Updated: Feb 1
What a time we live in! To be able to witness captivating television shows that has even me putting my phone away to watch without interruption. Theres only less than a handful of shows with five or more seasons that have done that for me. Every time I am in the mood to binge, and I cannot find worthy shows, I always come back to Breaking Bad.
“Michelle, that’s not a horror though.” While that is technically true, Breaking Bad offered a bountiful amount of gore and “hands to eyes” moments. Bodies being dissolved in acid and the aftermath of not following the disposal rules correctly led to one of the goriest scenes I have ever laid eyes on. Walter White is as terrifying and addictive to watch as any stone cold murderer. Walter White’s evolution from humble middle class suburban Dad to the villainous Kingpin he became is addictive to watch at best. Who ever thought Bryan Cranston could give a dangerous look that can make you say, “It's about to go down.” Man, did it ever. His craft from; I hate saying this, making exquisite meth to his precise calculations of how to murder even the most dangerous cartel leaders is cinematic fire! The character Jessie Pinkman’s journey thought the seasons made me sympathize with one man I would never give the time of day to in real life. And talk about family turmoil and deep, dark secrets.
This past Fall, fans were not only gifted with the mind blowing “El Camino” movie, but West Hollywood opened a temporary Breaking Bad Pop-Up Bar. My husband, Chuck, is not a horror fan but, he does love Breaking Bad as much as I do. So, for our fourteen year anniversary, I took him to the Pop-Up. What better way than to celebrate than with a beaker full of Schraderbrau?
The Breaking Bad Pop-Up requires reservations which kept the crowd small. The hostess, waiters and bar tenders all had on the infamous yellow hazmat suits and when we were taken to the seats at the bar, the hostess asked if we are ready to “cook”. Only when it comes to Breaking Bad is playing around with blue crystal meth exciting.
The cocktails were of corpse show themed, I chose the Seven-Forty-Seven Down which was a smoky Old Fashioned. It was small but, it packed a punch and if I had one more, I would have been down. My Husband had the “He who knocks” which was blue and spicy. We washed our hard liquor down with the Schraderbrau which was a fine stout. Good job Hank!
The meal options were bountiful and we scarfed down our meal because the photo ops were calling to us. But, upon our dining experience we kept marveling at the replicas of Walter and Jessies infamous cooking lab. "Ooo look theres the tub of chicken fry batter that Fring used to transport meth!"
Its unanimous between my husband and I that the two seasons Gustavo Fring was boss, were the best two seasons out of an already epic run. So, the Los Pollos Hermanos photo opp is one were our time was spent getting the right pose.
I almost felt gross and greasy after sitting in Saul Goodman’s chair.
So, yes, Breaking Bad may not be in the category of my beloved horror genre. But, it is a staple TV show that I will probably binge for many years to come. I am grateful to the creators of the Breaking Bad Pop-Up for a lovely evening full of conversations of about our favorite moments of the show. And thought it may have ended in 2013, Breaking Bad still makes us laugh, grieve for characters lost, and makes us shout every time Walter White gives that look.
The Breaking Bad Experience only runs until December 31st, 2019. Get your reservations now as every night typically sells out. Check out TheBreakingBadExperience on Instagram.