Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad - Season 1

Imagine: that annoying cough you've been having lately turns out to be lung cancer. It is already in such an advanced stage it is actually incurable. The doctor tells you that with chemo you have one or two more years to live, but you will never be cured. What are you going to do with your live now?

The above happens to Walter White (Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle) in the first episode of Breaking Bad. Walter is a chemistry teacher at a high school and also works at a car wash to financially support his family. His disabled son is a another source of concern, so he doesn’t want to bother anyone at home with the message of lung cancer. He quits the car wash and decides to cook and sell a drug named crystal meth. Because of his chemistry background he seems to know the perfect formula and it soon turns out his meth is the best in town.

(Ik vind het erg jammer dat er in deze recensie niks word gezegd over Jesse, terwijl het verhaal in mijn opzicht over hun beide gaat. Ik heb het onderstaande stuk toegevoegd. Aan jullie of het er in mag blijven staan.)
Of course he didn't do this alone, he works with his former pupil Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul, Big Love) and together they face the problems they've caused.

Besides the money drug dealing makes, Breaking Bad also shows you there are a lot of negative sides to this world. Lying to everyone around you (like your brother-in-law who works for the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA) dealing with the wrong people or making two bodies disappear. Those are all activities Walter has to deal with besides cooking meth. But to leave his pregnant wife and son with enough money when the cancer has spread, he will do anything. He doesn't have moral objections any more, he needs a lot of money and really fast.

If you look at the cover of the series, you don’t want to watch it right away. A man with a gun in his hand, badly dressed in a green shirt and white underpants, it seems more like a bad action movie. You could also expect that this, just like Weeds, would be a series about drugs where a law-abiding citizen finds himself in a world that he doesn’t belong to. After watching the first season I can say with absolute certainty this isn’t the case.

Breaking Bad has won the necessary amount of prizes the past few years. Judging by season one it is deservedly so. Strong acting skills, great characters and a powerful script ensure that you want to watch those seven episodes of season one immediately. Luckily the following two seasons are waiting for me and AMC will start with season 4 this summer. If the story line stays as powerful as it is in the first season, that will be a guarantee for the rest.
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