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#BreakingBad: Walter Whites can also change the world…

#BreakingBad:  Walter Whites can also change the world… 

This story of a dying middle aged man attempting one last shot at everything that he neglected all his life, has won numerous award since its television premier in 2008 and made Walter White an unlikely Hero.

Breaking Bad Season 1

For those of you who have not yet watched the series, I would say please go ahead and do so at the earliest, you will not regret investing about 60 hours of your life. You may or may not learn anything, but you will surely be entertained!

 

Breaking Bad Season5

In the Emmy 2014 Award ceremony earlier today (last night in US) Breaking Bad won the Best TV Drama Award Bryan ‘Walter White/ Heisenberg’ Cranston won the award for Best Performance along with Aaron ‘Jesse Pinkman‘ Paul and Anna ‘Skyler White‘ Gunn… its just like an icing on the cake for the super duper success Breaking Bad has achieved by winning popular/ mass appeal as well as serious critical acclaim.

While working on a report late at night in a hotel room during business travel, I just came across one of the first season episodes of the series and was hooked on to it. Then looking for more information on the series, I stumbled upon two wonderful podcast based on the series – Breaking Bad Insider Podcast by Kelly Dixon (who was also involved in the making of the series as Editor) and Breaking Good Podcast by two wonderful pod-casters Jim and A Ron at BaldMove.com.

Got all the telecasted episodes of the series from season 1 to season 4 and started watching them one by one, followed by listening to the podcast of each episode, sequentially and got up with the series just around the time 2nd part of season 5 started in August 2013.

What makes the Breaking Bad one of the great, if not the greatest ever, Television series ever, is not one or two but multiple factors going right for the series. First and foremost is the tight storyline, Vince Gilligan, as a show runner kept a tight control over the script, direction and production qualities of the series. Despite the long duration of the series, multiple script writers and directors who worked on it, the story moved fast from one episode to another and keeps the audience on the edge, and there was consistently high production & direction quality in the series. The acting by key characters is fabulous – not just Bryan, Aaron and Anna who played the key roles of Walter White, his protege Jesse Pinkman wife  Skyler but the other who really got into the skin of their characters in the show. RJ Mitte a real life cerebral palsy patient played the role of Walter White, Jr., Walter and Skyler’s son inflicted with cerebral palsy with perfection.

Breaking Bad Season 2

Dean Norris, who has appeared in a number of TV series and movies, became  DEA Hank Schrader, brother-in-law of Walter White provided both comic relief and some serious soul searching moments; Betsy Brandt the kleptomaniac and intrusive sister of Skyler and wife of Hand Schrader as Marie Schrader.

Breaking Bad Season 3

Giancarlo Esposito played the role of a sophisticated & dangerous drug lord Gustavo “Gus” Fring to a perfection. Jonathan Banks played one of my favorite character in the series as Mike Ehrmantraut – the only time I really came close to hating Walter White was the moment he shot Mike Ehrmantraut. Mike worked for the sophisticated criminal-businessmen Gus as his right hand man – not the typical side-kick of the villains. Mike, the ex-cop also works as a private detective for Saul.  Laura Fraser truly appeared Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (interesting musical reference to the song Lydia the Tattooed lady) she portrayed the role of a high-ranking employee of Madrigal Electromotive who had a parallel criminal career working with Drug lord Gus Fring. She intentionally, becomes the love interest of Jesse Plemons who played the role of dopey bad-ass Todd Alquist.

Breaking Bad Season 4

Most character of the series provided comic relief from time to time but it was always fun to watch Matt L. Jones as Brandon “Badger” Mayhew  Jesse’s and Charles Baker as Skinny Pete – dimwitted junkie and drug pushers but also true friends of Jesse Pinkman.

The real surprise of the show was Bob Odenkirk who initial seemed like a small time character as crooked lawyer Saul Goodman but later on became a integral part of the series – so much so that he is soon going to have a spin-off series of his own.

Breaking Bad Season 4

Then there were themes, sub-themes and hidden treasures inside each of the episodes. The combination of Science and Philosophy – use of scientific motifs like basic element table, the principles of chemistry to developing the drugs and philosophical hints from the poet and humanist Walt Whitman. the Family values system and one’s love & affection for the dear one’s versus personal ambitions – basic and inherent but mostly hidden wants & needs of a person. Truly kick-ass action sequences involving the drug mafia bosses and the drug cartels operators. The unanswered questions on morality – mostly left it onto the  viewer to make her/his own judgement call and rightly so. All this and much more was there to make this a drama par excellence. The selection of soundtrack for the series is also brilliant and features prominently in my personal playlist.

