Breaking Bad is Evil Good Television, A Series Review & Opinion

by on January 9, 2012

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Breaking Bad poster

I’ve been seeing the media coverage of AMC’s Breaking Bad over the last few years, but on the outside, looking in, it just didn’t quite catch my attention.  I mean face it, it’s about a guy who cooks meth.  Seriously, how entertaining can that be? And what does that title mean?

To be downright honest, Breaking Bad can be incredibly entertaining.  Yes, you read right.  Very entertaining.  And hence, this TV review of the first few seasons of the series.

I’ve had the opportunity to catch the first few seasons of this five season AMC TV series and it’s an incredibly entertaining train wreck.

Still of Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher.  He became a chemistry teacher because a past business partner stole his idea and made millions.

His son (RJ Mitte) has CP and his wife (Anna Gunn) is now pregnant with a surprise little bundle on the way.

It’s just a tough bit but he and his family were making a decent go at it… that is, until he learned he has terminal cancer.

Then through a series of events, the big meth dealer in town just lost his lab to a DEA raid and not wanting to leave his family in ruin when he dies, Walter hooks up with the meth dealer (Aaron Paul) and through his knowledge of chemistry, Walter cooks the perfect meth.

Still of Dean Norris in Breaking Bad

Did I mention that Walter’s brother-in-law (Dean Norris) is the local big-wig DEA agent?

Yea…  what a fascinating TV series.  I was never pulled into it at first because it’s about a drug dealer, but that was my bad for my preconceptions.  Following Walter’s journey to make things right for his family after his passing is the heart string that gets pulled, and pulled hard.

And if that’s not bad enough, the dealer that Walter hooks up with, Jesse, well, is a good person in a bad spot or so.

Still of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad

And as Walter and Jesse develop their business, one crap thing leads to another crap thing, but they keep getting through them.  Walter has a smart business head, is a bit of a quiet character, but about 10% of the time, something fires off inside his head and he makes these bad-ass moves that gets things done.  Jesse is a bright kid, in his own right, but doesn’t use the brights that he’s blessed with.

And on top of all this, you find yourself rooting for them.  Sort of.  But you don’t want to, and yet, there you are, feeling good or bad for our primary characters.  You find yourself actively not dwelling on their clients, but only on their aspect of the situation.

Nuts, isn’t it?

Breaking Bad is an incredibly compelling bit of writing.  It’s brought to us by Vince Gilligan.  Gilligan’s past experience includes the Will Smith starrer, Hancock, and exec produced The X-Files.

Through each episode, it’s the fastest hour (well, 48 or so minutes) on my TV and always ends too soon.

The cast plays their roles so realistically and thus entertaining, and they gel wonderfully.

Still of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad

Everyone I know who has seen this show, has raved about it.  I finally heeded their advice and I am glad I did.

Now, I say unto you, my dear reader, that Breaking Bad is a great and engaging TV series that’s a train wreck you willingly ride along with Walt and Jesse.

Yea, but how do I really feel?

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