Player Affinity writes:
There's something that bugs me about "Live Free or Die," but I'm finding it hard to put into words. The fifth season of Breaking Bad has begun very timidly, as if the show has suddenly developed a bout of stage fright. Perhaps it stems from the fact that the fourth season shook up the foundations of the show so much. The show's primary antagonist for the past two seasons is gone for good, and the protagonists suddenly find themselves without a concrete objective. Feeling around in the dark for a plot worth settling seems like an appropriate metaphor for which to describe "Live Free or Die"—it's an odd mishmash of loose ends and strange left turns in places, but thankfully the solid gold heart of the show still shines through.