TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Felina” – Series Finale

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Felina" ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Vince Gilligan Director: Vince Gilligan Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 29, 2013 I’ve had some time to digest “Felina,” the series finale of BREAKING BAD, and while, like the series itself, this episode is a great achievement and has given me ample food for thought over the past week, I feel uneasy because I can only offer support for it that’s a mile wide but an inch deep. That the show’s creators had enough of a handle on their dense and […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Granite State”

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Granite State" | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Peter Gould Director: Peter Gould Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2013 Earlier in BREAKING BAD, at yet another juncture when Walt (Bryan Cranston) felt compelled to pull out all the stops to keep Jesse (Aaron Paul) from quitting their meth business because of his troubled conscience, Walt made the point that if there was a hell, they were pretty much both going there anyway, so what difference does a little more meth-cooking make?  In “Granite State,” BREAKING BAD’s penultimate episode, […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “To’hajiilee”

Dean Norris as Hank Schrader in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "To ha'jiilee | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Vince Gilligan and George Mastras Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 8, 2013 Even if I were not a fan of BREAKING BAD and its characters, and not particularly interested in how the complex moral universe of this show is going to resolve itself in the next month, I’d still have to tip my hat to it only for the sheer skill and craft on display during the final half hour of “To’hajiilee.”  BREAKING BAD’s creators really put on […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Rabid Dog”

Aaron Paul in Season 5 - "Rabid Dog" - BREAKING BAD | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Sam Catlin Director: Sam Catlin Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 1, 2013 The latest BREAKING BAD episode “Rabid Dog” concerns itself entirely with the question of what action Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) will take next.  Specifically, now that he’s finally seen through Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) mask and knows what kind of person is hiding behind it, what is he actually prepared to do to bring Walt down?  And while the answer to that question seems pretty straightforward at the beginning of […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Confessions”

Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) in Season 5 - "Buried" | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Gennifer Hutchison Director: Michael Slovis Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 25, 2013 As BREAKING BAD marches towards it’s conclusion, we’re seeing all the secrets its characters were hiding from one another come to light at an ever-quickening pace.  In one way, it’s very satisfying.  Great writing and the talents of these great actors have made their characters’ reactions to the horrible truths they’re learning incredibly memorable.  And yet, in “Confessions” there’s still something that feels obligatory about getting all these reveals […]Read On »

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