BREAKING BAD OBSERVATIONS: 2.04 Down

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With Jesse getting kicked out of the house, having nothing to hold on to and the Whites failing to communicate with each other, it seems there’s no way for our cooks to lead their normal lives without being constantly let down.

WARNING: Spoilers from Breaking Bad Seasons 1-5 follow

YET ANOTHER INTERVENTION (THE “FLY” EFFECT – Continued)

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Each one of the four links in this season’s chain of consequences (737 down over ABQ) marks a distinction point in the overall plot: “737” put an end to Walt’s partnership with Tuco, although technically he was killed in 2.02, and now this episode makes life intolerable enough for him and Jesse to further push them back into the crime world; serving as a wake-up call for these guys to turn their lives around.

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  • The underwater view shows us a figure in hazmat suit standing by the pool who at first appears to be either one of Walt or Jesse in their lab gear, even though we later realize that the whole thing is showing us the aftermath of the air collision. This shot is symbolically juxtaposed in 2.13 “ABQ” when we see Walt similarly looking into the water, reflecting on the preceding events. The scene also highlights a pair of glasses reminiscent of Walt’s (plus an extra eyeball, besides the one that was sucked into the filter!) to further trick us into presuming him and his family dead, or murdered, for that matter. When all is said and done, we could say that the crash salvage best represents the decomposition of the Walt’s dignity. Notice the presence of blinding natural light similar to that appearing in Walt’s transformation moments.

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