I know. I know. I’m sooooo late with getting into the greatness that is Breaking Bad. But, hey, better late than never.
Previously, I had tried watching an episode of season 5, but I turned the channel after about 10 minutes because I had no idea what was going on. I was lost. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters. I kind of wrote it off as “not for me.” I didn’t get the hype surrounding it, or how a show about a former Chemistry teacher selling meth could be so interesting.
Anyway. Clearly, based on me writing this article, my feelings have changed.
My belated interest started after a chance encounter with Netflex on a Saturday morning. I was bored. My husband suggested we watch it. One episode turned into the entire first half of Season 1 back to back. Bada bing. Bada boom. I was captivated. I honestly believe it is one of the best TV series of all times. No joke.
So, what makes Breaking Bad so amazing? Well, here’s why:
1. Jesse Pinkman’s gratuitous use of the “b” word.
I really can’t describe this one. It sounds really immature, but I laugh every time I hear him say it. If you watch any episode, you’ll know exactly what I mean. He says it when he’s angry, happy, joking, or serious. Essentially, it’s his go-to word to describe how he feels at the moment. It puts major emphasis on any point he makes.
2. The evolution of Walter White.
In the beginning of the series, Walt is very uptight and allows people to walk all over him. Then, after he is hit with the news of his imminent death due to lung cancer and starts “cooking,” his attitude does a 360. He becomes much more blunt. He’s more fearless. He takes chances. He develops this insatiable drive to be the best king pen. Even though his actions prove to ruin his family (ironically he produces meth in the first place is to help his family), he’s a pretty dynamic character.
3. The complex nature of Jesse Pinkman.
Okay, so Jesse could be considered a junky, and he does do some of the most moronic things throughout the seasons, but he is devoted and endearing, even though he tries to play tough. I couldn't help but feel his pain after much heartbreak such as his girlfriend dying, getting beaten up multiple times, his mom and dad treating him harshly, and his never-ending guilt.
4. The hidden symbolism.
Walt’s Pontiac kept getting destroyed every time things got out of control just before he almost got every thing in place. There was a lot of purple in Marie’s house. Every time Walt was about to do something bad, he wore dark clothing. The symbolism goes on and on.
5. Gus Fring.
This dude was very mysterious, unassuming, meticulous, and calculating. He played people like chess pieces to get them to do exactly as he wanted them to do. He was able to mastermind this elaborate guise for his illegal business…using fried chicken and a laundry facility. Also, you know he’s a boss because half of his face had gotten blown off during an explosion, but he still managed to adjust his tie before falling to the ground and dying.
6. Like, I feel I learned some chemistry. At least more than I did in my high school Chemistry class.
Walt did a wonderful job of explaining Chemistry. I now know that if there’s anything I should know about Chemistry, it’s that the world is nothing without carbon. Also, you should wear a gas mask when dealing with dangerous chemicals.
7. The opening scenes. Oh yeah, and the plot.
Every episode starts with a flashback or a flash-forward that relates to what’s about to happen in the episode. Usually, someone is in assumed peril or there’s some kind of mystery situation (i.e.- the episode with people crawling on the ground in Mexico) that ends up being key to the entire plot. The characters had me wanting to know more about them and what they would do next. Also, the end of each episode always had me anticipating what would happen next. Plus, every episode was connected. Therefore, you have to start watching from Season 1 to fully get it.
8. Walt & Jesse’s relationship.
They truly had a love-hate thing going on. They argued. They’ve actually fought. But, at the end of the day, they had this odd father-son relationship throughout all five seasons. One couldn’t function without the other. They got in pretty sticky situations, but they helped each other get out of them, too.
What makes Breaking Bad awesome to you? If you would add to my list, what would you put?