…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…
Well when Danny TRejo shows up, you know there will be blood, of course GianCarlo Esposito, as the middle manager, is Chilean, which is symbolic, since they were the original cocaine players before the Colombians