Note: Might contain spoilers.
Finally I finished watching all the seasons. This is a very highly rated show, therefore I would avoid using superlatives. You already know that it’s an excellent show. Let me share some of my observations and feelings about this show.First and foremost I loved cinematography(though I don’t exactly know what that means!)
Prior to this show I had most loved camera work in No Country For Old Men. I found this show had similar camera work. I loved watching open vistas. Fields, open sky, clouds moving beautifully and dawn and dusk images were very exquisite in particular. I don’t remember the name of the camera person but I thank him wholeheartedly.
Second, I loved the writing. Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and team have done amazing job. You hardly find such a nice piece of work. There were hardly any loop-holes or loose-ends.
I think most of the actors did a tremendous job. I found Saul Goodman most entertaining, because of his witty repartees and gruff rejoinders. They made a rip-off on Saul but I didn’t watch it. He is a buffoon and his dialogues are best in my opinion. Gus Fring is most powerful nay even charismatic villain in the series. When it comes to on-screen persona Gus is heavier than Walt in my opinion. Skyler is most annoying creature except for the season 5 where she becomes a ‘humble innocent baby’ and even suicidal depressed person. Jesse Pinkman is very effective when he is his natural self–especially in first three seasons–perhaps because of his swear words(the way he says ‘b*tch’!). I think Aaron Paul has acted so well that in certain scenes he outperforms Bryan Cranston.
Bryan Cranston’s performance is indeed par excellent and it had to be. Hank Schrader is a very intriguing character and Marie is second most funny character after Saul Goodman. Her kleptomania makes for some of the most good laughing moments. Mike was an exceptionally good character perhaps the most ethical out of them all. Walt’s son Flynn seemed a wee bit greedy to me.
I don’t really remember earlier seasons neither I think I found them too engaging. I clearly recall that show became most interesting for me when Gustavo Fring came into picture. There you find two geniuses facing each other and ultimately Walt outperforms.
Breaking Bad is an amazing show because of its twists and turns. The protagonist never stops to surprise you and he is the one who breaks really bad. I think you start hating him by the end of season 4. I know that many of you sympathize with him till end but I think that he was devil’s workshop from the very beginning.
You clearly see that such persons gain nothing at all even if they are geniuses. Their arrogance makes them destructive to themselves and others. After spending so much of their time and energy in becoming drug mafia and killing so many innocent people they gain nothing at all. Walter could neither live with his family nor enjoy his drug kingdom. Moreover whomever he touched was destroyed. He sunk in a ship carrying his friends and families because he was digging a hole all along. There are a few reviews where people have remarked that Walt was a relatively good person when compared to most of the friends and family around him. They say that his wife and others were greedy and opportunistic. That might be true but that doesn’t justify Walt’s righteousness at all. Walt breaks bad because he liked it and he admitted it in the end before his wife and before Jesse as well.
Cliffhangers in many episodes are very compelling and it became possible only because of meticulous pen of Vince Gilligan and company. The worst and most boring episode was Fly in my opinion. And excuse me, I did not find any hidden meanings in it. I can not pin-point to best episodes–there are many in the season 4 and 5 which qualify as bests.
It’s a very interesting thing about this show that writers don’t let it lose its magic towards the end. It becomes difficult with most of the shows. I cannot help but compare it with Dexter and Kira. Dexter became a bit weak towards the end as if the team was in a hurry to end it. May be it was because they had to stretch show for too many years. In case of Breaking Bad they stopped with perfection. Death Note contains very few episodes but even then last few episodes were not that convincing. Still, out of these three shows I find Death Note as most intelligent and Dexter as least.
Walter White the chemistry genius breaks really bad. You see a normal hesitating man metamorphosing into a cruel heinous criminal in a most dramatic manner. You shall be remembered Breaking Bad!