Monday, August 6, 2012

Breaking Bad Mondays: Fifty-One.


Just in case dedicating four years to the greatest show on television has thrown off your chronology, last night's episode marked exactly one year in the life of Walter White in the context of the show.  ONE YEAR!!  How is it possible that Walt has become the terrible man that he has in just one year's time?  And, oh, if there was any doubt left about Walter having good in him, just go ahead and rewatch that scene between him and Skyler, the culimination of which involves Skyler doubling her smoke intake and telling him her plan is to wait for his lung cancer to come back.  Watching Walt swat away her hasty planning up to that point shows just how much of an arrogant asshole he has become.  (He's right about WJ, though - Walt gave him a car; Skyler fucked with his breakfast order.  Breakfast is all WJ has to look forward to on the show.  He's probably not taking her side in the matter.) No matter what you think of Skyler, you have almost have to be on her side here.  And juxtaposed against Walt recounting how Skyler treated him not one year ago when he was first taking chemo treatments, her admission is absolutely chilling.  For the married folks among us, just remember, you and your wife may get in a fight, but hopefully she's not actively trying to give you cancer.  Just... unreal.

The rest of the episode wasn't quite the emotional ringer as what was going on within the White family, but it looks like Walt's arrogance about how everything is going to be "normal" now with his operation isn't entirely accurate.  For one, the erratic Lydia would appear to be a problem as she will undoubtedly continue to attempt to extricate herself from the ring.  Further, with Walt and Jesse overruling Mike in a matter of business, you have to think that whole thing is going to blow up eventually.

The only thing that concerns me about the episode is Hank's promotion because, if you caught it, his superior said that should he take the job, he will have to turn over all of his cases to other departments, including the Fring case.  Could this be the writer's way of taking Hank away from the situation so that they don't have to get to the inevitable showdown with Walt until next summer?  Needless to say, I can't imagine Hank will keep his nose out of things for long.

Your reaction and theories in the comments.

Better reviews:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/fiftyone,83193/

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-breaking-bad-fifty-one-pool-party


9 comments:

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I have a terrible feeling something bad is going to happen to WJ. What do they call it, Chekhov's Gun? Where, if you introduce a gun in scene one, you better fire it by scene 3 or something? In this case, if you give a high powered sports car to a disabled person and rave about it in scene one, it's probably going to wind up in a heaping pile of metal by scene 3.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

or, I should say, specifically talk about its power.

SnK said...

I think I say this every week, but Skyler is cray and must die. Nay, every woman in that show is a liability and must die. All of them.

Gringo1873 said...
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Gringo1873 said...

Skyler is the worst. I cannot stand that woman.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Call me equally cray, but I think she's been great for this season. Walt needs someone like that to butt up against him.

"I thought YOU were the danger, Walt?" That's pretty great, team.

THe point of the show is to root AGAINST Walt, right?

Gringo1873 said...

I still can't root against Walt.

VikingFrog said...

Skyler is a great part of the show. What would you expect your wife to do if she found out you had some guy blown up and now had a chance to get out of the game, but now your continuing to cook?

spoiledguineafrog said...

walt scares me. his hunger for power and money gets worse each episode. i'm more of a jesse fan than anyone else at this point.

love love LOVE this show - i'm anxious to see how it all plays out