The Walking Dead, What Lies Ahead

So last night was the premier of Season 4 of The Walking Dead… and I have to say… for a premier, it was a good episode BUT kind of felt like filler, except for a few key points, that I’ll address in this blog.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 1: 30 Days Without an Accident

But first here’s part of why it felt like filler:

Walking-Dead-Daryl-Merle-DixonThere was actually very little excitement. The most exciting part of the episode at the “Big Spot!”, which I’ll admit elicited some gasps and exclamations of surprise at our TWD viewing party, in retrospect felt kind of underwhelming, as at no point was I worried about any main characters dying. Not to mention the episode opening with Carl naming the pig just felt slow. Though it was actually kind of cute.. Carl-Ages-By-Seasondespite the fact that I feel like he’s growing up right before our eyes… I mean look at how he’s progressed from Seasons 1-4 … though I guess if nothing but growing veggies and repaired relationships have occurred, then why waste screen time on it. And even Hershel teased Rick that The Council (can’t wait to learn more about them!) was making jokes about him behaving like a farmer. Also as a side note, I’m once again perfectly fine with the fact that they’ve jumped (as the EP Scott Gimple on Talking Dead pointed out) about 6-7 months in the future, because it would feel silly to make it seem like only about a month had passed and Chandler Riggs had gotten older, as show above.

The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCSpeaking of character growth and development… I’m pretty much in what I’ll refer to as “Beth-Mode”, and by this, I mean I’m not getting attached to any new characters. Beth’s reaction to what’s-his-name’s demise on a run was pretty typical, she wasn’t even that emotional when he left. I suspect Daryl is more her type, especially after that hug, but who can blame her, he’s the-walking-dead-glenn-maggiekind of a leader now, and he’s one of the few people in her short life who has lasted. I think it’s sad that Beth like Carl is adapting to this new world in a cold way, and I think it will definitely bring about some tension between her and Maggie. This is important considering the fact that Maggie wants some level of living, not just “breathing” to be a part of their lives, even if it means bringing a child into this world, instead of spending all of their time in fear, which is, at least in part how Beth is living. It’s a practical, yet fear driven outlook to not get attached to people that may not be there tomorrow.

 

Now on to those characters that we may not see much of, and let’s face it tonight’s casualties won’t be the only ones, during the Season 3 finale, as I saw the Woodbury folks arriving, all I could think was “gee, there’s a bunch of walker food”.

tyrese-the-walking-dead-539x720Anyway, Tyrese’s group will be around for awhile, and while I may sound merciless, I’m totally fine to have one of them go, instead of one of our favorites, but if the writers could weave Hershel in and Dale out as well as they did, and as Beth and Maggie look to be taking on some of the female drama story lines that were once reserved for Michonne and Andrea (shutting down vs. holding out hope for a better life) , well I suppose the writers would be able to work in Tyrese’s group. Though Tyrese complaining about the tasks that have to be done was disappointing, and I look forward to what Executive Producer Scott Gimple pofepbb0o4said about this season, it will have a lot to do with children, adults, and what it means to “grow up”… oh and in case you’re wondering, growing up in a zombie apocalypse DEFINITELY means providing BOTH story time, AND Weaponry 101!

SweetWater-Walking-Dead-Season-4I am a bit interested in the army medic who seems, based on his actions with the wine, to be a recovering alcoholic, and I applaud his action at putting the wine back… after all how could he know after crashing the shelf the roof would cave and it’d start raining men?!?! I figured though that when we saw him make that hard choice with the alcohol that we’d get more information on him… which means that he wouldn’t be going anywhere for awhile.

Episode-4-Amy-Walker-2-350I’m not trying to sound like a know-it-all, but to be completely honest the last time I remember being completely shocked that a character died, it was Amy, Andrea’s sister all the way back in season one, other deaths were sad or perhaps unexpected, but none caught me so off guard as that first one.

walking-dead-season-4-vincent-martellaI was a bit surprised though by the village nerd dying the way that he did, and I was a bit offended… they finally get someone on the show that likely would have attended SDCC, and he only lasts one episode… Though, I guess if the did away with BOTH the strapping young lad all ready to take on the world and go on supply runs AND the nerd… well I guess I shouldn’t be too offended… plus it looks like we’re going to get a revenge of the nerds as soon as the next episode opens… which probably also means that … (Skip Past Spoiler Warning at the bottom to finish section)

What’s also something to ponder is what made him sick… was it a scratch from a walker, or maybe something in the water supply, Violet the pig also got sick and died and the camera focused quite deliberately on the shower faucet.

walking-dead-season-4Now the sections of the episode with sweet Clara in the woods (thank goodness Hershel told Rick to take his gun!)… that’s where the episode felt like filler BUT as I put down my thoughts I do think about the fact that all stories have to start somewhere, and if the pointless stuff (like growing veggies and feeding pigs) is left out then the better for watching.This episode showed us where our characters were at and Rick’s experience with Clara (who, I’ll admit, I went back and forth the whole time trying to figure her out.. half of me kept thinking “No Rick, don’t trust her!” and the other half kept thinking “Aww this poor lady”) was definitely a catalyst and brought s to the surface the question of can you come back from the person you’ve had to become to survive in this world? Again I think of the kids, who may never come back, simply because this is the only life they’ve known. I also think of Rick’s three questions, “How many walkers have you killed”, “How many people have you killed?” and the 3rd, which mattered most “Why?”, after all it doesn’t even take a zombie apocalypse to draw a line between murder and self defense, it’s just all the more of a pressing issue.

So, after putting down all my thoughts, I take it back (but I won’t delete my previous notions.. because this, like surviving, is a process) this episode wasn’t filler. It gave us all the information we needed, slow though it may have seemed, and it pointed us towards what ever may lie ahead, and I can’t wait to watch it.

Thanks for reading, happy watching, and leave a comment about how you felt about the episode!

 

SPOILERS from the Talking Dead Sneak Peak

We will probably, for a while NOT find out who’s feeding rats to the walkers at the gates, or it may be that we the viewers find out, but our survivors won’t learn about it for a bit, because they’ll be too distracted by the walkers in the cell block. My money is on one of the adorable twerps that thought naming walkers was a good idea… ugh kids these days.

 

A Deep Breath BrBa S5e15

Hi Readers,

So last night we got the second to last episode… ever… of Breaking Bad.  And it was, in my opinion, after Vince Gilligan squeezed our hearts and minds into a bloody pulp through ‘Ozymandias’ last week, like a nice deep breath…  which we’ll probably need as I anticipate most of us will find that we’re forgetting to breathe during the series finale.

Now that’s not to say that this week’s episode wasn’t as amazing as any others this season, but other than Jesse and Flynn there was little emotional devastation wrought by GIlligan and Co., and that’s ok, in fact it’s well done, and as I go through this post I think you’ll see why.

515-break3-23thowetru-e9uy209tgy3rotiywet2345wetf23-34thpeiot724tBreaking Bad Season 5 Episode 15 “Granite State”.

