Those who work at SUPER watched El Camino with the notebook in hand, already eyeing the most mysterious bits of the movie that might deserve further explanation or investigation.
There was no other: in the first minutes of the movie, when Jesse Pinkman maneuvers the car and ends up hitting a mailbox that dials the house number: 212. The box falls and the camera focuses for time. too much in her. Smell of easter egg.
Later, a sequence of images shows places in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico – especially a mall and a restaurant called Twisters. Again, the scenes last too long to be unimportant.
Knowing that El Camino is a gift from creator Vince Gilligan and the cast to Breaking Bad fans, we discovered the meaning of the discreet messages they left to the public, and found a huge number of references. See here the best ones.
(Note: Let's not talk about obvious things here, like “the first scene takes place where Mike died shortly afterwards!” That doesn't count as easter egg, because it's not a disguised reference.)
1) 212: To such a mailbox
(We had to increase the brightness of the image to make things easier. Sorry, Mr. Gilligan!)
She really wasn't there for nothing! Number 212 refers to a specific episode of Breaking Bad, which is among the most essential for Jesse's character development.
The episode in question is called Phoenix, and is the 12th of the second season (Season 02, Ep. 12; or 2 × 12, got it?). This is where the first truly tragic experience of young Pinkman's life takes place: his girlfriend Jane dies of an overdose in an accident Walter White refuses to avoid. Jane's importance to the film is obvious in the final scenes, but it already appears hidden in the very beginning of the film.
2) Places of the past
The transition scene that goes through Albuquerque's various scenarios is there to make your memory work hard. The place where Saul Goodman's office (now a refugee in Nebraska) used to be is now replaced by a sports bar called Duke City.
A little later, we see Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant, also “replaced” by another establishment. The cool thing here, though, is that the Twisters really exist – it's the restaurant where all Pollos scenes were recorded on Breaking Bad.
In addition to the discreet references, the scene was a thank-you to the places in Albuquerque that received the production of the series over the years.
3) Easter eggs room
This is more a metalinguistic joke than a reference in itself. Todd presents his apartment and asks Jesse what he thought of the decor. The answer: "I liked the pastel tones."
Here comes Todd's two-way cutie: "Yeah, I got inspired by easter eggs." The literal meaning of the joke is hard enough to understand: He is not talking about chocolate Easter eggs, but rather the colorful and decorated eggs. which are tradition in gringa. Children hunt the eggs at Easter the same way we hunt easter eggs in the movies. That's the "fun" of Todd's speech – he's warning that the apartment decor is full of hidden references.
When the fake cops go for a walk around the broken-down building, they come across an outfit that only those with fresh Breaking Bads on their heads would recognize: Todd's uniform from when he worked with deworming. Walt, Jesse and Mike buy the company to hide the trafficking operation and that is where Todd comes into play in the series.
5) The snow globe
One of the most “Breaking Badistic” things in the movie is the progressive demonstration of how disturbed Todd's mind is. His house is a silent witness to this.
He keeps a custom collection of snow globes, for example. When one of the “cops” looks closely at one of them, you can see that the perpetuated people inside the snow globe are known: Todd and Lydia himself, Madrigal's chief logistics officer who diverted raw material to methamphetamine production from Walter White.
Todd has always had a bizarre fascination with Lydia, and the cherry in the bulge is the fact that the doll representing her is sitting in a giant cup. For those who do not remember, in the last episode Lydia drinks from a cup poisoned with ricinin. At El Camino, we learn that she is alive and in serious condition, with little chance of recovering.
We'll soon stop talking about Todd, but his pet is also a special easter egg. When, at Breaking Bad, Walt, Jesse, and Todd prepare to attack a train in the middle of the desert, they are spotted by a little boy. He doesn't understand what he saw, but ends up murdered by Todd anyway. It's the first time Todd shows a more evil side, and Jesse is outraged. In the opening scene of the episode, the same boy appears capturing a tarantula in a glass jar.
No one guarantees that Todd makes that tarantula his pet, but the scenes are so connected that the spider even lives in a desert setting. The same concern Jesse had about the little boy he has about his own spider, as he decides to feed her knowing that Todd will not return.
Bonus: All scenes where Jesse interacts with an animal are there to show that he has a "good heart". In Breaking Bad, he spends a great deal of time admiring a beetle on the ground, until the animal is stepped mercilessly by Skinny Pete. In El Camino, Jesse plays a beetle just before murdering Neil the Welder. The message, of course, is that each one crushes the kind of insect that suits him.
7) Crossing Holly Avenue and Rice Road
The name "Holly" catches the eye for being the same as Walter White's baby daughter – but there is another Holly behind the Breaking Bad universe. The name of the woman Vince Gilligan (series creator) has been dating for years is Holly Rice. He always puts some reference to her when writing a script.
Interestingly, there is an avenue called Holly in Albuquerque (which does not intersect with any Rice Road). In real life, it's not anyone's name: holly It is a plant, known in Portuguese as holly. It is Avenida dos Azevinhos, just as there are Avenida das Palmeiras in several cities.
(For the very nerdy, holly is also the wood from which the Harry Potter wand is made. But then we're getting into another fandom.)
8) “Magnets !!!”
One of the most remarkable times Jesse is smarter than Walt is when Gus Fring's computer is seized by the police. To clear up the criminal evidence they would find there, Jesse suggests they use giant magnets to degauss the device without having to steal it.
This favor they ask a little gentleman named Joe, who takes care of a junkyard and uses magnetism to move the cars that are there. Joe appears in El Camino (no mystery here), and as soon as he finds Jesse he shouts "Magnets!", Celebrating. It's an imitation of Jesse's own reaction when the idea works, back in season five.
It was the way to bring back the classic phrases of a younger, chatty Jesse without so much post-traumatic stress. The other time you see it is in the flashback between Jesse and Walt, when he releases the famous "Yeah, bitch!". And speaking of this scene…
In the episode's most anticipated guest appearance, we see Jesse and Walt together in the early chapters of their partnership. Jesse attacks the salad buffet and spouts the pineapple dish. Walt sees no fun in the fruit, and Jesse tries to advertise: “Pineapple is good for your health. It's full of bromine (bromine). Mr. White corrects: "Bromelain."
Bromelain is a set of pineapple enzymes. Already bromine is a chemical element whose symbol is… Br. That same symbol from the periodic table that makes up the Breaking Bad logo. Yeah, science!