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Old 18th Jul 2011, 16:12   #1
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Default Breaking Bad

I searched and searched (well, searched, anyway) and could find nothing about Breaking Bad on the Palimpsest. Can it be true that no one watches it? Is it not shown in the UK? What about my fellow Americans -- do none of you watch it?


Season 4 premiered last night, and if there is a more intense, morally disturbing, yet thoroughly entertaining hour of television on right now, I'd like to know about it. For those who don't know the premise, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Out of financial desperation, he partners up with an old student of his, a drop-out drug dealer named Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to cook and deal meth. That's the set up of the first couple of episodes, but the show has evolved to become one of the great crime shows, and probably the only show I've seen that bothers to chart the slow moral collapse of its protagonist.

The acting is superb, with Cranston and (lately even moreso) Paul carrying the weight of the thing, though supporting turns by Dean Norris as Walter's DEA agent brother-in-law and Giancarlo Esposito as a drug kingpin they are currently working for, plus pretty much every other performance that has been featured so far, are top notch.

If you can watch this show, then you absolutely should.
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