Monday, January 28, 2008

What I'm Watching: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 2 "Cat's in the Bag" (C)

This series is really running the risk of getting lost amidst all its own craziness. By dragging out the life of that one drug dealer and refusing to resolve the jumping-off point for the series, the series cannot really ever take on a life of its own without getting dragged down by its initial conflict. It is often true that the pilot episode of a show is hardly representative of both its week-to-week format and its overall quality because the premiere must introduce all the characters in some unconvential and striking way ("NCIS", or "Navy NCIS", as it was known back then, is a perfect example). By sticking by its first episode plotlines too heavily, this show has thus far been completely unable to launch itself. This show is starting to bear some similarities to "Mad Men" in its more intimate moments but it still needs a great deal of work.

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