515-break1-23thwepot1-y4e0953-wdgkh2etiuywe5tydt-wetgThe episode opens at, go figure an actual vacuum store.  Saul’s guy who helps people disappear (Ed), is helping Saul disappear. Saul gets a new ID, is told he’ll be moving to Nebraska, and that as he waits to leave he’ll have a “bunk mate”. 01-not-fun

Saul knows he means Walter and asks “Oh yeah, is *he* still here?”, and wants to know how Walter is “holding up”, Ed tells Saul to “be the judge”. Saul is then directed to a monitor showing CCTV of another room, with a noticeably stir-crazy and frustrated Walter.

hqdefaultThe next scene opens with Marie in a federal vehicle being driven home, she’s barely listening as the officer is telling her that eventually they’ll find Hank and Gomez. As they get to the house though, it’s immediately evident that someone has broken in, two agents jump out to investigate, while the driver turns around and speeds off with Marie.

We don’t have to ponder who broke into the house.  It was Jack and his crew.  Back at their place their watching Jesse’s confession to Hank (doesn’t that feel like a million years ago?).  They even watch through Jesse explaining what happened to Drew Sharp (now that Jack has the confession, I’m fairly sad at the fact that as Marie will never find out where Hank is, Drew Sharp’s parents will never get closure or answers). At this point Jack has heard enough, and is ready to go out and get rid of Jesse. Once again Todd steps in, talking about the fact that with Jesse the purity went way up, and even when Jack reminds him that they’ve got millions now, and don’t need to cook, Todd still insists on keeping Jesse alive for more meth. Jack realizes that this is all about Todd’s crush on Lydia, but backs off, and Jesse is saved yet again.

1-600x399Back at the vacuum store, as Saul is waiting to be able to be transported to his new life in Nebraska (quite symbolically), Walter is leaning on his barrel of money to write down details about mercenaries he’s going to need Saul to get in touch with so that they can go hit Jack and get his money back. Saul tries to explain to him how things are over, and how even with the phone call that Walt staged was good, but until the feds have Walt they’ll keep the pressure on Skyler, and that they’ll never be able to see a cent of the money Walt earned, reminding him of Mike’s attempts to get money to his granddaughter and how it was repeatedly seized. Saul brings up how little time Walt has left , and that if he were arrested now he’d probably die before ever being convicted. Saul tells Walt that the best thing for his family would be to “Stay and face the music”. At this point Ed comes in and tells Saul he’s good to go, but Walt says he isn’t going anywhere, so Ed gives them a minute.  515-break2-230tgh23p9c23j09erut6o23iygHowever, Walt won’t hear any of it.  He backs Saul up against the wall just like he did before reminding him that “It’s over when I say – ” and Walt is cut off by his own coughing.  Saul get’s his suitcase, says “It’s over.”, and leaves.  At this point  We all know it’s over, why doesn’t Walt? It’s gotten sad at this point, his refusal to give in.

indexCut to Skyler, she’s sitting across the table from who we assume are federal agents. And everything is white noise, the men are speaking, and it’s muffled, we can tell she’s not present.  Finally one of the agents asks “Is she even listening?”. Skyler seems to snap out of it and says “I understand. I”m in a lot of trouble.  I understand you will use everything in your power against me and my children to get Walt.  But I can’t give you what you want, because I don’t know where where he is.” The entire scene mirrors when Walter first received his cancer diagnosis from his doctor, it was all white noise but when prompted, Walt had heard it all. Can I just say here that this kind of amazing storytelling is why I LOVE this show! Also I have mixed feelings for Skyler, I feel bad that Walt has left her high and dry, but at the same time, she was never the “blameless victim” he tried to paint her as with that phone call.

0 515-9-2igwe0958-2er9tu6-2e0u5w-9rteuwpdtyoh 7LdqJlkThat night we see a car with two officers outside the White house watching it, radioing in that there’s no movement.  Skyler is inside having a smoke, observing the officers.  The house is silent and she is so very alone. She gets up to go and check on Holly, as she hears her start to cry in down the hall.  As she gets into the nursery though, she sees three men in all black with masks standing around Holly’s crib, and one comes up behind her covering her mouth.  Once they’re sure no one else is there, and that she won’t scream, they uncover her mouth so that she can answer a few questions.  They’re specifically about if she’s said anything about the “lady at the car wash” (referring of course to Lydia). She tells them no, and they threaten to come back if she ever does say anything about her, or their little visit in the middle of the night.  This was a rough scene to watch, even Skyler’s biggest haters had to feel SOME degree of sympathy for her.

tumblr_mtk8r1MhM51qzpxx1o1_1280Speaking of Lydia she goes to meet Todd, and she’s finally successful at telling one of her contacts to speak to her back to back… which is WAY more suspicious than just meeting and speaking to someone… just saying.  Anyway Todd tells her that he went to the “White’s house” (there he goes, being an idiot and dropping names again) and that he thinks that the “message was received, loud and clear”. Lydia isn’t satisfied with just sending a message though, and isn’t happy with all of the investigations going on, and when Todd mentions he has meth to move, she tells him she can’t help, until he mentions that it’s now at 92%.  She refers to this a “Heisenberg level”. Todd tells her that he’s got Pinkman, and Lydia is obviously intrigued at continuing to make this business arrangement work

515-11-2398fh1o35i71-3508f23059723jd-134-2et2ep597324tg Next we see Walt climbing out of a transport trucks propane tank.  I’ll never be able to watch one of those on the highway now without pondering if there’s a person in there. He’s at a quaint little cabin (pictured at the top of this blog). Which if you asks me looks like the “Smoking Man’s” cabin from the X- Files (another Gilligan show)  They go in and Ed is going over the basics, like the propane, the wood burning stove, and that there’s not really any TV, so he’s left with DVD’s (of which there are two copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium… and if you’re looking for connections this Article by Salon may help connect some dots… like a certain quote about how at the end of King Lear “He dies.”). When Walt asks about using a phone Ed tells him there isn’t one (storms mean phone lines go down, which means service calls, which means he’d be seen). Same with internet, cable, etc.

When Walt asks whats to stop him “going out the gate”, Ed tells him that his job is to keep Walt safe, but if Walt wants to go, there’s nothing he can do to stop him.  He tells him he’ll be back in a month with more food.  Shortly after he leaves, Walt gets dressed, including his Heisenberg hat and walks all the way down to the gate, looks down the snowy road before him, opens it, then pauses and says the words: “Tomorrow, tomorrow”, before locking the gate back up and turning around.

515-13-23g924761tvg2h-wet2ho2etw35h3405welitydlty6Next we see Jesse, who we saw working earlier with a paper clip has been able to unlock his cuffs and is standing on top of everything, trying to reach the bars above, he drops though when he hears Todd coming.  Todd’s come to thank him for the last cook being at 96% and sends down some ice cream.  Before Todd leaves, Jesse asks if tonight he’ll leave the tarp off so that he can see the stars, and Todd obliges.

