Newest Review: ... However Mr Gilligan ends the show I for one will feel bereft and am wondering just what will fill my 'Breaking Bad' fix..... more
What do you do if you're a chemistry teacher who is dying from cancer???
Member Name: mummyharper
Advantages: Great characters, great storyline, novel idea
Disadvantages: More series please!!
Breaking Bad is a truly fantastic TV series, amazingly well written and acted. It centres around the life of Walter (played by Bryan Cranston who is "Hal" from Malcolm in the middle - it is difficult to see him not as Hal, but this is a very different character) who is a normal, run of the mill, chemistry teacher stuck in a dead end job with a fairly mundane life who realises that he has terminal lung cancer. He loves his family - wife "Skylar", son "Walt Jr" who has cerebral palsy and baby on the way - and he is also seemingly driven by a sort of mid life crisis with fairly little concern for his own welfare considering his medical condition. What other option does he have than to put his chemistry training to better use as a crystal meth producer?
The characters are extremely well written, which totally makes the show in addition to the intriguing storylines. Walter is a decent guy, trying to make things work but just dealt a rough hand. He adds to his own torment by having to consistently lie to his family even though they are the overriding reason for his behaviour. Walter 's strength as a man is challenged by the contrast between him and his brother in law, "Hank", a tough guy cop dealing with drug enforcement. His criminal relationship with Jesse Pinkman, former student - small-time drug dealer makes for some hilarious moments and obviously a very difficult working relationship. They are a very unlikely pair who would not have anything to do with each other in normal circumstances. You really empathize with the various personalities, so you are completely drawn into their lives.
Breaking Bad has some very funny moments when you can't help but laugh out loud. You find yourself willing Walter to succeed even though what he is doing is wrong because he has such genuine intentions and some parts are so tragic, or so "what on earth are you doing now!?", you just have your head in your hands as you can't quite believe what a mess Walter and Jesse have got themselves into. 2 series have been broadcast on FX, but it is a difficult show to watch only week to week - it would be totally addictive on boxset. The boxsets are available for between £10 and £30 on DVD and from what I have seen, are only available on Blu-Ray on US import.
Summary: I can't recommend Breaking Bad enough - watch it !