Can’t go home smelling like a meth lab.

Damn, I surely wasn’t expecting this: AMC’s “Breaking Bad” truly blew me away. The pilot had it all: a dark and twisted theme, funny lines, good structuring, amazing acting and beautiful cinematography. If there’s one new series you have to check this year, this is it folks.

And don’t get too let down by what you READ about it. I must admit I wasn’t really feeling the logline (“highschool chemistry teacher starts cooking meth”). It sounded way too difficult to setup, too farfetched, possibly too much alike weeds (but boy is it different, weeds is like the teletubbies compared to the gritty breaking bad world).

I also must admit I was one of the few apparently who didn’t seem to dig Mad Men as much as anyone else. Sure, the production design was amazing, it had some good actors, some good dialogue but the stories, nahh, they bored me. There was not enough conflict, not enough emotional involvement with the main characters, not much incentive to keep on watching, I couldn’t care less about what was going to happen and sort of understood why HBO declined on it. So I was thinking, “yeaah AMC is not really the new Showtime or HBO they hope to be. And now, they’re trying to spice things up with some high school teacher who goes crazy and starts cooking meth? Yeah right”.

So please: do not follow this reasoning if you tend to agree with me based on your readings. Watch it, because the magic is: it really does work. You deeply care about the main character and you’re willing to understand much of his actions and the craziness of the story. This is where all good drama begins. This is why you care about Tony Soprano the killer. This is why you care about Walter White, chemistry teacher & meth cook.

Anyway more info on the show that might convince you to check it out:
– the pilot was beautifully shot by the amazing John Toll (Thin Red Line and many many more)
Bryan Cranston gets the role of his life. I truly hope he gets some sort of Emmy for this.
– the cast is made up between people who appeared on Deadwood, on Big Love and that amazing cop in Little Miss Sunshine.
– the series is created and mostly written by one of the X-files producers Vince Gilligan (although seriously, the x-files link is nowhere to be found)
– check the trailer out (although I must say, the trailer didn’t convince me that much, but anyway)

Good to know though is they only aired 7 episodes of the first season due to the writer’s strike. Season 2 however is coming up with 13 brand new episodes. No air dates have been set yet. I cannot wait.


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