Think about the past seven episodes of "Breaking Bad" this season, and only a few moments stand out as stellar.
To its credit, those outstanding moments are summed up by its shocking violence: an innocent boy being fatally shot, and, as of last week's episode, Mike's death. A rare entry into comedy featured the three lead characters at an uncomfortable dinner.
Riveting, for sure. Worth sitting through the rest of the season's molasses-like storytelling? Not really.
"Breaking Bad" has picked the worst possible time to do what it never has in the past: It's exceedingly slow and morose in its lingering. The subplots' idling are uncharacteristic and stretches the show's credibility and believability.
Sunday's episode (10 p.m. Sunday, AMC), a midway point in the 16 episodes airing this summer and in 2013, will have to be a nailbiter to salvage the season to date.
There's been some charged moments among the litter of deadweight. A dinner scene featuring Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt (Bryan Cranston) and his estranged wife, Skyler (the wonderful Anna Gunn, trapped in a role that has two notes to play this season: tearful or blank) was a page ripped out of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "
On the flip side, the most shocking moment had one of Walt's employees fatally shooting a child, making Walt, Jesse and partner/ thug Mike (Jonathan Banks) part of the crime.
Then, there's Mike and his not-so-timely demise.
Walt is highly unlikable. His cancer is in remission. The Whites have money, but Walt continues making meth to prove something to himself.
And us? We're left with a program that is unbalanced. Get on with it already.
Score: 3 stars (out of five)
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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