The science of Breaking Bad: Dead Freight

August 14, 2012

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 5 | “Dead Freight”

Everyone is set for a train heist. What could go wrong?

Everyone is set for a train heist. What could go wrong?

“The methylamine keeps flowing,” intones Walt. “Nothing stops this train. Nothing.” But what if the train is full of methylamine? Then if you don’t stop it, the methylamine keeps flowing right on out of your territory. Time for a heist, with predictably unpredictable consequences.

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: Madrigal

July 24, 2012

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Madrigal”

It's time to get back in business.

It’s time to get back in business.

Through a series of lies and with blinkered overconfidence, Walt succeeds in getting the core of the Fring meth operation back together. Will we be back to industrial-scale cooking next week, or will it all fall apart sooner than expected?

You can read more about this episode at Emilia Jordan, AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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The science of Breaking Bad: 4 Days Out

October 26, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 9: “4 Days Out”

Walt prepares his biggest batch yet.

Walt prepares his biggest batch yet.

Walt’s latest prognosis does not look good, and he decides to accelerate his plans to provide for his family by cooking as much as he can in as short a time as possible. In this post, I’ll be talking about batteries.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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The science of Breaking Bad: A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal

July 27, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 1 : Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”

Walt and Jesse prepare to make their deal.

Walt and Jesse prepare to make their deal.

After last week’s explosive encounter with Tuco, Walt and Jesse cement their position as Albuquerque’s top suppliers of premium-grade meth. In this post, I’ll be talking about the new cooking process (reductive amination) and producing thermite from an Etch-A-Sketch.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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