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ウォルター・ホワイト:ブライアン・クランストン 「マルコム in the Middle」
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Jesse plummets to the depths in a destructive relationship with a girlfriend and Walt is forever warding off his wife's attempts to get 'inside' him, especially as she suspects that he is either having an affair or is smoking pot.
Something has to give----- and it does. Spectacularly, and with warmth and pathos as we discover hidden emotions lurking below the facade.
As usual even the minor characters are finely drawn by the writers in this series. We are introduced to new players, Saul Goodman, later receiving the accolade of his own series, and briefly Mike the fixer / enforcer.
One episode only allowed for the superb Danny Trejo as a Mexican drug dealer ---- I suppose that's all the time he could spare as he's in so many productions (good and bad!). But his appearance is totally unforgettable.
Where is all this going I ask? Have to watch season 3 as I'm one of those that like the series.
English subtitles available, a must for me as there is much use of American slang. Yo.
In "Breaking Bad," an odd couple, fish-out-of-water dramedy airing on the heels of AMC's heralded "Mad Men," Walter forms a criminal partnership with a former student. The chemistry teacher will cook up batches of pure crystal meth, and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), his former student-turned-meth dealer, will distribute the drug, and I got totally hooked even more than a crystal meth addict.
This series has EVERYTHING, & is like no other on TV or Cinema . . . .BUY IT!
(It is especially interesting if you know someone who dabbles or has dabbled in drugs - a sad but realistic representation in parts of today's drug culture & the way it can invade all levels of society!)
BUT ......... all are spell-binding drama that make most contemporaneous stuff look sad and dated.
I came to "..... Bad" with doubts, and after managing to avoid it for quite a while, mainly due to a failure to look beyond the basic premise of a school-teacher becoming a drugs baron.
But my son persuaded me to at least give it a ten minute "try".
And the large lady kept on singing......... and she aint stopped yet !
Excellent acting, directing, writing and conception.
In short, brilliant.
Haunting black and white images of a burned purple teddy appear throughout the series, teasing the viewer at a tantalising finale. Walt's cancer gets worse prompting him to do more desperate things to get money quicker for his family, while Jesse falls in love with a recovering drug addict.
As Walt and Jesse's operation grows they recruit more of Jesse's druggie friends and we meet a charismatic but crooked lawyer who helps the duo launder their ill-gotten gains. Skyler begins suspecting what her husband is up to during all this time while getting closer to term with her pregnancy, and all the while Walt's brother in law Hank the DEA agent is getting closer to discovering who is producing this new high quality blue meth...
Incredibly, Season 2 is better than Season 1 and is twice as long so the characters are given more room to become interesting and develop, the storylines get fleshed out, and the studio has given the crew more money so everything is done on a larger scale.
I loved the new additions to the cast - Jesse's friends, his love interest and her father (played by the brilliant John De Lancie) and the crooked lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk was a wonderful highlight as well.
There are so many exceptional scenes it's impossible to list them here. The writing is as amazing as always, the acting is as strong as ever and the entire series is a joy to watch from start to finish. Utterly entrancing and wonderful television, I highly recommend this series to fans of high quality drama and to any who are uncertain as to whether or not they want to buy this after Season 1. Bring on Season 3!
If after watching this series, and you want to try Meth? You
are stupid or mad... This is the dark vortex of drug addiction
in present day America, and it makes me want to detox...
I can't begin to tell you how good this series is. Sad, funny
and... well see for yourself... After watching this, I feel the
USA, has some-what lost it's soul, to the Tsunami of drug
abuse... WHY? Because the American dream is dead...The
Poor are getting poorer, and the Rich, are getting RICHER...
Another thing here, is the disgusting American "health-care"
system... After watching this, you will never complain about
the British NHS...
The season picks up right after the end of Season 1. And the story arc that ends season 1 lasts the first 2/3 episodes. And then the quality seems to dip a little as Walt's family and their issues take centre stage. It does quite drag but it really doesn't have the spark of the rest of this and the previous season. This is until we get to Peekaboo. Which might just be my favourite episode so far. A real insight into the effects of drugs. From there we rip through the rest of the storyline, introducing Saul - a wonderful new character.
This pace keeps up until the last three episodes. Mandala starts the end of season arc and then the penultimate episode just blew me away. The final episode was always going to be an anticlimax after that. But it wraps up the flashes that started the whole season and then throws it all up in the air again. These last three episodes are sheer brilliance and it is for these I am awarding 3 stars.
Can season 3 live up to this? Well if they ever release it on DVD I might find out.
I cannot even begin to describe how perfect this is. The story is utterly absorbing, the characters are fascinating and the tension unbearable. We're trying to limit ourselves to 2 eps a night so we don't get through them too quickly - very difficult to do as each episode ends on a cliff hanger and we can't wait to find out what happens next.
The high points for me were the way Jesse became a more rounded character and I have gone from thinking he was decent to really liking him, as well as the introduction of Jane "Krysten Ritter" who I liked a character and I helps that Krtsten is a very good actress.
Of course as per the last season Walter is probably the most interesting character in any TV show around at the moment and I would put him up there with the greats like Tony Sparano, Father Ted and Stewie Griffin.
The quality of the writing and direction, the performances of the principals (it's hard to imagine any actor other than Bryan Cranston playing our anti-hero,) the look of it, the design, the use of appropriate music instead of the irritating tidal wave of it that drowns much contemporary British drama - all these elements set Breaking Bad apart. The second season, longer and deeper than the first, leaves you hungry for more. Happily there's lots. As an achievement it the sets a benchmark against which other series can be judged.