I know that I am probably extremely late to the punch here, but Breaking Bad is really, really good. It is a show that I have wanted to watch for years, but just have never got around to. Watching too many things at once, getting too caught up in one show or any other random reason has kept me from watching this incredible show for too long. I have had Seasons 1, 2 and 3 on DVD for a long time and am finally getting going with it and all I can say is wow.
If you aren’t an idiot like me, you probably already watched this show. As of this moment, I am about a quarter of the way through season two and am already so impressed by every aspect of this show. The story is awesome, although far fetched at times, and it continues to take twists and turns you’ll never expect. Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show, has really solidified his place as one of the great ones. Although his previous experience really is limited to The X-Files, a show I’m not crazy about, the fact that he is the mastermind behind Breaking Bad in enough for me.
The main reason I felt compelled to write this is how amazing of a character Walter White is. Bryan Cranston had been out of the spotlight since Malcolm in The Middle ended in 2006. Then he took a job for a role that was the polar opposite of what he had been accustomed to, a role that was risky to take on. In 2008 there was no guarantee that a show about a meth cooking science teacher would ever succeed on AMC. Of course the show ended up becoming huge, and a large part of that is due to Cranston’s performance.
Walter White is a character unlike any really on television before. Yes, there are plenty of great characters who are conflicted between good and evil, between work and family, but White finds himself in even more precarious situations. He always seems to have good intentions when he is doing something and if any other individual was doing what he was you would feel no sympathy for him. That is the magic of this show. Walter White kills a guy and you feel bad for White, not the victim. He cooks meth and puts himself in dangerous positions and you worry for his well being. It is pretty insane the connection you feel to the “villain” in the show.
Being that I’m not even halfway caught up to where the show is now, this blog had no real point, but I felt the need to get my appreciation and respect for Breaking Bad, Walter White, Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston. I haven’t been this enthusiastic about a show since I started watching The Wire. Here’s to hoping it finishes just as strong as it started.