Hope you folks are doing fine. After some testing travel, I had a pretty relaxing time today and finally watched El Camino. Needless to say, it was fantastic. It feels like it was just yesterday when Breaking Bad ended. Difficult to believe that it was six fucking years ago! It has to be one of my all time favorite dramas ever. As a big time Xphile, it was so easy to fall in love with Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan has written some of the best X Files episodes and when I caught the first episode of Breaking Bad, it felt so fucking familiar. After The X Files, Breaking Bad was the show I started watching religiously. These days though, with just so many shows on TV and streaming platforms, it is so difficult to keep up. Word of mouth, great reviews sometimes pique my interest and I watch some shows, but not consistently like I did earlier with The X Files or Breaking Bad. Hell, there was a time, when I even watched The Bold and the Beautiful every single fucking day. I remember regularly popping a rod watching Brooke and nutting many times. She was my dream woman back then. She’s almost 60 now and has matured like fine wine. Cannot believe that she’s a grandmother now.
Coming back to Breaking Bad, I loved the music that was part of the show man. A good scene becomes great with a perfect song/music. There are many examples of such wonderful synergy in Breaking Bad, but none so brilliant like DLZ by TV on the Radio. In this case, I don’t know if the scene elevated the song or the song made the scene so great. That death stare on Heisenberg’s eyes when he warns the guy to get out of his territory with DLZ slowly building up gave me the fucking goosebumps.
Again, my mind went back to The X Files and how great some of the song choices in it were. Relating to DLZ, there is a song called Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter. It was featured in D.P.O, the third episode in Series 3. Great episode by the way and the song comes on when Giovanni Ribisi’s Darin Peter Oswald zaps Jack Black’s Bart Liquori. Perfect song for the perfect scenario. I never forgot that song ever since.
Similar slow buildup and the rock explosion towards the end. Sick shit! The second song that stayed with me forever was Unmarked Helicopters by Soul Coughing. Similar vibes like DLZ and Hey Man, Nice Shot. It was featured just briefly on Max, the eighteenth episode on Series 4.
Soul Coughing captured the very essence of the show and it described the situation in that episode perfectly and it was also a wonderful tribute to Fox Mulder. All three songs were pretty similar in my opinion and the connect between the two shows was felt across so many levels. Great stuff that!