Friday, October 04, 2013

Professional Left Podcast #200b -- Final Bonus Breaking Bad Podcast: UPDATE

(Walter White, Jr. Obit/Photo courtesy the Albuquerque Journal 
with a big h/t to alert reader David B!)

"The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less then he
Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free..." 

In which we finish our appreciative and recklessly lit'rary speculations about a popular teevee series which now belongs to the ages.

Link to my longer essay on Breaking Bad's final episode, "The Love Song of Walter Hartwell White"

UPDATE:  The "12 Step Program" theme Blue Gal and I riffed heavily on during this podcast and which I blogged about the morning after the broadcast now appears to be less "posh, lit'rary rambling" and more "100% dead-on" now that we have learned the "Salvation Keys" which fell into Walter's lap and triggered his final journey of atonement (the details of which flashed unreadably by during the actual episode) were, in fact, this "Narcotic's Anonymous" key-chain --

-- which reads "Just One Day" on the reverse side and has currently been bid up the $300 at ScreenBid.

So yay for us!

Five years ago I wouldn't have hesitated dropping double that or more for this bit of Breaking Bad history.

Five years later and $300 looks like a small fortune in groceries to me :-)

Funny old world.

"The House Where Nobody Lives" by Tom Waits

There's a house on my block
That's abandoned and cold.
Folks moved out of it
A long time ago.
And they took all their things
And they never came back;
Looks like it's haunted
With the windows all cracked.
And everyone call it
The house,
The house where nobody lives

Once it held laughter,
Once it held dreams.
Did they throw it away?
Did they know what it means?
Did someone's heart break
Or did someone do somebody wrong...

Da' money goes here:


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your analysis as always. Liked that part about the keys falling from heaven and the dreams of a dying brain. I remember similar intense discussions for 'Vanilla Sky' (and Inception of course).

Can you think of a Heinlein short story that also had the dreams of a dying brain? It started in a motor vehicle also.

Anonymous said...

I have so enjoyed the Br Ba mini podcasts! Love the 12 step take on Walt's final acts. How I wish you'd been podcasting on BB all along.

skunqesh said...

I swear, hangin' round these parts is like stikkin mah head in the freezer box on a hot, dry day. So refreshing, and makes my synapses feel all minty fresh!

thanks ya'll