TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Dead Freight”

Jesse Plemons in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Dead Freight" | ©2012 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: George Mastras Director: George Mastras Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 “Dead Freight” is BREAKING BAD’s most plot-heavy episode this season, as it details Walt, (Bryan Cranston), Jesse, (Aaron Paul), and Mike’s (Jonathan Banks’s) complicated plan to heist methylamine from a freight train to support their burgeoning drug business.  Despite a shocking climax, however, the episode’s focus on exposition related to heist-planning leaves “Dead Freight” without the emotional punch of previous episodes.  Still, the build-up to the heist is entertaining, and having the absolute certain knowledge that the […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Fifty-One”

Bryan Cranston and Anna White in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Fifty-One" | ©2012 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Sam Catlin Director: Rian Johnson Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 6, 2012 “Fifty-One” is perhaps the most harrowing episode of BREAKING BAD this season, as it deals primarily with the toll Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston’s) year-long transformation has taken on his wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn).  Since Walt’s become a power-hungry madman, we were aware that this toll was heavy, but this episode features several gasp-worthy moments that is notable not only for the depiction of Walt’s depravity, but for its abject sadness. Some of those difficult domestic moments include: […]Read On »

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