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I did this. I did it alone.

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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 »

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September 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

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

Better than chasing monsters.

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Dear Kathryn,

Before I get into the details of the story, I want to talk briefly about how amazing the cinematography of this episode was. Michelle MacLaren directed this episode wonderfully. She has directed 9 episodes so far (and is directing a couple Game of Thrones episodes in season 3!), including “Madrigal,” which was also fantastic. Even if you ignore all the other beautiful moments in the show, she should win a directing Emmy for the two montages alone. I haven’t seen a more well done murder montage since The Godfather. Read the rest of this entry »

Say My Name

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Breaking Bad, Mike, Walt, Say My Name,

Dear Bryan,

I’m not going to pull a Walt here and make you say thank you for having pointed out for the last several episodes that we were headed to this dark conclusion. A gun in the hand, or within the reach of Walt’s hand, was clearly headed in one direction. But did it really come down to such a seemingly small case of wounded pride? And what do you make of what seemed to be fear, panic, and regret in Walt and Mike’s final moments?
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Just because you shot Jesse James…

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jesse james, just because you killed jesse james,

Proving he has a clearer grip on reality than anyone else in the show, Mike pretty much sums up the theme we’ve seen develop over three episodes with that amazing quote: “Just because you shot Jesse James don’t make you Jesse James.”

Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Walter White, Mike, Just because you kill jesse james

I’ve always thought of myself as more of a “Doc Holliday.”

Not that Walt is getting the message, nit-picking over mule-fees and hazard money like he has a lot of other options. Seriously, what can we possibly make of his big-man posturing over whether or not they should pay to keep Mike’s “guys” quiet except that he was, well, playing the big man? What part of “don’t force them to spill their guts and send us all to prison” does he not understand? His stand-off with Mike over the “legacy fee” coupled with his complete ignorance of how “the business” actually works left him seeming even more dangerous, if that was possible. The look of fear and disbelief in Jesse’s eyes at the end of the episode when Walt was making not too veiled references to killing Mike to teach him “not to fly too close to the sun” said it nicely: what kind of lunatic has Mr. White become? Read the rest of this entry »

Going forward where?

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Dear Bryan,

Well, here we have it: a perfect episode to show us just how far Walt has come and just how deluded he is about his future. There were many hints of this escalation and delusion, but how about that scene of Walt and Skyler in bed at the end of the episode for starters? Walt reprises his creepy, possessive manipulator role with the added ick factor of paralleling the sex scene at the end of the very first episode of the series. Then, Walt has returned home after stowing the corpse of Emilio in the RV outside Jesse’s house and the almost-corpse of Crazy 8 in Jesse’s basement. His first attempt at breaking bad has not gone so well and he is wracked with guilt, anxiety, and just the first taste of power. He initiates sex with Skyler with the desperation and intensity of a man who almost died (besides the fact that he thinks he is dying of lung cancer) and she is shocked, but also titilated, by his intensity: “Walt, is that you?” she asks breathlessly. Read the rest of this entry »