Review of Breaking Bad
What’s all the fuss about?
Everywhere I turned Facebook, Twitter and the pub, everyone kept talking about how amazing Breaking Bad was. Many using the word ‘addiction’ to describe their new watching habits. Many watching several episodes a night and finishing all 5 series in a week or two. Quite a few of them have already started to watch it a second time.
When I tell people who have already watched it, that I’m just starting it, they all tell me how ‘jealous’ they are.
I had a general idea of the story line; a Chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and in a desperation to care for his family once he’s gone, he turns to a life of crime – using his Chemistry genius to cook up the purest Crystal Meth. For some reason it really didn’t grab my attention, but with the level of hype around it I decided to give it a go as I have it via Netflix UK.
Hook, line and sinker!
I’m not a big telly watcher but I was hooked from the opening scene of the Pilot which aired in 2008. Why was a man driving a motor home on a desert highway, in his pants wearing a gas mask, with two dead guys rolling around in the back and another slumped over the dashboard? What could have possibly led up to that moment?
The cinematography is amazing, the plot is compelling and the casting perfect. I made the assumption that both of the main characters Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) were relatively unknown, but this is down to my lack of TV watching. I had no idea that Aaron had such an extensive list of credits to his name (e.g. Need for Speed, ER and Mission Impossible III) and so does Bryan.
I’m only half-way through series two so no spoilers please! Should I watch it slowly to savour it or is it impossible? I even found myself telling my taxi driver all about it the other morning.