It’s hard to believe it’s all over. In some ways, I thought this episode was brilliant, in others I was disappointed and, in one, I’m just left annoyed. So first, the brilliant. For much of the episode I felt like it didn’t even know it was the finale. Breaking Bad’s storytelling mode is near genius in terms of pacing. In all the seasons leading up to this one, we all marvelled at how little time passes in this incredibly packed narrative universe. And this season, we’ve had minutes take hours to show and months take seconds – giving us some form of temporal whiplash at moments that nevertheless satisfied. The temporal confidence (I’m not sure what else to call it?!) of this final episode shocked me. Read the rest of this entry »
So, that was a change of pace. That episode was pretty much what I assumed it would be: checking in with all of the relevant parties in the aftermath of the fall of Heisenberg. I thought it was pretty beautifully handled. Beautiful in a dark, dark way. The depth of Heisenberg’s fallout was a sad place for everybody involved. Read the rest of this entry »
I am beginning to wonder if I have the emotional stamina to make it through the final two episodes. Whew! So that is how a meth empire ends: “Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I don’t know about you guys, but this episode felt like it was trying to get a lot of things in place for the last four episodes. Not a whole lot happened necessarily, but we got some interesting setups. Most notably, Jesse is cooperating with the DEA (I loved the moment when Marie Read the rest of this entry »
So now we know how the White house gets trashed. I just hope that after his arson escapade, Jesse turns himself in and becomes that crucial witness in the case against Walt. If last week focused on the women in the show, this week really took up the male relationships – so I want to say a few words about Jesse, and leave the Hank stuff and the dvd confession for one of you to take up.
The scene between Walt and Jesse in the desert was just stunning! We’ve all been waiting so long for Jesse to call Walt out on his father-figure bullsh*t, and that he waited so long to do so made the payoff even sweeter. I know you guys (or, at least, some of you) still, at least kind of, think Walt’s doing what he’s doing “for his family” – whatever that might mean. At this point, I just don’t buy that at all! I think his core motivation is the preservation Read the rest of this entry »
Well, if last week was all about Hank, this week was all about Skylar…at least for me. I was riveted and, yet, left wanting more – just what is going on inside her head? At this point, I’m not entirely sure if she’s protecting Walt, protecting herself, or just caught up in momentum that she can’t escape. But when Hank told her that she would no longer be Walt’s victim, I was struck not only by how wrong that language was for describing her, but also how incapable I was of coming up with something better. Hank can list all the reasons why Skylar is a victim, and they’re all true. She was emotionally manipulated, faced borderline physical abuse and certainly emotional, feared for her safety, and so on. But in the end, all those reasons don’t quite capture why Skylar has and continues to go along with this plot. Walt has been utterly corrupted by power; Skylar, I wonder, has perhaps become, or is becoming, corrupted by the thrill of her own success. She got the carwash going. She hid all the money. She figured out that Hank’s got nothing. She might not be great on the spot when crisis hits like Walt is, but give her a few hours to mull things over, and she’s as much the brains of the operation as Walt. Perhaps all these years being married to a(n unacknowledged) genius has left her wanting her own smarts acknowledged too. I don’t know – do you guys have any further thoughts on her motivations here…because I’m still trying to figure them all out?? Read the rest of this entry »