I’m late to the party for blogging about Breaking Bad. Millions of blogs and vlogs have spent time dissecting each episode for those wonderful little eggs that writers love to put in their shows. Apologies.
Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White learns he has terminal cancer. His salary barely makes ends meet, his pregnant wife is about to give birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. Realizing that his illness will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels.
What starts out as a small business venture snowballs into a deadly empire of deceit and death.
Breaking Bad is one of the most intriguing and provoking shows I have ever seen. The deeply flawed main character Walter is a complex man driven by love, futility, and power. While the show starts out as examining the lengths one would go to in order to provide for their loved ones, five seasons later we are watching concepts of emasculation, violence and familial danger play out on the screen.
The creator Vince Gilligan (Hancock, The X-Files, The Lone Gunman) has crafted one of those shows that will become a classic. The supporting characters are worlds of their own and you often feel visceral reactions to some of the cast members (read Skylar for anyone who’s watched the program already). The companion series Better Call Saul is also a fabulous tribute to the Breaking Bad world.
5 out of 5 TVs
Til next time