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Mixed Notes Sunday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 11, 2013

With "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter" nearing the end, I talked about the villain as TV star here.  And I have a non-spoilery assessment of tonight's "Breaking Bad" return here.

Brimfield Police's famous Chief Oliver weighed in on the column in a Facebook post today. Here are his thoughts:

This article is a very good one (as are all of his). I have had this talk with several people over the past couple of years. It seems as though entertainment is confused over a very basic issue....good and evil.

While healthy adults may realize these shows for exactly what they are...fiction and entertainment....young folks and some others may get caught up in the hype.

There is no way meth cooks, mob leaders and serial killers should be glorified or portrayed to EVER win out over the good in our society. These guys are criminals.

AMC is also using "BB" as the lead-in to a new drama, "Low Winter Sun," adapted from a British miniseries with Mark Strong, who plays the Americanized version of his British role in the AMC series. Strong is a cop who commits a murder early in the first episode, which not only means he has to hide it but entangles him in others' schemes. The first episode sets a lot of things in motion, some in scenes that feel transplanted from a rather talky stage play, and one that suggests Strong is very smart before some later ones indicate he is not that smart at all. The most interesting character in the premiere is Lennie James's, another cop who is apparently far more clever than Strong and may even be a sort of Iago to Strong's Othello. But I am not sure I will stay with this long enough to find out. Maybe one more episode, then decide.

This week's video column, with Robert Redford, Lena Dunham, "Doctor Who" and more is here.

In case you missed it, my Saturday print HeldenFiles offered some advice to the new wave of local university presidents -- based on what they can learn at he movies.

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