Arts & Entertainment — September 25, 2012 at 6:01 am

“Breaking Bad” Review

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Many people have never seen anything like it. “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Six Feet Under,” “Oz“ and more have barely come close to the enthralling spectacle created before viewers everywhere. The series even tops the charts in comparison to classic HBO television shows. The narrative began with a simple premise and decent time slot on Sundays on the AMC network, but no one could have predicted the epic progression that has taken place thus far. And, with only eight episodes to go, fans have been left tiptoeing around in angst.

The first season slid by with good reviews. If you think that I’m crazy for making “good” sound like a failing grade on a test, I encourage you to do your research immediately. I was first attracted to the show by the concept: a local chemistry teacher, Walter White, tries to scrape by in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but is continually unsuccessful in his attempts. On top of this, Walter, whose loving wife and supportive son spend their time helping and cheering him on day by day, ends up unfortunately contracting cancer. Needless to say, nothing goes his way. Walter, who spectators soon realize is a genius, not only falls ill, but is also fired from his job and owes major amounts of money. He ultimately lets people and fate get the best of him. Soon Walter’s actions reach insane proportions and even push him to enter the drug trade—cooking meth for a hopeful profit.

At first, I assumed the series would take the same direction as Showtime’s “Weeds,” which also focuses on a drug business, but is half drama, half comedy. If this disinterests you, don’t stop reading now and learn for yourself why the ratings have spiked from an overall 74 to 99 in the last five years on Metacritic.com. There is more to the series than a desperate man tangled in a web of illegal activity. Along with more serious and entertaining spoilers comes his brother-in-law’s involvement with the DEA, a partner who is a former student and a nemesis that will forever remain in the television drama hall of fame. In the last five years the show has evolved from a simple drug dealing and enemy handling worrisome premise to a King Pin-style collaboration and rivalry. In fewer words, cancer was the least of Walter’s problems.

For anyone who has watched the last season (season five), which has recently ended, they must know where I am coming from. There has never been anything like it in recent years, or any year past. Frankly, this must be the best show to ever hit television, and has given me a reason to actually watch a series during it’s intended time slot, with commercials and all, rather than turning it on later for convenience. At first, there was innocence to it. But, now with the climax, and cliffhangers galore, a bombardment of brutal themes has slowly, but perfectly entered the picture. It provides the fans with a taken-a-back feeling filled with chills that shock the senses due to the show’s creative concepts, violence, masterminded dialogue and aptitude for suspense.

Vince Gilligan is quoted saying that “season five of Breaking Bad is a very different kind of season.” So, for anyone who appreciates a show’s willingness to be flexible and unique, this series is a must watch. Along with the show’s 32 awards, including six Emmys and two golden globe nominations, comes a national consensus on the intelligence and inventiveness of the show’s writers and creators. My further suggestion is nothing less than to sign in to your Netflix account and observe the devious and mischievous exhibition about to be presented. For anyone who disagrees, I will be eagerly awaiting comments and evaluations. To loyal fans, “All hail the King.”

 

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