My taste in television programming is decidedly suspect. While I may give myself points for not having been sucked into such "reality" shows as Survivor, The Bachelor, nor Hell's Kitchen-- are the ones I do occasionally watch- Dog The Bounty Hunter, Supernanny
, or the Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution reality series any better? Keep in mind that i'll watch almost any show on History Channel (not the enriching ones about actual history, mind you, but the ones like Pawn Stars
and American Pickers
), A&E- Intervention, Obsessed, Hoarders
, Paranormal State, Billy the Exterminator
, or Discovery Channel- Deadliest Catch, Whale Wars (is that one on Animal Planet?), Dirty Jobs and American Loggers.
Don't even get me started on the Food Network and Travel Channel offerings; Man vs. Food
, Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Iron Chef, that one Ace of Cakes where they go to Skywalker Ranch with an R2-D2 cake...
I think I developed my habit at my old job
- where I spent many nights in hotel rooms in sleepless places like Las Vegas and Phoenix, and my only friend was the glow of late night cable TV. I mean, one can only watch early-morning ESPN Sportscenter rebroadcasts 2 or 3 times before they get old, even during a glorious time like now when three sports overlap, two of which are in their respective championship series- NBA (Go Celtics!) and the NHL (Go Flyers!- for my beloved).
The aforementioned aside, I definitely glommed onto something special and undeniably lauded when I started ordering up the first and second seasons of Breaking Bad
on Netflix. It was pretty much the impetus for starting my account, which I only did about four weeks ago. (The fact that I could live stream to our Wii
was another reason, of course.)
But writing about it, here, on DCF? Why? It's just a TV show, it deserves no such special dispensation. This blog roll is for things like local politics, issues, thoughtful prose, high brow cultcha....
Luckily, just a day or two ago, an enterprising Duke City Fix member
started a group here where Breaking Bad fans alike can join in discussion
, praise and the consider the complexities of the show, which airs on Sunday nights on AMC, locally at 8pm (and 9, and 10, most weeks). I can't wait to take part and ask über nerd questions like, "I am pretty sure that the Pollo Hermanos location from Season 2, episode 11 is really a Twister's with the signage covered over, but does anyone know which one was used as the filming location?"
You'll notice I said, "can't wait to take part"-- that's right, i'll have to tread lightly until I am all caught up. NO doubt there are plenty of plot spoilers lurking in that group...
I haven't even started the current season, Season Three. I think this upcoming weekend's episode is the last or penultimate one, and then I know the network will offer at least one "weekend marathon" where they show all 12 or 13 episodes from the latest single season in close succession. All I have to do is figure out when, and set the trusty DVR. Then I can join the group in earnest.
For those of you disinterested and not easily converted, what I can say is that by the end of the second season, the tension is palpable and the relationships are high quality and very compelling, as are the performances, obviously. Bryan Cranston won two lead actor Emmys for it, and it has been nominated for many other awards in each of the first two seasons of the show's existence. Bob Odenkirk's
and Giancarlo Esposito's
characters are introduced by this time, as well. And they appear to be in for the long haul, from what I can tell.
Vince Gilligan of X-Files fame produces it and the director does some great mood-setting/altering filmic techniques, not limited to the two that i'll mention now: The "glare" of the show- I really appreciate the way the director captures the light and the brightness that is so characteristic of our humble burg, and secondly the staccato, pulsing zooming camera work that is employed de vez en cuando
evokes the jagged life of a meth dealing family man who weaves a tangled web of deceit.
Not convinced? There's even an iPhone app
to keep you hooked when you're not watching the show.