200x200px-ZC-dd81de72_BU0DplGCQAA_sYiThat night Jesse is able to get out, by jumping from his tower of stuff, reaching and then unlatching the door.  He runs to get away, but doesn’t see the camera outside.  As he’s trying to climb the fence he hears Jack’s guys run up behind him.  He tells them that they might as well just kill him, “because there’s no way [he’s] doing one more cook!” Unfortunately rather than kill Jesse they decide to remind him of the kind of leverage they have over him.  515-break4-23thowe9751-r0y-39t72eptiy23-50824t60975

The next scene is Todd at Andrea’s, he says he’s a friend of Jesse’s and then tells her that Jesse is there in a truck parked across the street. When she steps outside to see the truck (which has tinted windows), Todd steps behind, pulls his gun, tells her this isn’t “personal” and then pulls the trigger.

Xs0ewzGJesse has seen all of this from the truck and is crushed.  When Todd gets in Jack tells Jesse to calm down, and “remember, there’s still the kid”.

19498-thumb-300x199Approximately one month later Walter has a beard, and  Ed is back at the cabin.  He’s brought Walter a stack of newspapers, food (including some Ensure that he says will help Walt keep some of weight on). As Walt skims through the papers (using some random prescription glasses Ed brought) Ed updates him on what’s been going on back in ABQ.  This includes that Skyler, who still has the kids, is using her maiden name and working at a taxi dispatch office. According to Ed her “public defender… looks like a deer in the headlights”. Ed also brings him up to speed that there’s now a fence around the house because of vandals.  He’s also brought an IV of chemotherapy, Walt offers to put the needle in, and can’t so Ed slips it in. Ed gets ready to head out, and Walt offers him ten thousand to stay for two hours.  Ed agrees to stay for 1, and play cards.  Then Walt says “One of these days when you come up here, I’ll be dead.. my money over there, what happens to it then, what if I ask you to give it to my family, would you do it?”. Ed replies “If I said yes, would you believe me?”. Walt is clearly depressed at this, and says nothing.

bbadthumbThat night as Walt sleeps his wedding ring slips off, and falls to the floor (reminding us of how much weight he’s lost), he wakes, tries putting it back on, noting how it slides off. 515-break5-20g84y3y-98235-98yt4p5iy He uses some string to tie it around his neck.

He then looks at the boxes of Ensure.  He goes to them, empties them and puts money in. We see him next bundled up, with the box wrapped in brown paper, and tied with a string.

tumblr_mtke099YOL1qzi80do1_500We then see Walt Jr. in school, he’s called to the office and that his aunt Marie is on the phone.  It’s not Marie though.  Walt paid a woman in a bar to use a payphone.  Once Jr. is on Walt starts speaking, telling Jr. how he “never intended” things to be the way they are.  He then asks Jr. if his friend Louis still lives at the same address.  Flynn tells him yes, and Walt tries to explain that he’ll be sending a box of money ($100,000.00), to Louis, but that it’s for Jr.  Flynn flips out at the mention of money shouting “YOU KILLED UNCLE HANK!” along with a few other things, and then shouting “WHY ARE YOU STILL ALIVE!!!”. Flynn hangs up.

515-17-23thwe9t6u10vwh1wp598y24trriytrwpigy24o35hrWalt is devastated.  He then makes another call to the ABQ DEA office.  He asks to speak to the agent in charge of the Walter White investigation.  When asked who’s calling he replies “Walter White”, then drops the phone leaving it hanging.

BreakingBadGraniteState-2295124We see him sit down and order a whiskey.  As the guy at the bar flips through channels, Walt asks him to stop and go back to one.  It’s an interview with Gretchen and Elliot (his long ago partners of Gray Matter), and they’re working very hard to distance themselves from the fact that one of their company’s founders became a meth kingpin.

Next we see sheriffs pull up and go into the bar…  but this is all they find:

walter-white-whiskeyI CANNOT WAIT for next week’s episode. I also CANNOT believe that it’s the end.

A couple of notes before next week:
First, my theory on Walt getting the ricin, that he got it for himself, he will take it, and then turn himself in, knowing he only has a few days to live, getting Skyler off the hook, and not spending anytime in jail, after all, at this point how would he be able to slip it to anyone?

Now the confirmation of the phone call being a deliberate act, which the fans caught shows how in tune the writers are with this show, and their viewers.  Keep in mind  how long ago these episodes were filmed. This Forbes article addresses how divided people were on it http://www.forbes.com/sites/allenstjohn/2013/09/19/walter-whites-phone-call-on-breaking-bad-514-what-you-caught-and-the-critics-missed%E2%80%A8including-me/

Going back to the Forbes article on the phone call, I believe it fully supports and leads into my mentioning of another Forbes article http://www.forbes.com/sites/allenstjohn/2013/09/16/why-breaking-bad-is-the-best-show-ever-and-why-that-matters/2/ and the fact that like the phone call Vince Gilligan knew what he was having Walter do, and like Jack killing Hank, or Todd killing Andrea, Gilligan’s mind is made up.  Next week Monday that as Allen St. John points out “The water cooler conversation after the finale airs on September 29 will be dominated not by head- scratching analysis, but by slack-jawed awe”.   Gilligan is going to perfectly punctuate things. We will get a conclusion. that’s it. Period. Or maybe, Exclamation Point… maybe, but certainly not Question Mark.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below!

“And Despair” Breaking Bad S5e14

So Readers… last night was rough…. really rough…

In fact I didn’t even want to blog about it this morning, so as what’s probably an act of further stalling, here’s something that AMC released before this episode (titled Ozymandias):

Now I remember reading that poem in high school, and while I could comprehend it (and in fact was required to complete an analytical essay on it) I felt little about it. That poem held no personal attachment for me.  Even after reading and then watching Watchmen, while the name truly stuck at that point, the poem still did not. The point I’m making in all of this, is that like Luther, Dexter and other dramas, Breaking Bad isn’t just good because it’s a quality drama with wicked writing, stellar acting, and the oft disregarded breathtaking direction & cinematography.  Breaking Bad is what other shows for years to come will be measured against, because it is so intelligent, and the high expectations viewers have for it are always met or exceeded, because it has high expectations of its viewers.

So to all other shows out there (even those I also highly regard and love), its like last night Breaking Bad declared (without fear of eventual decay or obscurity) “Look on my works, ye mighty and despair”.

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 14: “Ozymandias”

514-5-elgqp5o7hne5lk7ery2lj2tLast night’s episode began where everything began, the first cook, and what Aaron Paul on twitter (he did a live tweeting, isn’t he awesome!) referred to as the lie that started all lies, with Walt calling Skyler and having a sweet everyday conversation with her, to then tell her that he’d have to work late. As Jesse way in the background is throwing stuff and grunting… man I miss those days.

But it all slowly faded, Walt, then Jesse and then the RV.  What then faded into the shot is where we left off last week, the vehicles, riddled with bullets and the dust settling after the shootout ( I still haven’t completely forgiven Vince Gilligan for that cliffhanger).

gomieThe camera cuts to a shot of Gomez, who is quite definitely and most unfortunately dead. But we have zero time to grieve this, because Hank, who sees the gun beside his fallen comrade has to begin crawling (due to a shot in the thigh) to try and get to it, as the neo-nazis, who have quit firing begin to make their way to Hank.

