As most of my pals and readers know...I recently became addicted to AMC's BReaking BAd after not watching it for the first 4.5 seasons. Recently I received a gorgeous computer with a huge HD monitor...and I was stuck home working on a huge project for the past 60 days. I needed something to entertain me while I was consumed with this tedious job.... Thus, I began my long road trip to New Mexico with Heisenberg and Jesse! Vince Gilligan is a complete GENIUS, the actors, the crew, everyone is amazing!
It was a fascinating ride to watch this series with no commercials and one episode right after another..I barely slept until I finished the entire series through the first half of season 5. Now I am waiting week to week for each of the last 8 episodes...
Words fail me as I don't want to spoil it for any new viewers of BB...But, as a huge fan of shows like The Sopranos, OZ, Six Feet Under, Carnivale, and The Wire, I can tell you this show shoved the bar to a much higher level...Fabulous writer/author, Allen St John says it perfectly in his story for Forbes in which he sums up BReaking BAd....
Allen St. John is a New York Times bestselling author and an award winning journalist. He writes the By the Numbers column for the Wall Street Journal, and has written for a wide variety of publications from the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Maxim, Salon, Popular Mechanics, Playboy, Menís Journal, and Maxim.
"Over the course of five years, Vince Gilligan and his friends have constructed a world piece by piece, with attention to detail worthy of a Faberge egg. They created a compelling protagonist, a deeply flawed yet charismatic genius. They built a business at which he had savant-like skills, and depicted the family that often drove him crazy. Then blurred lines between the two. And in that way created a life for Walter White that many of us can relate to."
But other great and groundbreaking TV dramas had done something similar, most notably David Chase’s The Sopranos, David Simon’s The Wire, and David Milch’s Deadwood.
But Breaking Bad did something those iconic shows didn’t do. Showrunner Vince Gilligan set his protagonist in motion. Television had always been about a kind of inertia. After every episode of M*A*S*H or The Rockford Files there’d be a cosmic reset button that would allow the characters to return to exactly where they started at the beginning of the episode. That’s how you can make the Korean War last eleven years. READ ALLEN'S FULL STORY
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