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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Breaking Bad | TV Show Review

Breaking Bad was an interesting show. It was an amazing show. It was also a show that took a while to grow on me despite everyone saying it's the best drama show to ever air on TV. I was laughing a ton and found the characters to be really interesting, but I just didn't want to watch a show about drugs. Now that I've seen every episode I must say it was one of the best shows I've ever seen and yes, maybe the best. Seeing the main character Walter White change so much from the first episode to the show finale was a spectacular thing to witness. I think this show has also made my wife and I stay up late more nights in a row then any other show. Once we hit season 4 anytime the kids were in bed we were breaking bad.

This show does something I'm trying to learn how to do, pushes the character through some extraordinary circumstances. This show gets crazy, and the further into it you go the crazier it gets. Seeing extreme things happen to characters you love really puts you through the paces as the viewer. Okay so a lot of shows do that, but Breaking Bad keeps going and really shows you how these things effect the characters. Things that happen several episodes back are many times still effecting the characters.

There were a lot of moments in the show were I thought, now what? How the heck are they going to get out of this? How could this possibly be solved? Many times it was solved in a way I didn't expect the characters to try because it was so extreme, but it always seemed to be their only option even as bad as those options were. Seeing these "good" characters start to do some of these things helped show us moments where the characters were changing. Making critical decisions that changed the course of their lives. They had to face up to some harsh realities and deal with them. They had to do things they never would have imagined themselves doing before. They had to step up, which sometimes meant doing some despicable things.

I think any good story is one where you really care about the characters, even if that means a villain you love to hate who you want to see die.

Breaking Bad is a show like no other. It had my wife and I thinking about it all day as we waited to play with our kids and tuck them in bed at night so we could sit next to each other and hit play. I finished the last episode a week ago and the show is still lingering in my mind. I'm still thinking about it.

Well done Vince Gilligan and crew. Brilliant show. I can't wait to see what you and the actors from the show work on next. I have found listening to the Insider Breaking Bad Podcast helps with that whole feeling of is it really all over? Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad's creator) and Kelley Dixon (Breaking Bad editor) host a weekly conversation with the cast and crew of AMC's original series Breaking Bad - so you get some great insights from people who helped make Breaking Bad. It's like listening to a commentary for each episode. It's pretty great.

Have you seen Breaking Bad? Did you love it? Hate it? Best show ever? Don't know what all the hype is about? Sound off in the comments, and thanks for stopping by.

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