The apocalyptic hour of "Blood Money," the final season premiere of AMC's "Breaking Bad," moves faster than entire seasons of this brilliant and diabolical series. The closing scene of the episode is the one fans have been waiting for for years, and one that would otherwise take this show another eight or 12 episodes to accomplish. (Neilsen reports that the final-season premiere averaged 5.9 million viewers on Sunday, almost double last year's premiere slot. More details here.)
But remember, after "Blood Money," only seven episodes remain, and "Breaking Bad" has a lot of business to tend to in those precious final hours. Season 5 part 2 is poised to be a breakneck finish for "Breaking Bad," and a refusal to put its foot on the brake. But this speed doesn't mean that series head Vince Gilligan and his writing team are merely dancing as fast as they can. "Blood Money" showcases "Breaking Bad" at its most carefully plotted and assembled -- not to mention, inventively styled -- as it digs deeply into the show's mythology. (Don't read further if you are not caught up on the series, as spoilers are ahead.)
off with the show's most soul-searing cold open yet. In a flash forward, a bearded Walter White (Bryan Cranston) returns to his suburban home to retrieve the ricin he hid in a light fixture last season. His home is now empty and ravaged, grey and sickly, with the name HEISENBERG spray painted on the living room wall. The opener echoes that of season five, part 1, in which Walt, traveling under a pseudonym, reveals some seriously heavy weaponry in the trunk of his car. Putting these two timeline jumps together, we're building toward an awful act of violence that likely won't come until the series' very end. Some haunting questions linger: Where are Skyler, Walt Jr. and -- dear god -- baby Holly? Who is the loose wire that Walt is going after, with the ricin and the gun?
Here's what we did learn from the season premiere: Hank (Dean Norris) will be working to take down Walt, whose cancer is back, and Jesse (Aaron Paul) knows that Walt killed Gus' (RIP) former henchman Mike but has no proof. This two-pronged setup will most certainly be the fulcrum of the final season, as both Hank and Jesse pursue any possible redemption for themselves.Most modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit. And in the case of Jesse, it means getting out from under Walt's thumb.
Though the bulk of this episode is all ominous portent -- including "former business associate" Lydia's unexpected appearance at the A1A car wash -- and slow zooms (Hank's stunned-senseless emergence from the bathroom), the fulcrum here is the final scene face-off between Walt and Hank. When Hank socks Walt behind the closed door of his garage, grabs him by the collar and spews, "It was you all along," we can't help but feel a potent spark of satisfaction as the whole bedrock of the show -- a once-ordinary guy engineers a massive drug operation right under the nose of his DEA-agent brother-in-law -- erupts. But then Walt says, "If you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly," and that moral blood-thirst curdles to dread.
A SERVING Newcastle police officer was accused yesterday of taking bribes and supplying a gun to former boxer Fortunato "Lucky" Gattellari.
NSW police confirmed that Senior Constable Mark Donohue is "subject to an ongoing departmental investigation".
A spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment further.
Giving evidence at the committal hearing of his former benefactor, Ron Medich, Gattellari said that, in 2010, he paid $2500 in cash to the police officer for a pistol.
"What kind of officer would do that?" Winston Terracini, SC, for Mr Medich, asked.
"The kind who took bribes from Mr Medich," said Gattellari, who added that the bribes were over deals involving Aboriginal land.
The court heard that the gun Constable Donohue provided was for Haissam Safetli, who was recently sentenced to six years' jail for his role in the execution-style shooting of Michael McGurk.
The Scottish-born businessman was murdered in his car in front of his nine-year-old son in September 2009. Mr Medich,Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights.Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. a property tycoon, is alleged to have been the mastermind.
Gattellari, 63, said the gun he bought from Constable Donohue was not the murder weapon and was supplied after the killing of McGurk. He said he hid it in the back shelf of his office filing cabinet until Safetli came to get it.
When asked if he was concerned about what Safetli planned to do with it, Gattellari said: "Why should I be?"
The court heard "changing tyres" was the code Gattellari used for the murder. The former boxer was sentenced to seven years' jail for his role in organising McGurk's murder. He is now the Crown's key witness.
Under cross-examination by Mr Terracini, Gattellari told Central Local Court that he didn't keep records of his dealings on Mr Medich's behalf because 90 per cent of them were illegal.
Gattellari was also questioned about his financial dealings with Queenslander Louie Gibson. Gattellari said he thought his friend was a "racing identity" rather than a drug dealer.
In 2008, Gibson was sentenced to 11 years' jail for producing and trafficking the drug methylamphetamine.
The court also heard that hundreds of thousands of dollars, allegedly from Mr Medich's investments in Gattellari's electrical businesses, were handed over to Gattellari's family without Mr Medich's knowledge.
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