When Breaking Bad was on, you would be hard pressed to find a TV series more engrossing and blood pumping. Striking, experimental, and definitively hardcore, it is five and a half seasons of Crazy Awesome
that just keeps getting Darker and Edgier
with every passing moment.
As the main page says, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Walter White
decides he can use his genius level knowledge of chemistry to manufacture highly pure crystal meth in order to support his pregnant wife and handicapped son. Teaming up with his lowlife former student, Jesse Pinkman
, Walter initially tries to operate as quietly and cautiously as he can... which lasts about five minutes. Things get crazy. Everything goes wrong.
This show is about Character Depth
more than anything else, not about the crimes but about how the consequences affect those involved and what choices they made led them there. No matter how flashy Walt and Jesse may look committing crimes
, it is overshadowed by their complex personalities
and the decadent realm of corruption they are sinking into.
Walter and Jesse are unforgettable.
Walter is a true Badass Mad Scientist
and incredibly fascinating. His evolution from Insufferable Genius
to Magnificent Bastard
is as exciting as it is disheartening. You will be as infuriated as you are impressed by him. This is the role that has deservedly placed Bryan Cranston amongst today's best actors. Aaron Paul as Jesse is even more surprising. Presented as a total case of This Loser Is You
, yet through solid Character Development
and acting he becomes as important if not more important to the show than Walter.
His journey is something to behold as well. Describing any other awesome characters would take another 400 words because there's so many.
Though it seems grounded in reality and definitely IS taxing for moral minds, it heavily indulges in fun symbolism, slapstick/black comedy, outstanding visuals, editing, writing, directing, music, and a Rule of Cool
that kicks in at all the right moments. Intense, funny, poetic, and maddeningly cool, Breaking Bad is the real deal. Unfortunately, it's current popularity and overhype has made it seem less awesome somehow.
(Will explain in the comments, if necessary)