Fang Talks

It's not a plot hole, it's a plot device!

I’ve only seen season one so far, but damn is it good!

Can I please just take a post to say how good it is and why I think it’s that good? Are we all cool with that? I wasn’t asking you back there, shut up. All in favor? Sweet.
If you haven’t at least heard of it, you’ve been living under a rock. The series was recently concluded with its fifth and final season, and has been getting more hype than ever. Now that it’s died down I bit I decided to give it a go. Breaking Bad follows Walter White, a chemistry teacher who, bluntly put, finds out he has lung cancer and goes full “yolo mode”, for lack of a better word. Well, not exactly, but he wants to get enough money together for his family to get by once he passes. Understandable, and he quickly arrives at the solution that is cooking crystal methamphetamine, meth for short. It’s an illegal drug, but with his science background, Mr. White can make some really pure stuff and sell it for high prices. We can all see this doesn’t come without problems, however.

But enough about the story. Let’s talk characters. No, character. the character of the characters. Every single thing done by every major character ever adds to their personality, teaches us about them, or advances the plot. And when I say everything, I really do mean everything. There may be the odd exception in one or two sentences, but that’s it. In my eyes this is pretty damn close to flawless writing. Nothing without purpose, it all just hangs together really tightly in a very well-fabricated web of small details.

And boy do you love the people for it. It makes them all such round characters. You know, like in real life. You get really attached to them, and to be honest I often felt genuinely distressed if White was in a tight spot. He thinks up all these crazy solutions to everything, too. Okay, sure chemistry is his thing, but it feels like they may be shoehorning it into everything just by a tiny bit. It’s not that noticeable though, and doesn’t distract from all else.

This isn’t much of a review since there’s still a lot I haven’t covered yet. Story is really good, in part thanks to the amazing character building. Soundtrack’s pretty sweet but not the most amazing thing ever. Acting is great, that goes without saying. What else you want to know?

Just go watch it if you can find the time, you won’t regret it.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 04/12/2013 (2:05 AM)

    I’m only up to Season 4. Need to get around to finishing it.

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