The only thing worse than a desperate Walter White might be a desperate Hank. Walter has been living his double life of crime long enough that getting caught almost always just seemed inevitable. At any time a new character in his stage play of crime could be introduced and blow the lid on the whole enterprise. Running deep into the desert and hiding out at Saul's law office probably come as second nature for Walt by now. For Hank however Heisenberg has been an obsession. Ever since the blue biker meth came under his investigation it has been a personal goal of his to take down the man behind it all. Even after discovering Gus Fring's criminal organization he still new Heisenberg lived.
For both Walt and Hank it comes down to the secondary characters of the play who have now become the most important. From the opening scene we see both Hank and Walt quickly call Skyler in hopes of enticing her to their own side. Unfortunately for Hank, Skyler did what she has done almost all series long, make a really bad decision. Assuming the loss of Skyler and possibly his entire family he moves down the chain to his money.
Hank is left nearly reeling trying to put all the pieces together to form a picture worth an arrest and beyond that, a criminal conviction. None of what he has is concrete enough to take down Walt, especially with Hank's own reputation on the line. It takes Marie, usually a voice of annoyance to Hank, to finally convince him that his choices really are limited. Hank must go back to work and tell the DEA the truth about Walt and Hank's findings. And it's back at work where Hank discovers another secondary character Walt might have once thought safe.
Jessie was the criminal element Walt once sought out. To Walt in season one Jessie was the lowest of the low, a meth dealer, but someone who could introduce Walt to the money he wanted for his family. The sins Jessie was committing then were nothing compared to the horrors he's committed since and it is weighing on him. His night spent throwing cash around neighborhoods landed him in a jail cell. Hank may finally have the piece of the puzzle that will end Heisenberg's reign once and for all.
As part of the return of Breaking Bad the cast and crew have been doing the usual media rounds. Dean Norris had a particular interview where he was asked about the difference between a show like Breaking Bad and his other place of work Under the Dome on CBS. He answered that a Network would have had Walter get up and find the GPS tracker immediately. Not wander around for 30 seconds on vague suspicions before finally finding the evidence. With that in mind lets all take a chance and appreciate the extreme use of sound in the first half of tonight's episode, “Buried”.
Keeping with the opening from the premier, “Buried” is largely silent save for the natural sound of the old pickup truck some poor Albuquerque resident uses. Starting off with a nice long tracking shot following him to his car. Nothing special. All the while playing on audience expectation that he will eventually find some of Jesse’s money. When the old man does find the money , there isn’t a cut matching his view. The cinematography of Breaking Bad has been all about the reaction shot only most of the time with little cutting. Just them staring at some great horror. The old man, befuddled by his good fortune, comes across more and more rolls of 100 dollar bills. The shot keeps on him as he wanders from roll to roll, the frame large enough for us to notice one he has missed until he realizes it. Now with at least 5 grand in his hands the Old Man truly hits the jackpot: Jesse’s car with plenty of money to spare. A necessary cut to explain the creaking noise int he distance. Revealing legs dangling off one of those spinning playground devices. Jumping to a god angle the camera just hangs there as Jesse spins absurdly fast with the shadows dancing across him making for some very beautiful imagery. Truly gif worthy. There was no dialog in this entire sequence just the natural sounds of Albuquerque. A Network would of had the old man talk.
Now contrast that with the consistent creciendo and eventual explosion of noise when Marie visits with Skyler and pleads with her to talk to Hank. Marie begins to question how long Skyler has known, it starts low and slowly builds until she finally smacks her sister for her silence. The sound barrier is broken from then on as Marie tries to leave with the baby, which just cries and cries. Mix that in with yelling between Marie and Skyler turns everything into one big cathartic release that had been building for seasons. Ironically it is Hank who puts a lid on. Even though he is the reason for all of this.
Something should be said for Skyler’s actions. She isn’t free of Heisenberg’s taint and hubris. She really does think Walter will get away with it. All Hank has is, suspicions there is still a chance for her to keep this family together so they have to go for it. Not take the money buried in the desert and run.
The Bits At The End - Mazz
It hit me a couple days after the primer. What if the risen pill is for Jesse. Sure looks that way.
Man you just can’t cook Meth in your secret underground bus in privacy anymore.
I want to lay on a bed of money and feed my inner Scrooge McDuck.