Breaking Bad: “Say My Name” Review

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS AHEAD!!

I know what you were thinking before this episode started: a Destiny’s Child reference? I wouldn’t put it past Gilligan. There may be some hidden meaning in "destiny’s child," maybe it refers to Walt being the child of destiny to take over the meth business in the Southwest?

Last week, we wrapped up with a precarious situation–Mike with a gun to Walt’s head and Walt convincing him (via Jesse) that he had a plan to make everyone happy. Whether or not that was true was quasi-unimportant. This goes one way: Mike is out of the picture and Walt becomes more powerful, but because Mike is so sympathetic (Mike is awesome) I think we all wanted to see him leave peacefully.

It is kind of funny to watch three middle-aged men stand around, looking tough in pleated slacks and generic black old-man coats. The scene was awesome for its dialogue and how Bryan Cranston can pull off being tough and cool moreso than a dude being surrounded by tough-looking guys with tough-looking GM trucks.

"Say My Name" was partially about Walt coming into his own and the first half of Season 5 has done its job. Suddenly Mike is out, Gus’ whole infrastructure is gone and all that’s left is Walt, the guy from the other Southwest state.

Mike left the game. He ditched his guns and got rid of his bugging computer. He made Hank look really bad when Hank got a search warrant and everything to tear apart his house. He really was done. His undoing was, hilariously, that he didn’t hire Saul. LOL.

The cover art for Walt's new band, The Heisenberg Trio.

The cover art for Walt’s new band, The Heisenberg Trio.

Jesse attempted to take his steps out the door too, but Walt tried to rope him back in. Nice work trying to goad him back in by shaming him about his addiction history. Cranston, again, delivered an ice cold speech.

It’s been nice to see the creators let the actors pull out their A-material. This whole season has been about giving the actors some dialogue, putting them in a room together and filming it. It’s paid off wonderfully as Season 5 has been excellent.

As soon as they flashed that gun in the bag, though, it was certain that something was going to happen. It was an absolutely unhinged scene and seeing Mike bit into that impulse with gusto–rip into Walt–was satisfying, but horrifically worrying. That gun had to come back into play. And waiting for Walt to use it was excruciating–congrats to everyone who made that scene as tense and nerve-wracking and making us believe that maybe nothing was going to come of it as Mike went to his car and Walter stood their impotently.

I hate to see Mike go out like that. He deserved more. I literally can’t give this higher than a 9.0, it was just too sad of an ending.

The transition for Walt from pathetic dude who’s trying to provide for his family into scary dude who doesn’t give a dang about anybody is complete. If there’s anybody still siding with Walt right now, consider that person a psychopath.

One last thing, is Hank putting it together? He missed Mike by just so little, are those wistful stares at images him putting together that someone else is in charge?

Sometimes Breaking Bad takes a bigger leap of faith than it should, putting together pieces that might not be there. There seemed to be some self-awareness in that scene where Hank told Gomez to follow the lawyer. It will get him in trouble. It might get him fired.

That it paid off for Gomez and Hank may be a sign that Hank’s intuition will ultimately pay off, but only get him in further trouble.

We got one more episode.

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  1. #1 by KickinNames.. on August 27, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I have watched this show raptly (and faithfully )and evangelized to most of my circle about what an amazing character transformation they’d pulled off and how believable it all was. Watching Walt move from sympathetic, almost pathetic, chemistry teacher cancer guy to his genius and balls in doing away with Gus Fring was some of the most compelling anything I’ve seen on TV. Truly astounding.
    And now after all the anticipation and buildup I find watching this almost painful. When you had survival driving the plot line you could understand and even forgive, Walts many transgressions as he was a drowning man just trying to stay alive. The current extreme disintegration of his character in less than 1 yr is just too much to ask of the viewer IMO. You can’t go from cooing at your infant daughter and working every angle to save your family to ditching the family and everything with it while given the opportunity to be fairly wealthy and take care of all your concerns in just a few short months. Its just too far to stretch and am surprised, frankly, that more devotees aren’t up in arms about the lack of believability in SuperBad Heisenberg Walt.

    i’ll watch it out just for the plot twists but you’ve reduced most of the supporting characters (Zombie Wife, Boy Hero Jesse, SuperCop Hank…) to 2D images who are nothing more than bit players in Walts Heisenberg: SuperGenius video game world. Tried hard to like this but really disappointed at the how the writers chose to bring this to a close.

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