Bad’ heads toward a grim conclusion
I hope you’re not letting the Olympics distract
you from the final season of “Breaking Bad.”
This is TV history in the making, folks. The
series is a profound investigation of corruption
— the corruption of a single man’s soul. And
the new episodes (Sundays, 9 p.m., AMC) suggest
that “Breaking Bad” will work out its morality
play with brutal integrity. If you want happy
endings, maybe you should switch back to the
Walt White (Bryan Cranston) initially had his
justifications for becoming a New Mexico meth
dealer. He was terminally ill and, as a low-paid
high school teacher, needed money to leave to
his family. In season five, though, justifications
are in short supply. Like Macbeth, Walt is drunk
with power. He’s obsessed with becoming the
king – or, in modern parlance, the drug kingpin.
Walt’s wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), and kids are
still around to remind us of his humanity, but
his connection to them grows ever more remote.
The long silences at home crackle with tension,
forcing Skyler to say, “I’m scared of you.”
“Breaking Bad” should scare all of us as we
contemplate the monster lurking inside an ordinary
Through Aug. 12 (NBC)
We’ve spent the last week watching nonstop
diving, gymnastics and swimming. We’re exhausted,
but we have to keep up our strength somehow.
This week’s Olympics coverage includes must-see
medal events in basketball, soccer and track.
Mercifully, the schedule also features competitions
that only a few people care about – water polo,
badminton, handball — so the rest of us can
take a much-needed nap.
I never thought I’d say this, but God bless