Deconstructing Breaking Bad
If you’re a film and television fiend, watching Breaking Bad without breaking a sweat is virtually impossible. The main character, Walt, played by Bryan Cranston, says he is stressing at just the thought of how the final episodes will play out. Virtually unknown before this television series, Cranston stepped into the story and took his viewers on an emotional high. Told by his doctor that he has cancer and has six months to live, he wants to squeeze everything out of life to support his family before he dies. His actions are so bizarre and out of left field that you hardly breathe through the opening sequence. The only other series that came close to this kind of intensity was The Sopranos.
But when is enough, enough? And what can possibly top the plot and the acting performances? There are times when you want to scream with frustration at the greed and ambition of the main character and his sidekick, Jesse. Formerly a chemist and having found the perfect way to cook ‘meth’ there is no stopping him. Money after a while stops being money and is just a way to make more and more. At the beginning of the series you root for him; towards the end of the series you want to clap him against the head. But this is only one reaction. The producer’s brain child and the plot twists make it impossible for you to look away for when something bad happens.
From what we have seen so far we are anxious for the last episodes, but also unhappy at the thought that the series will soon end. Over the past years we have had a steady diet of good and not so good films. With new television specials such as The Sopranos, mafia movies, and English spooks, we cannot get enough. What make this series so good are the preposterous turns in the plot and the main character’s bravado. Nothing is too outlandish. Nothing is too impossible to achieve. It is a series that belongs in your collection of best series. It is due in the summer of 2013. We will wait.