The science of Breaking Bad: Felina

December 15, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 16 | “Felina”

Walt and his baby blue part ways.

Walt and his baby blue part ways.

After six years, Breaking Bad is finally over – a Shakespearean tragedy in five acts and one of the defining television shows of modern times. There’s little I can say below that hasn’t been covered elsewhere, though Walt probably summed it up best with his simple “It’s over.”

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Granite State

October 29, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 15 | “Granite State”

It's over when I say it's over.

It’s over when I say it’s over.

Walt is disappeared out to rural New Hampshire, and quickly finds that he can have absolutely no influence over events back home. Out of options, he comes to a decision about his exit – but what is his plan?

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Ozymandias

September 18, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 14 | “Ozymandias”

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

There are no winners in this week’s episode (with the possible exception of Uncle Jack and his crew) as all of Walt’s decisions and lies finally catch up with him, ripping everyone’s world apart. There is a little science to talk about, if you spotted it before everything kicked off.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: To’hajiilee

September 11, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 13 | “To’hajiilee”

Don't drink and drive. But if you do, better call Saul!

Don’t drink and drive. But if you do, better call Saul!

Bluffing, confrontations and desperation in tonight’s episode, with the only really certain thing being that there are several episodes left with which Breaking Bad can continue to surprise us.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Rabid Dog

September 2, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 12 | “Rabid Dog”

What's one more?

What’s one more?

After four and a half seasons of being pushed around, Jesse is finally wresting the rudders back and will get his revenge. Or will he? If there’s one thing that Breaking Bad has been consistent on, it’s cooking up surprises for us.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Confessions

September 2, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 11 | “Confessions”

Walt and Jesse, on speaking terms for perhaps the last time.

Walt and Jesse, on speaking terms for perhaps the last time.

Just as Walt gets Hank off his back – temporarily, at least – Jesse is coming for revenge. Thrilling television, but nothing for this blog to talk about until Walt starts applying science to his problems again.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Buried

August 24, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 10 | “Buried”

Walt surveys the location for his buried treasure.

Walt surveys the location for his buried treasure.

It’s time to choose loyalties this week, with everyone save Jesse scrambling to set themselves up for the final confrontation(s). I’m not expecting a lot of science in the latter half of this season – Walt will most likely be too busy.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Blood Money

August 13, 2013

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 9 | “Blood Money”

Walt surveys his life that was.

Walt surveys his life that was.

After an agonising wait, Breaking Bad returned to our screens last weekend to wrap up season five and remind us why we started watching it in the first place. As Hank pieces together the true picture behind the Heisenberg meth empire and Walt brazenly confronts him about it, Jesse starts to break down over the things he’s been party to.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Gliding Over All

September 25, 2012

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Gliding Over All”

Walt and Skylar come to the end of their journey (for now).

Walt and Skylar come to the end of their journey (for now).

Just as Walt finally gets his stable meth empire established, he realises that it isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. He gets out and goes back to his family, presumably sweeping the legacy of the trail of bodies and addicts aside in the highly selective amnesia he’s become so good at. Then, into this suburban idyll crashes something he overlooked when he first started playing the game at the highest level and Hank knows.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Say My Name

August 31, 2012

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 7 | “Say My Name”

Walt and Mike part ways, forever.

Walt and Mike part ways, forever.

I’m going to stop watching Breaking Bad when it’s broadcast, as I can rarely get to sleep easily afterwards. This week’s showdown between Walt and Mike was only going to end one way when we saw the gun in Mike’s go-bag, and it’s doubtful that Skyler, Jesse and Hank are going to let things sit the way they are.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

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