SPOILER ALERT: This review contains Breaking Bad season four spoilers

What you need to know: A chemistry teacher named Walter White is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to cook meth as a way to provide for his family after his death.

What you’ll love

Bryan Cranston: Cranston has won the Emmy for best actor in a drama three years running. His nuanced take on an ordinary man gone bad is breathtaking to behold.

Visuals: Breaking Bad is a show where the characters are constantly lying or holding something back, the camera doesn’t. It exposes these people, their hopes, their cowardice, their deceit. The show also gives us visuals that no other show does, the angles show you the characters in a light that no other show does.

Gus: Giancarlo Esposito’s presence hovers over most scenes in this show. He’s a quiet man, who takes talking softy and carrying a big stick to a new level.  The fact that Esposito plays Gus in such an understated way makes the threat of violence more chilling,

Lab scene: Its one of the most brutal scenes in television history, the payoff of a summer’s worth of tension, speculation and intrigue. Finally Jesse and Walt must face the consequences and Breaking Bad doesn’t disappoint. Jesse and Walt are held captive in the Meth lab by Gus bad ass enforcer Mike and Henchman Victor. Without speaking Gus walks into the lab and slits Victor’s throat with a box cutter. Disturbing, brutal and overwhelming its everything Breaking Bad is. Words don’t do it justice.

Dark: Breaking Bad can be downright depressing, I don’t recommend the show in large doses. The opposite of a Hero’s journey Bad chronicles one man’s decent into the abyss.

Violent: A man slits another man’s throat with a box cutter and then the next ten minutes of the show are devoted to cleaning up the blood. The weak of heart may want to keep channel surfing.

Slow: Not so much a criticism of this episode, as this is as fast paced and action oriented as Breaking Bad gets. However the show is intentionally methodical, it is a show that takes it time and doesn’t connect the dots, Relying on the intelligence of its audience.

Bottom Line: Not much can be said about Breaking Bad that hasn’t been already said. Breaking Bad is one of the best shows on television, possible of the last ten years.

Grade: A



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