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Breaking Bad: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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on December 11, 2014
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

It may take a few episodes to get into, in this first season there was a lot of groundwork to lay,
but you owe it to yourself to try. This is powerful, important and utterly enthralling stuff.
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on September 11, 2017
I watched episode 1 and then bought the whole season.

it certainly sets the stage. I wonder if sales went up on Winnebagos, Glock22s,.40 cal pistols, and jockey shorts. Desert camping and tourism in Arizona and New Mexico may have been boosted, too, all by the first episode. You kind of understand Walter White's frame of mind, even as irrational as it is. Bryan Cranston is a pretty good actor. Get it. Streaming quality is excellent.

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on February 21, 2014
I thought the show realistic in many, many ways. After that was discovered, any story it wanted to tell would be worth my time each week. I thought there were some odd directions the show moved toward were poor writing mixed with bad acting. But, that didn't deter me from enjoying it every week for a long time. I'm not saying it was perfect. I had come to many of the same conclusions during my 54 years incarnate in this country. And, it was nice to see someone else had reached them as well. Enjoyable, show.
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on February 4, 2017
I never watched this show while it was on TV. I am so happy I gave it a chance now. It is far better than I thought it would be. I knew the basic premise, but the show really grabs hold of you with all the characters' back stories. I've been binge watching it since starting it, and everyone I've spoken to about this show who's seen it feels the same way.
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on September 19, 2013
Yes, I am a fan of Breaking Bad, however, there are major flaws in the story that just have to be addressed. Here are a few:

l. Walt Jr. is far too cooperative for a 16 year old boy. When asked to do chores, he always says, "Sure, Mom!" like he is soooo happy. Most 16 year olds are sassy, self-centered, sleep all day-up all night, talk back, spend 99% of time with friends, NEVER do housework, and snap back at parents who ask them to do it. His grades would tank, too, if his dad was as much trouble as Walt Senior.

2. Jesse's teeth are too perfect. A heavy meth user's teeth ground away with the constant use and gums are red, bloody, soft. Other users on the show have bad teeth, but not Jesse. NOT believable.

3. There is hardly any mention of DNA. At all murder scenes in which Walt just walks away, his DNA would be everywhere. BOTH their DNA and fingerprints were all over Uncle Tio's house-case over.

4. At Tio's when Tuco throws Jesse and Walt's phones into the back yard, police would have found them, found their fingerprints and case over. When there is a death like Tuco’s, law enforcement workers search miles around the crime scene.

5. Jesse is not that attractive that super hot chicks would be after him. The actresses chosen to play his love interests are way too pretty for a guy who is a big loser. They are also too tall and too big for him. He seems overpowered by them.

6. The theft of lab equipment would have been noticed. Other teachers would have complained that things were missing. Schools keep up with stuff better than that. Each teacher uses the equipment, so someone would have noticed. There is always a bitchy woman/man on the staff who keeps up with stuff right down to pencils and erasers. Gilligan shows that he is writing about how he thinks it goes in schools, not how it truly works.

7. No one ever seems to be looking out a window to see murders and kidnappings. Just not realistic.

8. Mike would have immediately killed Walt when Walt killed Gus. Mike would know he had to get to Walt before Walt got to him.

9. Killing 9 in prisons? Come on!! Prisons have cameras everywhere. Someone would have seen something. NOT believable.

10. Hank would have not only driven by the laundry once, he would have been driving by several times and he would have seen Walt's car. We cannot believe that a skilled detective would rely on one person to drive him by that place only one time. He would have driven by at all hours of the day and night, and sent others to do the same.

11. Walt would have spent his money all along for basic household needs. They were barely getting by, so he would have been buying groceries, new shoes for Walt, Jr., baby clothes, gas, etc. He would have always had a pocket full of cash, to make Skyler's life smoother. She would have liked that and he could have eased her along better.

12. Why did Walt make a pass at the principal? Does not make sense for him logically. We are to believe he does all things out of logic. This would only harm him.

13. We are told over and over how he does this for his family. All right-----we get it. You do not have to remind us....enough already.

14. Jesse throwing money away would not happen. He would be doing his best to show that he is a winner to his parents. He would have been buying things for his parents, sending his mom flowers on all occasions, and spending the cash on the girlfriends for diamonds, clothes, etc.

15. Jesse would not drive a beat up car. He would have a Lexus or Mercedes. All drug dealers drive the best cars in town. The local car dealers rely on them to spend their cash and everyone turns a blind eye.

