You guys. I know I’m late to the Breaking Bad game, but this show. Oh man, this show is so good.
Season 1 starts with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher, getting diagnosed with lung cancer. Thus begins his career of producing methamphetamine to be able to financially provide for his family when he is no longer alive. He starts working with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and they are total amateurs. I mean, (spoiler alert!) they cook in an old RV and end up running out of gas out in the middle of the desert! I spent the entire first season (actually, the entire series) in knots because they kept messing up and, therefore, I was constantly anxious that they were going to get caught.
Well, they end up getting better. So much better, in fact, (spoiler alert again!) they get hired by the #1 drug distributor in the area. They work with the drug cartel in Mexico and produce the purest crystal meth anyone has seen. There are parts of this show that are pretty intense. People get killed, people get double-crossed, people overdose. The biggest scam of all is that (I’m not really sure this is a spoiler alert, but I do want to give fair warning for any potential spoilers, so…spoiler alert #3!) Walt becomes a major producer of crystal meth and his brother-in-law is the head of the DEA. (Cue the drama!)
I ended up staying up last night to finish the final season. Thanks to Netflix, it was tempting to watch more than one episode at a time. But because of the anxiety I mentioned before, I typically stopped after one. Word to the wise: if you are going to watch the final 5 episodes, I would recommend setting aside approximately 4 hours to just watch them all at once. I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending. I mean, I liked it, but I can’t be sure that’s the way I wanted it to end. I know this is a vague post, but I don’t want to give anything away for those of you that haven’t yet seen it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and go watch it. You may even want to quit your job or plan on taking some time off of work in order to watch it in its entirety. For those of you that have seen it, let me know when you’d like to get a drink to discuss how amazing it is.