Those Damn Barrels

The opening of the Breaking Bad episode “Buyout” was one of the saddest damn things I’ve ever seen.

What a way to use those goddamn barrels. When we first saw the dissolving trick in S1 it was played as black humor. When the dissolving trick was used again in S4 it was still played as black humor with the chorus response of Walt and Jesse after Mike asked “are you sure this will work?”

But this somber dirge opening with the bike parts being put in those damn barrels wasn’t like those other scenes. Part of its power lies in the motif of seeing those barrels. The moment is so powerful that they don’t even have to show it; and it is more powerful because they don’t. They trusted the motif.

Author: Brian Lindenmuth

Former non-fiction of Spinetingler Magazine and fiction editor at Snubnose Press. Long time reviewer.

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