I could be wrong though. Maybe Walt will turn into Hitler.
-Also, in a way, Mike’s story now mirrors the one Walt found himself in when the show started. A guy needs money and is torn over whether to enter the drug trade. He does so only for his family’s sake, and thinks he can keep a handle on the dangerous elements. It’s almost like Mike is now Walt, and Walt is now Tuco.
-I loved, loved, LOVED the opening scene with Herr Schuler tasting the dipping sauces for the American markets. Here’s a visual:
I’ve read a few of the old scripts for BrBa over the years, and at least on paper, you notice how one of Vince Gilligan’s staples in his writing is “unexpected contradiction”. Here’s just a random sampling off the top of my head…Hank’s whole character is based on this. Superficially he’s a macho, jock-y law enforcement type, but he’s always been surprisingly emotionally attentive to the rest of the family. (Not being able to detect Walt’s crimes notwithstanding). And then Mike, the sleazy lowlife who’s actually quite great at spending quality time with his granddaughter. And then last week, there was Old Joe the junkyard worker with a pretty well developed philosophical worldview.
And now this: a well-dressed, sophisticated, continental mogul sitting in one of the world’s most advanced kitchens while eating cheap, disgusting, trashy food products that are to be sold in middle America, is the latest in a long line of these sorts of images.
-Other stuff I loved about the opening scene: first, how many times does a drama show on American TV, whether it be network or cable, take us into the guts of how our industrial food products are made. That’s investigative journalism territory, not mass entertainment. Second, I loved Schuler’s slack expression as he was eating the tater tots. I now know it’s probably because he knew his world was falling apart, but when I first watched it, I had fun imagining it was because his IQ was literally dropping before our eyes. And third, isn’t it fitting that Schuler was running Madrigal “Elektromotive”, and then the means he used to kill himself was electricity with the defibrillator?
-Want another contradiction? During the show this week, we get an opening sequence that makes fun of how shitty our food is, and then marketed with names like “Cajun Kick-Ass”…and then during the commercial breaks, they keep playing those goddamn new ads for Miller 64, where a bunch of actors sing faux-authentic drinking songs about it? I love it.
-One of Walt’s bigger character flaws was pretty prominent this week…he’s a genius, yes, but it’s always been his flaw that he’s seen everyone else as inferior. Particularly people who live the criminal life. Granted, yes, usually Walt can out-maneuver a smalltime dealer like Eight Ball, but when it comes to someone like Mike, Walt can’t understand why Mike wouldn’t want to join forces with him so he chalks it up to Mike being emotional. This is so going to bite Walt in the ass.
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