Picking a Most Valuable Actor for last night’s episode of Breaking Bad was a tough choice. I know I say that often when it comes to this show, and it’s the truth. In last night’s episode, Walter and Skylar tried to get Hank and Marie to back off their kids. Walter succeeded by giving them a DVD of the false confession he plans to hand over to the feds tying Hank to his crimes. Jesse was in the DEA’s custody, but Saul somehow managed to get him released. Seeing Jesse as another loose end, Walter offered to help Jesse leave the country with a new identity to start his life over somewhere new. Instead of taking Walt up on his plan, Jesse realized how Walter poisoned Brock and made it look like an accident. Bryan Cranston’s performance in the blackmail tape was jaw-droppingly awesome in and of itself, but Aaron Paul’s performance throughout the episode not only showed why Paul deserves his EMMY nomination, but why it is we root for Jesse Pinkman in the first place. (More…)
Breaking Bad Episode 5×12, “Rabid Dog,” Airs Sunday, September 1st at 9PM on AMC
What is The Most Valuable Actor (MVA)
For most of the shows we cover, we find each episode has an actor that stands out more than the others – one who absolutely owned the episode. This vote isn’t about the other actors not delivering or being any less valuable, but as we mentioned, it’s about who stands out in the episode. It could be a combination of great writing, delivered lines, emotional execution; basically, if it gives us goosebumps or moves us in any way it’s getting a vote. We’ve found that, depending on the show, it’s a lot tougher to see who got our vote. This means that for every episode we, at TVAfterDark, will decide who gets our MVA vote. An actor can be voted several times within a season, but only ONE can be chosen in each episode. You can see our MVA’s here.