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The Score: Disturbing Strokes


I'm about a season behind with Breaking Bad.  My plan is to catch up by the finale of season five.

During a rather intense scene at the end of season three, I really noticed the score.  You know the score, the background music that sets the mood of a scene.  While the score was ensuring I knew it was an intense scene, I started thinking about The Wire.

There was no score in The Wire.  You didn't need auditory clues as to how you should feel about the scene before you.  I enjoyed the lack of score, the way I enjoy the lack of laugh track in comedies like The Larry Sanders Show, Flight of the Conchords and The Office.

How persuasive can a film or television show's score be?  Check out the opening of Diff'rent Strokes without the happy-go-lucky theme song.

Looks like a completely different show, doesn't it?

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