Breaking Bad (TV Review)

Oct 5, 2014
My first encounter with 'Breaking Bad' was with a friend who referred the show to me. I really don't know what to expect, and neither understand the massive fandom this created. Considering it's only about a chemistry teacher and his former student concocting and selling crystal meth on the black market. There's nothing, honestly, gets boring with that. My initial thoughts before watching it was exactly like this: "Would I actually like a show about drug manufacturing and abuse?". And as I watched the pilot episode, getting drawn to this show, I had one thing in mind: "Heisenberg, bitch!"
Simply, 'Breaking Bad' follows the down-to-luck life of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a Chemistry teacher at a local high school and part-time car-wash employee. When an unexpected lung cancer attacks him, he goes on a desperate pursuit to find something to pay for his treatment and at the same time, sustain his family's future-- cook the purest "crystal meth" and sell it to the market because a drug this good could potentially earn him million dollars on hand. With the help of his former student Jesse Pinkman, they embarked on an RV ride to crime and lies that will make him known on one name: "Heisenberg". 
That summary only covers the first season because I really don't wanna spoil the web of corruption and evilness that will consume with this show's characters in the next seasons. It progresses more and more by the time you continuously get in each seasons. Progress, meaning that it gets better and better. 

What made it so, so good is the fact that it stays with you, you felt some sort of connections with every characters, even the supporting ones. Aside from it's brilliant writing, part of what made these characters so relatable was the terrific performance by, well about everyone.
Bryan Cranston was so perfect for his character of Walter White. There's something dark within him, and his emotional range was perfect. And those coughing, spot-on. Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn and Giancarlo Esposito, to name a few, were also magnificent with their supporting roles. 

Vince Gilligan and his co-writers sure does know how to get their fans' attention, giving surprise after surprise that will definitely hook you up, and sometimes devastate you. The scene halfway of Season 5's "Ozymandias" is definitely the most impactful of the whole series, and this is one of those cases where you just can't sleep yet because that scene is still stuck in your head.
The soundtrack is also the main catch here. Dave Porter's pick of songs for the scenes brings the cooler to the cool. Traditional Mexican songs were prominently used and synced in to some iconic scenes perfectly (e.g.: "the guitar-solo background when Walt and Jesse brings fire to a laboratory, that was epic.").

I could've say more to this, but I'll have to leave the rest up to you. This is one of those shows that are best unspoiled. 'Breaking Bad' is one of my all-time favorite series, and is television at it's master-class. To that I gave it a 10/10.

I really enjoyed reviewing something different that isn't far away from film. I'm stucked with TV shows by the time i'm writing this, so expect me to discuss something like "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," "The Newsroom," "The Walking Dead," and "Sherlock" in a couple of months.
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