Monthly Archives: July 2012

Breaking Bad: Hazard Pay, Season 5 Episode 3

Breaking Bad: Hazard Pay, Season 5 Episode 3

Taking a closer look at Hazard Pay: Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 3

In the previous episode, Mike tells Lydia “Now, I don’t know what kinda movies you’ve been watching, but here in the real world we don’t kill eleven people as some kind of prophylactic measure”. On “Hazard Pay” we find out what kind of movie Walter White is watching. In an interview with Huffington Post, creator Vince Gilligan says “it was so fun to get to use the clip from “Scarface.” It almost didn’t happen, because using a clip from a famous movie with famous, Oscar-winning actors like that can be a very expensive proposition. But ["Scarface" studio] Universal was very cool about it, and I hear through the grapevine that Al Pacino was extraordinarily cool about it. He could have charged us out the wazoo to use his likeness, and I think he was just very cool about it.” Read the rest of this entry

Breaking Bad: Madrigal, Season 5 Episode 2

Breaking Bad: Madrigal, Season 5 Episode 2

Taking a closer look at Madrigal: Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 2

“Two good men died because of you” declares Mike. One of those ‘good‘ men attempted to kill him for $30,000.  Being able to see the silver lining or bigger picture could come in handy on a day when Mike looses 2 million dollars, negates a plan to murder 11 men, and goes into business with a man he describes as a ticking time bomb. The second episode of the season sets up the partnership of Mike with Walter and Jesse, while exploring the aftermath of Madrigal’s involvement with Gustavo Fring’s meth empire and the missing ricin cigarette.

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Breaking Bad: Live Free or Die, Season 5 Episode 1

Breaking Bad: Live Free or Die

Taking a closer look at the Season 5 Premiere of Breaking Bad

“I can foresee a lot of possible outcomes … not one of them involves Miller Time”. We are in for a wild finish if the long-awaited premiere of the final season of Breaking Bad is any indication. The powerful image of two cars seemingly on a collision course is still resonating with me. In a game of chicken, someone has to yield or there will be a disastrous consequence. In this case, it appears Walter did not yield and Mike swerved to the side in a cloud of desert dust.

On Breaking Bad, every image and story thread is well thought out. Nothing is left unaccounted for which brings us to the video cameras that Gus placed in the lab. I absolutely enjoyed every moment in the planning and destruction of the laptop in the evidence vault. Here are some of my other reactions after watching this episode: Read the rest of this entry

Breaking Bad: Inside Season 5

Breaking Bad: Inside Season 5

Warning: This post contains spoilers for previous seasons and speculation on Season 5

Taking a closer look at the final season of Breaking Bad

Season 4’s explosive finale titled “Face Off” was written in a way that it could serve as a series finale because the show runners did not know if there would be a Season 5 due to tense negotiations between AMC Network and Sony Pictures Television who produce Breaking Bad. “Face Off” brought a definitive closure to the cat and mouse showdown between drug czar Gustavo Fring and chemistry-whiz turned meth-cook Mr. White. As emotionally satisfying as “Face Off” was, there are still a number of plot threads to tie up in Season 5. Here are some possible storylines I would like the show to explore:

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