Of course they get to it before he can, and this is where “Ozymandias” makes “To’hajiilee” look like a peaceful and relaxing hour of television.

shootAs Jack points the gun at Hank, Walt tries REPEATEDLY to get Jack to let Hank go, telling him that Hank is “family” and that he won’t be a problem.  Walt even then, does what I found to be one of the most surprising moments of the episode, offers up all of his money to Jack, all eighty million! Telling Jack “You can have any future you want!” (Which is definitely a non-existent future for Walt at this point).

514-9-2elkdfy2e508rltkywefpoy724lkeyHank however is being less than cooperative, and when Walt tries to tell Hank to shut up, and let him help.  Hank tells Walt he won’t beg Jack for his life, and then says “You’re the smartest guy I ever knew, but you’re too stupid to see he made up his mind ten minutes ago”. He then tells Jack to “do what you gotta do.” And with a single shot, that was the end of Hank Shrader.

article-2422199-1BDBE9A0000005DC-958_634x347images3In shock, Walt falls to the ground. i.0.breaking-bad-dean-norrisUnable to initially process what just occurred, as he lays there, Jack rightfully assumes that the coordinates Walt gave him indicate where his fortune is buried.  Jack has his crew dig it up, and to be honest, it kind of turned my stomach, to watch them easily dig up and take what Walt had earned.  I’m honestly fine if Walt ends up broke and alone, like we saw him at the beginning of these final episodes, and I could agree that the money was earned with so much bloodshed and pain, that Walt no longer deserved it.  But for Jack and his guys to get it with no effort, and take his legacy, as if all Walt had ever done was in vain, was downright painful.  The pain persisted though as they dragged Hank and Gomie’s bodies and put them in the hole that Walt had dug with all that toil.  All of which poetically pointed to the fact that even though Jack may have fired the bullet, and they may have all been there because of Jesse and Hank’s trap for Walt, it was literally Walt who dug Hank’s grave.

While this is going on, from his place on the ground we get a shot of his POV, which is in line with the ground beneath his car where Jesse (who Jack’s guys hadn’t found) was hiding this whole time.

After digging up all the cash, Jack tells Walt he’ll give him a barrel (which would have approximately 11 million in it), and that they had a deal, so he expects Walt to cook with Todd. At this point Walt says “Pinkman… you still owe me Jesse Pinkman”, Jack replies “If you can find him we’ll kill him”

Walt then does what I really thought was unthinkable (I thought he’d use Jesse as an excuse not to cook, and then get out of there with Jesse… oh how foolishly optimistic). In two words, Walt becomes nothing but a monster to me: “Found him”.

tumblr_mt7i9slFh51svyveho1_500The guys drag Jesse out from under the car, and we get yet another reminder of why Aaron Paul is the amazing actor he is. During this scene all I could do was slowly shake my head and mutter the word “No”, as  if my TV could hear me.

I kept thinking that Walt would change his mind, and then I got what was probably surprise number two.  It wasn’t Walt who saved Jesse, it wasn’t even Jesse who saved Jesse. It was Todd!

514-7-23490538g24p503-2g-346-h Yep that’s right, Todd the idiot stepped in and told Uncle Jack, that maybe they should keep Jesse alive just long enough to see what he knows, Jack checks to make sure it’s fine with Walt and then they drag him off, without any emotion from Walt, who before they leave finally tells Jesse “I watched Jane die” explaining how he was there, and how he could have saved her, but chose not to.

514-break2-23tkhjgp3e67923poug3priwdklty20957394857-2349724tNow I’ll be honest, I was still too busy trying to process everything, to even figure out why Todd would actually keep Jesse alive… but more on that later in the episode…

Walt then tries to leave with his money, only to have his car (which had been shot and leaking fuel) run out of gas.

Remember when he had Jesse to carry a barrel with? I miss those days.

Remember when he had Jesse to carry a barrel with? I miss those days.

So his only option at that point is to roll the barrel, until he can get somewhere with a phone. As we watch this sequence the song “Take my true love by the hand” by The Limeliters is playing and its lyrics, “Say goodby to everyone, goodbye to everyone” couldn’t be more perfectly fit for this episode. Also case you were wondering if those were Walt’s own pants he rolled past, well they were, here’s a set of screenshots AMC put up:

Everything is really coming full circle.

Everything is really coming full circle.

Walt makes it to a Navajo’s (I’m assuming Navajo, because that’s the tribe that owns the land, see map in previous BrBa recap) house, and buys his truck that wasn’t “for sale”, until Walt gives him ten grand. Back at the car wash, Skyler is trying to call Walt, as Jr. runs the register, and Marie walks in, telling Skyler they have to talk.

Breaking_Bad_05x14_Ozymandias_15_00_05She tells Skyler that “three hours ago” (giving us a time frame) Hank had arrested Walt, and that it’s over. Marie thinks that Skyler can still come back from all this, telling her “Hank will help you as much as he can and I will support you as much as I can”, on the condition that Skyler give up every copy of that terrible DVD she and Walt made.

Marie also insists that Skyler tell Walt Jr. about everything, she initially refuses, but gives in.

514-13-2eldkyt1-30reyt2p3572rpyhf1ept9735514-break3-23958-245howi5p123o5ug3lei5-2435oir76We now get to find out exactly why Todd kept Jesse alive, to help him produce a better cook.  As if the beating and being chained in the lab weren’t incentive enough, we see Jesse’s reaction to a picture of Andrea and Brock outside their home.

Screen-shot-2013-09-16-at-111613-2277323Back at the car wash, Jr. is definitely no longer having an “A1 Day”.  He won’t accept what his mother and aunt are telling him, calling it “bullshit”. Marie convinces Skyler to take the kids home, telling her she’ll meet her there later.

Walt has gotten back to the house first though, and has begun packing.  When Skyler and the kids get there she asks Walt “Why are you here?” and repeatedly over Walt’s attempt at an explanation keeps asking “Where’s Hank?!?!?” Walt finally breaks saying “I tried to save him!”.

tumblr_mt7dxaGp0C1qcc6lho1_250As Walt goes down the hall to keep packing, Skyler steps into the kitchen toward two very strategically placed items, I found myself realizing I had no clue whether she was headed for a knife or the phone (Well played Mr. Gilligan… Well played).

She grabs a knife.

Stepping between Walt and Jr. she tells him that they’re not going with him, as a surprised Walt steps towards her, she panics and slashes at him with the knife slicing his hand. Walt then tried to grab her and the knife, resulting in a scuffle that I thought would be the end of Skyler.

514-14-dlktyp2957lek52-45uwrltek2etoiwrte5As Walt gets the knife from her, Walt Jr. grabs him, and gets tossed on the floor, he remains there protecting his mother.  Walt can’t understand what’s going on saying “What the hell is wrong with you… we’re a family”. Jr. takes out his phone and starts calling the police.

