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hey, if you’re trying to sell me something, i’ve got four little words for you: “do not call list.” however, if you’re cool, leave it at the beep.

brb crying 4evr

hey, if you’re trying to sell me something, i’ve got four little words for you: “do not call list.” however, if you’re cool, leave it at the beep.

brb crying 4evr

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A lot of my favorite X-Files episodes are Vince Gilligan’s. “Bad Blood”, “Field Trip”, “Small Potatoes”, “Dreamland”, “Drive”, “Monday”, “Pusher”, “Unruhe”, “X-COPS”, etc., etc., etc.
I’m sure you’ve already heard this a million times, but you should watch Breaking Bad. It’s Vince Gilligan’s brainchild, and John Shiban writes a few episodes in seasons 2 and 3. It is just such a great, well-written show.

A lot of my favorite X-Files episodes are Vince Gilligan’s. “Bad Blood”, “Field Trip”, “Small Potatoes”, “Dreamland”, “Drive”, “Monday”, “Pusher”, “Unruhe”, “X-COPS”, etc., etc., etc.

I’m sure you’ve already heard this a million times, but you should watch Breaking Bad. It’s Vince Gilligan’s brainchild, and John Shiban writes a few episodes in seasons 2 and 3. It is just such a great, well-written show.

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Top 15 Breaking Bad Cold Opens
11. “…And the Bag’s in the River” (01x03)
At the end of the previous episode, the dissolved remains of Emilio’s corpse fell through the bathtub, through the floor, and into the main downstairs hallway. This cold open shows us the aftermath. This could have been simple: some gross shots of them wiping everything down, blood leaking into the basement, Krazy 8 tied up down there, gradually realizing what is happening, etc. We get all of that, but the way it is intercut with a flashback is what makes it so fun. A much younger Walt is seen flirting with a cute grad student (who we later find out is Gretchen Schwartz, probably not yet married to Elliot), going over the chemical components of the human body on a white board. Walt is charming, feigning surprise as Gretchen lists off the elements and their percentages in the human body. Turns out the vast majority of the matter that composes us is just 8 or 9 elements. Even calcium which makes up almost all of our skeletal system (past Walt notes, as present Walt inspects a piece of Emilio’s jaw bone) is only 0.25%! This innocuous, flirty little discussion of the human body in a purely scientific sense is juxtaposed with the grim reality of the human body broken down to its pure elements: a bucket of chunky red goop being poured into a toilet. It’s sickening, it’s bleak, but it’s also strangely funny in a way that most TV shows aren’t.

Top 15 Breaking Bad Cold Opens

11. “…And the Bag’s in the River” (01x03)

At the end of the previous episode, the dissolved remains of Emilio’s corpse fell through the bathtub, through the floor, and into the main downstairs hallway. This cold open shows us the aftermath. This could have been simple: some gross shots of them wiping everything down, blood leaking into the basement, Krazy 8 tied up down there, gradually realizing what is happening, etc. We get all of that, but the way it is intercut with a flashback is what makes it so fun. A much younger Walt is seen flirting with a cute grad student (who we later find out is Gretchen Schwartz, probably not yet married to Elliot), going over the chemical components of the human body on a white board. Walt is charming, feigning surprise as Gretchen lists off the elements and their percentages in the human body. Turns out the vast majority of the matter that composes us is just 8 or 9 elements. Even calcium which makes up almost all of our skeletal system (past Walt notes, as present Walt inspects a piece of Emilio’s jaw bone) is only 0.25%! This innocuous, flirty little discussion of the human body in a purely scientific sense is juxtaposed with the grim reality of the human body broken down to its pure elements: a bucket of chunky red goop being poured into a toilet. It’s sickening, it’s bleak, but it’s also strangely funny in a way that most TV shows aren’t.

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Top 15 Breaking Bad Cold Opens
12. “Ozymandias” (05x14)
This episode is very near the end of the series (so stop reading if you’re still not caught up!), but its cold open takes place mere hours before the one from the pilot. This teaser flashes back to a previously unseen moment from Walt and Jesse’s very first cook. Walt excuses himself to call his wife and make up some lie for why he’s not home. If we had seen this way back in season one, the significance of it would not have been clear. But now we are able to recognize this as the beginning of Walt’s dishonesty and the beginning of the deterioration of his family. In one of the most haunting moments in the entire series, Walt ends the phone call, and one by one Walter, Jesse, and the RV fade away, leaving us with a shot of the empty patch of desert where they once stood. Re-watching this episode, it’s hard to not think of this last shot as a flash forward, showing us the desolate unmarked grave of Hank Schrader. Without a sound or a change in location, Rian Johnson takes us from the moment of Walt’s first family deception, to the moment when Walt’s ongoing attempt at preserving his family ultimately failed. This whole episode is full of elegant and disquieting imagery, it’s really one of the best things Rian Johnson has ever done.

Top 15 Breaking Bad Cold Opens

12. “Ozymandias” (05x14)

This episode is very near the end of the series (so stop reading if you’re still not caught up!), but its cold open takes place mere hours before the one from the pilot. This teaser flashes back to a previously unseen moment from Walt and Jesse’s very first cook. Walt excuses himself to call his wife and make up some lie for why he’s not home. If we had seen this way back in season one, the significance of it would not have been clear. But now we are able to recognize this as the beginning of Walt’s dishonesty and the beginning of the deterioration of his family. In one of the most haunting moments in the entire series, Walt ends the phone call, and one by one Walter, Jesse, and the RV fade away, leaving us with a shot of the empty patch of desert where they once stood. Re-watching this episode, it’s hard to not think of this last shot as a flash forward, showing us the desolate unmarked grave of Hank Schrader. Without a sound or a change in location, Rian Johnson takes us from the moment of Walt’s first family deception, to the moment when Walt’s ongoing attempt at preserving his family ultimately failed. This whole episode is full of elegant and disquieting imagery, it’s really one of the best things Rian Johnson has ever done.

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