By Jonathan Cruz
If you were to say someone is “breaking bad,” you would be implying that they have crossed the line or are raising hell.
“Breaking Bad” is also the title of one of the greatest shows on television right now, and ever. The show submerges you in the world of Walter White, the Chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin portrayed by Bryan Cranston.
The show follows Walt, Jesse Pinkman, portrayed by Aaron Paul, and their ever-popular blue meth as they get themselves into and out of trouble around Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It documents their rise to power in the drug world and is a great depiction of how gritty the drug lifestyle is.
While gathering a sort of cult following since its 2008 inception, the show has averaged 2.6 million viewers in the first half of its fifth and final season, which aired its mid-season finale on Sept. 2. The final eight episodes will air in July 2013.
The final season has earned a 99 out of 100 score on media aggregate Metacritic, making it one of only a select number of television shows to score that high. For comparison’s sake, other popular shows “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” each earned scores of 88.
“Breaking Bad,” which airs on AMC, is a very real show in the sense that it is very hard to question the actions its characters take. The script is wonderfully written by “The X-Files” executive producer Vince Gilligan and his cast of writers and the result is a joy to watch.
In the pilot episode, Walt is revealed to have inoperable lung cancer and, in fear of leaving his pregnant wife and son in financial duress after his death, he turns to cooking methamphetamine to make enough money for his family’s future. To complicate things, Gilligan twists the plot by making Walt’s brother-in-law Hank a D.E.A. agent hot on his tail.
Gilligan has said that the idea of the show was to have a “Mr. Rogers” type character and morph him into Scarface. Walt’s topsy-turvy journey into the Southwest’s biggest drug ring has led to the deaths of 247 people. Well, Mr. Gilligan, it is safe to say that you can check that off your list.
It is hard to believe a show with only four and a half seasons, 54 episodes to be exact, has a body count so high, but that is a testament to how breath-taking “Breaking Bad” is; it aims to leave its viewers in awe and it delivers every time. No character is safe, regardless of importance or how big of a fan favorite he or she is.
“Breaking Bad” has won 27 awards, including Cranston’s three consecutive Primetime Emmys for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
From the very first episode to the season five mid-season finale, Walt’s transformation is undeniable, and although his conversion from pushover into murderous drug lord has been slow, it has never eased up.
With the series finale still months away, fans have plenty of time to wring their hands in wonder of how Gilligan will close out his masterpiece.
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