Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Joanna Robinson
8. The Ecstasy of Victory: Oh, kid. Look at his face. Just look at it. Both relief and disbelief that it was all over. Of course, Aaron Paul‘s face was amateur hour compared to the play of emotion’s on Crantson’s when he knew he was caught. Was there relief too? The way his few tears snagged in the crags of his face. Oh yeah, I still have a little sympathy left for Walter White. But, of course, it was Hank who was feeling the least conflicted. Just crowing his heart out. For whatever reason, I knew Uncle Jack was coming. That knot of dread in the pit of my stomach knew he was coming. So every single second they spent in the desert had me shrieking “GET OUT, GET IN THE CAR, GET GONE.” But no, Hank had to call Marie. That tearful loving conversation does not bode well, does it? But before we get to the guns, let’s talk for a second about mirroring.
The most poignant mirror is the To’hajiilee location itself. Even Jesse picks up on it. How fitting, how tragically circular that this is where things would come to such a head. But we also have this Fring reflection. Not the first of the season, and possibly not the last. Of course the attitudes are different. Fring’s is very much “come at me, bro” whereas Walt’s is “you win, brother.” Will Walt make it out, or is he fated to follow in Fring’s footsteps?
9. The Agony Of Defeat: I think my favorite bit of internet fun with this episode of Breaking Bad is someone putting “Rains Of Castemere starts playing” over a shot of Uncle Jack’s truck. Even though I knew they were coming, I was still basically under my couch when they showed up. What brilliant storytelling. Of course they had to come, it’s not Walt’s decisions whether or not they do. He was impotent to stop them. He’s an asset they need to protect. That’s the beginning and end of it. Though, if that’s the case, you’d think they’d have been a lot more careful when shooting at Hank’s SUV.
10. You’ll Never Leave To’hajiilee Alive: So, what do we think of the To’hajiilee Cliffs-hanger? Should the episode have ended with the guns cocked and at the ready? What was the point of showing SOME shooting and not the conclusion? Wouldn’t the dread have been as intense if they’d left it at the stand-off? And who do we think is going to make it out alive? Someone major has to die or else this show exists in a universe with no stakes. And, that, my friends, is why I think Ensign Gomez red-shirted his way onto this investigation and out into that desert. In fact, I’m pretty certain I saw a gut wound on him. So there could be a universe where Gomez dies and Hank, Jesse and Walt live. (Of course, we know Walt lives. Grr.) But even that’s a cop out, isn’t it? Either Hank or Jesse need to go. After that conversation with Marie, Hank is the more likely suspect and Jesse was last scene oozing his way out of the car and maybe to safety. But if Jack is going to have something to hold over Walt in order to make him cook for them, the brother-in-law, the one Walt wouldn’t cross that line for, is obviously the better choice when it comes to live hostages. Maybe Walt negotiates for both Hank and Jesse’s lives by agreeing to cook. Maybe. One way or another, the Nazis have the upper hand. So let’s end on a somewhat positive note and enjoy this image of Todd ineptly firing a gun. Oh, Todd.
Crackpot Theories Of The Week: First of all, they dropped that notion of flak jackets into my head with both Saul and the Nazis. Is it possible Hank and Gomez have at least a little protective gear on? Let’s hope so. On another front, if, as people have long claimed, the color pink is a harbinger of death on Breaking Bad, then let’s take a quick look at who is in peril this week. Did you like how Uncle Jack was talking about injecting pink dye into farmed salmon. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Uncle Jack is about to inject a whole mess of pink dye into the proceedings.
And, of course, Prince Hamlet himself, Jesse Pink Man.
Musical Moment Of The Week: Once again, Dave Porter knocked my socks all the way off with his score this week. If you still haven’t had a chance to listen to our interview with series composer Dave Porter, please please do. But the musical moment of the week belongs to f*cking Todd and his ringtone.