I just finished watching Season 4 of AMC’s awesome series, Breaking Bad. This is without a doubt one of the best shows on television these days and it’s a shame that some people will miss out because of some blackouts or bans (Dish Network anybody?). AMC has been known as a network that brings good stories to TV and have Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad as proof of this. As many of you that follow The Republika may know, we are big fans of Mad Men, and it ranks probably as the consensus favorite here within our writing staff. Well, after finishing Breaking Bad, we may have a new champion. I won’t say its better but it does fare very well against its older brother. Breaking Bad is more TV than Mad Men and that makes it a little bit more engaging to the common audience. Much like Lost, it has moments that just make you want to watch more and more. You get hooked.
If you don’t know the story, Breaking Bad tells us about Walt, a Chemistry School Teacher in his fifties that learns that he has Terminal Lung Cancer. As a father of a 15 year old, Walt Jr., who suffers from Palsy and a Pregnant Wife (Skyler White), he starts thinking of what will happen when he dies. He doesn’t have much to leave them and fears for their economical security once he’s gone. Marie is Skyler’s sister who happens to be married to Hank a D.E.A. agent in their home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After his family knows of his illness Hank decides to bring Walt to one of his missions. That’s when things start going bad as he decides to use his chemistry expertise to cook Meth with one of his ex students who he manages to catch as one of the criminals Hanks is trying to catch.
The fun thing about Breaking Bad is that Walt is an underachieving genius who is more a regular Joe than a super hero. He often makes bad decisions as his I.Q. in Streets Smarts is as low as it gets. Meanwhile, his partner Jesse is more of an expert in this area, making the perfect combination for this kind of business. The problem is that both think they are smarter than they are in their weak points, and this leads to explosive scenes between the two. As the seasons go by things get heavier and more dangerous as they scale from local dealers to a more sophisticated organization. As they get closer to professional criminals and organized crime, the danger becomes exponentially bigger.
The first season was good, but I couldn’t imagine how they could continue with the whole Cancer-death-provide theme for three more seasons and become better as it progressed (As everybody told me it was). Once I started watching and started to ignore the bad Spanish from the supposed mexicans and the cheesy characters (Tuco anybody?) here and there, I started to get it. Season 2 is a lot better than the first one, and even though Season 3 is not as good, once we get to season 4 we really get to the good stuff. Characters as Gus and Mike, two very interesting villains make everything get more intense. The way the writers describe the whole Cartel scene down in Mexico and combine it with what’s going down in the states is stuff of greatness. Breaking Bad surely delivers.
So what can we expect from Season 5? If you haven’t seen season 4 or haven’t seen anything from this series, you can stop reading right now, skip a paragraph and evade spoilers.
Season 4′s epic finale took one of TV’s favorite villains out of the picture with one of the most crazy scenes I’ve seen in a while. Seeing Gus’s face totally disfigured with part of his skull viewable was one of the most disgusting, disturbing, satisfying scenes in recent TV History. As much as I hate seeing him go away, It makes me more curious of what the writers have in store for us viewers. Every time they kill a main villain they have come out with something better. There are still many things to look forward. The Hank-Walt situation and the Walt-Jesse love/hate relationship. Will they continue together? By the end of Season 4 we saw a badder tougher Walt that didn’t care of what he was doing in order to get what he wanted. This is the mindset of a villain. He truly broke bad up to this point. Will he and Jesse continue their partnership? What happened to Mike? Without the Cartel and Tio, there is no imminent danger lurking ahead. Ted is also a question mark, did he die? We’ll have to wait and see.
This sunday we get to see the comeback of probably the best show on TV, lets see if season 5 can continue the madness that season 4 was. I sure can’t wait!
SEASON 1 SCORE: 8.0 out of 10.0
SEASON 2 SCORE: 9.2 out of 10.0
SEASON 3 SCORE: 9.0 out of 10.0
SEASON 4 SCORE: 9.5 out of 10.0