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Saturday, 15 September 2012

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mxyzptlk

Hank sees himself literally caught with his pants down.

I don't recall -- did you have a look at the scene from a few episodes ago where Skyler walks into the pool? (S'pose I could look myself.) Blue pool, she's wearing a blue skirt and white top, and she submerges herself in that blue water. Seemed like a pretty significant moment: blue (meth) underneath her, white (Walter) on top, and she's consigned herself to diving into Walter White's blue world.

The green filter also stands out (again I s'pose I could go look to see if you already wrote on this), and it's more prominent in the cooking scenes. Not sure if it's as simple as green for cash, or if they're going for a kind of "sick" vibe, like Fincher does with the house scenes in Fight Club. (Or maybe both.)

And with the green, you have the stack of cash on top of a red tarp, right after the synchronized assassinations and the steady shots of red blood pooling on the prison floor.

Is it just me, or did the synchronized assassinations recall something of the baptism montage from The Godfather? Beyond just the synchronized murders, there's the significance of water at the center of both montages.

mxyzptlk

The more I think of it, the more sure I am there's a link being drawn to Michael Corleone and the baptism scene from The Godfather. In both montages, the scenes mark the point where the protagonists consolidate their power and take the final step over the moral line into the world of organized crime lord.

By making Breaking Bad's synchronized assassinations recall Godfather's baptism montage, Gilligan/MacLaren are linking their narrative to a cinematic gangster film tradition of the (anti) hero's metamorphosis into a position of power.

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