Breaking Bad Season 5

Awards Won

  • Emmy Awards
    • 2008: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2009: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2010: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2010: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Aaron Paul
    • 2012: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Aaron Paul
    • 2013: Outstanding Drama Series
    • 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Anna Gunn
    • 2014: Outstanding Drama Series
    • 2014: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Moira Walley-Beckett
    • 2014: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Anna Gunn
    • 2014 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Aaron Paul
  • Golden Globe
    • 2014: Best Television Series – Drama
    • 2014: Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama – Bryan Cranston
  • Screen Guild Award
    • 2013: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
  • Satellite Awards
    • 2008: Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama – Bryan Cranston
    • 2009: Best Television Series – Drama
    • 2009: Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama -Bryan Cranston
    • 2010: Best Television Series – Drama
    • 2010: Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Best Television Series – Drama
    • 2014: Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film – Aaron Paul
  • Saturn Awards
    • 2010: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
    • 2010: Best Supporting Actor on Television – Aaron Paul
    • 2011: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
    • 2012: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
    • 2012: Best Actor on Television – Bryan Cranston
    • 2012: Best Supporting Actor on Television – Aaron Paul
    • 2013: Best Television Presentation
    • 2013: Best Actor on Television – Bryan Cranston
    • 2013: Best Supporting Actor on Television – Jonathan Banks
    • 2014: Best Television Presentation
    • 2014: Best Supporting Actor on Television – Aaron Paul
    • 2014: Best Guest Starring Role on Television- Robert Forster
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards
    • 2012: Best Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2012: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Giancarlo Esposito
    • 2013: Best Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2013: Best Drama Series
    • 2014: Best Drama Series
    • 2014: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Aaron Paul
  • Television Critics Association Awards
    • 2009: Individual Achievement in Drama – Bryan Cranston
    • 2010: Outstanding Achievement in Drama – Aaron Paul
    • 2012: Outstanding Achievement in Drama – Bryan Cranston
    • 2013: Program of the Year
    • 2014: Program of the Year
  • Directors Guild of America Awards
    • 2013: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series- Rian Johnson
    • 2014: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series – Vince Gilligan
  • Writers Guild of America Awards
    • 2009: Best Episodic Drama – Vince Gilligan
    • 2012: Best Dramatic Series
    • 2012: Best Episodic Drama – Vince Gilligan
    • 2013: Best Dramatic Series
    • 2014: Best Dramatic Series
    • 2014: Best Episodic Drama – Gennifer Hutchison
  • American Cinema Editors Awards
    • 2009: Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television- Lynne Willingham
    • 2010: Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television – Lynne Willingham
    • 2012: Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television – Skip MacDonald
    • 2013: Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television – Skip MacDonald
    • 2014: Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television – Skip MacDonald
  • PRISM Awards
    • 2009: Best Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
    • 2010: Best Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
    • 2011: Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Aaron Paul
  • IGN Awards
    • 2009: Best New Series
    • 2009: Best Actor – Bryan Cranston
    • 2010: Best Television Series
    • 2010: Best Drama Series
    • 2010: Best Performance – Bryan Cranston
    • 2011: Best Television Series
    • 2012: Best Television Series
    • 2012: Best Drama Series
    • 2012: Best Television Actor – Bryan Cranston
    • 2012: Best Television Villain – Gus Fring
    • 2013: Best TV Series
    • 2013: Best TV Drama Series
    • 2014: Best TV Series
    • 2014: Best Drama Series
    • 2014: Best Actor – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Best Villain – Todd Alquist
  • AFI Awards
    • 2008: Best Television Program of the Year
    • 2010: Best Television Program of the Year
    • 2011: Best Television Program of the Year
    • 2012: Best Television Program of the Year
    • 2013: Best Television Program of the Year
  • British Academy Television Awards
    • 2014:  Best International Programme – Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, George Mastras, Sam Catlin
  • Golden Nymph Awards
    • 2013: Best International Drama TV Series
    • 2013: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston
    • 2014: Best Sound Editing in Television – Short Form: Sound Effects and Foley Nick Forshager
  • People’s Choice Awards: 2013: Favourite Series

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