The phenomenal AMC series, “Breaking Bad” came to a gripping and somewhat disappointing end for me. To be very honest with you, I hated to see this brilliantly, twisted plot of a story go.
In this series, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher learns that he has terminal lung cancer. In order to make sure that his family’s financial future is secure, he teams up with a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), to make meth. With all of Walter’s life savings, the two purchase an RV to create a meth-lab on wheels. Now, if that doesn’t already sound crazy, let’s plunge a little deeper into this story to see how truly insane it really gets.
Jesse, already knowledgeable of the meth-game and its distributors, tries to set up business with a well acquainted distributor named Krazy-8. But when Krazy-8 attempts to rob the two of their product, Walter White kills Krazy-8’s loyal partner, Emilio, first with a chemically-induced explosion then later is forced to strangle Krazy-8 himself in Jesse’s basement.
Events seem to take a turn for the worst and the business appears to have failed before it really ever gets started, but Walter and Jesse manages to put their differences aside all for the sake of giving the meth-community what they want. And what the community want is more meth.
During all of this, Walter begins his chemotherapy treatments, all the while allowing his pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), to believe that his extremely, wealthy former business associates are helping with payments. Truth is, Walter’s treatments are being paid with the meth money.
Now, unfortunately Walter has a DEA agent named Hank (Dean Norris) as a brother-in-law. This DEA is on an methamphedimine case already which will eventually link to the activities of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Ironically, it was this very current case that Introduced Walter White to the whole idea in the first place. But it gets real ugly because Hank becomes literally obsessed with this Heisenberg character who’s linked to this distinctively blue, grade-A meth product currently on the streets. You’ll just have to see the series.
A large ball of yarn continue to unwind here in a string of one bizarre event after another. Walter becomes acquainted with his alter-ego, Heisenberg, and Jesse loses his mind. But the two are interwoven in each others lives with such a pathetic, father-son undertone to their relationship that you can’t help but love and hate them both at the same time.
The saga continues and characters are quickly placed in and out of Walter and Jesse’s lives like bad potato salad. But never are these characters ever forgettable, like Tuco and Tuco’s uncle, Hector “Tio” Salamanca. Or, the extremely quirky Gus, and his right-hand man, Mike (both my favorites). You had Walt Jr., the overly-independent son of Walter and Skyler. And then there was the attorney, Saul Goodman, Gale, Jane, and the list goes on.
If you haven’t watched this fantastic series, I suggest you do. It’s witty, fast-paced, and very enjoyable. It can be a little bit of a stomach turner at times but the story line is well worth every gruesome scene. Watch it and let me know what you think.