I agree, I didn't dislike S5 as a whole but I felt that it didn't compare to s4 which was the strongest IMO
oh gosh yeah s4 was pretty fuckin rad
i have so many problems with s5 tho
like how the heckie are we supposed to believe walt, a 50-year-old cancer patient, could dig a hole in the desert big enough for all those barrels of money (and then BURY THEM!!!!). like have u tried to dig a hole that big before? shit son
also mike knew walt was dangerous/”a ticking time bomb” but he didn’t put up much of a fight when he had to go in on their little meth empire. like ok yeah i get that he had to protect his guys in prison (and provide for his granddaughter) but it didn’t seem like he even tried any other avenue.
Also, sorry, but if you bring in Nazis you sort of automatically lose. Nazis and zombies are pretty much the bottom of the barrel in terms of easy villains. You want villains that are threatening, intimidating, and just reeking of evil, but you’re can’t come up with anything? Here’s an idea: throw some Nazis in there! (Not that Nazis can’t be well-developed, three-dimensional characters, but the Nazis in BrBa were, well, not? I mean, shit, they had Todd murder a frickin’ child and be totes cool with it!!!! How much more blatant could the writers be with the Obviously Evil® brush?)
One of Breaking Bad’s biggest strengths was developing the character of Walter, who originated as a protagonist then slowly developed into an antagonist. And for a show that proved to be wholly capable of writing developed, three-dimensional characters, throwing the flat, cardboard Nazis into the mix seemed like they were grasping at straws for new villains. Because I guess having Walt as the main baddie wasn’t enough even though that’s they what were building up to?
Also, Jesse seemed to mood-swing to the convenience of the plot, didn’t he? When he needed to be depressed and sad so Walt could be there to relay important information or comfort him, he was depressed and sad! Jesus, guy, ping-pong balls bounce back and forth less than you do! When he needed to be angry at Walt, there was always some poorly-established reason for it. The justification for his emotions in s5 just seemed really weak and not established enough in comparison to earlier seasons.
And, yeah, Walt got way more cartoonishly evil. I guess the writers were like “gee, people still seem to like this guy. Maybe we did too good a job at making him human and therefore sympathetic? Let’s see, what ridiculously out-of-character stints can we pull to make sure the audience isn’t on his side?”
Walt telling Jesse the truth about Jane just seemed unnecessarily vicious and mean-spirited, like it was just for the sake of showing how ~evil~ he is. Oh, yeah, and that was right after he sold Jesse to the Nazis. Which, y’know, totally made sense /sarcasm.
What I liked about Walt was that you were never really sure if he was retaliating against a world that never cut him a break, a man going through a midlife crisis after being faced with his own mortality, or if he really was sociopathic all along and the diagnosis exacerbated it. The mystery and freedom of interpretation made him great. But s5 was just like “nope” and pulled back the curtain, which, y’know how in horror movies what you see on screen is never as scary as your imagination? Yeah. I think they should have left it ambiguous.
And Walt was a fucking idiot for leaving that damn book in his bathroom. “Leave a vital piece of evidence of my involvement in a murder/meth ring in my house where my DEA brother-in-law frequently visits? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”
But Gus was kind of stupid too for having all of his incriminating files on his laptop that the police took into evidence.
But I could forgive that, all of it, if Brock’s poisoning hadn’t been so poorly executed. For such a central plot point that pretty much carries Jesse’s arc in s5, why the hell didn’t the writers show us Walt making the poison/going to Andrea’s place/arranging it with Saul/wtfever he did??? I’m not asking for a flashback where we see Walt administering poison to a child, just something that shows he did it. At the end of the last s4 ep we see the plant in his backyard, which, if the show had ended there, would have been a fuck-awesome way to go (“did he really poison him?”). But the writers kinda shit the bed in s5 with that plot point, because it’s addressed in dialogue, but we don’t get to see it. Apparently Word of God is that Walt put the poison in a juice box and gave it to Brock at his school? Well, gee, that would’ve been a helpful scene to have, wouldn’t it? I wouldn’t care if it wasn’t a big plot point, but because Brock’s poisoning was yet another Moral Event Horizon for Walt and Jesse’s primary motivation for teaming up with Hank, it seems prudent that we should have seen it, y’know? It would have been much more impactful, rather than just having loose ends tied up a little less loosely. It almost comes off as cheap shock value.
I mean, wouldn’t you have been pissed if we never saw the scene where Walt snuck into Jesse’s place and let Jane die, and then when Jesse wakes up and she’s dead, later Walt’s like “o yea that was me” to Saul or something???? ‘Cause that’s basically what they did here.
I don’t think the other seasons are flawless, as they all have their share of headscratchers and “wait, what?” moments, but everyone seems to hail s5 as this pinnacle of perfect TV and I’m just like “hold on there friend let me explain u a thing.”
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I remember when To’hajiilee first aired in September, I burst into tears as Hank made his final phone call and it became clear that he wouldn’t survive the firefight. It wasn’t that I was especially fond of Hank himself, but I felt so much for Marie, who would have to live through losing the love of her life. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we’ve been together for literally half of my entire life. I couldn’t imagine losing him, existing in a world without him. The loss of a spouse is just one of those plots that always hits me in the gut, emotionally.
The day after that episode aired, someone I loved very much fell suddenly ill. Not my husband, but another member of our household who had been with us for eleven years. Five days later, he died.
It felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. One day, you’re imagining how terrible it must be to lose someone so close. The next day, you do. So suddenly and unexpectedly. The entire world stopped making sense. I’ve lost family members before, but never someone who had been in my care, and never someone who had been such a large part of my daily life. Every morning, I woke up thinking it had been a bad dream, and when it wasn’t, I wondered why it couldn’t be. Why couldn’t I just undo what had happened? Whatever switch had been flipped, why couldn’t I just flip it back? How could life be there one second and gone the next?
When I got my Yuletide assignment, I knew what I wanted to write and I knew that I could write it. Marie was all of a sudden a character I could empathize with too deeply and I think I needed the chance to explore my own grief through her eyes. Picking up the pieces of your life when you’ve lost someone feels like an impossible task. There isn’t any way to really organize that chaos, but you try to at least rearrange things to fill the space that’s left empty. That’s what this fic is about, I guess: accepting that nothing will be the way it was and it will always hurt, but you’ll find a way to fill the space.