Breaking Bad: Season 2, Episode 1, "Seven Thirty-Seven" Summary - Slant Magazine (2023)

One of the things that excites me about television media is the way a series can show the process of making something. think howProject Catwalkprovides a brief overview of the process of creating new fads or how the best police procedural programs get you into the world of crime-solving. TV shows can also show the process of a person becoming a completely different person and slowly and painfully discovering what they are capable of (although they rarely do). Most TV channels obviously only aim for the widest possible audience and expect a mass audience (has anyone learned anything about the art of singing?american idol?), but the best TV focuses on a specific laser field and shows us every inch of it in detail. It's that kind of detail that makes it stand outbreaking BadIn short, so satisfying.

breaking BadIt's ALL about the process. He rarely avoids showing us every step of something the clinically detailed Walter White (Bryan Cranston) does. In the series, the trial is the story, not the crime committed. Even a scene as simple as Walter trying to use all the money he saved to support his wife and children after his death goes through an almost laborious step-by-step account of Walter making the deduction goes where he hides the money. , then take it out, take out the money, find a better place to hide it, find that place in a half-empty diaper box, and so on. Meanwhile, Walt's wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) was calling him and we wanted him to come with her since their marriage was more strained than usual this episode, but the scene stubbornly dragged on and showed us how Walt's devotion to the greats completely screwed up became . Her various smaller photos. In his own way, he took care of his wife, but only for the long term. He also had to be there on short notice, and the short notice, which Walt often doesn't improvise, is what so often gets in his way.

Written by J. Roberts and directed by Cranston, Seven Thirty Seven is a pretty classy season premiere. It begins with a black-and-white sequence of what appears to be a teddy bear massacre in a white man's backyard, police sirens wail across the soundtrack, and then immediately proceeds to unravel the season's ad hoc past (only forced into a cliffhanger because the writers' strike reduced the episode order of the first season from 10 to seven). The teddy bear scene is a foretaste of things to come, although it seems unlikely we'll find out until much later in the season. (The show's pilot began with a similar framing setting, but this episode was flipped to tell us where the framing device fit into the narrative within the pilot episode itself.) The episode repeated just enough of last season's final scene to make everyone to address before Tuco (Raymond Cruz), the big player in Albuquerque's drug scene whom Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul) have teamed up with so Walt can make as much money as possible as quickly as possible, erupts in a murderous rage (perhaps under the influence of drugs). of meth Walt made just for him?) and beat one of his minions to a pulp. Things, as they often do, only got worse when Walt and Jesse finally witnessed the deaths of two of Tuco's servants and soon realized that Tuco probably didn't want any witnesses around (though he did see Tuco infuriating Jesse to the point of inhalation obligation). mouth of a dying man while Walt pounded his chest was a refreshingly dark, comical moment).

All of this served as a more or less action-packed prelude to an episode that quickly returned to the task of slowly unraveling the story of Walter White's transition from law-abiding family man to drug dealer. He's moving faster than I might have guessed, but he's also moving a bit too slowly as he can't move far enough away from Tuco to ensure the safety of him, Jesse, and his family (as seen when Tuco kidnaps him and Jesse at the end of the episode). Walt is still a little too methodical to work in the criminal underworld, where things can change so quickly that someone with an improvised mind is needed. Walt is smart but not so good without a plan, while Jesse has many quick plans but doesn't have the brains to carry them out in a way that he is above suspicion. Even Walt's brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris), who's a very smart guy, can't stop drug crime in Albuquerque in a meaningful way because he's always three steps behind the likes of Tuco. If Hank, who's been doing it his whole life, can't keep up, Walt has to learn a lot faster.

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But then again, that's part of what he does.breaking Badso engaging: The microcosm of the series of different processes at work (like Walt making ricin with beans) coalesces into a much larger macrocosm: the process of making Walt a completely different person. It's not there yet, but it's learning and learning fast enough. He's in much better shape than when the series started and will certainly have found out more about the game by the end of this season, but he's still no match for the Tucos of the World and is finding a way out of the mess he's caught in . The end of the episode will be another growing experience for him, much like how his need to kill Krazy 8 last season served as an initiation into how he must do whatever it takes to stay alive in the world of drug dealing.

when I checkedbreaking BadforLarLast year I thought the show tried too hard to make Walt's actions part of an "everyone's sins" continuum, but I'm starting to think that's a misinterpretation of what the show is trying to do. Yes, everyone sins on the show, but they do it less because the show wants to exonerate Walt and more because everyone, well, sins. Marie's (Betsy Brandt) kleptomania is less a way of implying that even relatively well-to-do people keep their skeletons in their closets and more a way of drawing the line between Skyler (for whom stealing is just another way to keep her constantly get rid of discouraging sister who is annoying) and Hank, who is a lawyer but above all a family man. He tries to solve Marie's problem and not send her to jail, although he probably could, and upon hearing the long litany of Skyler's problems, his first instinct is to solve her problems too, starting with a rusty old water heater.breaking BadYou don't have to tell us that what Walter is doing is bad because it's in the title, after all. We've seen the chaos his product is causing in the community (most notably in last season's "Crazy Handful of Nothing") and we've seen him kill a man and plot to kill another, even though the two are im background lived. human waste. He may have primarily noble motives, but his crimes have reached a point where they supersede his motives, no matter how noble. The show is again about being clinical and non-judgmental, mainly because it DON'T HAVE to be judgmental as long as what Cranston is doing is interesting and more than it is. (The man's Emmy win for this role is perhaps the most deserving trophy this awards organization has bestowed in the past decade.)

