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Breaking Bad: Confronting Yet Amusing Look at the World of Crystal Meth

October 24, 2009

I’m what you call super-mega-fussy about the shows I watch. I’m likely to watch about one or two hours of TV a week, excluding the news, and often there is nothing at all that grabs my attention. So besides trying to find a few good DVDs to view, I rely on the “OMG Factor” when picking a series to watch. And by that I mean whenever I come across people with similarly fussy tastes saying “Oh my God, have you seen…” I tend to take notice.

Breaking Bad

From the first few seconds of Breaking Bad, I knew I was going to like this show. In what obviously seems to be a flash forward, it starts amid frantic action as a camper-van flies along a dusty desert track, ending with a clearly distressed middle-aged guy in his underpants standing in the middle of the road pointing his gun at the sound of approaching sirens, and that’s after leaving a farewell message to his family.

Then it goes back 3 weeks and, besides showing what led to this sorry state of affairs, lays the ground for what this series is about. This is the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just turned 50, with a beautiful wife and teenage son with cerebral palsy, who finds out he is dying of lung cancer. Besides the shock of facing his own impending mortality, he begins a morbid obsession with not being able to leave his family with enough money to survive without him, especially since he learns his wife is pregnant with a daughter he may never see.

Unable to tell his family the grim diagnosis, he suddenly sees the possible answer to the other part of the problem when his brother-in-law – a D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Agency) agent – exposes him to the lucrative world of crystal methamphetamine.

When riding along on a drug bust, he is the only witness to one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman, fleeing the scene, so later he visits him with a business proposition. Using his superior knowledge of chemistry – ┬ásince he used to be a lot more than a mere chemistry teacher – he would start manufacturing the purest crystal meth anyone had ever seen, with Jesse handling the distribution side of things.

Breaking Bad: Cooking Crystal Meth can be a Bitch!What follows is a series of disasters and triumphs, both hilarious and disturbing. A man driven to protect his family can be a mighty force, so you will see a usually timid and definitely respectable Walter to do many dubious things to ensure he can provide for his loved ones before he departs. As for Jesse, a drug-addled and majorly stressed-out loser, usually too concerned about his own pathetic life to give much thought to others, he too evolves throughout the seasons, but sometimes in a more positive light.

This truly is a gem of a show, definitely worthy of cult status, so if you want some engrossing crime drama – seen through the eyes of the perpetrators – with lots of hilarious moments, as well as a few confronting and emotional ones, do yourself a favour and check it out.

Besides watching series of events inevitably lead to disaster, other side-splitting moments are watching Jesse (who reminds one of a stressed-out version of Ryan O’Reilly of OZ) freaking out massively when things go bad. Then your smiles will turn to grimaces of discomfort as you watch Walter awkwardly trying to convince his family nothing is going on, even though he’s cooking meth and starting to mix with some pretty shady characters.

Quite unique and thoroughly entertaining, Breaking Bad is currently 2 seasons old, with season 3 starting on cable in the US in 2010. Check it out at your local DVD store.