The science of Breaking Bad: Seven Thirty-Seven

August 18, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 1: “Seven Thirty-Seven”

Tuco and Jesse face off in the scrapyard.

Tuco and Jesse face off in the scrapyard.

Season 2 kicks off with an enigmatic post-apocalyptic scene in what looks to be Walt’s swimming pool, and then drops us in the scrapyard right where season 1 left us. The dissemination of scientific knowledge is a little lacking in this episode, which is understandable when there’s an insane drug dealer after you. In this post, I’ll be talking about ricin.

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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The science of Breaking Bad: Crazy Handful of Nothin’

July 21, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 1 : Episode 6: “Crazy Handful of Nothin'”

Walt shows Tuco who's the chemist.

Walt shows Tuco who's the chemist.

With Jesse unable to sell enough crystal to meet Walt’s mounting chemotherapy bills, Walt decides that it’s time to go wholesale. The distributor that took over Krazy-8’s patch is not very impressed by Jesse’s pitch, and Walt is thus forced to take a big step into the criminal underworld. In this post, I’ll be talking about mercury fulminate and the chemistry of explosions.

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

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