As some of you read the title you will immediately know the content of this post. For others of you, maybe you think about a more traditional person associated with this name: Werner Heisenberg, the inventor of quantum mechanics. Actually, I need to be honest, and think that most of you would not have first thought of the inventor of the German theoretical physicist even if you did not know that Heisenberg is the lead character of the currently best show on television: Breaking Bad. To commemorate my favorite show (and really the only show that I have time to watch) my wife bought me a shirt with the following:
Tonight is the grand finale!! I mean the last episode of the last season that they will make, concluding the 5th season of the show that started in 2008. If you have not watched the series, you could have indubitably seen one of the many spoofs or remakes done of the series due to its wide popularity. But as one not to easily follow the crowd, I don’t intend that you will either. I don’t particularly think that because more people watch something it means that it will be good. I do probably put a little more weight on ratings of a show, or the amount of awards it has received. To give you a little snapshot, Breaking Bad has a 9.4 out of 10 rating on IMDb. For those of you who don’t frequent the site, that’s a pretty big deal. There is only one other show in the database that has a higher rating, which is Planet Earth, an outstanding BBC documentary series. It has won several Primetime Emmys including Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress and Actor multiple years. It is nominated this year for 4 Golden Globes and has won over 45 awards in total. My point is: A lot of people have come to the right decision. Breaking bad is awesome.
For those of you foreign to the concept of the show, Walter White (W.W.) (a.k.a. Heisenberg) was a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung-cancer. Walter, who is actually a chemistry genius on top of being a high school teacher, decides to cook up the purest meth he is able with a former student of his. The story gets very complicated very quickly as Walter tried to keep his 2 lives separate.
If you are at this point and have not heard about Breaking Bad that is ok. If you have heard the awards and ratings and just aren’t that into it, that is ok too. But let me tell you briefly why I enjoy the show, and you can decide for yourself.
Breaking Bad deals with issues of morality. W.W.’s early decisions force the viewer to challenge the grey space they have created of right and wrong; playing on the emotions that are drawn from good intentions. Most shows these days will reveal a good and a bad side of any issue. Pitting the “good” and “bad” against each other seems like an easy story line when analyzing the complexity of Walter’s character. Walter pushes you deeper into the implications of his choices with every episode. Breaking Bad takes the viewer to a place where you can see how it is possible for this situation to be real. The cheap tricks are kept to a minimum. Pride is the worst enemy of Walter, however he has many moments where he seems to skirt off the effects of its control. Without resorting to spoilers I hope that you have been able to see some of the reasons that I personally pick Breaking Bad as my favorite show. If you need more convincing, you can take a look at a promo trailer (but beware it contains spoilers).
If you are a fan yourself and watched the finale tonight, what were your thoughts? Do you feel complete or lacking? What was it that connected you to the story?
Or what doubts do you have about the show? Had you already given up home on quality TV before watching? Let me know your thoughts.