I must admit something and it's not something that I like or even want to admit, but there have been a few episodes of Breaking Bad this season, that I have not liked as much, and last night was one of them. I have spent some time thinking about it, and I'm not sure if it is because I am used to watching the show in marathon form, and I just forgave and didn't notice these episodes, or if they are actually more prevalent this year. Anyways, what I am talking about is these random "caper" episodes. We started out the season with "Magnets, bitch!" and now last night we spent half the episode watching them rob a train of its methylamine. I know they are necessary in some ways now, because Walt and his crew are having to get scrappy to find ways to re-build the meth-making business, but it feels like we are spending so much time on these heists, that it is taking away from some of the character development and drama. Last week's episode was one of my favorite's of the season, especially because we saw such a dynamic change and interaction between Skyler and Walt, but I felt a bit of that lacking this week. It is nothing that diminishes my love for the show, and if I know the writer's I am sure this will come back and be incredibly important in some way, so I should probably just shut my mouth and keep watching, but I did feel like I needed to mention.
However, I one thing I must give major props for this season is the movie references that keep popping up throughout. First, we had Scarface and this week we got a very clear nod to Heat. Since Heat is one of my favorite movies of all time, I was kind of psyched to notice this and see it brought up in one of my favorite television shows of all time. We didn't actually seen a scene from it as we did when Walt and his family watched Scarface, but Hank did ask Walt Jr. if he wanted to watch it with him. It was funny to me, because at first that line really stood out to me and sounded kind of strange, but then as the "robbery plot" unfolded, I understood. There are also several references throughout the episode (and even series) that can be linked back to the movie. We definitely have a similar theme of hunters and their prey as Hank and his team are trying to find and stop Heisenberg and the meth crew…and Walt and his new team doing everything they can to pull off another "heist". It also is yet again making me worry about the fate of our main character as the two biggest film references have been to movies in which
One smaller reference that I'm not sure if was on purpose, but I still loved, was the shot of Lydia in her house with the lights twinkling in the background. It looked very familiar and similar to many of the shots in Heat of Robert De Niro's character at his house. Could this tell us something about her?
Speaking of Lydia, I am very curious as to see where her character is going. Every time we see her on screen, she has been set up as a pretty weak and scared woman that is just trying to make it through this alive, and without getting put in jail. However, I really wonder if that is all a façade and she is giving the performance of a lifetime. Mike repeatedly tells Walt and Jesse that they don't know her like he does, and I am beginning to think he is right. When looking at it logically, if she was working with Gus Fring, there is no way that she could have been an integral part of his successful business if she did not have more strength and power than we have been shown. She put the hit out on Mike, which was a pretty bold move, and while she didn't actually put the trace on the methylamine, I wouldn't be surprised if she has been making some other underhanded plans that we are just not aware of yet.
Also, looking at performances, I began to wonder, who is the better actor…Bryan Cranston or Walter White? I know that they are one and the same, but the way in which Walt was able to put on a front for Hank in this episode was stunning and shows, yet again, how pathological he has become. I must say, I almost started to feel sorry for him and believe that he was really sad about the break down of his relationship with Skyler, but the moment Hank left the room, we see that it truly was all an act and he was just pretending to be sad to get Hank out of there. I shouldn't be surprised, but sometimes I still can't help but note how diabolical he has become.
Now, although I do have some problems with these caper themes, I did think it was a pretty cool scene and I was biting my nails the whole time. It was a bit frustrating, because Walt again takes unnecessary chances as he has to go to the last minute filling up, but I was happy to see that I was right and Jesse Plemons' character will have a bigger part this season. However, I don't even know if I can discuss how the episode ended, because it was so traumatizing I shouted out loud, and more than anything, I really hope that it doesn't once again send Jesse on a downward spiral.
Okay, now this is one of my questions that I have been trying to figure out and I have some ideas, but am curious what you guys think. What is the meaning of symbolism of the color purple and Marie? It is always present in everything she wears, but usually is in somewhat of a subtle way, but last night it was so obvious in their house it could not be ignored. When we saw Marie and Hank with baby Holly and talking about Walt Jr, every single accessory in the house was purple. Is it symbolizing royalty and as Walt attempts to build his empire, it is really Hank and Marie who are going to come out on top?
As we only have three more episodes left in this set of Season 5 episodes, I think we can expect for the action and drama to keep ramping up and personally, I don't know how I will wait until 2013 for the conclusion of the series…that is going to be brutal.