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: Negro Y Azul

September 9, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 7: “Negro Y Azul”

Walt deals with a slacking student.

Walt deals with a slacking student.

As Hank heads south to deal with the steady flow of drugs from across the border, Walt and Jesse start to build their own empire right under his nose. These guys really need to start watching The Wire (wouldn’t it look great on Jesse’s TV?) – then they’d find out that the game ain’t about territory no more, it’s about product. In this post, I’ll be talking about chemical bonds.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Peekaboo

September 1, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 6: “Peekaboo”

Walt in the teaching lab.

Walt in the teaching lab.

Walt is finally back at school, having had his position in the Albuquerque premium drug trade made clear, and Jesse is attempting to cement his own position. Both are dealing with some potentially ruinous family issues. In this post, I’ll be talking about carbon.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Down

August 26, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 4: “Down”

Jesse reaches the end of his tether.

Jesse reaches the end of his tether.

As Walt’s attempts to regain his family fail to cut the mustard, Jesse loses all and ends up blue. In this post, I’ll be talking about chemical toilets.

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

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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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