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Breaking Bad Poll

Okay, so this is getting bad. (No pun intended) I finished all 31 existing episodes of Breaking Bad in five days -- just in time to watch 3.12 live. And the ending made me shout in shock and anguish so loudly that T. told me to quiet down, lol. I went looking for fanfiction, and there are like, 4 stories in all of the internet. *sad face* (When is the next PB starting up?)

It seems none of you watch this show except fujiidom, and that is a damn shame, people. I need someone to discuss and squee and moan about this show with! D:

But maybe I'm wrong. Please answer this poll!

Poll #1575357 Breaking Bad

Do you watch Breaking Bad?

Yes.
5(27.8%)
No.
8(44.4%)
I've been thinking about it.
1(5.6%)
I might if you sell me on it.
4(22.2%)


Did you like The Sopranos? Do you like Dexter? This show may be for you. Read on if you answered "thinking" or "sell me on it."

So, here's my attempt at salesmanship:

This AMC show is the story of one man's slow sink into madness and criminality. How nothing he does is without grave consequences to himself and everyone around him -- even people who he doesn't personally know. But he feels he has no choice -- he can't get out of it, even when he wants to -- yet by the current season, this is only an excuse.

Step back -- Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher, a man who once had big dreams, and just missed his chance at big time success. He has a loving family, a wife, a teenage son with cerebral palsy, and an unexpected baby on the way, at the age of 50.

He passes out one day at his part-time job, and discovers he has inoperable lung cancer. He walks around in a daze for several days, not telling anyone. His brother-in-law is a loud-mouthed DEA agent, and he brags about a meth bust -- about the haul of cash and equipment they found. Walter is immediately interested.

Walter has a dilemma. He will die within months. His family can barely pay their bills with his two jobs. What if he could use his chemistry skills to make some easy money quickly? Then he can die knowing he provided for his family.

He goes on a ride-along with his brother-in-law and sees a former student of his escape custody. He finds the kid at his home and makes him a proposition. Help me, or I'll turn you in.

Of course, it doesn't go smoothly, either learning the trade, or his partnership with Jesse (the former student). Walt's brother-in-law Hank's work leads Hank to start investigating the new player in town. Walt's wife becomes worried and suspicious about his long absences. His double life is starting to affect his sanity.

In Dexter and The Sopranos, the audience is introduced to these men after they have already become successful criminals. We see their struggles with the morality of what they do and their reasons for staying in their respective businesses, while dealing with colleagues, family and friends.

In Breaking Bad, we meet the man before he becomes a criminal, and we watch his every misstep and success. We watch him go from mild family man Walter White to "Heisenberg," who wears a black hat (literally and figuratively).

It is a trainwreck in motion and though we know it will end badly, we can't tear our eyes away.

Finally, Bryan Cranston is amazing as Walt, and the other cast members are just as good. The cinematography is almost film-quality, the characterization and continuity spot-on, the writing gripping and sharp.

WATCH IT, PLEASE.

ETA: A couple of videos, one review, one fanmade season 1 trailer:





Whew. I think that might be the most poetic I've waxed about a show in ages. Now I just have to make it to the finale next Sunday (which I hear is extra long)...

Comments

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northern_star
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Stupid questions:

a) what channel is that on? (and I bet I can't access it in my country... lame place I live in)

b) is there a trailer somewhere that you could show us? :)))

htbthomas
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
a) AMC. It's an American cable channel. So probably not. But the DVDs of season 1 and 2 are available on amazon.ca... However, I caught up with it through other means. ;)

b) Added trailers to the post!
northern_star
Jun. 7th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vids! :) Not entirely sure I'd pay to watch this, but I might try....ya know...somethin' else, just out of curiosity. :)
htbthomas
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I just discovered that Bell TV in Canada carries AMC. What service provider do you have?
northern_star
Jun. 8th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
LOL! I have... not Bell. ;) Mine is Videotron, and they haven't added that one yet. Heh.
ibonekoen
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
It sounds interesting. I second the question of what channel it comes on, and also, are the episodes out on DVD so I can catch up?
htbthomas
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's on AMC. And the DVDs of season 1 and 2 are available on amazon.com... plus season 3 on video on demand. It's also available on Netflix. However, I caught up with it through other means. ;) I added trailers to the post!
ibonekoen
Jun. 9th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh cool :D I'll definitely check it out.
kablamooo
Jun. 7th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
He! I like that last preview. I swear I'll start watching this soon! I just need to send back some netflix.
htbthomas
Jun. 7th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
You TOTALLY need to. It's seriously addicting. I would get the first two discs at once if you have the room on your queue! ♥
kablamooo
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I mailed all three back :) GETTING THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON. OH YEAH.
htbthomas
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
bistyboo1974
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I have a couple Breaking Bad friends on my flist, so I'd heard good things about it already. Being the TV Whore that I am, I'll give it a go through Netflix. :)
htbthomas
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I know of one! I friended pamalax today!

And yay! If you marathon it like I did, I can help you find season 3. :)
bistyboo1974
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Pam was the first person I thought of! :)

I'll let you know when I get to season three. ;)
mankini
Jun. 7th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the finale is 1hr47min. I can't believe season three is almost over; I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bryan Cranston wins another Emmy. I bet Dean Norris and Anna Gunn are nominated as well. I'm not sure about Aaron Paul, though he was definitely robbed last year. Wouldn't it be great if it were to win best drama? Mad Men needs to give up the trophy; it's a good show but it is not three Emmys in a row good.

This show is so under-loved, it's sad.
htbthomas
Jun. 8th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
I just read today, through Alan Sepinwall (who has seen a screener of the finale already), that the finale is 48 minutes after subtracting commercials. The extra time is for a preview of Rubicon. I was so hoping for a much longer show! :(

I'm totally hoping for tons of noms and wins for the show this year. It's been fantastic! ♥
mankini
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I was impressed with the finale. Aaron Paul is one of the finest young actors working today.

That preview was the whole pilot, I was surprised. I am looking forward to that show, though; it has a lot to live up to.
htbthomas
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I was intrigued by the Rubicon pilot. I will give it a shot when it starts for real. :)
mrsfisk
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Amazing show, flawless! I second this recommendation. The annoying thing about(most)shows on cable is that they go unrecognized by the people. I accidentally stumbled upon breaking bad its 2nd episode and I haven't looked back. It's awesome.
htbthomas
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I heard about the show when it was new, but never gave it a try. It was Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) and Miles A McNutt (@memles) on Twitter who convinced me. IT IS AMAZING.
jtptan
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
It definitely looks interesting, and I'm unemployed at the moment. It's going on the list :)
htbthomas
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Whee, yay! I watched them all in five days... it's SUPER addicting. ♥
shardsofblu
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Okay I'm sold! Now off to hunt some links! :D
htbthomas
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
YAY! Though our tastes in TV are rather hit and miss, I hope this one is a hit. *crosses fingers*
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