312 - Half Measures
I remember as we approached the last 3-4 episodes of this season in the original broadcast, a lot of people were commenting that season three was boring, that nothing was happening, that the show had lost its excitement. Then 312 and 313 came along (the pattern continued in Season 4 BTW)...
There was something that struck me in watching Abiquiu and Half Measures:
Gus was introduced to us by Saul as a brilliant businessman and strategist, who ran his empire without exposing himself to any real risk. I recall Hank showing his team a map showing that the blue meth, which had disappeared from the streets of ABQ, was showing up in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. If I'm making meth in New Mexico and I want to minimize my risk, this seems to be a brilliant strategy.
But last episode we found out that the dealers who had Combo killed were part of Gus' organization, selling his meth locally. And this episode we find that they are working directly for Gus. Even Avon Barksdale kept himself isolated (mostly) from his street dealers, yet Gus meets face-to-face with these guys at the chicken ranch. These two know who he is, what he looks like, and spend every day one undercover cop or one informant away from being arrested for dealing.
How smart is that?
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