Breaking Bad 5×01: “Live Free or Die”: Since there’s not much else going on TV-wise this summer, I decided to get back into Breaking Bad. I watched the first season and liked it, but stopped in the middle of the second season because I couldn’t identify with any of the characters. Plus the show was just so damn dark and depressing that practically every episode brought me down. Nevertheless, I caught up with all the eps online and was ready to watch the Season 5 premiere.
This episode moved along at a nice clip and dealt mostly with tying up loose ends from S4. I liked the magnet caper, if only because it put Jesse and Walt on the same side for once. I miss those two being a real team instead of at odds all the time. Mike definitely adds a new dimension to the partnership, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the trio this season.
I’m back to hating Skylar (after warming to her a little bit in S3 and S4), and the whole Ted mishap isn’t helping in that regard. I’d be willing to bet that poor old Ted isn’t long for this world, as Walt will likely identify him as too much of a liability (if he hasn’t done so already) and orchestrate his death somehow.
The flash forward was interesting. I wasn’t all that surprised to see Walt on the run, but I was surprised to see him buying a BAW (big-ass weapon). I wonder who he’s planning to take out with that thing!