledged/receiving attention.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me he called you a Bitch!!!
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Haha, we got him to say, "yo."
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In retrospect, I really liked the ending. At least there was closure. Maybe we didnt actually see WW bite it, they left that a little open ended. I mean, we presume he's dead but it's not like he had brains leaking out of his ear and I'm ok with that. You know, just in case they want to do a movie or whatever.
I was exceedingly happy that Jessie lived. However, does he have any money left? I'd hate to think he went thru all of that just to end up a broke ass mental case...
I thought it was great. I didn't need my mind blown- the show already gave plenty of this in spades. It's a finale, and provided closure without insulting the excellence of the show or the intelligence of the fan base.

By definition a finale is a shows death, and no one invested in something that ends is going to be satisfied with its "end". That'd be like Walt having a major stroke moments after his conversation while the FBI was listening in and he absolutely is vial to her- even if it was for show. Those would be his final words to her, Hanks never found in a makeshift and unfitting shallow grave, and Holly is left lost in God knows where. That's pissing on the BrBa grave. How they closed things up, things were wrapped up rather nicely with some positive hope for the Jesse and Walt's family. He actually achieved his original purpose that set the wheels in motion, and not in a sugarcoated manner that let him off the hook or having to actually face the consequence of his actions.

Color me more than satisfied with how they handled it, and really nothing and no storyline would ever appease everyone ever.
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Sidenote: I met him at Lollapalooza 2012. He was literally sitting, camping out for the RHCP show, right next to us while Doomtree was playing. He was pretty cool shit...I don't know how he enjoyed his time there...he had a shit-load of people (including my posse) pestering him throughout the duration of the entire Doomtree show. He was real cool about it though...seemed to enjoy being acknowledged/receiving attention.

I'm not diverting my attention away from a Doomtree concert, Aaron Paul or no Aaron Paul.
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