Ladies and gentlemen, of the class of '99. *Wear* sunscreen.
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Dunfermline, Scotland
re: Breaking Bad Thread (NO SPOILERS OUTSIDE OF THIS THREAD. INCLUDING SIGS & CHATBOX.)
The pilot (S1) - Perfect introduction to all characters, cleverly foreshadows what's to come, and keeps you on edge throughout due to the very enigmatic flash-forward in the opening.
Cat's In The Bag... (S1) - Really emphasises the desperation and somewhat hilarity of Walt and Jesse's methods, and also demonstrates the many fractures in the two's relationship to soon come.
Peek-A-Boo (S2) - Very intriguing chemistry with Jesse and the meth heads' child, which really kicks off his caring for children that is essential later on.
4 Days Out (S2) - The first real attempt to focus primarily on the strengthening of Walt and Jesse's relationship, with brilliant results.
ABQ (S2) - A flurry of constant, hard-hitting emotions from every character, and a fucking jaw-dropping climax in the form of Skyler's pipebomb on Walt.
One Minute (S3) - Demonstrates the darker/sinister badass side of Hank, through his beatdown on Jesse, as well as the emotional side, through his departure from the force. A similar formula happens with Jesse, showing his weak side and his own cynical demeanour as he contemplates what he'll do to Hank as he's hospitalised.
Fly (S3) - The ultimate analysation episode. For a Media Studies student like myself, this is an amazing barage of symbolism, foreshadowing and emotional boost of characterisation for Walt and Jesse.
Box Cutter (S4) - Only thing to note is the death of Victor. Will always stay infamously in my memory as one of the snuffest-looking scenes I have ever seen from any media text ever. Hats off to the effects supervisor for the series, seriously.
Salud (S4) - Both Jesse and Walt's separate narratives really keep you invested. On Walt's side, the conversing with Jr. is heartwarming, while on Jesse's side, his mastering of the recipe, and the very clever poisoning of the entire cartel leave a really good taste in your mouth.
Crawl Space (S4) - The prelude to an emotional apocalypse. The desperation of Walt and the way all of his plans spiral out of control into an abyss of insanity is such a sight to behold.
Face Off (S4) - The sinister build-up of Heisenberg apexes in this episode, in my opinion, and the long-awaited killing of Gus is heavily rewarding and shockingly puts Walt on the kingpin pedestal.
Live Free Or Die (S5) - The now-hard edged Walt is perfectly emphasised and exudes intimidation not just for the characters, but also for the viewers. The coldness of some of his lines made me cower a little inside.
Also, am I the only one who's extremely underwhelmed by Jesse's lack of narrative in the fifth season?