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Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad

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and#147;I am not in danger . . . I am the danger.and#8221; With those words, Breaking Badand#8217;s Walter White solidified himself as TVand#8217;s greatest antihero. Wanna Cook? explores the most critically lauded series on television with analyses of the individual episodes and ongoing storylines. From details like stark settings, intricate camerawork, and jarring music to the larger themes, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions, this companion book is perfect for those diehards who have watched the Emmy Awardand#150;winning series multiple times as well as for new viewers. Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling, and illuminates without nit-picking. A must-have for any fanand#8217;s collection.

Review:

"Fans of the now-completed AMC television series will appreciate this companion, which covers the entire series from the moment Walter White, a pride-filled teacher, reacts to a dire medical diagnosis by turning to crime to the inevitable, final consequences of his decision to embrace his identity as Heinsenberg. Each episode of all five seasons gets its own entry; the basic events of the episode are detailed, along with the grander plot arcs in the individual seasons and the series as a whole, character insights, social commentary, explications of each episode's science and commentary on the occasional flubs. Other issues, such as the inexplicable hatred by many viewers of Skyler White, are also dealt with. To the extent possible, the authors have avoided too many egregious spoilers, except for the special 'What's Cooking' essays, which they have flagged as spoiler rich. That said, this is a work best read by persons familiar with the series, not those who have yet to watch it. While the book's length forces brevity where any particular episode is concerned, the work is impressively comprehensive, a solid work recommended to devotees of Breaking Bad. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ensley F. Guffey: Ensley F. Guffey is a historian of American popular culture, and he has published scholarly essays on Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, and Marveland#8217;s The Avengers.

K. Dale Koontz: K. Dale Koontz is the author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon (McFarland, 2008) and teaches courses in areas as diverse as communications, film, theatre, and the law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Whats Cooking: Change We Can Believe In

Episode Guide

Season One

1.01 Pilot / Breaking Bad

Special Ingredients: What Is Crystal Meth, Anyway?

Mustard Gas Versus Phosphine Gas

Sidebar: Breakfast

1.02 The Cats in the Bag

Special Ingredients: Chirality, Thalidomide, and Methamphetamine

1.03 . . . And the Bags in the River

Special Ingredients: Baking Soda

1.04 Cancer Man

Special Ingredients: Gluing Stab Wounds

American Health Insurance

1.05 Gray Matter

Special Ingredients: Cerebral Palsy

Crystallography

1.06 Crazy Handful of Nothin

Special Ingredients: Stages of Lung Cancer

Mercury Fulminate

Heisenberg

1.07 A No-Rough-Stuff Type Deal

Special Ingredients: Etch A Sketch Thermite

Meth Used to Be Legal

Whats Cooking: Walter White and the Anti-Hero

Season Two

2.01 Seven Thirty-Seven

Special Ingredients: Castor Beans to Ricin

Georgi Markov Poison-Tip Umbrella Assassination

2.02 Grilled

Special Ingredients: LoJack Technology

Cartels versus Mexican Law Enforcement and the Mexican Army

Mexican Meth Superlabs

2.03 Bit by a Dead Bee

Special Ingredients: Fugues and Fugue States

Grills, or Grillz Dental Appliances

2.04 Down

Sidebar: Marie and the Color Purple

2.05 Breakage

Special Ingredients: Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Chemotherapy Treatment

2.06 Peekaboo

Special Ingredients: H. Tracy Hall

2.07 Negro Y Azul

Special Ingredients: Narcocorridas (Drug Ballads)

Saint Jesus Malverde

2.08 Better Call Saul

Special Ingredients: Attorney-Client Privilege

Loan Out

2.09 4 Days Out

Special Ingredients: PET/CT Scans

Homemade Batteries

2.10 Over

Special Ingredients: Striker Strips or Match Heads?

2.11 Mandala

Special Ingredients: Heroin and Works

12-Step Programs

2.12 Phoenix

Special Ingredients: Is It Murder?

2.13 ABQ

Special Ingredients: Lung Lobectomy

Air Traffic Controllers

Whats Cooking: Saul Goodman and Bus Bench Advertising

Season Three

3.01 No Más

Special Ingredients: Santa Muerte

Tenerife Airport Disaster

Sidebar: The Cars of Breaking Bad

3.02 Caballo Sin Nombre

Special Ingredients: Los Zetas

Polleros (Coyotes) and “Chicken Runs”

3.03 I.F.T.

Special Ingredients: Industrial Chicken Farming

3.04 Green Light

Special Ingredients: Class-Action Lawsuits

3.05 Más

Special Ingredients: Heated Floors (Back to Ancient Rome)

