On Sunday, September 29th, avid fans of the hit show Breaking Bad gathered in Ursa’s stageside to watch the series’ final episode. Students who wished to watch the highly anticipated last episode of the award-winning show were welcome to sit in lounge chairs and watch the show live on a projector screen. The event was hosted by the Congress of the South 40, and was planned by Ursa’s Chair and sophomore Sharon Josephs.
Josephs believed that the event would be a great opportunity for students to watch their favorite show with their friends in a place other than the dorm. She said it also seemed as though there was a high demand to show the episode in Ursa’s newly remodeled space. “I decided to put on the Breaking Bad event because a lot of students requested it at the activities fair,” Josephs said, “I also know a lot of people love the show and since it was such a big deal that it was ending, we thought people would enjoy being able to watch it together.”
Breaking Bad concerns a reserved chemistry teacher in the American Southwest who discovers he has terminal lung cancer and decides to start cooking meth in order to make money for his family after he is gone. The show is famous, or perhaps infamous, for its high action sequences, character drama, and incredibly teasing cliffhangers. As such, watching an episode of the show can feel rather stressful at times. “The atmosphere was pretty tense during the show,” Josephs admitted, “and during the commercial breaks everyone was nervous about what was going to happen next.” While some viewers were initially concerned that other individuals would be talking during the show, it became very apparent that everyone was far too immersed in the action to dare spoil it.
In order to advertise for the event, Residential Life intern Andres Parra went above and beyond to make students aware of the event. In an attempt to channel the show’s main character Walter White, Parra dressed in a hazmat suit, gas mask, and rubber gloves, just as White does when he cooks meth in the show. To top it off, Parra stood under the underpass and paraded through BD in costume, handing out little bags of blue crystal candy that looked similar to the blue meth sold in the series. In the bags, Parra added little slips of paper that included information about the event’s date and time. Students who recognized the costume took pictures and put them online, and Parra even made it on to the “Overseen at Wash U” Facebook page.
Though the event had above and beyond advertising and had a decent turnout, Josephs is hoping that future events in Ursa’s will have an even greater attendance. She already has ideas for upcoming screenings underway. “[In the future,] we were hoping to do something similar with the premiere of Game of Thrones, and also the Olympics. We are always open to other suggestions!”