New mini-feature about the great use of great songs to make a great scene even better.
Song: “Rocket Scientist” by Swedish electro group The Teddybears.
Show: Breaking Bad
Scene: Jessie, Badger and Skinny Pete are spending all of Walter’s savings on strippers, champagne and drugs instead of an RV for cooking meth. They’ve never partied like this before, and don’t really know whento stop, as the damming polaroids show.
Why it’s awesome: it’s simply a great party song that makes the on-screen antics seem even more decadent. A mix of fat and fuzzy bass & guitar riff, with crisp and clean electronic drums, synthesized vocals and lots of pop-hook lyrics that jump straight into your head. Short of Party Hard by Andrew WK, it’s a song I’d like to be used to soundtrack my boozy antics.
It also appeared in The Good Wife, when Grace is filming her tutor dancing on a train. And the Seven Psychopaths trailer.
Braking Bad: a struggling middle-aged high-school chemistry teacher with two jobs finds out he has terminal cancer, however his get rich quick scheme is one-of-a-kind; cooking the purest crystal meth Albuquerque has ever seen. First off, the two central characters, Walter White and Jessie Pinkman, are played absolutely superbly by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Walter a regular guy in a unique situation that forces him to use and abuses science to kill guys, blow up cars, dispose of bodies, burn a lock, and cook ‘glass grade’ crystal meth – his transformation through the series is interesting to watch as he manages to strike the impossible balance between sympathy through his cancer, and villanous through the cooking. Jessie is equally good as the streetwise, try-hard, and they’re dysfunctional relationship is entertaining and funny – it must have been a joy for the writers. To single out another character, the step-brother Hank is played brilliantly, with some great, subtle, comedy timing. The series does lose its way in the middle, with nothing really happening for a few episodes – far more ‘cancer drama’ than ‘drug/crime thriller’. It also ends very abruptly, bang in the middle of a volatile story arc; which leaves you gagging for Season 2. The show has a unique and distinctive visual style; it looks very 90s, with lots of vibrant colours popping out of the screen, and a grainy/distorted ‘tape’ effect. Breaking Bad: Season 1 takes a massive gamble by putting almost everything into the characters and their back-story, hoping that audiences connect enough to interest them in a second outing – it pays off, although if the dark/morbid/macabre humour and bleak story won’t be to everyone’s taste.