Monday, August 27, 2012

Say My Name

Well that was a depressing episode...for Mike anyway. I really enjoyed it because 1) ever shot was gorgeous, 2) it's created the path for the next 9 episodes.

We all know what happened so here are some things I wish would happen in the upcoming 9:

  • Jesse approaches Skylar to work together and get the kids safe. He has a thing for protecting kids, she needs some sort of light at the end of her tunnel (that sounded dirty).
  • Todd gets his prison connections to help with the people on the list that are currently imprisoned. This was kind of hinted at in the preview, but I think any connection Walt continues with Todd is bad news (which means good tv).
  • I hope the list includes: Jack Shepard, Kate Austen, John Locke, Sayid Jarrah, etc.
  • Hank or Marie find some blue meth in Walt Jr.'s room and tell Skylar and Walt. That would be a giant slap in the face to Walt. Walt Jr. is already depressed and having an identity crisis, so it wouldn't be a stretch for him to end up experimenting with drugs. Then, we can have Walt Jr yell, "I learned it from watching YOU!" and it would be true.
  • I want Walt to cry. For real cry though.
For some reason I absolutely loved the scene at the end of Say My Name where Walt ran back to shoot Mike. It was an old man's frantic run and I seem to forget sometimes that Walt is in his 50s now. He's still active and everything but he's also a man less than a year out from having what doctor's though was incurable cancer. I don't know if it was on purpose, or that's just the way Bryan Cranston runs, but I thought it was a good touch.

In addition, Aaron Paul hasn't had as much to do this season but he still kills it in every scene. 

RIP Mike. You will be missed.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Breaking Bad: Dead Freight

Last week's episode of Breaking Bad was the halfway point to the halfway point of this final season. It did not disappoint. Bryan Cranston was off making one of his Emmy winning monologues while Skylar was sitting at the bottom of the pool. That scene escalated into of the most anxiety-inducing, intense conversations I've ever sat through (real or on tv).  It's obvious Walt has absolutely lost all sense of reality ("there's probably a party waiting for me") and care for those around him. I LOVED when he showed Skylar the money and casually dropped that they had to replace the $600,000 that was gone - you know, the one money she gave her lover Ted [I like saying lover]. Aaron Paul hasn't had as much to do this season but man has he been just as great as ever. I'm still on he fence about Lydia, but enjoy that they have a character who is acting as scared as they really all should be. Not everyone can be a Mike.

So, on to Dead Freight. This episode has been hyped as the biggest one Breaking Bad has ever done. Betsy Brandt and Aaron Paul both tweeted their excitement leading up to the episode which of course made me nervous. Would it be a death? Or would it just be another crazy caper to get the methylamine they need?

We start out with a kid, in the desert, finding a tarantula. Crazy. Why would anyone want to play with a taranula? But in the distance we hear the train horn - "Nothing stops this train" unless robbing the train is gonna be tough. You know the first five minutes of the show always come back around.

My thoughts:

  • Walt's the best actor. Not Bryan Cranston, but Walt. His crying in Hank's office was so great. He knew Hank would get extremely uncomfortable and leave giving him he opportunity to bug his office and computer.
  • Lydia is like a chihuahua, except I like chihuahuas.
  • They are gonna rob a train! It's like the Great Muppet Caper except with meth, criminals and no muppets.
  • "It's about the weight, yo." I love smart Jesse.
  • Walt's still a teacher - as he explains the replacement of the methylamine with water, it's like he's teaching a students. I just am soooo uncomfortable with his candidness. Why give Todd all this information?
  • "I'm your hostage." - Skylar. She isn't wrong.
  • Why is Walt Jr. back to going by Flynn? I heard Sklyar call him that last week but I was pretending I  imagined it. Poor kid. I hope he doesn't get sooo depressed that he offs himself. I loved Hank calling him Emo McGee. Jokes! 
  • I did NOT like Walt's facial reaction to Skylar stating once her kids were safe she's be any kind of partner Walt wanted. It looked like he got turned on. Ew.
  • There's been a lot of Jesse James references this season and a lot of movie references. It's like LOST! 
Everything in this episode paled compared to the last 10 minutes. Train robbery. Good Samaritan that ruins everything (damn you nice people!). Walt being too brash and selfish. Jesse has to lay under the train to get out safely. There's a witness. Its that kid from he beginning of the episode with he weird spider fetish. I really thought this was going to be the last shot of the episode:

You know, it would've left stuff up in the air, unanswered, unsure. But then they had to do this:

Oh shit.

Notice only Jesse reacted. Walt didn't. Remember how Andrea's kid brother got shot awhile back and that just killed Jesse? I'm sure this is gonna hurt more. Probably won't help that this kid looked a little bit like Jesse's younger brother - maybe that's a stretch, but either way this is going to shake Jesse.

Why did Todd even have a gun? I know based on the character description released of Jesse Plemmons's character, a lot of people speculated that maybe he's an undercover agent/cop. I think murdering a kid erased that thought from everyone's mind. 

Best exchange of the night, after Skylar sees Walt's dirty pants: 
"Out burying bodies?" 
"Robbing a train." 

Hey at least he isn't lying. That should get him some points.

What did you think? I know this isn't a cohesive recap, I'm still stressed from the last 10 minutes and Olympic withdrawal is beginning to set in. Where do you think this is going? 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Project Runway: Season 10

Why is it that it's aired three episodes already and I still don't know anyone's name on Project Runway? I'll blame my Olympic Fever and not the fact that these are really boring designers.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Breaking Bad: Madrigal & Hazard Pay

I'm really behind on Breaking Bad recaps because I went out of town and now the Olympics are on so I'm very sleep deprived.

  • I'm loving the direction this season is going.
  • I still love thinking about the flash forward to Walt's 52nd birthday.
  • I'm excited for his 51st birthday party and hope he gets this:

  • I am so happy I now know why Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul dressed like cockroaches at their wrap party.
  • I'm uber excited for Lance Landry to show up. If you didn't watch Friday Night Lights - go watch now.
  • Last year AMC tied in Hank's singing the Rocky theme song with their upcoming Rocky marathon and this week they planned a Mobster Week right when Walt was watching Scarface (SPOILER ALERT: "doesn't everyone die in this movie?"....foreshadowing)
  • Was anyone else extra creeped out by next week's preview of blood dripping down Walt's head as he shaved it?
Sorry this isn't that long, my one reader, Ray. But what did you like?! Leave it in the comments!