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Monday, 3 September 2012
TV Review: Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 7 'Say My Name'
Bad’ tightens its stranglehold on its viewers’ attention with this tensely
paced penultimate episode to the show's second to last season.
lays out his plan to Mike’s mysterious methylamine buyers; that they will
distribute what he cooks using the methylamine, he declares that Mike is firmly
out of the group but neglects to also mention Jesse’s exit leading to a
conflict between the two. Meanwhile Hank is reprimanded for his obsessive behavior
concerning the Fring case and considers abandoning the case until he spots something
that he missed.
couldn’t have been any more pleased with this week’s episode, the tension and
momentum that has been building up over the course of the season has reached
its limit and now chaos is going to break loose. Whilst it is an excellent
episode it is still ultimately a set-up for the events of the season 5 finale
which should thoroughly impress. Season 5 spent a lot of time focusing on Mike
and letting the audience know more about the man and why he did what he did so I
was very glad that this episode gave the great character such a fitting end.
Banks’ terrifically nuanced performance of Mike Ehrmantraut unfortunately comes
to a close with this episode due to the sudden demise of the no-nonsense heavy
at the hands of a desperate Walter White. Mike’s role has evolved in the show
since his first appearance in the second season finale where he was called upon
to instruct Jesse on how to remain innocent when alerting the authorities to
the death of Jane Margolis. What initially seemed like the role of the simple
“Goon” stereotype soon became a fan favourite thanks to Banks’ dry delivery of
Mike’s unapologetic honesty, when revealed to be so much more than a mere lower
level enforcer, Mike Ehrmantraut became the voice of warning to Walter when he
began to step out of line and a conduit through which Jesse could find his own
independence. Ehrmantraut never professed to be anything resembling a figure of
good but his code of respect and true dedication to his granddaughter proved
that he was a man of greater integrity than those he surrounded himself with.
The two greatest bald men in television.
continuing slip into utter villainy reaches new depths in this episode as he
brashly murders Mike before even properly assessing the situation. The infamy
of Heisenberg has overcome whatever good intentions Walt once possessed, now
his own inflated and fragile ego controls his day to day life and is directly responsible
for the reprehensible crimes he has committed over the course of his moral
decline. Bryan Cranston has played Walt with such humanity and depth that any
viewer can relate to him even despite his horrible deeds, because at his core
Walt possess the human flaws present in all of us that spread the seed for
terrible actions to occur. Cranston has correctly been recognised for his
tremendous work on this series and even after 5 years as Walter White he still
manages to deliver a stunningly well-crafted and even more engrossing portrayal
of Walt with each passing season.
As I mentioned before this
episode sets up quite a number of events in the future of the show, as a viewer
you are very much aware that a tipping point has been reached in the show’s
narrative and that things have changed forever as the net surrounding Walt’s
secret life begins to quickly close in around him. Just as law enforcement is
becoming wise to Walt’s secrets so too it seems will Jesse as with the
discovery of Mike’s death Jesse’s remaining loyalty to Walt will dissipate and
the two will finally truly become enemies.
Walt offers a new deal to Mike's methylamine buyers.
stellar supporting cast of ‘Breaking Bad’ including Dean Norris and Bob
Odenkirk help propel season 5 ahead as the best season of the show yet. Norris
is an understated genius in how he has crafted and evolved the role of Hank so
beautifully to show the audience that the first impression of a character is by
no means enough to comprehend the person as a whole. Dean Norris’ slow reveal
of the true Hank Schrader throughout the series is amazing to behold and shows
how multi-faceted a character can become in the hands of a great actor. Bob
Odenkirk was simply born to play the role of the sleazy but brilliant lawyer
Saul Goodman. Saul has consistently been one of the best written characters to
appear on the show and the marriage of character and actor has never been more
perfect than in this case, Odenkirk employs his masterful comedic wit and
sarcastic humour to make Saul the scumbag everyone loves to love.
have absolutely no idea how Vince Gilligan is going to bring this show together
with such great writing, superb directing and unparalleled acting for a final
season of 8 episodes next year but I absolutely know he will.
Bad is unmissable television there is no excuse not to watch it, so why drink
some tepid off-brand generic cola when you could have classic coke.