“Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can’t get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels“
In a single moment, a good man, a man that stands up for his family because he loves them, a man that works honestly teaching the young because he cares, a man that is honest because he know’s it is right, that man can become the man that knocks at your door to kill you.
The man who knocks, is Walter White.
Breaking bad is a complex drama series that follows Walter White as he goes from high school chemistry teacher, to meth kingpin. Walter starts out the series as a good honest man that has a wife and a son. One day he collapses onto the ground of a car wash that he also works at, and he finds out from the doctors that has lung cancer. The news of his cancer sends him into a sort of provider mode, which makes him want to generate as much wealth for his family so they will be well set after he dies. Walter runs into a old student of his, Jesse Pinkman. Jesse is not what you would consider an upstanding citizen. Jesse is a meth cook. The amount of money that those in the meth business make truly intrigues Walter into partnering up with his old student, and thus their meth operation begins.
The only problem for Walter is that he has to keep this hush hush from his family, and his DEA agent brother-in-law. This show is truly phenomenal, the acting, the music, and the the overall story arch is brilliant. Each and every actor in this series gives it there all, and they really do put in the effort. Bryan Cranston playing Walter White gives the performance of a lifetime in this series and he will be remembered for it. Aaron Paul playing Jesse Pinkman plays such an amazing character that goes through deep trauma, mentally and physically throughout the series and Aaron Paul portrays his character in the best way that he can.
I believe that Jesse Pinkman will go down as Aaron Paul’s magnum opus. The music in this series completely captures and holds your attention.
Finally we have the overall story.
This is one of those stories that you see once in a lifetime. Every generation has a few shows that get remembered by latter generation’s. Breaking Bad is that story that will be passed on to the youth of the future and I don’t think they will want to miss it.
The opening theme of the series is short and to the point which works well for Breaking Bad overall.
I would like to mention two songs in particular that stand out in this series.
The first is “If I Had A Heart” by Fever Ray.
The song is in Season 4 Episode 3 of the show, and it fits well with the emotions of what Jesse is going through, as he has to forgive himself for what he has done.
The second song is “Baby Blue” by Badfinger’s.
In the series finale, this song plays as the last shot is shown then as it transitions to the credits. When you watch the series you know that this is the best song to go out on.
This review was written by CJ from The Quintessentialist.
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