Breaking Bad, again (no spoilers!)

Jade and I have been re-watching Breaking Bad. We didn’t need too much convincing after Netflix announced the series was coming out in 4K resolution, and to be honest, it’s better the second time around.

This damn show. What a roller-coaster. On first viewing, I found the roller-coaster tedious, with frequent bouts of frustration and boredom. But on second viewing, I already know what the creators are trying to setup. They’re creating real characters with tangible motivations. The scenes that once caused frustration, now cause tension. The scenes that once caused boredom, now cause anxiety. Breaking bad has left it’s mark on me, for sure.

For those of you out of the loop – Breaking Bad tells the story of a high-school chemistry teacher’s desperate attempt to add meaning to his life, while battling the mental and physical effects of lung cancer. Oh, and he does this by becoming the master-chef of meth.

I just can’t say enough good things about the show. It’s as beautifully human, as it is painful. Hollywood is definitely not present here. There is no glamour. There are no bright lights. It’s set in suburban Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completely avoids the usual romantic tropes of most television series. But it does have glimmers of fantasy; it’s essentially a rags-to-riches story, but not rooted in the played-out scenarios we’re used to (e.g. magic, luck, mafia…). You can truly relate to Walter White (chem teacher) on a basic level. I mean…what if I had to make $100k in a matter of weeks to pay for possibly futile cancer treatment…?


I didn’t really have a point in mind when I started writing this here post. I guess I just wanted to wax-lyrical about Breaking Bad. It’s SO good. It was clearly made on a tight budget, too, but that didn’t restrict the scope of what was achieved. The cast outperform. The pacing and tone is unpredictable. The cinematography is consistently interesting. Solid 10/10.

Go watch it. Go watch it again. And hot-damn does it look good in 4K.

Best wishes y’all.

Sean

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