514-break4-240358hlwrekt23059834o5i72-3402345095p5-2345983o4iAs he does so Walt starts to leave, but not before he grabs baby Holly, Skyler realizes what’s happening and runs out trying to stop him, but Walt gets into the truck and speeds off, leaving a shocked and distressed Skyler behind.

breakingbad_091613_1600We see Walt changing Holly’s diaper, and trying to speak softly to her, and keep her happy, when she responds though, it’s in a tiny and sad voice, as she repeats the word “Mama? Mama?”

phone1 phone2Back at the house Marie is there, and so are several police officers.  Walt calls, Skyler picks up, and she lies when Walt asks if there are cops there.  What transpires next is something that I later realized was a great con on Walt’s part. Skyler asks where Holly is, and he tells Skyler threateningly “This is your fault this is what comes of your disrespect… I told you that if you cross me, there will be consequences… You mark my words Skyler, tow the line or you will end up just like Hank”. Skyler then asks where Hank is, because they “need to know” and Walt tells her they’ll never find Hank and “Family or no, you let that sink in”.  Skyler then tries to get Walt to just come home, but he replies “I’ve still got things left to do.”. He then hangs up, and gets rid of his phone. It was only after this scene, when Walt drops Holly off at a fire station that I realized what Walt did.  He threatened Skyler like that, knowing the cops were there to get her as much off the hook as he could for her compliance. So despite what he did to Jesse, he’s not completely heartless.

Finally the episode ends with Walt waiting in the same place Jesse did, and then getting into the red van as it pulls up, and leaving.

1896035WOW! Cannot wait for next week!

Killing the Killing, and Calling Saul

Hi there readers,

So for those that pay attention to what goes on in TV Land, especially over at AMC, here’s a couple of updates about what to expect from them in terms of upcoming seasons. There’s some good news, and some bad news.

Let’s start with the bad,US-remake-of-The-Killing-007Once again, as detailed in this article ‘The Killing Canceled by AMC (again) by Zap2it.com, AMC has decided ‘not to move forward with a fourth season of ‘The Killing.’ and that is was a ‘difficult decision’.

To me this is really disappointing news, especially considering I felt that the third season was quite the comeback for the show, and was much more engaging than the second season. We got a closer look at who Linden was, saw how much Holder had matured, and then there was that amazing cliff hanger, which we’ll probably never get any resolution to (this is your cue to save the day Netflix)!

skeptical-baby-meme-1-516x340Now, I know what you’re thinking… haven’t we been here before… doesn’t this all feel a bit familiar, yeah we have and yeah it does. AMC did the same thing last year after the poorly rated season 2. But let’s look at what happened, a lot of fans didn’t watch season 2 because they had wanted answers in season 1. We got our answers in season 3, and now we want more…. I just feel like I don’t get what AMC was looking for, during and after this 3rd season…

But on to the good news!

BetterCallSaul-Banner-New-560According to this TV Line article, Saul Goodman is officially getting his own spinoff! AMC is going to “bypass the traditional pilot process and go straight to series”. So for any Breaking Bad fans out there, who are bound to want more after the series ends in just a few weeks, they’ll be able to get their fix with this prequel series centering on Saul Goodman, everyone’s favorite shady lawyer!

tumblr_m72bdmMwKi1qjlqxlNow we know two things about it, the first is that it’s a prequel, which means that Saul could still definitely die by the end of Breaking Bad (though I somehow expect he’ll know when to hide and/or weasel his way out), and second is that it’ll be a lighter more comedic show. I’m not opposed to that, Saul Goodman has long offered comic relief on the dark drama, but AMC hasn’t really done tons of comedy, being a television leader when it comes to dramas. Either way, I’m very excited about this news, and will look forward to watching the series.

What are your thoughts on AMC’s choices? Leave a comment below.

 

Surrendered, Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 13

BB-sync-513-15-203turwdltku2-30583t409iu72e05iyug34-9y6weproiu82t-24-9tyuwperyiHi there readers, so the working title of this blog was: CURSE YOU VINCE GILLIGAN!, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment.What I’ve found I’m also not alone in is the habit of making this blog a transcription, rather than a review, which isn’t that surprising, considering as I write I want to both revel in, and share every single moment. So in an effort to share BOTH moments, and thoughts I’ll try and keep the minutia (which doesn’t really exist on BrBa) to a minimum. So without further hesitation, let’s dive in to one of the most epic episodes this season (Gonna start using a new term on this blog “epic-sode”, in fact not just on the blog… the whole internet, look out twitter).

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 13: To’hajiilee

The episode opens with a quality reminder as to how Walt came so far.  Lydia is visiting Todd (along with his neo-nazi uncle and associate) to see how the purity level of the meth has improved. When the meth is tested it’s now 76% pure, which is a step up, however it’s not even close to Heisenberg’s original 99%, and on top of that it’s also not blue.  Now color may not seem like a big deal to most people but as Lydia points out “Blue is our brand”. The best option is to use food coloring, because as Todd explains to Lydia later, he may have let one of the chemical something-or-others overheat, to which Lydia says: “So you burned it, like a cake”, which of course just serves to remind us (as I spent an entire opening of a blog explaining): “Todd’s an idiot!“, and so is his uncle’s associate if he thinks he has a chance with Lydia

Lydia’s got to be thinking: “Yeah, not if you were the last guy alive”

After Lydia (who tried to be sweet with Todd to encourage a better cook) leaves, we see Todd’s end of Walt’s call, about needing another job from Todd’s uncle. The conversation goes further than last week’s, when Todd asks what prison, or how many guys the job would involve, Walt lets him know that it would be just one guy, not in prison, “Jesse Pinkman” At this point I must be a sap, because I’d still love for Walt to win… he’s been through SO much, but that must mean I still see something in him that deserves to win… which he must not have, ordering the hit on Jesse.

It came from a grocery store package… so yeah I think it’s cow.

The next scene we get is with Hank and Gomez directly after Jesse made his amazing payphone threat.  They decide that they can’t book him, not with Walt’s ability to get guys murdered in jail, and Jesse assures them that the number one way to get to Walt is thorugh his money. so they go back to Hank’s place to begin their master plan… A master plan that apparently involves what I *think* is cow brain and blood to dropped onto Hank’s kitchen floor… all I can say is he better clean it up before Marie gets home.hankk

We're quickly learning why Hank is so good at his job.

We’re quickly learning why Hank is so good at his job.

We quickly learn what the brains and blood were for.  Hank has had Huell, Saul trusty bodyguard picked up, supposedly for Huell’s own protection. When Hank gets to the safe house where Huell is with Gomez, he lays out a better lie than most of Walt’s. He basically tells Huell that he knows about Walt being Heisenberg, and that Saul completely spilled the beans on Huell, after Saul saw the same picture of Jesse.  Huell doesn’t believe it until he sees the picture of Jesse “dead” on Hank’s cell, and then he freaks, saying that he never thought Walt would kill Jesse. Hank tells Huell that Kuby (Saul’s other guy) is missing, and that Saul said Huell knew where the money was.  At this point Huell spills even more, saying all he knows is that he put the money into barrels, gave the rented van to Walt, and that when Walt brought it back they had to wash it because “it was filthy like he gone off road”, at this point Hank and Gomez leave, telling Huell his best bet at staying alive is staying put.

