Pilot –

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Unassuming high school chemistry teacher Walter White discovers he has lung cancer. Desperate to secure his family’s financial future and finally free from the fear that had always inhibited him, Walt teams up with a former student to turn a used RV into a mobile drug lab.

Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” – [Official Text Credit amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Skyler line – “You’re so very late!”

Favourite Hank line – “It’s easy money, till we catch ya.”

Favourite Marie line – “She’s showing a little.”

Favourite Walt Jr line – “I want real bacon, not this fake crap.”

Favourite Walt line – “F**k you, and your eyebrows. Wipe down this.”

Favourite Jesse line – “You ain’t Welcome Back Kotter, so step off.”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

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Jesse – “Got some big cow house way out that way, like two miles, but I don’t see nobody..”

Walt “Cow House?”

Jesse – “Where they live.. the cows”

Favourite scenes –

The moment when Jesse and Walt lock eyes at the ride along.

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The scene with Jesse and Walt at the credit union.

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Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in Episode 1
(photo credit amctv.com)

Walt in his tighty whities..

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Walt putting a new spin on the term Money Laundering.

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Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Episode 1
(photo credit amctv.com)

So many faces of Jesse Pinkman in just one scene –

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Notable Music –

The Meth Cooking Montage is set to Dead Fingers Talking by Working for a Nuclear Free City (link goes to their Facebook page) which you can listen to on youtube here.

Ending song – Out Of Time Man by Mick Harvey – Link goes to the Mick Harvey official website – listen to on youtube here.

Jesse Lightbulb Moment #1 – “RV – That’s what you want” – this is the first hint of genius from Jesse. He might not be a chemistry professor or a scientist, but during the series Jesse will have some true lightbulb moments. And I will make sure to highlight every one of those for you. 🙂

Notable Shots –

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Vince Gilligan pointed out the face in the rock to listeners of the DVD commentary track.

Episode Running Time on DVD – 55min 44secs

DVD Extras – “Pilot” commentary track with creator Vince Gilligan, cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, and RJ Mitte, and editor Lynne Willingham

According to the DVD commentary track for a later episode “Crazy Handful Of Nothing” the pilot took 16 days to shoot. A normal Breaking Bad episode takes 8 days to shoot.

Links to other reviews of this episode – AV ClubAlan SepinwallThe TV Critic

Snoskred Notes –

Cold Open – Every episode of Breaking Bad begins with a cold open. Basically it is the clip seen before the credits begin. If and when you listen to the podcasts – which begin in Season 2, don’t worry, I will link you to them, you won’t miss out! – you will hear Vince Gilligan talk about the cold open a lot.

This episode begins with a very captivating cold open that lasts for just over 4 minutes – right up front, we are seeing something that happens towards the end of the episode – and then the story goes back in time to show us how we got to that place.

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When does Walt actually break bad –

A lot of people will point at different places in the story. For me, Walt truly begins to break bad when he attacks the bullies in the clothing store. Sure, by that time he has quit the car wash, met with Jesse, stolen chemistry equipment from school, and taken his entire life savings out from the bank, but I feel like this is the moment when Old Walt snaps, and New Walt begins to take over.

Some people would say it is the scene with Bogdan and I can see their point – that scene is where Walt begins to walk away from doing what is expected of him.

On writing a post for episode 2, I stumbled onto this fantastic website which I will be linking to each week for those who want more info on the chemistry of Breaking Bad –

The science of Breaking Bad: Pilot

Award Note –

Bryan Cranston won an Emmy for this episode in the category – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Episode Count –

One episode down – 61 episodes to go.

What Did You Think?

Over to you – leave a comment. You can get the favourites text here

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3 thoughts on “Pilot –

  1. Hey, I saw your comments in the collegian website that ranked the top 10 episodes of the show, which led me here. I think Breaking Bad is the best show of all time, so these will be interesting to read, especially if you add a little critical perspective to ’em. Thanks anyway.

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    • Hey Heisenberg! 🙂

      Welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy my posts – I agree with you. I think Breaking Bad is the best show of all time, ever. 🙂

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