Friday, September 27, 2013
There's a first time for everything.

For the first time in my life I've been participating in a marathon.

It's not the kind that you run in, it's one that you watch on TV, from morning to night, day after day!

Breaking Bad, the long running award winning crime-drama is having it's final episode this coming Sunday night.

Image: Breaking Bad. Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White Jr. (RJ Mitte) in Episode 1 Courtesy AMC

For fans and people like me, the marathon started on Wednesday morning and has been running day and night ever since!

And you know what, I've been watching every chance I get!

When Breaking Bad first came on the air I tuned in and was turned off by all the violence.

I didn't like it at all, just not my cup of tea.

So, what happened?

A few months ago I happened to be watching the Charlie Rose show and he was interviewing Bryan Cranston.

Charlie Rose |
Image: Breaking Bad cast on Charlie Rose Courtesy PBS

When I found out that HE had the lead role as Walt Whitman in Breaking Bad I was really amazed at what a bald head and eye glasses can do to change a person's appearance!

I gave the show a second chance and got hooked!

There have been many write ups about the storyline so I won't go into it.

What I want to do is write about how the actors are so realistic in the roles that they play.

For example, in one episode, one of the major characters gets killed, he is shot several times and dies!

Following that episode there was a special program, Talking Bad, discussing Breaking Bad with some cast members present and what do you know, the guy I just saw get killed, was alive, joking and smiling to beat the band!

That night it took me over an hour to calm down.

Ninety percent of the show can be very earth-shattering, bloody and shocking. I welcome some moments of relief where someone shows empathy, love, or there is a bit of humor.

I must say, very little humor.

Maybe I'm stretching it when I say I find a funny spot - for example:

The lawyer is asked to get the right person to "do the job."

His response:

I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy.

Guess I am stretching it but a girl needs a little relief!

Do you watch Breaking Bad?

Are you hooked, and how did you feel about all those sad characters who couldn't get their lives on the right track?

Millie, I have never watched it, but I know many who have and love the show. I admit to being tired of cop shows, especially those with violence. I will probably never watch it.
I have not watched..perhaps too intense for me and certainly not the kind of marathon I would like. I am more the PBS type.
I'm a big fan. Because we're in the UK, we have to watch it 24 hours later on Netflix. To quote Walter White . . "Chemistry is the science of change". I love watching the change that all the characters have gone through.

When Breaking Bad first premiered in 2008. I watched a little of Season 1 and checked in once-in-a-while into Season 2 because I was acquainted with one of the actresses. I couldn’t really get into the show at the time because it came on very late Sunday night and I had to work the next morning. I eventually stopped watching all together, and not just because of the late hour, but because I found the show too raw and gritty.
The world has changed quite a lot since 2008. Having consequently seen a lot worse on TV and in the news, I’ve become somewhat desensitized to the point where, when I happened to catch an episode a month ago, I thought, “Wow. This is fascinating”, became totally hooked and have been watching ever since. Including watching all 61 Marathon Episodes over 5 Days straight. Staying up way past my bed time to do so and, when I couldn’t keep my eyes open not one second longer, I set the DVR. THEN was up early the next morning to get back into the Marathon.
Though the story ended the only way it could for Walt, I found myself crying at the end.
What was your favorite episode? Mine was the boys from Juarez and the interaction they had in the truck with the gun runner who sold them protective vests. I must have laughed for a good 10 minutes over the gunrunner’s response to the boys testing the bullet proof vest. Was very happy they didn’t kill him.

I am tired of depictions of terrible lives, and that is why I didn't watch it.

Even though lots of violence, which I usually try to avoid, I loved Breaking Bad because of the great writing and wonderful actors...and even though I knew Walt had to die at the end....I was happy he said goodbye to Skyler and Holly and watched his son go in the door.
One of the best series I've ever watched....
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