TV is the centerpiece of my world and to say that I am a couch potato would be the understatement of the decade but lately I haven’t devoted as much time to it as I would have liked to but I won’t crib. Along with this is my confession-
I have never watched Game of Thrones and never will. Period.
What I want to harp on is something that I saw a few years back and which has left an indelible mark on me considering the power of the idiot box is a serial with an IMDB rating of 9.5 and is none other than Breaking Bad.
What really hits you for a start is the fact that the new age has brought with it protagonists that are super smart who are living everyday lives and do not have a problem delving into the grey area as opposed to portraying straightforward black and white. This series is about the trials and tribulations of a Chemistry Professor by the name of Walter White played by the bold Bryan Cranston ably supported by the cast led by Aron Paul aka Jesse Pinkman. My intention is not to play the spoilsport by giving you a heads up but a general synopsis.
Walter is diagnosed with Lung Cancer and realizes that he doesn’t have long to live so for the sake of his family he dives into the underbelly of Albuquerque, New Mexico by manufacturing and selling Crystal Meth.
The series is spread across four seasons and for me it is the best that I have laid my eyes on and not because I have watched it twice. It got a new lease of life thanks to Netflix picking it up in a big way and has garnered fans all around the world. It is testimony to the fact that it released in the year 2008 and is still garnering eye balls seven years hence. The script is the killer and is ably supported by the cast in general, the direction and the locales giving it justified realism. There is a contrast in the portrayal of the two main characters because not just are they worlds apart but also they have to overcome the generation gap by working beyond their perceived petty differences. And you cannot go wrong with the notion of sex and drugs. Well, lets just say sex is the facade and it is only about the drugs. Seldom will you come across a serial that transcends boundaries and cultures to achieve acceptance. It even had a spin-off as a sequel by the name of “Better Call Saul” based on the lawyer Saul Goodman in it. I was watching it with my wife a third time and she developed an instant liking for Jesse Pinkman. I am not jealous. Just waiting for something that again catches my fancy and I can get ‘hooked again’.