Breaking Bad is an amazing series.
Breaking Bad is an Amazing series.
Breaking Bad deserves having its name written a lot and it deserves being Awesome and Amazing with capital letters. I didn’t believe it at first – it seemed messy and crude and dull when I first heard of it. Having seen the first season, I can say – yup, I was spot on, it’s messy and crude. And it’s dirty and intense and sad and powerful and creepy and all that works together better and more uniquely than I’ve ever seen in a TV series.
The superiority of Breaking Bad starts from the main plot and the characters living it. Anti-heroes are beginning to be more lovable than the good old knights on white horses nowadays and hell, is Walter White a marvelous poster child for anti-heroes. When the season started, Walt was a good man. During the season, he’s crawled through all shades of grey and walked out a heavy-weight villain. That doesn’t mean we don’t root for him. Hell, I started out feeling sorry him and now I cannot wait to see him be The King (I’ve seen that poster, invented a storyline for the next four seasons1 and am growing seriously impatient) since he is just… it’s not explainable by words. I have never seen anyone able to put Breaking Bad’s allure into words and frankly, it’s probably impossible. I have seen the look, though. The look someone watching the show gives to another watcher. Breaking Bad is a must-see, literally.
And as if Walt cooking crystal meth with his former student while dealing with cancer, we also have Walt’s kid with cerebral palsy; Marie, Walt’s obnoxious sister-in-law and oh, the fact that her husband is an honest-to-god cop, shockingly seeking the meth lab owners. All that seems like too much and for a second there, it also felt like too much – but it all plays out at a perfect tempo and rhythm. BrBa doesn’t stop for a second but even so, gives us space.
The first thing I noted about Breaking Bad about half a year ago when I saw the first few minutes, was that it’s rough. And that, actually, does not go away. It becomes an essential part of the series, gives the entire thing a distinguished tone, attitude, nature – however you’d put it.
By the time of the finale – and that was the seventh episode – I was bursting with need to talk about it. Finales and pilots always make a series and Breaking Bad’s finale was so good it deserves a seperate post. It acted both as a worthy episode in the line and as a wrap-up to the season. It ended something – a phase. And did it amazingly.
I am so into Breaking Bad that I refuse to watch it before sleep when I’m exhausted. I cannot bear the thought of falling asleep while watching since it deserves my full attention. Yet it’s so addictive that I watch in class.2 It’s sad that I won’t get to watch the last-ever episode on Sunday but I won’t half-ass this, I’ll take my time and enjoy the ride. If any series deserves that, it’s “considered one of the best drama series of all time” Breaking Bad.
Sidenote: What got me into Breaking Bad in the first place, was Sati’s post of visual parallels between Breaking Bad and Pulp Fiction. It’s easily one of the best posts ever, so be sure to check it out (again, if you need.) It’s that good.
1 it goes like this: he gets more badass with each season, does that thing from episode 6 a couple more times and becomes world famous for his meth and everybody hails him. ….I wouldn’t make a very good storywriter, huh?
2 I’m an exchange student in Norway, so it’s alright – I barely have to do any work in class and we have laptops open in class all the time.