Review – Breaking Bad 3.02 “Caballo Sin Nombre”

Breaking Bad seems to get better every episode. Unlike some shows, which leave you waiting for answers to questions from seasons past, Breaking Bad tries to keep the viewer very in the know without giving away surprises. The writing seems to be better than ever this season, which I didn’t think possible. Episode two of this season just adds more fuel to the already burning fire that is Walt White’s double life.

Walt White is one of the most depressed characters on any show I watch currently. This episode he really was only able to crack a smile once, when Walt Jr. happened to be camped out on his door step. Other than that, Walt has been followed around by the toy eye that keeps reminding him of all the bad stuff he’s done and caused. His wife hates him, he can’t tell his son why, and he never gets to spend any time with his new daughter. Him flipping the pizza onto the roof was just another fantastical catastrophe that he’s been a part of. When it goes wrong for Walt, it goes wrong in the most extravagant of ways.

Walt’s run in with the law this week is the perfect example of his bad luck. Instead of just getting a ticket for something that was technically his fault in the first place, the plane crash, he gets assaulted by a police officer. Pepper spray is no joke, as Walt’s stained face can prove. It’s always good to have a law enforcement family member, and Walt pulled that card to get out of this predicament. I guess things could have been worse for him.

Jesse (Aaron Paul) one upped his parents. When he first came to see the house, and inquired about the sign, I had no idea what his true intentions were. It was quite clever how he used his own meth-lab against his parents in the negotiations, and slamming the door in his parents’ faces was one of the highlights of Jesse on this show’s run. He hasn’t had much to do this season, but so far he seems to have himself under control. Only a matter of time before something causes Jesse to relapse and become “The Bad Guy.”

It was nice to see Bob Odenkirk’s Sol Goodman character brought back into the fold. He’s not only the funniest character, but he also wears the most interesting outfits. He looked as though he were trying to hint to Christopher Nolan that he’d be perfect as Riddler in the next Batman film with his get up. His line to Walt about not hanging himself seemed as though it came from the character’s past experiences with clients doing such things. I also liked his response to Jesse asking if he’d want a job. Odenkirk is comedic gold, on a show filled to the brim with ‘heavies’.

The Twins returned, but seemed to have found some depth in their story arch, instead of just being on the show to hunt down Walt. I like how they connected all the characters by having the Twins visit Tuco’s old man. The bell ringing is just as creepy as it was in seasons past, and just adds to the overall continuity of the show. The fact that the cousins came to Walt’s house ready to go Patrick Bateman with an axe instead of just the usual gun toting gangster, makes them that much more intimidating. It seems they’re in cahoots with the same people that Walt is, so now that they’re all working for the same people, will they begin to work together? I don’t see the Twins turning around and trying to kill Walt again after this, unless whatever scared them off parishes itself.

I can’t wait to find out what made the Twins walk out on their revenge, and on Sunday, I imagine we’ll get the answers I’m seeking.

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