28 August, 2012

Guest Review - BREAKING BAD 5.07: 'Say My Name'


I thought Shawn Mahone had died when he didn't send in his review yesterday but apparently he was on some fake Euro "holiday." So here is another review about the guys who knock. As always, I don't proofread his work so if he says something stupid, I am sure I can get his address so you can firebomb his house. --HGF

RIP Mike, RI Fucking P Mike! I knew deep down that Mike's fate was doomed from the season premier...Breaking Bad had to kill someone and they would never kill Jesse or Hank and I knew with every passing episode and the hints that pointed to Mike's eventual demise that he would go sooner or later. It could have been the legacy costs or the pointing of his gun to Walter so many times or just Walt saying in 5.03 that Mike was flying to close to the sun but I just knew it was coming but knowing and seeing are two different things altogether and watching Mike die hurt. It was beautifully shot and executed and his death was quiet and serene and perfect but it still fucking hurt!

Watching the making of the episode on the AMC website you can tell that this hit the cast and crew hard and Jonathan Banks who plays Mike is a big softy and he got emotional too, we are nearing end times story wise and I can only see more and more deaths occurring over the remaining 9 episodes of this show, so there is a lot more pain and heartbreak left and tension and drama and just shit hits the fan awesomeness!

So was Mike's death contrived? yes! I have to believe (although I have not read any comments online) that some fans will accept that Mike would not want to get Jesse caught and could not risk Saul but Walter White! He would accept the help from Walter fucking White? I suppose maybe Mike did get too close to the sun but still Mike was a pro and one who made very few mistakes and I just do not know if this was a fitting end for him. I am not saying that the way the show allowed for him to have a quiet and respectful death (I was waiting for Walt to shoot him again so kudos for Walt for letting him go without plugging him with another bullet) was not beautiful and incredibly poignant I just felt the machinations of it all and the plot logic and character logic seemed faulty. I mean simply put why not just have Jesse not in Saul's office when he calls? Urgh....

Walt, Walter, Heisenberg....what is there left to say for a man who has sunk so low and knows that he is going to hell and gleefully accepts it? The opening of the episode was pure macho bullshit ("Say my name!") but I loved it because that is some serious ass payoff to watching this character devolve. Basically the Phoenix crew is now his bitch and now he is going to up production to 100 lbs every cook and he is going to attempt to take over the drug world in the south. Good luck with that! But will he do it with Jesse or not? Jesse is now fully onto the bullshit that is Walter White, that there is no end, that Walt does not give a shit about the kids that die or the people they hurt or the wife who hates him or the fact that he has lost his kids or that he is just a ticking time bomb who is pure evil at this point. Jesse finally sees it, he finally sees the truth and confronts Walt and actually gives up his money...if it means his way out of Walt's life then so be it but we shall see because I think these two have a few makeup's and breakups before the series end. I have a feeling that they will band together over these 9 guys issue or something I am not sure about. I mean will Jesse stop Walt from having them killed? he has to right? I mean after all his epiphanies lately about Walt would he let him just kill another 9 guys for his own selfish needs? is Jesse finally going to say no we do not do this we take the rap for the bullshit we have pulled...is this the moment where Jesse finally teams up with Skyler and tries to take Walt out? hmmmmm.

Hank got in shit for having a hard on for Mike...I wonder if all that confiscated 5 million dollars will shut his boss up...they talk about funding and cash and budgets and man hours and all that shit well now they have a ton of fat stacks to put away from a big score and Hank was proven right so we shall see how that pans out.

A great episode that had wonderful moments and was wonderfully shot, I do not think Walt turned up to meet Mike to kill him, I think he took his gun to threaten him but not kill him. I think his pride and ego killed Mike and you could tell the look on his face when he shit mike and the looks on his face when Mike died. They were regretful and sad and he knows that he has fucked up and that this is another secret that Jesse and him will have between them. Mike had to go sadly and so does Skyler and I just do not know where this all goes but I am looking forward to the finale where Walt goes to Lydia and tries to off Mike's guys via Todd's uncles prison connections? I think.

Todd learning the process.....yeah that is going to fuck up sooner or later. Saul!!!!! I so needed your comic relief buddy! He was right though about the other lawyer...as Jesse said in season 2, in this business you do not want a criminal lawyer you want a criminal lawyer yo! I hope Saul makes it to the end, I think he will.

Episode rating 98 out of 100

See you guys for the finale I look forward to it and hope they can pull it together even through all these seasonal bumpy plot points that have been rushed or not well executed. I think they have done ok but more time would have helped smoothed stuff out but that is all cool....we are getting 16 more episodes more that the ratings deserve so I hold hope.

12 comments:

  1. A good episode though the show has become more predictable than it use to be.

    I was sad to see Mike go.

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    1. It was good but you could see Mike's death coming the entire episode. I would rate it around a 90 out of 100.

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    2. They certainly are running out of meaningful deaths at this point, with only 8 episodes left after the next one I would like to see Vince Gilligan and Co actually go for the jugular and kill off a character who has been on the series from episode one (*Cough*Skyler*Cough). Whether or not he has the balls to do what is necessary I do not know, I mean walt has made Jesse give up Andrea and Brock and he has no connection with his familly in any way or form and Walt should make some sacrifices too. Skyler has become too much of an obstacle to Heisenberg and I do not believe his Hubris would allow her to dictate as much as she has being doing. he is supposed to be on top of everyone and in control and with his familly he is not because of her and so she should go. Stop being a pussy Vince and take the plunge!

      As for Mike's death being predictable...yeah so true. His hand shake with Jesse, his scenes with his grand daughter, his final payments to his guys, etc....He was a goner no doubt. Sadly Mike's death as I said in the article has been obvious since 5.01, he just never ever respected Walter and it cost him his life.

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    3. Killing off Skyler would be lame. Does anyone actually give a shit about her?

      You need to kill off a character people actually like.

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    4. Also, I love how you talk to Vince like the episodes haven't been shot. Whatever is going to happen has happened.

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    5. Based on the interviews by the cast and crew they are very aware that a lot of people would be happy to see Skyler go. I obviously would love for her to die but from a story point of view the way Walt is treating everyone like shit even Jesse it makes no sense for him to take the crap he is taking from Skyler. She has thrown him out of the house, bullied him, given away his money, been a nag, etc.....from a pure story or character evolution she should be dead. Just a thought.

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    6. She is the mother of his children. I doubt he would kill her just because she is a pain in his ass. She would have to do something more. From a pure story and character evolution, she is alive because Walt loves/loved her and because it would devastate his children (or at least one of them).

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    7. Ricin cigarette? She is smoking a lot lately and the ricin stll exists and they have laid out quite a few scenes with Walt being the sympathetic one in this terrible marriage. If Skyler did have a heart attack I doubt Marie or hank would think twice since they view him as the victim. You are right I suppose but all these. coincidences are stacking up especially for such a predictable show.

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    8. I never said he wouldn't kill her, just that the reason he hasn't is because she hasn't given him a reason. I said at the start of this season that I felt she would betray him.

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  2. Is Skyler really that bad?

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    1. Yes, ce, oui, accha, ah huh, yeah, etc, etc, etc!

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