Breaking Bad: Season Two (2009) – No Hold Barred

The first season has an introduction from the main and supporting characters. It’s time to build more strong backgrounds and the introduction of new characters. Now, huge interest arose when I watched one of the most shocking endings of season one. The traditional way with the narrative, Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) becomes the trigger of a bigger world. Suspense and thrilling way to put an end to how characters and cartel world introduced with violence.

The second season tells about Walter White’s family. Walt now underwent two lives while Skyler began to feel Walt’s lies. On the other hand, Hank Schrader is still investigating Heisenberg while Jesse Pinkman deals with the problem of his addiction. Jesse regretted what he had done especially karma he got from Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter).

Walter White finally operated together with his new client, Tuco, and Skyler who temporarily gave birth. Various new characters such as Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins) appeared as an introduction.

The main core of this second season ended with a transformation which a bit surprising. Coupled neatly, the dynamics and chemistry between characters still feel realistic. It feels like being close to them as the relationship between Walt and Jesse for example. In addition, there was Skyler who began to know what Walt has done. Hank who had PTSD but still care for his family. Saul Goodman appeared with his cunning and manipulative characteristic. He became one of the Joker in this season. There is Gustavo with and his alter ego and Mike who are still vague.

This season focuses more on strong drama. You could say, this season has elements that are so ‘family’. Like for example the relationship between Walt and Jesse is more developed. The last scene when Jesse regretted his actions at the final episode.

One of my favorites is “4 Days Out”. This episode is a trigger for the chemistry between the two characters, personally. From here, it seems that there is a growing sense of mutual confidence among them. Jesse with a person who doesn’t care too much but he is so innocent and wants everything he wants. Walt also scared and always vented his anger at Jesse. This duo is the most fascinating to witness.

Walter White as Heisenberg also pushed himself an alter ego. “Negro y Azul” is an episode where Walt wants to expand his territory. Meanwhile, Walt asked Jesse to be more courageous to fight those who threatened their business. There are Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt Jones) as subordinates of Jesse and Walt. This season is also comedic in several episodes. Like “Better Call Saul” when DEA arrest Badger. Just love that at the end of this episode and Saul Goodman who appears as a comic relief here.

Season two has a small plot that doesn’t lead to something like a plot twist. But, this season has many, many things to talk with. Besides the two antiheroes who are trying to survive in such a cartel world, it is getting wider but narrower. All of that then explodes into a grain of raw feeling. Depression, hope, humanity, and tear-jerking. It’s like a toy box that split into two using a chainsaw.

This season, in my opinion, feels rather anti-climax, especially an opening scene that isn’t in accordance with my expectations. Not as I expect, it also seems to be a strong impact for the following season. But, “Breaking Bad” became an arena between the cartel, fighting over territoriality, blue meth, and family problems. A variety of close-up shot, the POV shot, and wide shot became its own trademark. Although it feels flat on the ending, “Breaking Bad” has slick actors and a high-curiosity at first.

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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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