Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I’m Watching: Breaking Bad (Mid-Season Premiere)

Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 9 “Blood Money” (B+)

To say that this episode was highly anticipated is a serious understatement. After an awesome toilet-top discovery by Hank that Walt was the man he had been hunting for so long nearly a year ago, it was absolutely worthwhile to see how it all played out. Hank having a panic attack and crashing his car into a mailbox was intense, and to see him hole up in his garage with all of the files was a miserable reminder of his mineral-collection phase. Walt strolling in with a big smile on his face was an inviting prompt for that vengeful punch, but, as usual, Walt didn’t seem phased by it, pointing out to Hank that, since his cancer had returned, it would be futile to prosecute him anyway. I wonder what Hank is going to do with this information, but I suspect that he won’t tell all because of the shame that he feels for not seeing what was right under his nose. Lydia stopping by the car wash proved unproductive, and it’s startling to see just how honest Walt was with Skyler about who she was and why she was here. That didn’t stop him from lying through this season to Jesse about Mike being alive, but clearly he’s spiraling out of control anyway. Giving the homeless man a big bundle of cash and throwing the rest out his window was a sign that he’s just as lost and confused as his friend with the very complex, fruit-filled “Star Trek” story. There’s nothing quite like this show, and it’s going to be a wild ride to the end.

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