I like the way toobreaking BadHe manages to talk about the financial crisis without ever questioning how he is dealing with the financial crisis. Conceived before anyone knew how bad things were going to get, the series managed to hit it off with a lot of luck (as the first volleys of Crisis went off when the show aired its truncated first season). Obviously, a chemistry professor in New Mexico would never make enough money to sustain a wife and two kids, let alone pay for expensive cancer treatments, so that was the show's excuse at first, but the way the show does things subtly drawing how Hank and Marie tend to live beyond their means or how Skyler just wants to fix the water heater but doesn't have the money to do it, anchors him in our world rather than the carefree, carefree world of money. inhabited by most TV characters. . Just hearing Walt's list of the many bills he'll have to pay after his death brings him home (the episode title refers to the amount of money Walt has to amass to support his family: $737,000, which he estimates to be in almost three years can create months if all goes well).breaking BadHe's not arguing that we're all in trouble, but he's arguing that the American dream has been dancing right in front of a mounting debt mountain for the past 30 years. For both the characters on this show and us in real life, debt is coming due. Walt is simply dancing in front of an even greater and ultimate guilt, and he's becoming increasingly aware of it.

It's Walt's helplessness that makes him so attractive, to a certain extent. After his date with Tuco, Walt goes home and wanders restlessly around the house, changing channels on the TV for no real purpose until Skyler interrupts his reverie and asks him if he wants a girl. I'm not sure how long the show can keep Skyler abreast of Walt's secret (he almost told her in the last few passages of the episode), as she occasionally gets too good to be true with envy and hatred of her sister to be . is a good way to start humanizing her) but shows how Walt's impotence can reverberate in their marriage, as in this scene where Walt grabbed Skyler and tried to force her to have sex before she could. To get him to quit, he also managed to hint that Walt's new career is having an impact on his life that he's not yet fully aware of. It's hard to imagine pre-meth purveyor Walt facing a cancer diagnosis, but now it seems like a piece with everything he's up to. His pivotal decision to break evil is bound to infect every other aspect of his life, and if he manages to keep his marriage going through the end of the series, I'll be either impressed or deeply skeptical.

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There was a lot going on in "Seven Thirty-Seven," but most of it was due to the variety of plot points setting up the next few episodes (as with most season premieres), so it's hard to analyze without also having much of the same context , which will arise. However, to me the episode boils down to the scene where Walt tries again to hide his money by avoiding his wife's calls to talk to him and the scene where Walt methodically tries to get Jesse to do it , to explain how he will kill Tuco. . realizing that Jesse has no plan, no process, just an improvised nature. Somewhere in this scene we realize that Jesse and Walt make a good team because Walt's caution can always dampen Jesse's wild ideas. Walt eventually agrees to Jesse's idea of ​​killing Tuco (hence the ricin), but takes a while to come up with a plan. But definitely the premiere of the second season ofbreaking BadHe suggested that having the best plan might not work for Walt. You have to come up with these plans much faster than usual if you want to stay ahead of everyone behind you.

Some other thoughts:

• I'll try to get screeners for the second and third episodes so writing those episodes doesn't get in my way.Great loveparts. If the worst happens, we have to have somethingbreaking BadTuesday toGreat loveends in a few weeks.

• Series creator Vince Gilligan is best known for writing many of the best X-Files episodes (including the goofy and bizarre "Small Potatoes" and the poignant "Paper Hearts"), and now he's got a good number broughtX-DateiTeam working on the show including editor Lynne Willingham and writer John Shiban.x fileshad an often procedural tone dealing with the process, let's say Scully was doing an autopsy, so maybe the processbreaking Badcomes from this place.

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• I wasn't convinced by Paul when the series started, but I think he really took Jesse from a place where he's just a weird relief and to a place where you can see how depressed he is would be without options. Walt gives him

• The Cranston episode is generally well directed. Previously, the stars of the show could only direct episodes when the series ran so long that the cast was looking for a way to remain intellectually involved with the show, but in recent years the stars have become much more involved in leading the process. in different series. I don't know if I found any of the episode's visuals particularly innovative, but Cranston did a great job with every member of the cast.

• Does AMC really put the ending scenes of movies in a box and then put the credits for those movies in there? I mean sure you can use it to show a little more of the film if you need to cut it down for TV but overall that seems like a bad move.

• Something I'm not clear about since I haven't bought the Season 1 DVD yet (since it's terribly expensive): will Walt still get the state-of-the-art cancer treatment that could help him survive? Or did you give up on him?

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• Another thing that makes me curious: How long do you think the eventsbreaking Badhappened so far? I think it's only been a few months (of course, Skyler's pregnancy means she can't last LONG), but has the show ever explained that?

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