“For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”
You could have an extremely entertaining argument over exactly when in Breaking Bad Walter White stopped being a decent man in a bad situation making extraordinarily bad decisions and became an evil person. For me, the point of no return for Walt occurs both in the second season’s finale, but also brilliantly teased out over the course of the entire second season. Through the whole season you kept getting expanding clues that we were headed toward a calamity….then it became more clear that calamity was a plane crash…but it wasn’t until the finale that it became clear that Walt’s decision not to save his partner’s girlfriend (Krysten Ritter) from her drug overdose was not only a clear case of murder by inaction, but would cause a chain of events that would cost hundreds of people their lives.
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Breaking Bad sounds like a horrible idea in concept. A high school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal cancer, so to earn some money to leave his family he begins cooking meth with one of his old students. In practice, it’s a slow burn to some of the most intense scenes in television history as Bryan Cranston‘s character, Walter White, slips deeper and deeper into a world of darkness.
Anyone who’s ever told me that they couldn’t get into the show, has always said the same thing: that the first season is too slow and they lost interest. That’s actually exactly what happened with me the first time I watched it, but you have to push through, and when you do, you’ll realize all the groundwork the first episodes lay for what is really a five-season tele-novel. As Walter drives himself harder and harder to make money, he falls in with a crazed gangster who beats his partner half to death and steals a batch of their product. This confrontation between the gangster and the first appearance of Walt’s alter ego – Heisenberg – marks a tipping point in his ever shifting line in the sand between making money for his family and just making money by any means. It’s also probably interested more people in chemistry than any ten textbooks have ever managed.
I just got finished re-watching Breaking Bad from pilot to finale, and – I have to say – this is the most consistently good, well-plotted show I’ve ever seen. It’s not my favorite, though it’s up there, but in terms of NEVER being off, this show is just stellar. It’s the first TV show to get two seasons honored in this column (Season 4 here). DO NOT WATCH THIS CLIP IF YOU AREN’T AT SEASON FIVE YET! I’d feel horrible ruining ….what I can’t mention. Breaking Bad is really a long series of consequences to some incredibly poor decisions. By season five, Walt has made the full journey from mild-mannered chem teacher to Heisenberg the Drug Lord. Not many actors could pull this scene off, but Cranston’s acting during the entire series is so good that I can’t give it enough words of praise. Perfect show. Great scene. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have your Netflix assignment for the week.
Breaking Bad sounds like a horrible idea in concept. A high school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal cancer, so to earn some money to leave his family he begins cooking meth with one of his old students. In practice, it’s a slow burn to some of the most intense scenes in television history as Bryan Cranston‘s character, Walter White, slips deeper and deeper into a world of darkness. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene without ruining it for those who haven’t seen it, but this moment in season four perfectly captures the collision of Walt’s two lives: drug dealer and squeaky-clean family man. Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes start airing this Sunday, August 11th 9p.m. EST on AMC.
A new trailer for the final episodes of Breaking Bad out today entitled “Say My Name” (cough Heisenberg cough). The run-up to the series finale begins August 11th 9p.m. EST on AMC. This is one of those series that is going to be remembered and you’re not going to want to wait for the Blu Ray.