Cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Adam Bernstein
Writer: Vince Gilligan
Network: AMC, airs Sundays at 9 p.m.
Original Telecast: July 17, 2011
Well, if that isn’t the way to get a message across to your employees, I’m not sure what is on BREAKING BAD.
Of course, I’m talking about meth boss Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) brutal and methodic disrobing of his suit and tie, slowly putting on a chemical suit in the meth lab, stalking about the lab in absolutely silence and ultimately slitting the throat of one of his henchmen that had failed him. It was indeed one of the most ruthless scenes we have seen from Fring and just shows how far that character has come since we first met him working as a manager for a fast food chicken outlet.
It was a tense 10 minutes in the Season 4 premiere “Box Cutter” and you knew something bad was going to happen. Fring wasn’t putting that chemical suit on so he could mix some meth. He was getting messy. We just didn’t know who it was. Maybe Jesse (Aaron Paul) but they wouldn’t kill such a key character would they? And certainly Walt (Bryan Cranston) is safe (at least alive maybe a hand or a finger or something cut off). But I was pretty shocked it was Victor (Jeremiah Bitsui) that was the victim. Given his loyalty to Fring and his meth operation you figure he would be out of harm’s way. But he did fail Fring in protecting Gale (David Costabile) and paid the ultimate price.
Fring’s only words to Walt and Jesse at the end of the ordeal … “Get back to work.” Having no other cooks in the kitchen other than Walt and Jesse, Fring must rely on them to continue the process of cooking meth regardless of how he doesn’t want them to be there.
Jesse had it right, however. They are on the same page, but it is a page that no one wants to be on. If he can’t kill them, he’ll make them wish they were dead. And I believe that will be one of the main themes of Season Four. How do Walt and Jesse get out of the predicament that they find themselves now in? Sure, they are making money, but under the roof of someone that despises them and at the next turn will probably find a replacement.
We also got a glimpse of just how far Skyler (Anna Gunn) has come in this relationship. Yes, she still has some feelings for Walt and wants no harm to come to him. However, she is more than willing to cover for him when things are dangerous. She moved his car to protect Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) from discovering anything was wrong. Skyler has come into her new life in full circle. She likes having the money she gets (in order to pay for others medical bills or her own lifestyle) and she is willing to do what it takes to protect her family from knowing the truth about Walt’s new job – but no longer disapproving of that job.
One thing is certain, one of TV’s best shows is off and running and if this opening episode is any indication, once again it will be a fabulous ride.
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