Trending
MOST READ
8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

City Guide 2014: “Outside the Loop” is used as a pejorative by Downtown-centric cool kids, but oases of culture can be found in the sprawling suburbs of the North Side.... By Dan R. Goddard 2/24/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

City Guide 2014: In the last few years, San Antonio has made great strides when it comes to its mixology doings. Many good (and some great!) cocktail bars have been springing... By Tim Hennessey 2/24/2014
Best Happy Hour

Best Happy Hour

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

News: After months of passionate protest, petitions and public forums, faculty, students and administration of the five Alamo Community Colleges let out... By Mary Tuma 4/16/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Primal Screen

Season 5 of 'Breaking Bad' delivers the monster inside

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Breaking Bad


Breaking Bad (9pm Sun, AMC)
I hope you’re not letting the Olympics distract you from Breaking Bad’s final season. 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 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 Olympics.

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 5 (divided in two eight-episode mini-runs), 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 human being.

London 2012 Olympics (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 badminton.

Beverly Hills Nannies (8pm Wed, ABC Family)
Reality TV has gotten us used to seeing Beverly Hills from the wealthy people’s perspective. By contrast, this new series offers the POV of nannies who make $20-$40 an hour caring for the wealthy people’s spoiled children. You might expect these young women (and a few men) to be more appealing than the Real Housewives and their filthy-rich peers. But no, they’re just as off-putting, even without the breast implants and sports cars. They spend most episodes bitching about their employers and their pay. They brag about themselves and make fun of others.

I ’m not saying Beverly Hills Nannies isn’t a trashy good time. I’d recommend watching it, though I certainly wouldn’t recommend letting these people anywhere near your children.

Episodes (9:30pm Sun, Showtime)
Entourage was the king of recent Hollywood satires, but Episodes has deposed it. In its second season, the half-hour series follows a sane British couple (Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig) who were lured to Tinseltown to translate their sophisticated TV show for an American audience. Sophistication, of course, is the first thing that went out the window, followed by the couple’s sanity. After tampering by the ratings-obsessed network head (John Pankow), they somehow ended up with a show called Pucks!, starring Matt LeBlanc as a high school hockey coach.

Recently in Screens & Tech
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus