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The Best Moment In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Is Also Its Most Unsettling

Can't unsee that now.

SPOILERS for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie! You’ve been warned!

After much waiting and hyping, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is finally here and folks, it doesn’t disappoint. Vince Gilligan has somehow pulled it off.

Was the movie necessary given how well Breaking Bad ended and how neatly Walter White’s journey was tied up? Probably not but El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie gives us the closure for Jesse Pinkman we didn’t think we wanted or needed.

Over the course of two or so incredibly tense yet tightly-packed hours, we’re fed an addictive cocktail of fantastic performances, Jesse’s desperate journey towards freedom, several unpleasantly dark scenes, and an almost unhealthy amount of fan service featuring a heap of beloved side characters.

But arguably the best – and certainly the most buzzed about – fan service-y moment in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story is the flashback to when Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were still small-time drug dealers cooking meth in their RV.

Nothing much happens beyond Walt and Jesse talking over breakfast but it’s just nice hearing the duo have a genuine conversation with each other one final time. Having said that though, this great scene also happens to be the most cooked (heh) one of the entire film because of one reason: Walt’s unnaturally oversized head.

We’ve seen some twisted stuff go down during Breaking Bad‘s original run – such as dissolving a body in acid and Gus Fring’s death – but this one sticks out because it’s just so distracting.

Everyone has to suspend their disbelief anyway for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story given how clearly some of the actors have aged – especially Jesse Plemons, sorry buddy – but Walt’s big Megamind-esque head is particularly distracting.

Okay, we have to give El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story a pass on this for logistical reasons. Bryan Cranston previous shaved his head whenever he needed to bald up for Walter White but he couldn’t do it this time around as he needed his locks for a Broadway play.

Still though, it’s pretty hard not to notice.

Still, surely there was a slightly less weird bald cap or something the crew could’ve used?

But hey, once you get used to Bryan Cranston’s oversized bald cap, Walt’s flashback appearance becomes joyous to witness and it was good to see him and Jesse together again before stuff takes a wild turn sideways in Breaking Bad.

Freddie Prince Jr.'s Brilliant Star Wars Rant About Toxic Fans Needs To Be Enshrined

Bless Freddie Prince Jr. for telling it as it is.

Toxic fans and Star Wars go hand-in-hand like sand on Tattooine. It’s always incredibly satisfying to see this entitled subset of the franchise’s fandom get taken down a notch and you’re not going to be much of a better take down than the one dished out by Freddie Prince Jr.

The actor appeared on Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast and went on an epic Star Wars rant that needs to be enshrined as an all-time great example on explaining lore while smacking some sense into toxic fans.

Over the course of three-ish minutes, Freddie cuts through the crap and calls out people for not understanding the franchise is for kids:

“I did a ‘Star Wars’ cartoon, so even I get hate from ‘Star Wars’ fans. And I’m like, ‘Look, dawg, you’re just made the franchise is not aging with you. But that ain’t how it works. The first one was for f***ing kids. The second three were for different f***ing kids. And this one is just for kids.”

But the pièce de résistance is when he takes toxic fans to task over things like getting “pissed off that Han Solo gave the Millennium Falcon to a girl.

He also gives a surprisingly in-depth breakdown of the things Star Wars fans get wrong about the Force, the mythology behind it when George Lucas created it and how folks seem to forget how it’s all about “balance” rather than the flashy jumping, lightning stuff everyone focuses on.

Words don’t do the epic rant justice so please just watch the entire thing yourself because it’ll be the best three minutes you’ll spend all day. Plus you get a huge serving of Freddie Prince Jr. dropping F-bombs left and right, which is just an extra cherry on top.

Having starred in four seasons of Star Wars Rebels and been taught all things Star Wars by the franchise’s guru Dave Filoni, who in turn learned everything from George Lucas himself, Freddie has more than a leg to stand on when it comes to saying this stuff.

So when Freddie Prince Jr. tells all those toxic fans out there to “learn your Greek mythology,” everyone should sit up and listen, especially the puffy-chested bros who are already cobbling together complaints about Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker what that film comes out.

Thank The X-Files For Giving Us Walter White And The Breaking Bad You Love

We believed and it paid off.

It probably goes without saying that Breaking Bad is one of the greatest TV shows ever created and Walter White is one of the all-time great fictional monsters characters ever conceived. One of the show’s biggest themes revolves around the idea of “every action has consequences” and the Walter White and Breaking Bad we love may well not have happened if it weren’t for The X-Files.

We found the truth.

Before inspiration struck in the form of a meth lab in an RV, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan was an executive producer and writer for The X-Files and he penned a number of the show’s most memorable episodes.

One of these episodes was titled ‘Drive’ and it required an actor who could pull off loathsome yet also sympathetic in order to play the anti-Semitic antagonist who was dying from an illness. Despite the role being cast, Gilligan and the casting director decided to give some unknown actor by the name of Bryan Cranston an audition for the role just to see what happens.

Keep in mind that at the time this episode was being made (1998), no one knew who the hell Bryan was so expectations he could pull off the part were low. To the surprise of everyone, he nailed it and was cast as the creepy bad guy in the ‘Drive’ episode of The X-Files.

Boom.

Cut to some eight or so years later, The X-Files had ended (for the time being) and Vince was putting together what would become the pilot for Breaking Bad. His goal for the series was to turn the protagonist into the antagonist over the course of the show, as how he describes it: “turning Mr. Chips into Scarface.”

This grand plan required an actor who could convincingly make Walter White both loathsome and yet sympathetic to his increasingly horrific actions and the only person Vince though could pull that off was that Bryan Cranston chap from his X-Files days.

While Vince was convinced, the show network, AMC, were less so since everyone at that point in the story (about 2006) knew Bryan as the goofy dad from Malcolm in the Middle and there’s no way he can pull off the part of a ruthless drug lord.

Presenting the man who would be Walter White.

Vince ultimately managed to persuade the AMC suits that this Bryan Cranston chap was perfect for Walter White by showing them the ‘Drive’ episode he did on The X-Files ages ago. That was enough for them to give him the green light and the rest is TV history.

There were a lot of factors behind Breaking Bad‘s success and we may well have gotten a version of the show that was also great, though chances of that happening were lower if reports about AMC wanting John Cusack or Matthew Broderick for Walter White are to be believed.

But the particular version of Breaking Bad and Walt we ultimately got wouldn’t have happened had Bryan Cranston not showed up on Vince Gilligan’s radar all those years ago.

So here’s a toast to The X-Files for giving us one of the greatest TV characters of all time. We wanted to believe and it actually paid off big time.

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