Bryan Cranston won an Emmy Award for his role as Walter White, a wimpy, chemistry teacher who also works at a car wash to help make ends meet for his Pregnant wife disabled son. As if life wasn;t bad enough, Walter soon receives the worst news ever: he has terminal lung cancer. With not much time to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his chemistry knowledge to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former pupils. Success and danger follow.
Breaking Bad takes a while to get into, but like Bryan’s slow methodical approach to making crystal meth, the end result is amazing. It’s a TV show that slowly draws you in, and before you know it, has you addicted. The only downside is that the first hit just isn’t enough, as the season ends mid stride at only seven episodes. And it just ends. Nothing can prepare you for episode seven being the final episode of the season (other than reading the episode guide). Nothing about the seventh episode screams season ending cliff-hanger. It just ends. You hit menu to see what the next episode has in store and that’s when it hits you. That was the end.
It’s the only dis-pleasurable thing about Breaking bad. The characters, the actors, the plot – it’s all good. It’s just that as soon as you’re hooked, they rip it away from you.
It’s no reason not to watch it however, as it’s possibly the best thing you’re going to see TV on DVD wise this year. Just make sure you’re prepared for the short season.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes.
Released on: July 29th, 2009
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, R.J. Mitte, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt
Length (Minutes): 286
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Studio: Sony Pictures
Going Deeper (May contain spoilers):
The main theme in Breaking Bad seems to be that of pride. It’s Bryan Cranston’s weakest attribute. He so desperately wants to be the man, to do everything himself, that he doesn’t tell anyone that he’s got Cancer. Even his wife has to find out for herself. He only gets into the meth business when he sees how much money he can make, and there for seeing a way for him, to provide for his family after he’s gone, not having to rely on other people. Even when a rich friend offers to pay for his treatment he lies to his wife and chooses to keep making meth. His pride just won’t allow him to accept anyone’s help. Even when he sees how bad meth affects people, and after having to kill two drug distributors, Bryan still thinks that making meth is the best way forward. His pride runs so deep that he can’t see past his own need to support his family, and it becomes a blind goal that puts a strain on his health and his relationships.