According to most viewers, ‘Fly’ is one of the worst episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’. Is the mass hatred towards this particular ‘Breaking Bad’ episode justified? Or is it one of the most underrated episodes of the AMC crime thriller? Keep scrolling to find out!
The tenth episode “Fly” of ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 3 is considered to be the lowest-rated episode out of all 62 episodes. No other episode in the long run of the AMC crime drama has received such strong negative feedback as “Fly”. Not only is “Fly” considered to be the worst episode of ‘Breaking Bad‘ by most, but it has also been loaded with adjectives like boring, dull, and non-progressive. How much truth stands behinds these claims is a matter of contemplation and we are here to break it down once and for all.
“Fly” has been named the worst ‘Breaking Bad’ episode, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
- Why do people hate the “Fly” episode on ‘Breaking Bad’?
- Could ‘Fly’ be the most misunderstood and underrated episode?
- What are the fans saying?
Why do people hate the “Fly” episode on ‘Breaking Bad’?
Written by Moira Walley-Beckett and Sam Caitlin, “Fly” appears in season 3 of ‘Breaking Bad’ as its tenth episode.
It’s noteworthy that the episode was directed by none other the Rian Johnson, who has been the creative master behind popular films like ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Knives Out’. The story of the ‘Breaking Bad’ episode “Fly” follows around Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, after a day’s cooking in the secret underground drug lab of Gus Fring. After a day’s cook, Walt spots a fly and fearing that it would contaminate the lab, decides to stay at the lab until he catches it.
Walt’s pursuit of the fly almost seems to be a paranoid chase and after a successful attempt at swatting, he falls off the catwalk injuring and locking himself in the lab for the rest of the night. When Jesse arrives the next morning, he finds Walt in the lab and decides to help him find the fly, during which the two talk and connect over each other’s lives.
The pace of the episode and the lack of adrenaline-driven thrill is why it has been at the receiving end of disappointing feedback. The episode had no ride or die situation and chasing a fly just didn’t cut it for the audience.
Could “Fly” be the most misunderstood and underrated episode?
“Fly” was created as a “bottle episode” for ‘Breaking Bad’ given the restrictions in the budget. Agreed that “Fly” did not have the usual heart in the mouth kind of situations, but it still does not deserve to stand among the worst episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’. The episode writers did a brilliant job working their way with what little they were allowed. The episode’s plot is rich in symbolism and has a deeper meaning than what people tend to perceive. The fly in the episode represents both the guilt of Walt and the always-present power struggle troubling his mind. Interestingly, the episode appeared at a time when Walt was shown struggling to cope with the guilt of letting Jane overdose and die. That guilt is what manifests in the form of the fly in the episode.
Besides, the cinematography of the episode stands with one of the bests in the entire series. Bryan Cranston’s performance in demonstrating Walt’s struggle with the fly and his self is flawless and candid. The rich symbolism, the powerful performance, and the brilliant cinematography of the “Fly” does not justify that it should be rated as one of the worst episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’.
What are the fans saying?
“Fly” might be one of the worst-rated episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’, but it is also one of the most divisive ones when it comes to the fans. While some fans miss the thrill of the show in the episode, others are not oblivious to the brilliance of the episode. A “Reddit” user considers “Fly” to be among the top 10 episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’. The fan broke down the symbolism of the episode and said:
“I have to disagree with most people, Fly is in my top 10. I like how when it begins I thought Walt was growing crazy over the missing meth and that Jesse was the ‘fly’, but gradually turns out the fly was his guilt about Jane. Jesse obliviously trying to help swat it away without even knowing what is really bothering Walt, and ‘forgives’ him (“it’s not your fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not even her fault …”).”
That being said, “Fly” is one of the hidden underrated gems of the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe.
It is warm and often gets too real even if doesn’t keep people at the edge of their seats.
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