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    Default What do you guys think about "Breaking Bad"? [SPOILERS]

    I haven't watch any episodes from this show. Does anybody recommend it?

    What is the best Bryan Cranston work you have seen (besides MITM)?

    Thanks

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    BREAKING BAD is an excellent TV show. It's sort of a warped drama-comedy where bizarre things happen, and you just finish watching with a "what the f*ck just happened?" moment.

    Bryan Cranston plays a high school chemistry teacher. When he discovers he has cancer and that his wife is pregnant with their second child, he decides he's going to become a drug dealer. He creates a special blue crack meth and starts to sell it around town with the help of a former student of his, Jesse.

    That's the premise of the show, and in Season 1, there were lots of touching moments about what a father would do for his family. As the show has progressed, his family situation goes through a lot of ups and downs as he has run in's with gangs, the police and rival drug dealers.

    Highly recommended. Start with Season 1 to get the story trajectory.

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    I agree with Movieye. Breaking Bad is a very good series, the story is great and highly addictive and the cast is also brilliant. I recommand it either, it's one of the best series I've ever watched!

    I just think your summary is a little to short, Bryan Cranston's character Walt does not just become a drug dealer, he's stuck in a situation where he desperately needs money because of his illness, his 2 jobs are not enough to pay for his cancer treatment and he doesn't want to leave his family with huge debts when he passes out. So he tries to do whatever he can to earn money, and he ends up using his chemistry skills to cook meth... I think it makes a difference to understand that he's not the bad guy, or at least he doesn't consider himself that way!

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    Thanks I will check it out.

    Is there any other Bryan Cranston work you guys recommend me to watch?

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    I repost this from another thread, because it's my two cents' worth:

    I started watching simply because of Bryan, and because it got such good reviews - and nominations, and now it's got me hooked! Quite something, because, apart from Mad Men, I'm not watching any series right now, and I don't normally care for violent cop series or the like.

    It's not airing in Holland (what a shame), but I've been watching the series as downloads, and now I'm halfway through Season 2, and I've bought the S1 DVD, which is great because of all the extras, like a making-of, interviews, anecdotes and audition tapes.

    I agree it's totally compelling. From the start, the great cinematography in the cold openers and the leader with all the chemical elements mixed with the cast and crew names create this great sense of mystery and suspense. Every single episode I've seen contains some surprising twists and turns you hadn't seen coming, and which somehow all make sense. All main characters are fully rounded and have their strengths and weaknesses, and are very well acted.

    What I also like about all the characters and the way the plot works in the series is how they are all almost mysteriously linked to each other in ways thay don't even realize. This may be stretching credibility a bit sometimes, but it does give a kind of cosmic feeling of human interdependency much like movies like Crash (not the David Cronenberg pic), Babel and the older Shortcuts.

    It also points to the fact, I think, that we as viewers have to realize that Walt's and Jesse's acts are never without repercussions, even though it's like they get off the hook a lot.

    Spoiler for A not too harmful spoiler:
    From the first episodes, their lies, schemes and drug trafficking activities are creating victims, even fatal ones, even though they aren't actively out to get people killed.

    I think that's good point made by the series, hovering over it like a sense of doom.

    Great!

    Rich
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    Default Getting 'Breaking Bad' aired on Dutch TV

    I've been sending out a couple of promotional mails to TV programmers (public broadcasting networks) in the Netherlands, but it looks like they're not going to air it

    On the one hand, they had a very practical argument, which I can appreciate, that their hands are already tied because there are a couple of reasonably popular running quality series like Dexter, Nip/Tuck and Mad Men, and there aren't any time slots left for a while.

    On the other hand, they also came up with a more intrinsic motivation, which I'd like to quote in full.

    "Because of the way it's produced, we think that Breaking Bad will have a limited appeal to a select set of viewers. This is arguably also true of Dexter and Nip/Tuck, in the sense that they too are quality series for the discerning viewer with a twist. But we think that Breaking Bad's audience will be even smaller. This has to do with the atmosphere, which especially in the first season is dark and sordid. This makes it less accessible than Dexter for instance, which is set in sunny and appealing Florida, and a different environment. We already have a hard time getting enough viewers for Dexter, so that will even be more of a consideration for Breaking Bad."

    What do you make of that? I think it's a real pity channels seem less and less eager to program series with limited, 'alternative' appeal, even public (non-commercial) broadcasters.

    Rich
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