Air date: 14/08/2011
Synopsis (light spoilers): while Mike continues to drive Jesse to an unknown location, Walt fears for his friend’s life and tries to figure out what’s going on. But not all is work in Walt’s life, as he experiences important events in his personal life. An interesting strategy is revealed. And Hank finds a purpose.
From her on, heavy spoilers.
One more fantastic episode of this fourth season of Breaking Bad. Keeping the line from previous episodes, Shotgun has a constant mood of expectation, punctuated by a few important happenings. The episode starts in high gear, as Walt tries to understand the consequences of the end of the previous chapter, and makes arrangements in case it’s time for reckoning. Soon, we realize that Jesse is not in danger – at least not eminently – but not without first going through a great scene in the desert. The road trip atmosphere that permeates the narrative offers a good variation with the previous episodes, proving once again that Breaking Bad doesn’t need to rely on one formula to succeed. The clear reacquainting of Walt and Sky is finally consummated, which is not surprising, but happens in a very well orchestrated way within the sequence of events in the episode. As a result of all the events, the fact that they have officially purchased the car wash gets left in the background.
Shotgun counts on two twists on the last minutes. The one involving Jesse winds up predictable from the context, but not less interesting for that. It demonstrates Gus’ intelligence and consistently solves Jesse’s situation – at least for now. On the other hand, the twist involving Walt and Hank was absolutely brilliant, from the zoom in on Walt’s face as we hear Hank, to the speech by Walt and closing on Hank’s intrigued and slightly motivated face. By the way, just like Sky and Walt’s dialogue in the opening of episode 4×04 made a parallel with the structure of the beginning of the series, the way Hank describes what he believes is Gale’s work brings up in a fantastic way the supreme irony that is one of the pillars of the series. I couldn’t help myself when Hank said “imagine if he used this talent for good”, I laughed out loud. And Bryan Cranston owned the screen again while incorporating Walt’s light drinking stupor and his moment of pride and inflated ego.
And the cliffhanger was perfect.
Top character: Mike. He’s a great character, but usually appears very little. This time it was different.
Best scene: talk at the dinner table. At least two others would deserve it (bored Jesse waiting for Mike with soundtrack on; and Walt and Sky having sex), but the final part, both for the self-referencing and for the consequences, rises above all other moments.
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