Breaking Bad Review: “Crawl Space”

After last week’s crescendo of destruction that was the mass murder of the cartel higher ups, it stood to reason that serious consequences would follow. It was unclear as to what exactly those consequences would be, and who the rain would fall on, but now it’s pretty clear who’s getting drenched.

That would be Walter White.

I posed the question last week about whether or not there was any cartel left to seek revenge on Gus for his betrayal. Was Don Eladio connected to someone even higher that wanted his death investigated and avenged? It doesn’t really seem that way, as I took the scene with Salamenca as a sort of closure on that chapter, hence the whole “the family name dies with you” line that implied everyone else of importance was indeed toast.

Rather Gus is now kicking back into gear, thus answering the question of whether or not he would survive his quasi-kamikaze attempt. The medical tent in Mexico implied this was a very, very well orchestrated plan preparing for every possible calamitous contingency. Jesse marveled at the fact that Gus knew his blood type when even he didn’t, and he sees not only how smart and prepared Gus is, but how much he values him as a part of the team.

I swear he has this look on his face most of the time lately.

After all, he’s the new Golden Goose. After proving that he can make the pure blue stuff as good as Mr. White, all of a sudden, Walter’s services are no longer required. But even though he currently hates him enough to spend five minutes shoving him out of his yard, Jesse says he still won’t work if Walter is killed. I don’t exactly understand this. What’s stopping Gus from killing Walter, and threatening Jesse, or his friends and surrogate family unless he continues to make the blue stuff? There would seem to be plenty of ways to motivate, and Walter isn’t required for most of them. He’s as unstable as they come, and therefore a huge liability for Gus.

The most pressing issue at the moment is the new hit out on Hank. Once he pinpointed the laundromat as the lab site, it was game over, and now it’s a game of cat and mouse to see if the DEA can actually protect him from Gus’ impending hit squads. At least his top man, Mike, is out of commission so Hank might actually have a shot. Walter now has risked life and limb to even anonymously warn Hank, but by doing so he realizes he’s essentially signed a death warrant for his entire family as Gus will realize what he’s done when Hank’s new protection detail gets there.

In the side plot of the evening, I thought Ted’s demise was handled in true Breaking Bad fashion, something we haven’t really seen in a while. I had flashbacks to Walt and Jesse having their bathub floor eaten away by acid, and mopping up a half dissolved body which had come crashing down through the ceiling. Morbid, yet undeniably funny at the same time. And unlikely as it was that Ted would trip and murder himself, I couldn’t help but laugh when he did so. But what happens now with that? The audit should be stopped, but will there be a further investigation into his death? Where all that cash came from?

Poor idiotic Ted, we hardly knew ye.

The last scene of the episode was exceptionally haunting, and one of the moments that make this show great. Walt’s maniacal laughter as Skyler hears the news about Hank was spine chilling, and it seems like things are going to hell quickly. How the hell can Walt fight back? What’s his next move? I was sure Gus wouldn’t live through the end of the season, but what can Walt do to survive, much less actually kill Gus? I feel he’s going to have to stage some sort of coup with Jesse, but as evidenced by recent events, he’s not exactly on the best of terms with him.

I’m bummed it took this long to pick up, but Breaking Bad appears to be back to its riveting self from now until hopefully the end of the season.



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