Aug 13 2012
Alright, Breaking Bad, you may be starting to lose me a bit. For as much as I wished that last season things would move a bit faster, this week’s episode wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.
It was undeniably tense, yes, but I think the show may be overdosing on the shock factor a little bit, to the point where it doesn’t make sense for the plot.
We’ll start at the end and talk about exactly what I’m referring to. That kid dying did not produce the intended result for me. It was supposed to be shocking, and it was, but a few seconds later I was immediately shaking my head saying “wow, that was really stupid.”
Mayyyybe his helmet saved him?
There are a million things they could have said to avoid killing him, like I don’t know, “Hey kid, we’re engineers and we’re helping to refuel the train after it broke down.” Or they could have said nothing and the kid would have just driven away and told his parents he saw some weird guys in the desert near a train. As the train wasn’t going to be reported as being robbed anyway, that never would have gotten back to them. As an adult if I saw some guys with pipes and work gear doing stuff to a train, I wouldn’t think twice.
I suppose the show wants to just blame it all on the rash stupidity of Todd, but even if they want to play that angle, his character transformation came out of NOWHERE. Granted, we don’t know much about him, but how you get from small-time house burglar to headshotting children without so much as a moment’s hesitation, I’m not sure. Even cold-blooded killer Mike didn’t want to kill the adult innocent engineers, much less a kid. Unless Todd is secretly a serial killer the whole “shooting a kid to prove his worth to Walt and Jesse” thing is not a remotely plausible plot development, and I think it was a cheap trick.
I had no problem with the rest of the episode, though I guess the kid killing made the train heist look sane by comparison. It seemed a bit crazy, but I like Jesse continuing to evolve as a criminal mastermind, always thinking up the correct plan in a tricky situation.
“SECRET ROBBERY YO!”
Walt, meanwhile, had a few tricks up his sleeve as well. Bugging Hank’s office is a new level of espionage for him, and I guess Hank really is his chief rival this season. Though it seems that things are starting to boil with Mike.
My prediction is that Walt is going to lose it completely and kill someone, be it Mike or Skylar. Not Jesse. That would be too far. And remember we still have to get to the point where he’s grown his hair back and is wandering around a different state with a machine gun. Though I bet that will be in the second half of this season.
This episode just left a weird taste in my mouth. It just seemed like such a far cry from a tearful Jesse being forced to kill Gale in season three. Here, we have a character who has been in only one other episode doing the worst thing that’s probably ever happened in the show, and it’s just way too far outside the bounds of plausibility for me.
But the question remains, what happens now? Do they bury the kid in the desert? Do they bury Todd along with him? I may have hated the plot development, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want to see how it’s resolved.
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