‘Breaking Bad’ gives primetime new life

By Brian Loschiavo
March 19, 2009


Think about your high school chemistry teacher.

Imagine that teacher is living a double life as a drug dealer.

That is exactly what’s so appealing about the hit new drama “Breaking Bad.”

“Breaking Bad” was created in 2008 by Vince Gilligan who helped create most of “The X-Files” episodes.

This series was said to be a “breath of fresh air” in 2008 when primetime television was not at its peak.

This is a series that could have been a flop, but instead was produced to have twists and turns that viewers will never see coming.

“I caught a few episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ in its first season,” John Solewin, jounior political science major, said. “I am looking forward to checking out some of season two this spring.”

This new series is based around a man named Walter White.

Most people know him from the hit primetime comedy “Malcolm in the Middle” as father Bryan Cranston.

In “Breaking Bad,” he stars as a high school chemistry teacher who is having the world’s worst mid-life crisis.

The weary teacher with a not so attractive mustache is diagnosed with a terminal case of cancer.

“I didn’t know anything about ‘Breaking Bad’ until now,” Jim Feuda, junior business major, said. “After seeing that it got a few awards and hearing so much about it, I may check it out.”

The cancer completely takes over his life and turns him to the crystal-meth business.

He takes this path in trying to raise enough money for his wife and son who has cerebral palsy to live a comfortable life after he is gone and for him to have a little fun before he dies.

Cranston’s wife is played by “Deadwoods” Anne Gunn and son by R.J. Mitte.

Cranston teams up with grungy teen meth addict Aaron Paul from hit series “Big Love.”

The two try to launch their own meth factory and take over the meth business.

With White’s chemistry expertise, the two produce some meth that all addicts want to get their hands on and brings them great monetary compensation, but also creates a lot of vicious enemies in the drug world.

“After hearing a lot about this series I think it could be a huge hit after this next season,” Megan Conte, sophomore communication major, said. “I am going to try and watch this season; hopefully it will be as good as the critics say.”

The Emmy award-winning show will be back in full force with season two starting March 8. Entertainment weekly raves about the show, calling it one of 2008’s best.

They say that television is still in a bad state and original shows like “Breaking Bad” are a rare bright spot on the “old tube.”

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