Here we are, the final furlong of 2011 is here. As I said at the beginning of this list, we are not looking at a top ten in any particular order. I’ve also tried to combine every aspect of writing. With that in mind, it occurs to me that US drama, which had an excellent year, hasn’t quite been represented as much as it should. Let me rectify that.
2. Box Cutter – Breaking Bad 401.
The first episode of season 4 of Breaking Bad is a masterpiece. Most episodes of Breaking Bad are. The show about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth cook is often dark and bleak. Throughout some episodes you really do feel as though any character could be killed and the show would still carry on.
This is where we find ourselves at the beginning of the fourth (and penultimate) season. Spoilers here on in, including in the video.
Walt, our chemistry teacher turned meth dealer has just murdered one of his associates in order to preserve his unique meth recipe, and therefore his life. If the drug dealers can’t cook his meth, then they need him. But he has just killed someone he shouldn’t. The guy at the top of the food chain, Gus shows up at the lab and immediately, Walt (being held hostage by one of Gus’ henchmen) goes into a monologue about why he shouldn’t die. Gus climbs down the stairs slowly, he makes his way over to the changing area. He undresses, and puts on a lab coat. All the while Walt is pleading for his life. Gus heads over to Walt, his partner and the henchman keeping them hostage. He removes a box cutter from his pocket and prompty slashes the throat of the henchman. Then he removes the lab coat, dresses and leaves. He says no words other than the final line in the whole scene, and the whole time, Walt doesn’t stop talking. The scene is ten minutes long and is one of the finest ten minutes American drama has ever witnessed.