What if your high school chemistry teacher secretly produced meth? Such is the case with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the amazing and addictive series, Breaking Bad. AMC delivers a solid show with great characters, compelling stories, and consistent ratcheting-up of tension that makes you crave the next episode.
Tonight was the premiere of Breaking Bad’s third season. And if what took place tonight is any indication, we’re in for a wild ride.
For those not in the know (and I highly, highly recommend you start the series from the beginning. There’s so much going on!), Walter White is a middle-age high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has cancer. He lives with his wife, Skylar (Anna Gunn), who found out she was pregnant in season one, and his teenage son, Walter Jr. (the superb RJ Mitte) who has Cerebral Palsy.
White’s on the ropes; and a mid-life crisis isn’t helping matters either. He wants to provide for his family after he dies, but doesn’t have the means to do it. Enter former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), whom he teams up with the produce the purest crystal meth ever made. What follows is a series of lies, deceits, violent acts, and deals that up the ante at every turn. Oh, and Walt’s brother-in-law is a big shot with the DEA.
Like I said, it’s best to start from the beginning.
Much like Lost, Breaking Bad is a serialized show (just without that crazy island stuff). It’s best to start with episode one and move through the series. What makes it so compelling is Cranston and the rest of the ensemble, who deliver such solid performances each time that you can’t help but tune in to see what will happen next.
And that for me is what makes this show so great. You have to keep watching. They leave little hints and clues in each episode, then throw in a twist toward the end, and you are driven to watch the next episode. Luckily, both seasons one and two are on DVD and Blu-ray, so you can quickly catch up. And I’m sure AMC will replay tonight’s premiere all week long.
Tonight’s ep started with an odd scene: Mexican men crawling on the ground toward some unknown location while townspeople looked on. But what was even more surprising was Skylar hitting Walt with divorce papers, followed by Walt coming clean about his meth business.
To recap: amazing show, stellar cast, and engaging storylines make Breaking Bad a definite must-see. It truly is one of the most addictive shows on TV.
All-new episodes of Breaking Bad air Sundays at 10/9c, only on AMC!
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