BB-sync-513-9-23094t78ghlsdktu-20e358wpertoyuv3j5p49ty7235-083ry2peo58e5vpoiuw4tNBB-sync-513-bb-2-23058gw30496823-0r386t03rtuefyo579495836r75-259f34oiytwetext we see Walt hitting a pretty low point, and possibly in my opinion the lowest of the series (and NO I haven’t forgotten about Jane or Brock). He speaks with Todd’s uncle Jack about eliminating Jesse.  Jack says: “He’s a rat?” as a way of understanding why Walt wants Jesse dead, Walt emphatically states that Jesse isn’t a “rat”, that he’s just angry.  He says that Jesse “is like family” and that he wants it to be done with “no suffering, no fear”, and Jack makes some comment about Walt not being able to do it himself. So Jack will agree to take out Jesse, the way Walt wants it done, however the price is more than Walt was expecting.  It’s not so much a price, as it is an ultimatum.  Jack will only have Jesse taken care of if Walt agrees to cook again, at least to make sure that Todd can bring the product up to purity.  Walt reluctantly agrees, saying “One cook, after the job is done”.

AaronPaulS5E13TweetNow to put my two cents in, I find this to be the lowest moment because not only is Walt having Jesse killed to save his own skin, but he’s paying for it by doing the one thing he said he’d never do again, so he’s committing one act of betrayal to Skyler and himself, and he’s killing Jesse, this scene is what I imagine Aaron Paul was tweeting about back in January. Though it could be the end scene…

Anyway, The next scene we get is Walt trying to be as sneaky as Hank, when it comes to getting a handle on things.

BB-sync-513-11-2397thwwo4u2-ebrjrughfuthr88tyru7w04it He shows up at Andrea’s as she’s trying to get Brock ready for school, he tells her that he and Jesse had an argument and he can’t get a hold of Jesse, probably because Jesse is “using again”.  He gets Andrea to call Jesse and leave a message, saying that she needs to get in touch with him. After that Walt thanks her and leaves. When he gets into his car, he calls Jack’s guys sitting in a car across the street, saying that Jesse will show up, but that they need to make sure that neither the mom, nor the son see anything.

Hank of course hears that voicemail, having Jesse’s phone. He’s stepping into the house telling Jesse and Gomez that the rental place where Huell got the van sadly does NOT have GPS, so they have no way of tracking where Walt went with his cash.  They all assume correctly that Walt buried it, and lament not having the GPS, however Hank mentions that Walt doesn’t know that the van didn’t have GPS.

jpegWe cut to the family business, with Skyler teaching Walt Jr. how to count change back to customers and reminding him to tell them to “Have an A1 day!”. However Skyler steps in to handle things when Saul Goodman comes in, to pay for a car wash.  Skyler gives him some of the sternest stares while he’s there, but the best moment occurs when Walt walks in, sees Saul there, and immediately walks right out, it felt like a cheesy sitcom for the briefest of moments, but not in a bad way (actually I don’t think this show does anything in a bad way…).

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Byran Cranston’s timing was brilliant.

a_610x408Moments later we see Walt talking with Saul, who thinks that Jesse may have killed Huell, since he can’t get a hold of him, and Saul is feeling so insecure he’s wearing a bullet-proof vest, and honestly I don’t think it’s a bad choice.

Now if any of this episode didn’t seem like it had enough oomph everything shifts drastically. Walt gets a text from Jesse:

I saw this and thought: WHAT?!?!

maxresdefaultNext Walt gets a call from Jesse, and he’s already rushing out of the car wash to the surprise of Skyler and Jr. who can easily sense that something’s wrong.

What follows is a car ride that could have taken place in any of the Fast and Furious films.

Walter’s driving as fast as possible all the while talking on the phone to Jesse, who says that the van had GPS, and that Jesse’s going to light up everything that Walt ever earned.  Walt tries to tell Jesse that his cancer’s back and this will only hurt Walt’s family and children. At the mention of children Jesse brings up Brock, which Walter finally admits to poisoning.  Jesse tells Walt that he better get out to his cash fast, because he’ll be burning ten grand a minute, until Walt arrives, and that Walt better not hang up on him.

Walt gets out there and there’s no one else, he realizes that Jesse set him up, but he still doesn’t put everything together. He assumes that Jesse’s trying to kill him, so he takes the sim card out of his phone, tries to get a good look out from some rocks. He sits down coughing, and when he sees dust on the road he runs and hides, to make a call.

He calls Jack, telling him that Jesse’s coming after him, and that Jesse has a few guys with him, on the other end of the line Jack is signaling to his guys to start getting guns and bullet proof vests on.  Walt gives Jack the coordinates, and as he’s about to give more information, he sees Hank and Gomez get out of the vehicle… and he’s crushed.  He never would have guessed in a million years that Jesse would betray him like this.

walter2He then tells Jack “It’s off do not come” and hangs up, as Hank is calling out for Walt to show himself, his shouts echoing off the rocks.

surrenderWalt then surrenders, showing himself and then with each of Hank’s instructions, drops his gun, walks to Hank, puts his hands behind his head, turns, gets on his knees, and Hank cuffs him.

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jesse-happyJesse can’t help but smile briefly, as Walt is cuffed, and then Hank asks Gomez if they should flip a coin, and Gomez tells Hank to do the honors.

Hank then reads Walt his rights.

It’s QUITE ironic at this point that Walt chooses not to speak to Hank, after he asks if Walt understood his rights, but to Jesse and say only the word “Coward”. I find this ironic because Walt was the one who only moments ago was trying to coordinate a hit on someone who’s “like family”, because he couldn’t do it himself.  Jesse didn’t seem to find it ironic, so much as aggravating and Jesse expresses this by stepping up to Walt and spitting in his face.

Walt then tries, even cuffed to rush Jesse, and Hank and Gomez have to separate them.  Hank gets Walt into his SUV, and as Gomez is getting Jesse into Walt’s car, Hank calls Marie and tells her that he got Walt. She’s overcome with emotion and relief.  Hank tells her he may be late that night, but they got him.

If Vince Gilligan were a merciful writer, he could have ended the epic-sode (see there’s my new word again) here. But no, here’s what happened next:

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I’m definitely falling in love with gif’s

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This meme courtesy of reddit

Now what this elaborate gif isn’t showing, is that Walt is still sitting in Hank’s SUV and is shouting repeatedly at Jack that it’s over, and to stand down, while Jesse… well Jesse can pretty much tell that there’s NO way that this all ends pretty.

