BREAKING BAD: SERIES 1 Wednesday 07 March, 2012

It’s 2 a.m. You’re in a black hole and your eyes are shut. Imagine just how dark that is. That level of dark is nothing compared to just how dark this comedy is.

Walt White is a high-school teacher. He teaches chemistry. He has a teenage son and a pregnant wife. Then he discovers that he has terminal and inoperable lung cancer. That’s why he decides to start “cooking” crystal meth.

It’s a simple premise, man knows he’s dying – man needs to leave money behind for family – man becomes a drug dealer. Breaking Bad invites the viewer to watch as Walt tries to balance his fine, morally upstanding life with his rapid descent into the murky underworld of illicit substances.┬áThat’s probably what’s so fascinating about it because Walt is fine and upstanding. Having thoroughly enjoyed the all-too-short (7 episodes) first series I must admit that I feel a little guilty about enjoying the disaster and struggle that befalls Walt.

So far, so grindingly tragic. Its testament to the fantastic writing that if you’re anything like me you will find yourself crying with laughter at some truly horrific things. We must also spare a moment to recognise the fantastic cast. Bryan Cranston is wonderful as Walt and Dean Norris is great fun as Walt’s D.E.A. officer, brother-in-law, Hank.

The narrative veers wildly between the morbid, the bizarre and the ridiculous but it never stops being compellingly watchable. If you like your comedy so dark that even light cannot escape it’s gravity then Breaking Bad is just the thing you’ve been waiting for…YO!

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