…been catching up on all the Seasons 2 -- 3 Breaking Bad I missed.
…and been thinking about how that line was written. It may have emerged from the void whole, but I suspect the writer or writers worked a while before they hit on the word “severed,” which is just right. The prior owner of the head -- a compromised drug dealer played by actor Danny Trejo, nicknamed “El Tortuga” -- appears briefly in this peppy parody of a narcocorrido from the opening of the same episode (Season 2, Ep. 7, “Negro y Azul“):
Or maybe it’s more a satirical homage than a parody… Understanding the storyline helps in interpreting the lyrics, of course, but the video is also a study in the artful manipulation of cheesy out-of-the-box transitions and effects: It’s disarmingly and appropriately cheap-looking and yet brilliantly slick at once.
Watching a whole season this way has a lot to recommend it over agonizing through the story episode by episode, week by week -- though the traditional method does encourage the viewer to savor every moment. Also, the latenight AMC commercials that accompany these earlier season re-runs, ahead of the Season 5 premiere in July, even played back at high fast-forward, tend to be quite depressing: lots of disease, drugs, lawyers, often combined with each other… But that’s also appropriate to the show, of course…