That colossal wreck.
Vince Gilligan and co. were inviting some serious criticism when they titled an episode of their show “Ozymandias.” A poem that has so frequently been used in situations like these that most everybody who would be watching Breaking Bad has heard it somewhere, or is at least familiar with its implications, being directly invoked in an episode title is a rather overt way to set up expectations. It would have been all too easy to scoff it off as being too obvious a reference, too direct and lacking subtlety.
But they own it now. Shelley would look at this episode and be as proud as hell that it bears the name of his legendary sonnet. In the future, anybody who invokes the name of the poem will have not only its own legacy to contend with, but the legacy of Breaking Bad as well. Tonight was the culmination of five years of tense build up. This is the best episode of television I’ve ever seen.
Note: The following review, as you should probably expect, is filled to the brim with spoilers. If you care about that (though you probably shouldn’t), don’t read it. If you have seen the episode or don’t care about that, feel free to hit the jump and read on.