Like so many other people at the moment I am in the middle of the 'Breaking Bad' last few episode mania, every episode that comes out only serves to make the craving stronger, I need to know what's going to happen, I need to know. Safe is to say the obsession has been reignited and with the imminent end approaching all too quickly (yet not quickly enough somehow) it feels like it's a flame so strong that it engulfs everything.
All of this is just a long-winded excuse as to why I felt the need to make Breaking Bad inspired macarons. The summer is over and therefore macarons will soon seem quite out of season, for me anyway. Therefore as one last moment of delicious hurrah of this summer I decided to make my Breaking Bad cookies from pistachio macarons.
How to make them suitably Breaking Bad themed. I decided to attempt to make them like the elemental symbols in the logo. For this of course they would need to be green, hence the pistachio. However it appears that macarons resist being square (duh, I guess), still they were moderately successful.
|Perfectly round, oblong, kinda square?!|
To create the blue substance I mixed 50g caster with 2 pinches of salt and 2 drops of blue food colouring gel. The result is a pleasing sky blue powder that I would like to think resembles the ground down meth.
|Whaja think? Wanna try?!|
So lets talk season five part 2. I said in a previous review that 'Breaking Bad,' is like a Shakespearean tragedy. We already know it will end badly and yet with every passing episode we continue to convince ourselves that things might be ok. We are given glimpses of a dismal future but years and years of Disney movies and WB shows have indoctrinated us with a belief that there can be a last minute turn around, our hero will always prevail. However no Disney movie prepared us to have a psychotic hero, to root for the bad guy. In fact no other tv-show has prepared us for this one.
I've spoken before about the addictive nature of this show. I thoroughly enjoy the ironic experience of being completely addicted to a show about drugs, an addiction so strong that it will interfere with your daily life. As with any addiction it worsens and reaches a low where the addict becomes desperate when they cannot get a 'fix'. In this final part of the final season the watching experience is no different. Every episode ends on a cliff-hanger, with each cliff-hanger getting more and more intense. By s5e16 we are absolutely on the edge of said cliff ready to jump because we can't see how to make it through the next week without knowing!
This next section is spoilers abound so if you are not up to date on the show, stop reading here (and catch up now) -
We pick up where we left off at the end of season five part 1, Hank has just realized that Walter is Heisenburg, so how will he react. Well its Hank, so it's fairly safe to say that he has to go all Harriet the spy again which sets the stage for an epic chess battle between Hank and Walter. This leads to some of the funniest moments in the season to date (not to mention a memorable meme).
Walter's character appears to be less stable than he has been to date. Where at the end of last season we saw him as a character who was steadily progressing his status as a big player, with an underlying motivation to achieve the success that once eluded him. Now he seems to have done something of a 360'. It's difficult to see his motivation clearly. He almost appears to vacillate between the manipulative heart-less business mogul and the man who loves his family more than anything and will go to the end of the earth to provide them into the future. It is revealed in the first episode of part 2 that his cancer is back and much like this cancer it appears that Walter has been re-infected with his humanity. Once again the foreboding from the flash-forward pre-rolls enters our minds and one must wonder if this characteristic is being re-visited now to emotionally prepare us to experience the depth of the tragedy to come.
Jesse is spinning wildly out of control (quite in character for him) and as per usual everyone is underestimating him. Jesse has always been a key player; Walter can't cook without him, won't continue operating without him. This season it appears that all Jesse's loyalty to Mr White is being eroded. At the end of s5 part 1 he had reached a stage where he appeared to need to end this relationship. But a bond like theirs doesn't just sit happily in obscurity, and the slightest push can turn bro-mance to hatred. Considering the foundations of this particular relationship, I wouldn't be surprised if there was enough fuel there to burn everything to the ground! Skyler is coming into her own. She has embraced the life and has decided to support Walter and this season she is having to face a choice between her loyalty to Walter and her other family. This is a pivotal moment for Skyler and her transition from passive 'victim style' participant to active decision maker may change our view of her as a character.
All in all watching the final section of the final season of Breaking Bad is an assault on the mind and emotions of the viewer. It seems that much like the experience of watching this show has been simultaneously a stimulating, sensational and yet dangerously addictive experience, the finale is lining up to be a uniquely traumatic and lasting experience that few shows could replicate.
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