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TV Review: BREAKING BAD: Season 5, Episode 8: Gliding Over All

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad Gliding Over All

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 8 Gliding Over All ReviewBreaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 1: Gliding Over All may have been one of the best episodes of the season. It certainly had one of the best sequences of the season and possibly the series. The scene in questions is when all of Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) former employees – now in prison – were killed in a single day on Walter White (Bryan Cranston)’s order.

The scene was impressive: Walter by a window, music playing, inmates getting shanked numerous times, thrown, burned, all on national television. What was striking is that if this in-your-face content was sexual, how much of it would have been allowed? Its another example of how people and networks have become desensitized to violence.

Back to Gliding Over All.

White is coming into his own as a drug lord. Though he is shrewd, there are others that think ahead just as he does. Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser) had Walter figured out cold after he asked for the names. It was like a chess match but she had already thought ahead, keeping the names in her head and securing the offer to expand Walter’s business before giving him the names.

What was very good about the scene was that Lydia was right, Walter was going to kill her.

I was glad to see that Skyler White (Anna Gunn) was able to get through to Walter finally. That stack of money was impressive but also impressive was that Walter made so much of it that she was incapable of laundering it all. If half that stack is hundreds, Walter is a multi-millionaire. I’m guessing there is nearly a hundred million dollars sitting in that cubicle.

The reminiscing by Walter and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) was expertly led up to by the scenes that proceeded it. At first I thought Walter was there to clean up another loose end (so did Jesse) – like he almost did with Lydia – but Walter  wanted Jesse to remember how it was and that not all of it was bad. That they had been friends in arms, partners.

Hank Schrader (Dean Norris)’s discovery in the bathroom was excruciating, not in what he discovered but that the viewer has to wait until next summer to see the ramifications of it. Great flashback.

Hank will be able to put it all together now: the new cars, the watch, the car wash, how the person pulling the strings was always one step ahead, et cetera. Hank knows Walter’s background in chemistry. It will all fall into place except for why. Why did Walter White do all of those things?

It was a well-scripted way to end an episode and a mid-season break.

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  • I fully agree with you – I have never seen such violent scenes in Sunday evening shows. How prisoners were stabbing their preys, it was really awful to look at this scene. Any sane being would be shocked by these scenes

    I agree, that it is quite stunning, what W.W. has become. It’s same, as in real life with people – when you tell yourself every new day, that this one is the last time, that you will just do this last job and you’ll quit, but more money make people even more mentally unstable and all this turns into a sick game with no end and meaning.

    Breaking Bad gives you that authentic feel of what goes through minds of people like Gus Hansen and Walt White, people, who play their and others lives, like they’re playing friendly chess at home.
    Without showing any single emotion, they just moving figures on a board, not realizing anymore, what is real and that those figures are not made of wood anymore.

    When you watch this show, you feel, like you are the chessmaster, watching your favorite game, world championship on tv and you understand, why players doing this or that move. While game continues, you fully agree with all the moves, but at the end, you starting to criticize their actions, thinking, that you would do everything different, but as new episode starts, you forgetting all your criticism and getting fascinated by players performance.

    Actors play is on a very high level. Yes, it has some “over the top” moments, but you really don’t care, because most of the time, their play is impressive and it makes you feel for them.

    What is great about Breaking Bad, is that after episode ends, you all like “what a bunch of a**holes! How could they do that?! Mentals..” But, you know, why you’re watching this show – because it’s kickas* and this is the show for a real man – drugs, money, power and life, like a chess game. ..and in overall, you love it!

    Thank you, Breaking Bad crew, for releasing such masterpiece.

    And remember, my dear friends – drugs are BAD.
    All, that you see in this show, is about, what people should NOT do and at the end of the series, I hope, everyone will learn their lesson, that doing dirty money is BAD, Breaking Bad.

    – Buhay Vitaliy (H-variable)

  • Jamal

    Who the hell is Gus Hansen??

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