Now again, this could be a great place to end the episode. However I’ve simply surrendered to the fact that Gilligan has no mercy. Instead we see the firefight start, Hank and Gomez taking cover, and Gomez possibly taking a hit, the camera quickly cutting between each party, and then this:

CreditsSo yeah… I shouted “NO!” at my TV a few times, like it was a misbehaving puppy or something… but to no avail I’ll have to wait a week until the next episode.

mapDzilYijiin skeptical-baby-meme-1-516x340Now I’ve only got one hang up in this episode, but it was so good I didn’t think about it until later. When Walt was on the phone with Jack, he told him that he was on the To’hajiilee reservation west of town.  Looking at any map of the Navajo nation (of which To’hajiilee is a non-contiguous portion), it;s probably a 20 minute drive at least, now even if Jack and Co. were speeding, I highly doubt that they could have gotten there as fast as they did.

Other than that, and the fact that Vince Gilligan knows no mercy, it was a fabulous epic-sode, please leave any thoughts about it in the comments below!

Also, while I try to keep all thoughts on this blog original, and won’t refer to other stuff TOO often, reddit posted this, and I thought it was just way too true to not include how I felt at this point:

“Here Yeller, Come Back Yeller!” Breaking Bad S5e12

Hi there BrBa fans, last night’s episode certainly kept moving (the pace of this season is crazy), so without any further intro, let’s dive straight in!

Breaking Bad S5e12 “Rabid Dog”

Picture1So the episode starts with Walt getting home, with the gun he got from the carwash… And when I say “getting home” I mean that he stopped his car down the street from his home, having seen Saul’s car parked in front, half in the driveway, half on the gravel. He sneaks in through the back, sees the can of gasoline, and steps in the soaked carpet.

indexHe calls out for Jesse, and then makes his way down the hall, checking each room, and by the end of it, there’s no Jesse.  Walt goes out front to the car, sitting there, with the door open and that annoying “dinging” noise, still no Jesse.  He takes the keys our of the ignition, and looks around, a few kids on bikes ride in the background behind him, one can only imagine that by the end of this shows chronology that they’ll be skateboarding in the White pool.

After that we see Walt working on damage control, he’s got carpet cleaners cleaning, a locksmith… locksmithing (though he adamantly tells the locksmith NOT to change any locks), and Huell is there telling him they haven’t found Jesse yet. Walt asks him to check at Jr’s school, just in case. Walt then speaks to the cleaners who then tell him, despite going over the carpet 3 times that “gasoline’s tricky” and until they replace the padding, they many never get the full smell out.

WALT-CAN-640x356So Walt decides to get creative, in attempting to make it seem like nothing happened to the house. He pours gasoline on himself, then takes off his clothes (providing us with what I’m now expecting as the Mr. White Underwear Shot, of each episode), leaves them in the living room, changes, then goes to hide the gas can in the trash, which he considers not sneaky enough, because he then takes it out, and puts it in the neighbor’s trash bin.  But even that doesn’t feel elaborate enough to Walt, as he then takes the gas can out of the neighbor’s trash bin, to pour some on his front car seat.

When Skyler gets home, with Holly, that evening she finds a fan running in Walt’s car window, to blow out the gasoline smell.  When she walks in she finds Walt, scrubbing an area of the carpet.  He feeds her and Jr. a B.S. story about a faulty gas pump, and how he ran home to shower, leaving his clothes on the living room floor.  His story is like most of Walt’s lies, ridiculously elaborate, and even Jr. sees through it… sort of.  Jr. assumes that Walt is covering up for passing out at the gas station, or something like that, as a result of his cancer/chemo. Walt denies that the cancer had anything to do with it saying “I’m fine, and that’s the truth”. So, Walt convinces the family to stay in a hotel at least for a few nights.

SaulWaltKubyThat night Walt meets Saul, and Kuby in a car in the parking lot of the hotel he’s staying at with the family.  Sitting there they review the list of all places they’ve checked, and failed to find Jesse at (at which point I turned to my husband and said: What if he’s with Hank?).  Saul then moves the conversation in an unpleasant direction, asking Walt what he’ll do when they finally find Jesse, if he won’t cooperate then, comparing Jesse to Old Yeller, who “Timmy” had to shoot for being rabid.

old-yellerNow, I’ll deliberately digress for a moment, as Old Yeller is quite the favorite of mine.  First of all, the name of the boy Saul is referring to is Travis, not Timmy, and in case anyone needs a movie lesson, the only reason Yeller caught rabies was because he was defending the family.  He was the “Best dog-gone dog in the West”.  Jesse is more like Kiddo from Kill Bill… minus the skills, sense of direction, sword, and well being a guy… I guess there’s not a great metaphor for who Jesse is, but in my opinion, it ain’t Old Yeller, just saying.

Anyway, Walt says he won’t even consider it, saying it’s as lousy as Saul’s “Belize” plan for Hank, and leaves.  When he gets back to the hotel room, he makes up a story to Skyler about the ice machine having been broken, and having to walk all around the hotel to find one that worked.  She calls him out on his B.S. right then and there, admitting that she spied on him going to the parking lot to meet with Saul, and adding that she doesn’t feel sorry about it.

anna-gunn-640x359Walt admits to everything about Jesse trying to burn down the house, and tries to tell Skyler that Jesse is “more of a danger to himself, than anyone else” and that he’ll talk to Jesse, and it’ll all be fine.  But Skyler pushes back, saying that he needs to “Deal with it” and after all they’ve done, including making the “awful tape”, when it comes to killing Jess: “What’s one more?”

Speaking of Jesse…

We get a flashback to last week’s gasoline soaked end, and see Jesse dousing the White house, and just as he’s rolling up a magazine to light it, Hank bursts through the front door!BB-sync-512-11-23jvlwkeu51-098g324uwv-e05891pouvwd-ti1piorythumb.phpJesse is absolutely shocked upon seeing Hank, who confesses to following him, ever since he left

Saul’s place (I’m assuming he means after Jesse got Saul to confess about the ricin). tumblr_msj6db0TAW1qzpxx1o1_1280But once Hank get’s him talking, and Jesse tells him about Walt poisoning a kid just to “make a play”, Jesse breaks down yelling “He can’t keep getting away with this!” (I’m sensing another Emmy for Aaron Paul… just saying). Hank convinces Jesse that they can take Walt down, jpegand make him pay, together, so Jesse gets into Hank’s car and they drive off.  Hank tells Jesse that the more he can give him on Walt, the better things will go for him, but Jesse acts like he pretty much knows that all of this is pretty much over, and nothing will go well for him, from this point forward.

 

BB-sync-512-12-23hjvwwql4u-3r96Meanwhile, Marie is trying to work through everything with her shrink (the same one we never saw, but had helped her work through her kleptomania).  She won’t give up any details, because “the details don’t matter, he screwed us and he won” only that this is about not seeing someone for who they were, and that everything they’ve done is so hurtful, that she’s found herself looking up poisons online, saying that of course she could never really hurt anyone, but that “it just feels good to think about it.”

