Monday, August 13, 2012

Breaking Bad Mondays: Dead Freight.



Killing Jesse James may not make you Jesse James, but I guess ROBBING A DAMNED TRAIN is the next best thing.  I'll be honest - Breaking Bad is my second favorite TV show ever, right behind the Wire, and at times it's actually much more of a discussion.  The acting is impeccable and the story telling thrilling.  It's a show that never shows its hand until the very last possible moment which leaves me on the edge of my seat on a weekly basis.

But ROBBING A TRAIN???? On the heels of using a truck magnet to destroy a computer hard drive in the police station?  I dunno, guys.  Have we officially entered shark jumping territory?  I'm kinda nervous.  Sorry for the loss of your brain, tarantula kid, - LANDRY CLARKE STRIKES AGAIN!! - but at least that death will surely mean an abrupt shift away from heists for a while.... right?  Sorry about your mind getting re-fucked again, Jesse.  It looks like there's a lot more to LandryTodd than meets the eye and, whether they like it or not, he's probably part of the team for a while... at least until Walt inevitably kills him.

As far as the rest of the episode, WJ has gone back to hating Skyler - which he typically does - and going by Flynn - which was always a weird development for me, - Lydia may not be as nutty and conniving as she seems and Skyler is such a loose cannon she's almost certainly going to play a major role in Walt's kingdom crumbling down.  Also - chances that Hank finds the computer bug Walt placed?  100%?  110%?  Surely the DEA has regular sweeps of their equipment to prevent such occurrences, no?

So what did you guys think?  Was the great train robbery a little out of BB's wheelhouse?  Aside from the logistics of it - so they sketched this thing out at least a day or two before it went down, making their measurements precise to line up with the bridge, even though they did not know the location of the tank they needed until 6 hours before? - I'm just not sold.  Perhaps I'm being too fickle.

Other reviews:

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-breaking-bad-dead-freight-the-train-job

http://www.avclub.com/articles/dead-freight,83334/

10 comments:

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

First of all its highly illegal to dig in the railroad right of way without a permit and they would have been fined several thousands of dollars and possibly given jail time

SBP10 said...

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SnK said...

That episode was a total reach, but still entertaining and had an awesome end. Since when did Jesse become the brains and logic of the crew? Someone get that guy some meth, quick.

Matt said...

Yeah, science!

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Yeah, like I said, if we're going to argue logistics about this show, then I suppose we have to argue how a milquetoast cancer ridden chemistry teacher can get away with all the shit he has done and live to tell the tale.

Why isn't anyone concerned that a nursing home got blown up with two known drug dealers being the victims in an area where meth rules while said meth is STILL being distributed? Feel like they swept that one under the rug.

LOLfolding said...

I'm anxious to see how long Mike stays muzzled. The guy has been chomping at the bit to regain the driver's seat and while he seems like the kind of guy who can bide his time, you don't make a career out of that kind of work by sitting on your hands forever. Lydia's leash is real short and I'm guessing Mike is looking into other ways to find methylamine. Not good for her if he finds one.

Todd looks like he's becoming ingrained. Obviously the end was a watershed moment in his relationship with the crew, but bringing him on the heist has to mean he's pretty trusted, right? The contrast with a child's role in Combo getting killed is pretty strong. I'm anxious to see how everyone reacts to that, particularly with a new guy.

Overall, a ton of tension in the story right now, but they don't seem to be under the gun from the cops, per se. Lydia and Skyler are ticking time bombs though.

LOLfolding said...

Forgot to comment on the jumping-the-sharkness of the whole thing. It's getting close, but then it is a TV show where the whole story is pretty out there anyway, so I feel like you have to give it a little more leeway.

Laces out Finkle said...

I'm trying not to read these posts since I'm only on episode 7 of season 4. Netflix doesn't have season 5 yet. Does anyone know if it's out to buy anywhere or is it only on TV right now?

Chet Steadman said...

You should be able to buy Season 5 episodes on iTunes. Aaron Paul (Jessie) warned us via twitter that shit was going to get crazy yesterday. He was right (yeah bitch)

VikingFrog said...

You have to suspend a little reality in this show.

Do you think it's smart for Jessie, Walt and Mike to be constantly running around being seen with each other? The cops would definitely have noticed Walt hanging with one of them by this time with the amount of time they spend cruising around with each other.

BUT..... if they couldn't be in scenes together, the character interaction which makes the show great wouldn't be there, so it's a pretty good tradeoff and every show doesn't have to be incredibly realistic, which is why TV like this is great.