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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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Hazard Pay”

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Hazard Pay" | ©2012 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Peter Gould Director:  Adam Bernstein Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 29, 2012 Having convinced Mike to handle the business side of their new drug operation, Walt and Jesse begin to cook meth again, and they begin to fill the void left in the underworld by Gus’s death.  But Walt’s ego is already creating fissures in the new partnership. Again this week on BREAKING BAD, Mike (Jonathan Banks) gets the best line, as he tells Walt (Bryan Cranston) “Just because you shot Jesse James – don’t make you Jesse James.”  […]Read On »

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

Jonathan Banks and Laura Fraser in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Madrigal" | ©2012 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Vince Gilligan Director:  Michelle MacLaran Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 22, 2012 The bomb that killed drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in last season’s BREAKING BAD finale had, for better or for worse, a liberating effect on Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  The success of Walt’s plot to kill Gus not only removed the sword of Damocles from above Walt, and his family’s, heads, but also validated the image he’d been nurturing of himself as a cunning, ruthless drug lord.  But for Gus’s former “Head of Security,” the world-weary […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 “Live Free or Die” – Season Premiere

BREAKING BAD - Season 5 poster | ©2012 AMC

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Vince Gilligan Director: Michael Slovis Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 15, 2012 BREAKING BAD’s creator Vince Gilligan has described the remarkable metamorphosis undergone by the show’s protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as a transformation from MR. CHIPS to SCARFACE.  And for four seasons now, we’ve watched this play out in fits and starts, as Walt’s lung cancer diagnosis served as the catalyst to a chain of increasingly morally dubious decisions that would change him from an endearing family man and talented high school chemistry teacher into a vain, manipulative, and […]Read On »

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