The science of Breaking Bad: Bullet Points

August 9, 2011

Breaking Bad | Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Bullet Points”

Walt alone in the Chemistrycave - perhaps permanently.

Walt alone in the Chemistrycave - perhaps permanently.

Walt and Skyler conspire to tell their family that they suddenly have millions of dollars (inadvertently leading Walt to discover just how close Hank is to cracking the Heisenberg case), while Jesse finds himself on the wrong side of the ever-cautious Gus. In this post, I’ll be talking about the goodies in Gale’s laboratory notebook.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Box Cutter

July 20, 2011

Breaking Bad | Season 4 | Episode 1 | “Box Cutter”

Gus sets Walt and Jesse straight. Photo: Ursula Coyote/AMC

Gus sets Walt and Jesse straight. Photo: Ursula Coyote/AMC

Breaking Bad returns after what feels like several years, bludgeoning aside any speculation about a slow, gentle opening to season four. Walt and Jesse get to go back to work, but not until Gus makes it clear just what kind of business they are in. In this post, I’ll be talking about gas chromatography and Walt’s pop quiz.

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

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The non-science of Fringe: Amber 31422

November 21, 2010

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 5 : “Amber 31422”

Olivia prepares to go (back) into the tank.

Olivia prepares to go (back) into the tank.

This week in Earth-2 events, we have identical twins pulling the old switcheroo on the Fringe team, even after one of them has been encased in synthetic amber for several years. The trend of watchable but science-light stories has finally been broken, and this week I’ll be talking about ion lasers.

This episode is debunked at Polite Dissent, and you can read more about it at Fox, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Sunset

May 1, 2010

Breaking Bad : Season 3 : Episode 6 : “Sunset”

Walt and Jesse make a mortal enemy out of Hank.

Walt and Jesse make a mortal enemy out of Hank.

Just as the super-lab begins production of the Best Meth Ever™, the RV lab finally meets its end. Also, watch out for Hank turning into the Incredible Hulk sometime soon. In this post, I’ll be talking about Gale’s coffee and the large-scale cooking process.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Green Light

April 16, 2010

Breaking Bad : Season 3 : Episode 4 : “Green Light”

Walt on his last day in the classroom.

Walt on his last day in the classroom.

With Walt and Jesse’s post-cooking lives rapidly degenerating back to where they were, the infamous blue meth makes a reappearance on Albuquerque’s streets. In this post, I’ll be talking about reduction methods.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Over

November 19, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 10: “Over”

Walt investigates the water heater.

Walt investigates the water heater.

With a little down-time, Walt embarks on some home improvement and Worst Role Model projects. In this post, I’ll be talking about safety matches.

You can read more about this episode at 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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