Category Archives: Breaking Bad

“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 5

A ginger pulls the trigger

WARNING! Train Coming! And spoilers! LOTSA SPOILERS!!!!!

This week, I am trying something different. My friend Wastro aka King of Seattle had the great idea for us to exchange emails about Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad.” So that’s exactly what we did Monday. I swear I need to do this more often.

If you are a “Breaking Bad” fan and haven’t seen the “Dead Freight” episode … Wow! You must see this episode! And then read Wastro and I’s conversation. Oh, and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 4

The one and only Heisenberg

Ed. Note: This week I welcome back Lloydenberg, I mean Lloyd Nelson, to share his thoughts on “Fifty-One”, Episode Four of the fifth and final season of “Breaking Bad”. Lloyd previously penned a piece about his favorite Girls songs.

After spending all day with another Mr. White (ahem: Jack) at Reckless Records Store, I settled in Sunday night to watch my other favorite Mr. White (Walt) as he navigated the murky waters between being a drug kingpin and family man.

“Fifty-One”, a superbly quiet and tense episode directed by Rian Johnson (of “Brick” and soon-to-be “Looper” fame), brought about the return of Heisenberg and put us right smack in the middle of the “Breaking Bad” story.

It’s Walt’s 51st birthday. We’ve been with the mild-mannered teacher turned cutthroat drug lord for one year now. And maybe more importantly, we’re one year away from Season 5’s first season where Walt celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Hampshire with the purchase of an assault rifle.

The fall of Heisenberg is coming, and if “Fifty-One” tells us anything, it’s that it won’t be pretty.

Here’s 10 things I took from last night’s episode:

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 3

WARNING: SPOILERS spoilers SPOILERS spoilers SPOILERS!!!!

Forget the Olympians shown on tape delay Sunday night. “Breaking Bad” took the gold in the TV Olympics. If you’re wondering, AMC’s other show, reality series Small Town Security, failed to make the TV Olympics. That show is to TV what this 11-year-old girl is to National Anthem singers.

“Hazard Pay”, the third episode of “Breaking Bad”‘s fifth season, did not quite match the suspense of its predecessor, “Madrigal”, but it captivated nonetheless, in the way it moved the plot along. Mike is willing to do what it takes to keep his word. Skyler cracks up. And, well, Walt is Walt, the would-be meth kingpin, who never quite controls the chess pieces the way he would like.

Here are my thoughts on “Hazard Pay.” Check it!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 2

WARNING: Spoilers, SPOILERS, and Cajun kick-ass sauce BELOW!!!!

The only disappointing thing about this week’s episode of “Breaking Bad” was that it had no moments that made me think of Juggalos. I am joking of course. Episode 2 might go down as one of the series’ finest episodes. It was a white knuckle ride to the finish and raised the bar for the rest of the final season (if that were possible).

Here, in honor of Lydia’s list, are 11 thoughts about this week’s episode, “Madrigal”:

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My Lollapalooza 2012 Spotify Playlist

Bow Down To America, Lloyd!

Lollapalooza is fast approaching. That means one thing: I need to sell my festival bracelet and recoup the hundreds I invested. I could go on a rant about how my friend Lloyd, a Chicago resident, is the worst person of all-time for promising to buy my bracelet and then backing out like a big Hungarian baby. But the thing is, I don’t know what Hungarian babies look like (except for him). So I will skip the rant.

Except …

… it’s kind of like the final scene of Breaking Bad’s Season 5 premiere. I am Walter White and Lloyd is Skyler. “I forgive you” are the words I am supposed to say. Except I veer off-script. “I DON’T forgive you,” I whisper into his ear and the credits roll. The audience screams, “Oh, shit!” at the exact same time.

Basta! Lollapalooza is happening Aug. 3 through Aug. 5 in Chicago. Here, in no particular order, is my Lollapalooza 2012 Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 1

WARNING: Spoilers. Spoilers! SPOILERS!!!! Oh, and MAGNETS!!!!! How do they work???

