Skyler is way more passive this year. In years past, she was either actively trying to figure out Walt’s secret, or, once she HAD figured it out, she was doing something about it. She was having affairs, she was learning a new business, she was kicking Walt out of the house. Now it seems like every Skyler scene is the same. Walt reveals yet another unpleasant aspect of his life to her, she heaves a sigh of annoyance, and repeat.
No Gus, or other awesome villain. I do appreciate that the lack of a villain means Walt the has space to grow on his own (and, as we’re seeing this week, fall flat on his face). And that’s great for revealing Walt’s character, but I must say, having a great villain does make for instant tension and action. And the villains have been some of the best characters.
And there’s just less humor. I still remember the first episode Saul showed up. I laughed for the whole goddamn hour. I admit, the show itself is really dark these days, so it’s tough to make it funny on top of that. But I miss Saul, or the silly Los Pollos commercials, or Tio fucking with people.
-On the “removing the bug from the DEA” bit, that clears up my doubts about this whole scheme. I think I even put in my recap notes when they planted the bug that it seemed really risky because the DEA would easily find the bugs. But I guess Walt, Jesse, and Mike already thought of that and only planned on bugging Hank for a short time.
Actually I bet Vince Gilligan read my recap and put this into the episode this week to placate me. Smart of him, actually.
-In the scene when Jesse confronted Walt at Vamonos, and Walt asked Jesse what his backup plan is if he leaves the business, it reminded me of when Skyler tried to take the kids away from Walt. They were practically the same scene. Someone challenges Walt, Walt challenges them to lay out their end game. If someone ever comes after Walt with even a half-baked plan, he’s fucked.
-I’ve been thinking about Hank today…I had a couple different takes on the scene where the DEA guy chews him out for focusing too much on the Gus case. My first take was, god, that’s really cruel, because Hank isn’t cut out for an administrative job. Hank was just coming out on the other side of the dark wheelchair times, only now he’s about to endure professional humiliation by being exposed as incompetent at work.
But actually, I now think Hank will be pretty good as an ASAC once this is all over. I don’t think he’s incapable of focusing on admin tasks and wants to do field work. I think he’s distracted because some part of his subconscious knows he’s missing something, i.e. Heisenberg is still out there.
I still think that if it ever comes to light that Walt is Heisenberg, Hank’s career, and maybe his ego, will be obliterated.
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