Friday, August 17, 2012

What I’m Watching: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 5 “Dead Freight” (B+)

This show just keeps getting darker and darker. Walt coming to cry to Hank about Skyler thinking that he’s a bad father was manipulative enough, but it got worse when he planted a bug so that he could listen in on Hank’s conversations. Lydia sure did a good job fighting for her life after Mike repeatedly and emphatically threatened to shoot her in the head, and she’s lucky that Hank thought to call the Houston office to double-check that they didn’t plant a bug. Though they may not get along swimmingly, this new foursome makes a great team, with Lydia providing ideas, Mike and Walt presenting a violent solution, and Jesse coming up with a way to ensure no one gets hurt. Mike’s categorization of two kinds of heists, those that get away with it, and those that leave witnesses, was appropriately humorless. Robbing and replacing the contents of the train without anyone knowing was a brilliant concept, and its execution was, as usual for this show, spectacular. Despite some tight timing, it all went off well, and then that mysterious child with his tarantula had to appear. Until that point, Todd had proven himself inquisitive and hard-working, but he was still an unknown quantity. The look on Jesse’s face when he saw Todd pull out a gun and shoot him was horrifying, and it’s not going to be easy to cover this up. Walt’s going to have a whole lot more to worry about than just trying to discipline his unhappy son.

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