I started having “Breaking Bad” withdrawals as the credits rolled after the Season 5 premiere Sunday night. If I ruled the world, Hollywood Theater in Portland would have aired all eight episodes of Season 5’s first half until the sun rose Monday morning. My eyes would have glued to the screen at some point. Eventually I would have fallen asleep for the rest of the day – no work, just sleep. If only I ruled the world. I am not Walter White though.

The Season 5 premiere finds Walt (Bryan Cranston) emboldened after claiming victory over nemesis Gus Fring in the Season 4 finale. He is Heisenberg minus the black Pork pie hat. I am sure he’ll don the hat soon enough. Or a full head of hair, as foreshadowed in the premiere’s opening scene.

This episode showed multiple characters covering their tracks – Walt, Jesse, and Mike using magnets to destroy Gus’s computer, Skyler visiting Ted in the hospital, and Hank seeking video surveillance info on Gus’s superlab. These chess moves don’t settle any scores. If anything they open up more cans of worms.

Here are my thoughts on “Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 1:

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8 Minutes With HBO’s The Newsroom

Jeff Daniels, star of HBO's The Newsroom

NOTE: I’ve had a few journalist friends share their thoughts with me about HBO’s new drama The Newsroom. Frankly, I was too angry to write about it. I’ve cooled down sufficiently, I think. Maybe not. You be the judge.

Dan Rather, you senile bastard.

You recommended The Newsroom. Did you watch any of the show? I watched eight minutes, and I know what I saw wasn’t something I would recommend. Did you assume because the show was set in a TV newsroom it captured some greater truth about our dying industry, and as such you would co-sign on the project? Seriously. What. The. Fuck?!?!?

This is not an angry letter to Dan Rather via my blog. I promise.

It’s more a hate screed about The Newsroom, a show to which I devoted eight minutes of my life. Yes, one day I will write a memoir (that’s a definite maybe on the to-do list). When I do, I will devote at least one sentence to how incensed I became after watching eight minutes – or perhaps nine – of celeb screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s creme de la crap TV news drama about a Keith Olbermann-type character who attempts to shine light onto a nation of ignoramuses.

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Most Viewed Posts (1st Quarter 2012 Edition)

King Midas Pujol

This is my 60th post of 2012. Don’t blow out the candles just yet. I set an unofficial goal for myself to post 365 times this year. I am slightly behind. I am averaging two posts every three days.

I am also averaging more than 100 page views per day this year. Not bad. The redhead in me wants more, more, MORE!!! I’ll lower my voice now.

Here are my five most viewed posts through the first three months of 2012. Guidos, meth cooks, and quarterbacks head the list. A special shout out to my friend, Jordy Pujol, who has the Midas touch when it comes to blogging. PS: The publication date is in parentheses. Interestingly, four of the five were written in January.

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Cajun Tomato Archives: AMC’s “Breaking Bad”

Can't wait for Season 5!

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is the best television show around. If you have seen it you know this. If you have not seen it then you need to get acquainted before Season 5 starts.

Here at the Cajun Tomato, months-old “Breaking Bad” posts continue to draw traffic on a daily basis. I should not be surprised. The show’s fanbase is rabid.

Below, I have posted articles I wrote about “Breaking Bad” during and after its magnificent fourth season. These feature spoilers, so if you have not seen the show you probably should bypass reading them until you have caught up.

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Cajun Tomato’s Top Posts Of January 2012

The Mighty Pacific

My January in a nutshell: LSU lost, “Jersey Shore” returned, and I bought Coachella tickets. Oh, and I survived Snowpocalypse 2012 and watched truckloads of “Dexter” episodes.

Yep, that’s it. I am looking forward to spring. I want it to be T-Shirt Time RIGHT. THIS. SECOND!

Here are my five top posts for January 2012. Shoutout to Jordy Pujol, the author of my No. 1 post of this month.

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