Break­ing Bad

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.35pm, Show­case Wal­ter White (Bryan Cranston), ex-sci­ence teacher, can­cer suf­ferer, fa­ther of two and de­voted hus­band, has be­come much less lik­able lately. His al­ter ego, the meth cook and drug lord Heisen­berg, ap­pears to have taken over the asy­lum com­pletely. Two episodes ago Wal­ter sent his side­kick Jesse (Aaron Paul) home early from a ma­jor meth cook. Jesse was deeply trau­ma­tised be­cause a new mem­ber of the team killed a child who wit­nessed their out­ra­geous chem­i­cal raid on a goods train. As Jesse left the build­ing, he over­heard Wal­ter whistling as he went back to work. Last week Wal­ter shot dead a length of se­ries char­ac­ter. In­creas­ingly iso­lated, alien­ated from his wife and fam­ily, at odds with Jesse, who wants out of the busi­ness, and un­der real threat of dis­cov­ery from his Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion agent brother-in-law Hank (Dean Nor­ris), Walt faces the mon­ster world he has cre­ated alone. Tonight he squeezes the list of for­mer drug lord Gus Fring’s jail­bird con­spir­a­tors out of new player Ly­dia (Laura Fraser), and works with a neo-Nazi group to bump them off. Could this be an end to it? With all ad­ver­saries elim­i­nated, could Walt re­sume fam­ily life, even bow out of the meth busi­ness? You’ll have to tune in to find out. This is the last episode for now — tech­ni­cally the end of the first half of the fifth sea­son — and no more will be shown, any­where in the world un­til next year. beau­ti­fully spo­ken British ac­tor is in de­mand as a voice ac­tor ( Garfield: A Tail of Two Kit­ties, Khumba), has popped up in Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous and can be seen as we speak on the big screen with Jane Turner and Gina Ri­ley in the fea­ture film Kath & Kimderella. In this one­off spe­cial, Grant is dressed mostly in caf­tan and san­dals for an ex­plo­ration of the facts be­hind the le­gends of The Ara­bian Nights. He trav­els to Paris to dis­cover how Sin­bad, Ali Baba, Aladdin and the rest were first in­tro­duced to the West by pi­o­neer­ing Ara­bist An­toine Gal­land in the early 18th cen­tury. Then we’re off to Cairo to search for the me­dieval Is­lamic world that be­gat these en­dur­ing tales. Tay­lor’s in­ter­view catches Hitchens in the mid­dle of a pro­tracted bout of chemo­ther­apy in 2010, not long af­ter his can­cer di­ag­no­sis. He looks un­well and ad­mits to strug­gling against ‘‘ chemo-brain’’, a kind of men­tal fog­gi­ness that can ac­com­pany can­cer treat­ments. He is nonethe­less fas­ci­nat­ing on a va­ri­ety of sub­jects, in­clud­ing his grad­ual move from his na­tive Eng­land to the US, the ap­peal of Amer­i­can women and his seis­mic shift from the po­lit­i­cal Left to the Right.

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