Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TV Series: BREAKING BAD (All 5 Seasons)

Very recently I watched the complete series of Breaking Bad.
  I watched all 5 seasons in a marathon of  2.5 weeks, and here's my review on the series.
First of all, I must say that for some reason I used to refuse to watch 'Breaking Bad', despite the fact that I had the complete series a long time ago, and almost everybody around me was suggesting that I watched it. I knew the general idea of the scenario, and it didn't seem to be so appealing to me. At last I decided to give it a go, resulting in a non-stop 2.5 weeks of Breaking Bad .
  The main scenario entails the two-year-long story of Walter White, a peaceful High School chemistry teacher, who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and the doctors give him a few more months to live. In the first season we get to know some of the main characters, and see how Walter White's life takes a drastic turn because of the cancer. He starts to follow a treatment, and at the same time he tries to find a way to secure his family's financial situation before his death. He finds the solution to this problem when he teams-up with one former student of his, Jesse Pinkman, and together they decide to produce Methamphetamine (or Meth). Because of his chemistry knowledge, Walter White achieves to produce the best Meth ever produced. And that's the point where the story really starts!
  In the following seasons we will be watching how Walter White slowly slowly sinks deeper and deeper into the Meth producing business, whilst Jesse Pinkman tries to sell it. But that's not the most interesting part in my opinion. What's really interesting is to observe how the main characters are changing with time and they are finally transformed into something really different than they were before. For example Walter White is being transformed to a really evil character, instead the peaceful family man he was before. There are many interesting and unpredictable things that are happening as the story continues, but I don't want to get into details in order not to spoil the surprises that are parts of the scenario. Another interesting point is the style of the show changing as the story commences while sinking into the depths of drug hell. Simultanously so does the style: From an almost Coen-esque black comedy it will turn into a Tarantino infested bloodbath. 
  The story takes place in the city of Albuquerque New Mexico, and as far as I know all of the filmings made there. The main characters are: Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Jesse Pinkman (AAron Paul), Skyler White (Walter White's wife, played by Anna Gunn), Walter White JR (Walter White's son played by RJ Mitte), Hank Shrader (Walter White's brother in-law who is also an DEA agent, played by Dean Norris), Marie Shrader (the sister of Skyler White and the wife of Hank Shrader, played by Betsy Brandt), and... Saul Goodman (who is a total cartoon-like lawyer character, he appears later on in the series, and is being played by Bob Odenkirk).

  Breaking Bad won a big number of awards of any kind, including 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding lead actor, Outstanding Support actor, Outstanding Drama series, and so on... Further than that, Guinness World Records called 'Breaking Bad' the highest-rated TV Series of all times!
 I must admit I really enjoyed watching it, and if I had to give a rating it would be something like 9.00 - 9.50. By the way, IMDB has a rating of 9.6 according to almost half a million voters!
  I hope you found this review interesting and informative.
Thank you for reading! :)