Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 1: Live Free or Die Review

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Note: Episode review contains minor spoilers.

The camera doesn’t lie.

Welcome back to another face melting season of Breaking Bad, those who have not caught up with the show can read our past reviews starting here.  According to Walt (Bryan Cranston), the whole issue with Gus and his gang is summed up in two words, “I won.”  Won, eh ‒ then what’s this whole business in a bathroom of a diner and the flowing locks of hair you have grown?  Skyler (Anna Gunn) and son Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) are oblivious to the nature of Walt’s victory.  Once again Gunn gives us a great vision of a woman who appears to keep the strings neatly tied together but is really losing it on the inside.  She’s not the only one losing it though.  Surprise, Mike (Jonathan Banks) is up and at ‘e and ironically feeding chickens.  There’s just one problem for Walt, Jesse (Aaron Paul), and our band of merry meth makers…THEY FORGOT TO TAKE OUT THE CAMERAS!

Breaking Bad seems to favor the slow season openers.  This can be a risky move, but so far, it has paid off every season.  By not overpowering the premieres they allow for the season to marinate to finger licking perfection.  Once again, we have a season that jumps ahead and shows us action that is happening months, weeks, or mere days from now.  I had forgotten how Cranston looks with some hair on his noggin.  Yes, I understand the bald action hero stereotype is becoming overused, but I like Walt’s head smooth as a billiard ball!  Regardless of aesthetics, the beginning hooked me back into the Breaking Bad I love.

Tensions are certainly rising between the White family and lawyer to the cons Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).  Who doesn’t love Saul?  It was quite a flip of script to see a less assertive Saul ‒ one who is weakened by fear of what this change of drug lords may entail.  A memorable line that comes to mind from their exchange was Walt looking him square in the face and saying, “We’re done when I say we’re done.”  I am truly hoping Walt doesn’t go mental on Saul and end up murdering him out of spite.  I have come to love Saul and see him as an invaluable character to the series.

Of course nothing topped this episode of Breaking Bad more than the magical little things that have confounded fine artists like the Insane Clown Posse ‒ MAGNETS!  I wasn’t particularly taken by the brilliance of Jesse’s plan to whip out a high powered magnet but I have to admit, that the writers certainly are peppering in some humor in an otherwise brutally intense series.  The fact that is Jesse providing the answer to their supposed salvation pleases me too.  Jesse has long been an unsung hero and I love the little moments the writers provide him to show just how much of a problem solver he can be.

The premiere left us with a very tantalizing dangling string via an otherwise inconspicuous picture of the recently deceased Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).  Enjoy the ride from here folks, it only looks like it will get even better.

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