Breaking Boundaries with Breaking Bad

By Makayla Cisneros on December 5, 2012

A show that’s been out for a few years that is entirely worth catching up on is Breaking Bad. When it comes to situations gone wrong,

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the early seasons of Breaking Bad takes the cake. Only recently did the show conclude the fourth season in the series. Without going into spoiling details, the season finale of this year was sealed after a major twist in the plot. The entire season used deception and finesse bringing the audience to the final ultimatum, while still concealing secrets within the plot.

However, let’s start at the beginning. The series commences with an unfortunately common diagnosis of cancer. A push-over of a chemistry teacher gets told that he has lung cancer. Ironically he’s never smoked in his life and that the outlook does not look good. He reluctantly delivers the news to his loving, although intrusive, wife, his slightly disabled teenage son, a DEA brother-in-law and his wife. Grieved by the news, the chemistry teacher, Walter White realizes that when he inevitably kicks the bucket, he’ll have nothing to leave his family to live on and no legacy to speak of.

A ride-along on a meth lab bust with his DEA brother Hank forces Walter to cross paths with a former student fleeing the scene, Jesse Pinkman, and all hell breaks loose. Walter decides that with his Chemistry skills and Jesse’s knowledge of the drug world that they can team up to make high-quality meth to make enough money to keep both partners happy.

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You would think in the euphemized world of television this would be an easy enough process. However, the show stays incredibly realistic to the problems that a regular guy, like Walter and a not-as-smart-as-he-thinks guy like Jesse would actually run into. Even though their quality of Meth is the purest that can be found, they begin with having troubles even selling it, problems with distributers, and worrying about where to cook it.

The characters of the show overlap and cause conflict beautifully throughout the series; each character not only evolving over time, but changing, gathering depth as the series progresses. Walter himself transforms from a push-over floating through his life unhappily to his chosen alias Heisenburg: asking no questions and taking nothing from anyone. Jesse’s character begins as an irresponsible presumptuous junkie, who goes through different stages of focus and mess ups. Hank, the DEA brother-in-law doesn’t know when to say when. He stumbles across several dangerous men and situations. Walter’s intrusive wife, Skylar, incessantly asks questions. And finally, the comedic relief of Walter’s son Walter Jr. who is constantly sassing back and giving attitude.

The plot and story of the show is surrounded by suspenseful situations, unpredictable and unwavering villains. With deep symbolism in

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objects and every episode leaving you in nail biting suspense and emotional turmoil, shaking your head and wondering how they’re going to make their way out of this one. Throughout the series the use of dramatic irony, hiding and disclosing chosen information, creates shocking revelations without cheating the audience by pulling solutions or surprises out of nowhere. These force repeat viewings only to find that the clues in the plot are present. The pure suspense and action is woven gracefully throughout the story, displaying an unexpected twist on a dying mans desire to secure his family’s future.

Breaking Bad is a show that can’t be matched, so watch it today and you’ll get hooked. From the first five minutes of the first episode, to the exciting and most recent season finale Breaking Bad leaves you in awe at every turn. The precarious nature of the storyline will guarantee to leave you wondering how Walter and Jesse will get out of the corner they seem to always be backed into. The intricacy of the plot and subtle metamorphosis and development of the characters will ensure that Breaking Bad will have you guessing with every new development.

My name is Makayla and I'm a current Sophomore at the University of Denver and an aspiring writer. I enjoy playing sports, reading and writing.

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