Breaking Bad, the TV Show
To provide for his family’s future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student to cook and sell the world’s purest crystal meth.
Breaking Bad is currently the #1 rated TV show of all time. It has a 9.6/10 rating on IMDB (with over 400,000 votes). That shit is damn impressive!
The focus of my post today is to talk about why I liked Breaking Bad, but I personally wouldn’t rate it 9.6. I might give it more like a 7.5.
Before starting the show, I had a vision for what I wanted it to be. And I suppose this vision may have contributed to my slight dissatisfaction with the show. I had expectations and high hopes! And they weren’t 100% met, which always sucks. 🙁
I imagined the “chemistry genius” (Walt) starting to cook crystal meth. Maybe he was a noob at the beginning, but I imagined him slowly building up this meth empire and becoming a crazy, scary, kickass drug lord. Like, imagine the drug cartel. I imagined him being the king of a drug empire like that. He’s a scary dude, people fear him, he has an insane distribution network..etc. And that’s where the series went wrong for me…
I’d say there was only one episode in all 5 season where I felt like that expectation was sort of met. View Spoiler » [I’m talking about season 5 when Walt set up his new “mobile meth business” with the house fumigators. There’s ONE episode, that shows Walt raking in some serious cash. But it’s more like a montage. At the beginning of the montage, he has maybe less than 1 million in cash. Then there are a series of clips showing Walt cooking meth, then stowing his cash, and by the end of the montage, he has like 80 million dollars. That’s awesome, but that epicness flashed by in about 3 minutes. This is the height of Walt’s meth business. Then the very next episode, his downfall begins. « Hide Spoiler]
So I guess my complaint is that Walt never reached the point I hoped he would. He spends so much time as an noob meth cooker, has a veeeeery slow climb to improve, then about 2 minutes of glory, then View Spoiler » [his downfall « Hide Spoiler] . I wanted more time with Walt acting the “crazy, scary, successful drug lord” part. THAT’S what I was hoping for!
All that being said, I did like Breaking Bad. It’s a really interesting story and despite all the moral and legal issues of cooking meth, you can understand why Walt does it! Ultimately I was just hoping for a lot more in the series, and it never quite got to that point, which disappointed me. 🙁
But Breaking Bad is still a good show and I would recommend it! The first episode is a bit weird, so make sure you power through it and keep going (it gets better!). Maybe just try to lower your expectations.. or, better yet, don’t have any expectations at all! I think I would have enjoyed the show more if I didn’t have this idea built up in my head of what the TV show was all about.