“Breaking Bad” on Netflix could be the elder statesman among shiny new productions with binge appeal on the platform. 2013, the year the show ended while at its peak, wasn’t yet the heyday of Netflix. Sure, the platform was around. But there was significant, albeit short, crucial time passing between tuning in to AMC weekly and knowing what anticipating another episode meant, and swallowing the series whole through Netflix.
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The waiting time in between episodes would unleash unprecedented TV geekery (and overthinking!) among a special audience. “Breaking Bad” had everyone Easter egg hunting even as there might have been nothing to hunt — some fans dote on the pattern of floor tiles in the far background of a shot of Walter White, for example. This level of obsession, while funny, hasn’t been paralleled for other shows, as far as the most loyal viewers of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece are concerned. Symbolisms were up and about, and Walter White’s descent into badness would play out as the most impressive and evenly paced character metamorphosis on TV.
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There are fair criticisms tackling its entertainment factor, its slow suspense, its creeping tedium. If you haven’t popped an episode, there’s probably no chance you will like the ones sandwiched by the beginning and end, much less entice you to pick out the real Easter eggs. In this regard, a lengthy Netflix “Breaking Bad” session could be rewarding. Watching the episodes in succession reveals just how finely stitched that show was. There’s a lot to be said about Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and the rest of the stellar cast, but the script and the series blueprint themselves helped out already awesome acting.
The best thing about it? “It actually ended,” according to the New York Times. Some good TV shows just go on and on until they are bad.
Alexander Paler likes listening to classic rock, playing online video games, and watching popular TV shows like “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards.” He is presently associated with CriticalKey, a business consulting, software, and management services company. For more about his other interests, visit this Twitter page.