On Jan. 20, 2008, the world of television was changed by the release of one show.
AMC’s series, Breaking Bad is like no other, as it follows the significant change of a main character as he transforms into an entirely different person.
The cast consists of Bryan Cranston (Walter White), Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Anna Gunn (Skyler White), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) and Jonathon Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut).
In Albuquerque, N.M., high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, is celebrating his 50th birthday. Before he gets home to the surprise party hosted by his wife, Walt was thrown one of the biggest curve balls that a person can endure.
In the time it takes to say three words, “Lung cancer, inoperable,” Walt’s life completely changed.
After DEA agent and brother-in-law, Hank, informs Walt of the income of a meth cook, Walter peaks an interest in seeing this first-hand.
Hank agrees to bring Walt with him on a ride along as his birthday present where Walt runs into former student, Jesse Pinkman.
Walt and Pinkman reunite and embark on the new journey of cooking crystal meth.
The series focuses on Walt’s life after the discovery of his lung cancer; specifically on how he chooses to face his mortality.
In the pilot episode of the series, Walt’s likeliness to act on an impulse is shown as he immediately quits his second job at A1A Car Wash after the discovery of his cancer.
Though this decision is minor in comparison to his choices that will follow, it is a perfect display of Walt’s decision making after he had been told he had limited time to live.
Most television shows rely on a character to be constant throughout the series with little change made to who they are.
In Breaking Bad, this concept is challenged by turning Walt’s character, who you are able to sympathize with, into the drug lord version of himself.
Creator Vince Gilligan often spoke on his attempts to show how “Mr. Chips” could transform into “Scarface” through beloved character, Walter White.
By showing Walt’s transition from being a high school teacher and proud father to now a meth tycoon, the viewers are able to form a relationship with the character.
The series is unmatched by any other television series because of its ability to submerge the audience into the world of Walter White.
Breaking Bad can be streamed on Netflix and rented or bought on Amazon Prime Video.
If you have not already done so, I urge you to binge on Breaking Bad.