After "El Camino," I decided to rewatch the entire BrBa series. It's been a few years since I saw it beginning to end, and it once again amazes me how well-put-together it is. I'm just past the halfway point of Season 5, and I'm dreading what is coming up in the next few episodes.
I know that "Fly" is a love it/hate it episode, but I've always loved it. But what struck me on the rewatch is just how suspenseful it is. I know, from having watched it a few times, that Walt isn't going to confess to Jesse about watching Jane die, but it's so well played that I was on the edge of my seat while Walt was talking to Jesse about Jane and Jane's dad.
And on the rewatch, I find Walt absolutely contemptible. Even when he's not actively behaving like a narcissistic monster, I still find him chilling. His arrogance is monumental, and I think I'd forgotten just how arrogant and manipulative he was in so many different episodes.
The performances in BB are across-the-board brilliant, but Aaron Paul's transformation through the seasons is mesmerizing, as is Bryan Cranston's evolution into the personification of evil.
But I've also developed a new opinion of Skyler. I still think she was a victim of Walt, but she could have opted not to break bad by letting her divorce attorney go to the police. So I see her as more culpable now than I did the first time around. And after Ted Beneke's accident, she visits him in the hospital and he swears he'll never tell the truth about what happened to him. Skyler simply says, "Good," and it's so chilling, it's almost Heisenbergian.