Breaking Bad 3.05 “Mas” Review

The English translation for the episode title is ‘more,” which is exactly what we got in this episode. More of everything that has gone on this season. More Skylar cheating on Walt, more Walt slipping into the criminal underworld, more Hank uncovering the mystery behind the “blue magic,” and more information on who exactly Walt is dealing with on the business end of his drug projects. The only thing we didn’t get more of was the Cousins, who have been great silent enemies of Walt so far. I loved the touch of them marking Walt’s house in the previous episode. They don’t even need to be on screen to be effective, great writing.

Breaking Bad is television’s equivalent to The Godfather in my estimation. Unlike the Sopranos, which most people compare with Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, Breaking Bad isn’t trying to fit a mold, it’s just finding itself with every episode. The fall of a powerful criminal has never been handled so eloquently as I’ve seen with Walt White. Here is a man who wanted nothing more than to impart his knowledge of science on the younger generations of the world, who now has transformed into something he could have never dreamed himself to be. He’s more scared and angry at this point in the series than he ever was when he found out he had cancer early on. He’s come to the point where he’s going to create more drugs just to spite his former partner.

Hank finding Combo’s picture with Jesse felt like a gigantic scene the second time I watched it. Here is a DEA agent whose career is spiraling down, and he’s about to find out that his brother in-law is the biggest drug dealer in his state. I can’t imagine this is going to play out in any sort of obvious fashion, as Breaking Bad strays from predictability as much as any show I’ve seen. There are a few options of what can happen, but witness protection is something I see in Walt’s future.

Skylar admitted to cheating on Walt just to get him to leave, and then not five minutes later, she found he had left. In the end of it all, I think these two will reconcile, probably under witness protection. I could be way off with my assumption, as I assume the youngest member of the White clan will be a casualty of Breaking Bad’s third season.

I’ve recently admitted to my love of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul character, but I am starting to appreciate Skylar’s lawyer as well. Here’s just another character in the circus of well-written supporting characters that carry this show scene after scene. Unlike Saul, she’s just your run of the mill, modestly dressed, lawyer, who wants nothing more than her client to maintain as legal of a standing as possible. I love how there’s two sides to every coin in Breaking Bad, no one’s intentions are to be taken at face value.

Walt made his decision to part ways with Jesse last episode, and this rivalry will probably become one of the shows main focuses in the coming weeks. I can’t see the two reconciling to work together again, but this isn’t their first falling out, and it’s possible they’ll work it out. Can’t wait until Sunday for another episode of this epic crime tale.

I’d also like to give a shout out to the AMC network for quoting one of my Breaking Bad reviews for their advertising!


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