24 episodes

It’s been 15 years since a pantsless Walter White first stepped onto our screens. Now that Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have finished their runs, Pete Peppers and Courtney are here to do a retrospective. In this rewatch, we’ll break down the characters, themes, and plot points and connect them to the greater arc of the story. Listen along as Pete and Courtney explore the growth, decay, and transformation of Breaking Bad. 
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Growth Decay Transformation - A Breaking Bad Rewatch Podcast Pete Peppers

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

It’s been 15 years since a pantsless Walter White first stepped onto our screens. Now that Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have finished their runs, Pete Peppers and Courtney are here to do a retrospective. In this rewatch, we’ll break down the characters, themes, and plot points and connect them to the greater arc of the story. Listen along as Pete and Courtney explore the growth, decay, and transformation of Breaking Bad. 
Contact us: breakingbadgdt@gmail.com

    “Truth or Consequences”

    “Truth or Consequences”

    What makes for a satisfying ending? In “ABQ” we meet Mike Ehrmentraut when he gets a devastated Jesse prepared to call in Jane’s death, Walt gets his tumor removed before Skyler confronts him and asks him to leave, and Donald mourns the loss of his daughter before we see where all of those black and white teasers were heading when Wayfarer 515 crashes above the White household. The finale works as a conclusion that ties up so much of what the season has asked us to think about while setting things up for the future. The satisfaction it provides feels like a reward for paying attention. 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    “Daddy did That”

    “Daddy did That”

    Are there any episodes that you dread rewatching? Your hosts break down one of the most heartbreaking episodes in the whole series, “Phoenix.” Walt makes the deal at the cost of missing Holly's birth, is deeply offended by the concept of charity, gets blackmailed by Jane, has a highly coincidental meeting at a bar, and then watches Jane die. Y'know, a typical week in the life of a meth kingpin. But how responsible is Walt for Jane's death? Is it really Jesse’s fault that Walt misses Holly’s birth? Why do Walt and Donald "other" Jesse's "little junkie girlfriend" and Jane's "scumbag" boyfriend, respectively? Join Pete and Courtney as they unpack the penultimate episode of season 2.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    “I Know a Guy”

    “I Know a Guy”

    If you find Skyler singing “Happy Birthday” cringey, you’re in good company. While it may be a scene that even made the crew feel uncomfortable, it’s an important one that gives clarity to Skyler’s choices. Speaking of fateful decisions, this is an episode teeming with them. Join hosts Courtney and Pete as they discuss Jesse’s downward spiral, Jane’s decision to join him there, and Walt’s first meeting with “the guy” (who knows another guy who apparently knows Saul). So put on your best corporate smile, grab a soda, and join your hosts as they ponder just how alike Walt and Gus are.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    “We’re So Excited About the Future”

    “We’re So Excited About the Future”

    Does Jesse have a type? When he feels rejected by Jane some comparisons to Walt start to emerge. More bad news, male kangaroos don’t have pouches. Junior gets his first taste of Tequila and what’s been bubbling up between Hank and Walt comes out in the worst possible way. But hey, they’re really excited about the future at the White house and Walt’s on the case to get rid of the rot. This is peak decay in Walt’s journey of growth, decay, and transformation, and as much as he’d like to become something different he’s looking a lot more like Heisneberg than even he understands. 
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    “Signs of Remission”

    “Signs of Remission”

    Where do you store your keys when you’re way out in the boonies in an RV cooking meth? Does methylamine go bad? Why does Walt punch the paper towel dispenser after receiving such good news? And what’s the deal with Walt’s mother? Join your hosts, Courtney and Pete, as they explore these questions and more in their discussion of Aaron Paul’s favorite episode of Breaking Bad, “4 Days Out.”
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Criminal Lawyer

    A Criminal Lawyer

    Do you see Jimmy McGill or do you see Saul Goodman? First introduced to us as a cartoonish caricature in the eighth episode of season two, there’s a lot more to everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer than initially meets the eye. Saul offers much needed comic relief, but we know from BCS that underneath the hilarious quips and colorful, outlandish suits is a deeply wounded man. Join Pete and Courtney as they ponder Saul’s role in Walter White’s success, how fear affects Walt and Hank, and why Jane keeps “coming back” to Jesse. 

    Want more? Check out Pete’s livestream with Courtney on Better Call Saul S06E11 “Breaking Bad” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG0lCD2QCP8
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    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Ella051 ,

Hoping to see more episodes in the future

I really enjoyed your podcast and watched Breaking Bad for the first time last year while following along with your podcast. Hoping to see more episodes in the future!

Caper127 ,

Great podcast

I'm really enjoying I look back at this stellar series Post better call Saul. Thanks Guys.

Ekyby314 ,

Fun and thought provoking analysis!

(Pete, I wish you were less mundane if somehow possible.) Courtney, your AWESOME. That being said…otherwise, as are all things BrBa/BCS, this podcast is at least 99.1% excellent, if not better! (I’d need an instrument called a gas chromatograph to say for sure) but… It offers a unique (and 1st I think) opportunity to reflect on the totality of the BrBa/BCS universe now that they’ve concluded. Just as the element Wire is a great conductor of electrical charge in a homemade battery, so too is this pod a great conductor of thought/analysis/ & nostalgia for and within the greatest TV/movie universe ever.

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