3.06 Sunset

Special Ingredients: Probable Cause for Searching Vehicles vs. Searching Residences

Walt Whitman

3.07 One Minute

Special Ingredients: JHPs and the Winchester “Black Talon”

Universal Pain Assessment Tool

Meet One of the Cooks: Interview with Michael Slovis, Director of Photography

3.08 I See You

Special Ingredients: Pablo Escobar

3.09 Kafkaesque

Special Ingredients: Gambling Addiction

Money Laundering

3.10 Fly

Special Ingredients: Contaminants Found in Crystal Meth

Common Housefly

3.11 Abiquiu

Special Ingredients: Georgia OKeeffe and the Door Paintings

Marital Privilege

3.12 Half Measures

Special Ingredients: Bonnie and Clyde

3.13 Full Measure

Special Ingredients: Metallic Balloons and Power Lines

Desert Eagle Pistols and Silencers

Whats Cooking: Fan Hatred and Skyler White

Season Four

4.01 Box Cutter

Special Ingredients: Rocks and Minerals

4.02 Thirty-Eight Snub

Special Ingredients: “New Mexico Is Not a Retreat Jurisdiction”

4.03 Open House

Special Ingredients: EPA Car Wash Inspectors?

4.04 Bullet Points

Special Ingredients: The Kelly Criterion

4.05 Shotgun

Special Ingredients: Dead Drops

4.06 Cornered

Special Ingredients: Four Corners

4.07 Problem Dog

Special Ingredients: Rage and Product Placement in American Television

Sidebar: Veggie Trays

4.08 Hermanos

Special Ingredients: Chile and the Pinochet Junta

4.09 Bug

Special Ingredients: The CID Division of the IRS

GPS Tracking Devices with USB Connectivity

4.10 Salud

Special Ingredients: Huntingtons Disease

Phenylacetic Acid

4.11 Crawl Space

Special Ingredients: “Macho” Camacho

Charms Against the Evil Eye

4.12 End Times

Special Ingredients: Cell Phone Detonated Pipe Bombs (IEDs)

4.13 Face Off

Special Ingredients: Lily of the Valley

Sidebar: Walt and the Backyard Pool

Essay: “Buying the House”: Place and Space in Breaking Bad

Season Five — Part 1

5.01 Live Free or Die

Special Ingredients: “Popcorn Effect” on Superheated Teeth

Saul and Clarence Darrow

5.02 Madrigal

Special Ingredients: Suicide by Portable Defibrillator

Federal Authority to Seize Offshore Funds in a Drug Trafficking Case (RICO)

5.03 Hazard Pay

Special Ingredients: Why Are They Called “Second Story Men”?

5.04 Fifty-One

Special Ingredients: House Tenting

5.05 Dead Freight

Special Ingredients: North American Tarantulas

Post 9/11 Rail Transport Security Measures

5.06 Buyout

Special Ingredients: How Can Electrical Wiring Burn Through Plastic?

TROs and Ex Parte Orders

5.07 Say My Name

Special Ingredients: Antoine Lavoisier

5.08 Gliding Over All

Special Ingredients: Meth in the Czech Republic

Hank and Marie and Kids

Season Five — Part 2

5.09 Blood Money

Special Ingredients: Forensic Handwriting Comparison

The All Seeing Eye

5.10 Buried

Special Ingredients: Christian Louboutin

5.11 Confessions

5.12 Rabid Dog

5.13 Tohajiilee

5.14 Ozymadias

5.15 Granite State

5.16 Felina

Whats Cooking: “The One Who Knocks”: The Violentization of Walter White

Special Ingredients Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770411173
Author:
Guffey, Ensley F
Publisher:
ECW Press
Author:
Koontz, K. Dale
Author:
Guffey, Ensley F.
Subject:
Television - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film and Television-Critics
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos throughout
Pages:
500
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of the now-completed AMC television series will appreciate this companion, which covers the entire series from the moment Walter White, a pride-filled teacher, reacts to a dire medical diagnosis by turning to crime to the inevitable, final consequences of his decision to embrace his identity as Heinsenberg. Each episode of all five seasons gets its own entry; the basic events of the episode are detailed, along with the grander plot arcs in the individual seasons and the series as a whole, character insights, social commentary, explications of each episode's science and commentary on the occasional flubs. Other issues, such as the inexplicable hatred by many viewers of Skyler White, are also dealt with. To the extent possible, the authors have avoided too many egregious spoilers, except for the special 'What's Cooking' essays, which they have flagged as spoiler rich. That said, this is a work best read by persons familiar with the series, not those who have yet to watch it. While the book's length forces brevity where any particular episode is concerned, the work is impressively comprehensive, a solid work recommended to devotees of Breaking Bad. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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