When Marie gets home she’s in for a bit of a surprise, Hank tries to get her to stay somewhere else for a few nights, because of a “gas leak” (both Hank and Walt trying to use gas to lie to their wives…), and when she won’t leave, he shows her why he tried to get her out of the house.bb-sync-512-bb-3-02395jfwelo578vwp357ghw35 Marie’s fine with Jesse staying there, as long as it helps bring down Walt.

Cutting back to present time, we see Walt sitting by the hotel pool, and he has a heart to heart with Jr. who’s still very concerned about his dad.  I really have a bad feeling about what’s going to happen, when we see Walt Jr. finally find out about his dad… it’s going to be devastating. Anyway, after Walt Jr. goes back up, we see Walt make a call (but we don’t hear/see to who)

When Jesse wakes up the next morning, Marie offers him coffee (which Jesse apparently takes black), and as he steps into the living room, Gomez (Hank’s partner) partner is there, and Hank is setting up a video camera.  At first Jesse is hesitant, mentioning that there’s no physical evidence, it’d be his word against Walt’s and that Walt’s “retired” so it seems like there’s no point, but after some pushing from Hank, he reluctantly gets in front of the camera.

bb-sync-512-bb-4-02395jfwelo578vwp357ghw35Jesse confesses (everything we assume), and after Hank and Gomez talk outside.  Gomez agrees that there’s nothing physical, and there’s only so much to go on, even though he believes Jesse.  Hank pulls out Jesse’s phone though, and plays a message.

tumblr_msh93lygxu1qhuajdo2_250When Hank goes back inside, he replays the message for Jesse, which is Walt saying that he wants to meet in public at a plaza. Jesse doesn’t want to be bait, saying he thinks Walt’s going to hill him.  Hank points out though (going over some of what Jesse said, regarding the past 5 seasons) that Walt seems to have always had a soft spot for Jesse, protecting him, and keeping him around, even when he didn’t have to. Which is so true, but  Jesse doesn’t exactly buy it, injecting some of our favorite snarkiness into the conversation. Jesse tries reminding them, that when it comes to Walt “Mr. White, he’s the devil… he’s smarter than you, he’s luckier than you” and they’ll never catch him.

But he ends up agreeing to wear a wire, and show up to let Walt talk and “explain” himself, as stated in the message.

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When Jesse leaves the room for a moment, leaving Hank alone with Gomez, it’s like Vince Gilligan and the writers had what a friend and I like to refer to as a “strokey beard meeting” (for definition see below the blog), where they decided that Hank just can’t be a perfect hero, because when Gomez points out that “the kid” is right about what could happen to him, Hank refers to Jesse by a string of insults about what a waste druggie he is, and that if they’re luck they’ll send him to the plaza and if “Pinkman gets killed and we get it all on tape”.

maxresdefaultThe very next scene is Hank putting the wire on Jesse, and Jesse walking through the plaza. Jesse’s adrenaline is running, high and in part due to the wonderful cinematography you can sense how he views everyone there as a potential threat of some kind. As he makes his was to the bench that Walt is sitting on, he sees a bald, beefy man in black standing about 10 feet from Walt, looking menacing.  Jesse, still assuming Walt wants him dead, turns around and heads for a payphone.

Jessethreat1He calls Walt, saying “Nice try asshole”, and even though Walt tries to tell Jesse he only wanted to talk, Jess talks over him, telling him that “next time I’m going to get you where you really live”.

rabid-dog-bald-guy tumblr_msi2nrJkIv1qivcpio5_500At this point Walt gets up and looks around and leaves, and the intimidating guy in all black wasn’t there for Walt or Jesse, but just to pick up his little girl.

Hank picks up Jesse around the corner, yelling at him for blowing their chance at getting him.  Jesse says that there’s a “better way to get at Walt.”

Finally the episode ends with Walt on the phone saying “Hey it’s Walt, I’m ok, I uh, Todd, I think I might have another job for your uncle.” (Todd’s uncle being the one that helped arrange the murder spree in the prisons to tie up loose ends).

Well all I can say is WOW! The pace will just not slow down, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just seems like the ending is coming at us like a train, and we still don’t know how things get to where they were at the beginning of the season.

Thanks for reading, happy watching, and please leave any theories or thoughts in the comments!

*Definition of a “strokey beard” meeting. A friend of mine (you can find his blog here http://www.valendar.com), who is currently serving in Korea coined that phrase to describe a meeting of writers and/or studio execs (likely stroking their beards), sitting around trying to make a plot or character decision (and not always good ones), for example, Lori in TWD, crashing the car, someone obviously had a “strokey beard” meeting where the objective was finding out how to put Lori in unnecessary danger.

Super Late Low Winter Sun, S1e3

Hi there readers, so this post, for the third episode of Low Winter Sun, is super late, and I half considered just lumping my blog for episode 3 in with episode 4, but then that felt unfair to episode 4 (because TV episodes and blog posts have feelings…), anyway I figured better late than never, and this post will focus on the highlights of last week’s episode, and then I’ll do a more thorough blog on episode 4, once I’ve watched it (yay for DVR’s).

So, let’s dive in (though this post is really more of just puddle jumping… again sorry for the lateness).

Low Winter Sun S1e3 “No Rounds”

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So, if I recall correctly (though the episode was over a week ago, and I’d have to think hard about what I had for lunch yesterday…) the episode opened just after McCann’s funeral, where, much to the dismay of the officers, IA agent, Simon Boyd was present.  The officers feel that an IA agent has no respectful purpose there attending the funeral of a murdered cop, even if said murdered cop was the center of said IA investigation. Of course, we learn by the end of the episode that the investigation was never really about McCann, but about Geddes all along.

Jumping to Geddes, what we get this week is a flashback to the night that McCann killed and cut up Boyd’s informant.  Geddes’ job that night was to take care of Katia, but we see according to his flashback, that he was honest with Agnew, when he told him that instead of killing Katia, he drove her across the bridge and let her go.

So was McCann a mastermind who was setting up his partner for IA, or has Geddes just always been as dirty as McCann? I’m going with always as dirty, because when things started getting not so good with McCann, why not report it… I get that cops aren’t supposed to rat on other cops, but isn’t reporting illegal and/or unethical stuff kind of their job???

Moving on to just the unethical category this week.

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Yeah, things would probably be pretty awkward if he actually remembered their faces.

Regarding the “investigation” Agnew is conducting for the McCann murder, a man came forward saying he saw what happened when the car was dumped  The guy says that he couldn’t see who it was specifically, and doesn’t think he’d recognize them, which is a pretty good thing for Geddes and Agnew, considering the only solid thing that the witness remembers is that one of the guys was white, and the other was black…

 

Finally, regarding our criminals, they opened up a strip club, with the primary purpose of distributing the drugs that they acquired at the beginning of the season… I’m still not that interested in their plot line, but I think what’ll end up happening is that the ties that bind it all together will end up being some connection between Katia and Skelos, the main crime boss, who Callis tried offering dirt on to Geddes, but we won’t find out until Katia is found, which is Agnew’s off hours mission at this point.

So, thanks for reading, happy watching, and a more relevant Low Winter Sun blog to come!