When BAD is good for entertainment

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | CATHLINE CHEN
Published Jan 23, 2018, 12:11 am IST
Updated Jan 23, 2018, 12:11 am IST
Popular TV show Breaking Bad has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Breaking Bad
 Breaking Bad

The Emmy-winning drama show that turned into one of the most iconic antiheroes to ever grace our screens just turned 10. Yes, we are talking about non-other than Breaking Bad, produced by Vince Gilligan who tells us the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, who turns into a remorseless drug kingpin partnering with one of his students.

The youngsters didn’t just go crazy about the visuals or the action in the show like many other shows, but rather connect to it on a much deeper level. We talk to some of them who reminisce about the best parts of the show and tell us what the show means to them.

 

Preethi Manjunath, a 21-year-old law student states, “The director, the producers and everyone who has worked with the show were the luckiest people on earth to work on such an amazing show! This  was one of my favourite shows of all time. Something that I really like about the show is the deep meaningful reason behind White’s meth-making business. It’s a good TV show to actually learn something from, there’s a lot of brutal truth to the show which no one will generally tell you in life. Though, I did want another season to happen for it to have a positive ending for the show, as it fails to do that at the end of season five.”

Getting hooked to a show is one thing, but deep understanding and learning about what each character goes through involves an emotional connect, and that’s what Breaking Bad does to you.

Daniel Kagoo, a photographer shares how the show had gotten under his skin in a way that none other show has. He says, “So many great moments but one of the most badass moments comes at the end of season one, episode six – ‘a handful of crazy nothing’ when Walter White shaves his head and heads to Tuco’s drug house to confront him. The moment he says ‘This isn’t meth’ and then proceeds to throw the crystal down and detonates the building, and walks back to his car as if nothing happened. To me, this scene marks the birth of Heisenberg and catalyses the transformation of Walter White from a protagonist to an antagonist. The fact that I’m talking about breaking bad and waxing lyrical is a testament to that it has got under my skin in a way    that few other shows haven’t.”

But, unlike many others, 25-year-old Jonathan Jacob, a city-based freelancer had an emotional connection to the show because of a similar situation that happened in his family in terms of his father’s health. Jonathan says, “I really love the show because it had this balance of realism and drama.  Personally, though, around 2013 was when my dad had a surgery done to get rid of a brain tumour. We watched the show together because the protagonist had lung cancer and was desperate to look after his family. So yeah, it was a weird bonding experience for us. As for it continuing, I don’t think it shouldbecause it ended on a high note. Spin-offs like Better Call Saul makes sense coz it introduces something fresh and develops the world of Breaking Bad more.”

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