Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Joanna Robinson
9. That’s The Cup Of A Carpenter: Alright, I know that Pinkman wood working scene was a call back to the episode “Kafkaesque” where Jesse tells the story of a teacher who encouraged him to do better. Jesse recalls,
Maybe it was the way he said it, but… it was like he wasn’t exactly saying it sucked. He was just asking me honestly, “Is that all you got?” And for some reason, I thought to myself: “Yeah, man, I can do better.” So I started from scratch. I made another, then another. And by the end of the semester, by like box number five, I had built this thing. You should have seen it. It was insane. I mean, I built it out of Peruvian walnut with inlaid zebrawood. It was fitted with pegas, no screws. I sanded it for days, until it was smooth as glass. Then I rubbed all the wood with tung oil so it was rich and dark. It even smelled good. You know, you put nose in it and breathed in, it was… it was perfect.
So is that mostly what we’re going for here? Jesse’s notion of perfect? Is this the best depiction of a “happy place” Vince Gilligan could conjure? Probably. We’re probably also meant to contemplate whether or not Jesse can do better. If he made it out clean (and wasn’t, as I suspect, pulled over for speeding/reckless driving a little way down the road) then what will his life look like? Finally, you can’t tease me with images of carpentry and expect me not to make a Jesus connection. So, once again, here’s my Jesus/Jesse Pinkman theory. He cried for Walt’s sins.
10. Are You Not Entertained?: I don’t know, folks, I don’t understand the unnecessary backlash about this finale. I don’t understand the cries of “fanservice” or “unsurprising.” Sure, I wasn’t surprised, but was I not entertained? Did I not get a thrill out of that final shot? A call back to “Crawlspace,” to Walt and his scans, to Jesse Pinkman on the roundabout? Oh I did. Oh I loved it. Walt needed to die, and I can’t think of any better way.
Technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change…Electrons, they change their energy levels. Molecules change their bonds. Elements, they combine and change into compounds. Well, that’s all of life, right?…It’s the constant, it’s the cycle. It’s solution, dissolution, just over and over and over. It is growth, then decay, then transformation. It is fascinating, really.
Crackpot Theory Of The Week: Oh aren’t we out of theories yet? We are! We are! Except to say this. I loved the scene between Lydia and Todd when he draws attention to the “cornflower blue” of her blouse. We’ve always thought pink was the color of death in this show, but in the finale, it was all about the blue, baby. So we had Lydia and Todd (in his paler shade).
Uncle Jack, in a slinky blue v-neck.
And, of course, Walt. Lit up in this scene by mostly the blue glare of the patrol car.
Musical Moment Of The Week: Perfection from Gilligan and company. We expect nothing less.
So goodbye. Thanks for everything, y’all. You made this final season so much fun.