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Blue is Our Brand

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Hi friends,

Sorry I didn’t get the chance to join the conversation last week, but to extend it, I’d like to pick up on one of Bryan’s points – that Walt has always had his meth cooking skills to fall back on and, without them, he’s left quite vulnerable. For all the incredible action and plot movement twists and gasp-out-loud moments this week, I think this simple point remains at the core of the current narrative: Walt’s the only one who can make the meth blue…it’s the perfectly simple truth that he is never going to escape his own creation.

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Mr. White, he’s the devil

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Breaking Bad - S05E12

Hey folks,

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 »

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September 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

If you don’t know who I am…

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Hello friends,

It’s both incredible and somewhat sad to be discussing the final episodes of Breaking Bad. What a twisty turn it’s been!

There’s so much in this episode, so I’ll focus on a few comments  and questions.

I think the psychological dimensions of the show — always present in Breaking Bad — reached a (literal) crescendo with this episode. The depiction of Hank’s realization of ‘who’ Walt is was incredible, as was the final showdown between them (Hank’s closing the garage door, Walt’s last words, etc.). Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Martin

August 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

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“It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Hank says this to Walt in an attempt to console him about his marriage with Skyler. But, if you read it as a foreshadowing about what is coming, this episode takes a quick turn towards the darkness. It gets damn dark. Todd has shown initiative to help out the operation. He sought to impress Walt by telling him about the nanny-cam in the house they are about to cook in. And in an attempt to impress Walt and Jesse with quick thinking about keeping the heist a secret, Todd decides to shoot the little boy who sees the end of the heist. I wonder how Walt and Mike are going to react to this terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Nothing stops this train

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Breaking Bad Watch Nightstand S05E04

So, Skylar’s slow burn finally paid off this week. And in wonderful fashion. Round 1 didn’t really have a winner; it mostly just had both sides laying all the cards on the table (analogy 1: cards/poker). Skylar openly admits that her best plan is to suffer through Walt’s mania, trying to keep the kids as far from him as possible, and waiting for Walt’s cancer to resurface and kill or debilitate him. Her strategy is to take as many blows for as many rounds as possible and then strike when her opponent is too weak to retaliate like Muhammad Ali (analogy 2: boxing). This is a terrible thought to Walt because cancer must seem like something that could actually slow him down. But, he sure does seem confident that no other person could threaten his reign as Lord White of Downton Crystal. He believes that he is always a move ahead of his competitor, calling all of Skylar’s potential, future moves (analogy 3: chess). Read the rest of this entry »

The Evolution of the O-Noise

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I’ve got to say it, the highlight of this season is for me, without a doubt, Sue Collini.  Kathleen Turner is brilliant as Runkel’s crass-mouthed, sex-crazed, professionally brilliant, polyamorous – did I mention she likes sex? – boss.  The woman is almost unreal.  Squeezed into every outfit she comes on screen in, and somehow it seems, squeezed into her own flesh in a way that makes her appear to be constantly bursting at the seams with life, with desire, with energy and lust, she makes Hank look like an inexperienced schoolboy with a string of silly crushes. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm