The third season of Breaking Bad got off to a great start this week, with an episode titled “No Mas” directed by series star Bryan Cranston. The opening moments were like watching a Sergio Leone spaghetti-Western made fresh, as two villainous-looking cousins wearing cowboy boots with little rattlesnake skulls in the toe-tips walked through harsh sun and dusty air to make clear their ultimate goal: to kill Cranston’s Walter White.
Meanwhile, we were treated to some fine scenes of Aaron Paul’s Jesse in rehab. Fragile from the accidental drug-related death of his girlfriend, Jesse was a soft target for the clever combination of hard-headed 12-step tenets and soft-headed New Age philosophy being swirled into his noggin. “Self-hatred, guilt accomplishes nothing,” said the group leader played with excellent oiliness by Jerre Burns.
The show was filled with striking images, such as Walt burning a huge amount of money, suggesting a break with his meth-cooking criminal past.
But nothing is simple or clean-cut on Breaking Bad, and as much as Walt wanted to READ FULL STORY »