If you missed last night’s season five (part two) premiere of AMC’s Breaking Bad, you were one of the few, as it was the series’ most-watched episode to date. If you did watch it, you’ll remember that one of the comedic highlights was a bizarre side conversation between Badger (Matt Jones) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) about an unwritten Star Trek fan script that delved into the particulars of teleporter technology. It didn’t take long for this spec script to be adapted into an animated short that brings Badger’s space-based fantasies to life. Since it’s an aside within the show itself, it’s safe to watch without fear of spoilers (and if you have already seen the episode, you should check out Allison’s review here). Hit the jump to watch Badger’s Star Trek script come to life in animated form.
Check out the animated short below, from Matt Czap for Vulture:
As Vulture reports on the genesis of this little gem of a story idea:
Badger’s Star Trek pitch (fact-checked by a Trek expert here) was dreamed up early in the writing of this last half of the season, when Gould and fellow Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchison got into it over the true operational nature of the Trek transporter. The debate between Badger and Skinny Pete over how it works was lifted straight from their conversation. Gould, who said he was “a real Trekkie” as a kid, said he was the Skinny Pete in the argument: “I don’t want to go on a transporter because it’s essentially taking you apart and putting you back together. But Genni made a pretty good argument that that would mean there were literally 100 Captain Kirks.” He decided their debate (which no one won) was a natural way to get Gilligan’s gory lesson in transporter abuse on the show. “It would be the ultimate diet, really. Eat anything you want, and then Scotty beams it out of your stomach,” Gould said. “But like with great technology, there are terrible things that can go wrong.”