Breaking Bad: Season One (2008) – Change [the] Equation

It’s just a shame to me because I just watched one of the best TV series ever. Been a long time since its legacy six years ago, “Breaking Bad” hit the TV. Even though I’ve watched the first season since a long time ago, I wonder why I just reviewed it now. And now, I know what’s the right reason why. It’s because I don’t have time to write season per season. Not because of my laziness, it’s just because I’m so curious until the season finale. So, I watch the whole season. I just want to start executing it one by one. And that’s my reaction, just like millions of users on IMDb and of its fanbase. No exaggeration and hands down, one of the best TV series ever.

Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” has been airing on AMC since 2008 to 2013. Starting from the first season consisting of seven episodes, this series follows with a nice interesting premise. A chemistry teacher is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and ends up cook methamphetamine to support his family. With a premise like that, I think this will work as a TV series in general. What I mean is other TV series which always pushes its storyline for the sake of the budget they want to achieve. However, this series is so extraordinary. In a world of anti-hero, Bryan Cranston as Walter White joined a one-life game such cruel-Scarface world.

Actually, the first season not slow-paced. This season, as usual, still tells the background between characters and their relationships. Introduction to the world of drugs, transactions between drugs, chemical elements, chemical reactions, that’s the show about. Promotional posters seem weird and stupid. Walter White assisted by his former student, Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. In running this methamphetamine business, Walt started as if it a serious case. However, Jesse even admitted that Walt had managed to cook the most perfect meth ever.

The story so far keeps going trough. It’s not just about the relationship between Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. This show full of many subplots that are so important and influence each other. There is a relationship between Walt and Hank (Dean Norris), a DEA who is in charge of handling the meth or something. Likewise with Walt and his family, Skyler (Anna Gunn) and Junior (RJ Mitte). Some other supporting characters such as Emilio, Krazy 8, Marie, Tuco, and others will be told later. Again, these characters become plot devices between characters where there will be one character faced two hard decisions. Both decisions then pushed one character to be forced to do it. And that’s the story.

Other stories besides this show are about cook meth, it’s about family. Of course, so many powerful moments in each episode. Like for example Walt who had to tell his family that he diagnosed with cancer. There is a financial matter which makes Walt have to cook more Meth. He must do it for the sake of his family and daughter in the future. Skyler who was pregnant included a personal problem for Walt too. Including as well Hank as his brother-in-law and a DEA.

All characters both main and supporting characters get more and more appropriate portions. You could say everything has a reason why they break badly. Like Jesse Pinkman who had to deal with his family. With his street-style hip-hop and love to swear much, Jesse is an innocent character and has strong reasons why he is on the wrong track. On the other hand, he has sympathy for his younger brother.

There is Marie Schrader as Hank’s wife who has quite a kryptonite and other characters. Sometimes, the tone of this series is so sweet, warm, and comedy. Such comedy not just a comedy but it’s a dark comedy. Complex characters make these characters not have clear role who is evil and good. That’s what I like. But, how about the main character? Walter White is the main point of the story. From an intelligent quite teacher to being a genius cook meth, his expertise then makes his life more alive. Unlike when he won the Nobel Prize or when his students always making fun of him, Walt turned into a formidable badass.

“Breaking Bad” is about change, paradigm, and transformation. It’s like a chemical reaction. Just like the show about, chemistry. The first season explores the background of main and other characters. When good people have to be forced to break bad, there is no good reason to admit it. Not to mention, other problems. However, the whole story becomes interesting constantly. And I love that at the ending when Tuco Salamanca got introduced. In fact, I seem to regret having hated chemistry in the past. Bottom line, it’s a great season for the introduction.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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