Monday, March 22, 2010

Breaking Bad done with its break

       Returning to AMC last night was the hit drama Breaking BadWhen last we left Walt (Bryan Cranston), his wife had left him, he had checked his partner into rehab, he had made a ton of tough, and a plane came crashing down around him.  Yet, this original show does not delve into cheesiness, and the plane was very well tied into other plot points, not just a freak accident, though it was that, too.  Now Breaking Bad begins a third season.

     In the premiere, "No Mas", the most shocking development was Walt's wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn) figuring out that he was a drug dealer.  He never intended to tell her, but it was surely a relief for the truth to come out.  However, the results were not so rosy.  While Walt would love his family back, the meth-maker's spouse now definitely wants nothing to do with him.  The question is, will she realize why he did it?  Will their son, Walter Jr. a.k.a. Flynn (RJ Mitte), stop hating her for pushing his father out?  And what of her D.E.A. brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris)? If he ever learned about Walt, wouldn't he have to take him down, family or not?  This family is certainly one of the most interesting on television.

     Jesse (Aaron Paul) has also taken a new turn with his life.  After the tragic overdose of his girlfriend Jane (Krysten Ritter), it appears he may finally have gotten clean and sober.  This gels well with Walt's decision not to be involved in illegal activities any more, despite a three million dollar offer to do three months more work before he quits.  Would it change the show too much if Walt and Jesse stayed on the straight and narrow?  Something tells me it may not be up to them, as some seriously bad dudes are heading their way.

     The Mexicans with the skull-toed boots left a level of mystery, thankfully not told in flashback as last season's major twist was.  Whatever happens, Breaking Bad got off to a great start, and I am looking forward to how this year plays out.

     New episodes of Breaking Bad air on AMC Sunday nights at 10pm.

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