16. Someone with the DEA would be on Walt and Jesse's side. The money is just too much of a temptation. They could have paid off their own informant. The DEA agents would have noticed one of their own acting suspiciously.

17. Jesse and Walt's DNA would be in the UHaul Truck that did the magnet thing. DNA does not go anywhere. Also, the magnets would get traced back to the junk yard and case closed.

18. All junk yards have to give account for cars that are smashed. Even though they got rid of the RV, there would be enough left for DNA, even fingerprints. Case closed at that point.

19. Someone would notice that Walt was visiting Jesse in the hospital. Case closed. All hospitals film everyone coming and going because of having narcotics present in the facilities.

20. The mask found in the desert would have had fingerprints or DNA from Walt. Case closed. It did lead them back to the school. DEA would have put in cameras and found Walt stealing more property. Most schools have cameras inside anyway. Case closed.

21. Once Walt gets all that money, women would be after him.

22. There are not enough female characters in this show. Women are always around where money is being made. Walt would have been tempted with plenty of 15 to 20 year olds. Hot chicks can sniff out cash.

23. Walt would have been using cough drops with all that coughing.

24. There is a mouth wash that cancer doctors prescribe for lung patients because of the dry mouth and odors. Walt would constantly be using mouthwash and cough drops.

25. NO one with lung disease can run up and down steps. He would be on oxygen therapy with the air tanks needed at all times. Uncle Tio has them and he is sitting. Walt would not be that active with real lung cancer. Lungs determine all movement of the body. He would not be able to move like he does. Even driving a car is difficult with lung cancer and chemo.

26. Nothing is said about the raids on Gus's delivery trucks. Law enforcement would have been involved, this would lead to Gus; case over.

27. Ted would not be all goo goo over a 40 year old pregnant woman. He would have a long line of 20 year olds in his bed.

28. Once Skyler found problems with Ted's books, he would have fired her. Men do not like bad news.

29. They can pay $800,000 cash for a car wash????? How is that money laundering????

30. Walt would have been traveling to the Cayman islands or other sites that will launder money for him. He could afford to hire a private plane.

31. Walt would have an alternate plan of escape. With 80 million he would have many options.

32. He would have been sending the family on long vacations, as in Europe or Australia. People with new money travel. He would keep them out of town and out of his way and out of harm.

33. Most people who live in the West do speak Spanish. A person with Walt's intelligence would pick it up easily.

34. Walt would buy diamonds and expensive shoes for Skyler. Woman can be bought off. Logically, he would appeal to her ego. As Ron White says, "Diamonds, that will shut her up."

35. The baby does not seem to grow very fast. Most children will not fit into a bassinet at age 6 to 9 months. Is that a real baby? Looks fake. Why is it always wearing a hat in New Mexico with heat in the 100's to 110's?

36. Skyler would have followed Walt to the laundry. case closed.

37. Friends of Crazy 8 would have gone to see Jesse as he was last seen with him.

38. The police are portrayed as bumbling fools. Not so. They are generally very thorough. Not believable that no police officer can put two and two together.

39. There would have been a police report filed when Walt crashed the new car he bought for Walt Junior. No one gets away with that kind of damage without someone noticing. case closed

40. Hank has plenty of chances to bug Walt's home or car. He would have done so in order to find out the truth, then, he could have built his case.

41. Gus's operation was way to big for him to rely on one person to cook. He would have had cooks all over the place. He could have set up labs in his trucks. He was too smart to put all his eggs in one basket.

42. Tio would not pee in a pool in front of the Don--never happen. Pee on flowers or people, but not the pool where gals are gonna be swimming.

43. Walt Jr. never changes. A kid at age 16 changes in many ways. His hair style is not modern. His clothes are like circa 1995.

44. Jesse's shirts never get dirty. The white stays the whitest. He sleeps in clothes, but they do not wrinkle or even look dirty. Not believable.

45. Too many bullets fly in the shooting scenes. My brothers both use automatic weapons and I know plenty of law enforcement officials who tell me that when the bullets fly from an automatic rifle, someone dies. Oh, Hank falls to the ground as his defense against automatic weapon fire. Hank would be dead. He would have been hit with many bullets and his head would explode like a watermelon bursting open.

46. Too many dead bodies and no one seems to be missing them. Too many ways both Walt and Jesse would have been seen with the ones they killed. All cities have cameras on the streets. All major roads have "eye in the sky" cameras. When people die, relatives know who the last person is that was with them.

47. All in all, too many things just are not believable. Police are not that bad at their jobs and criminals are not that lucky.
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on July 15, 2017
This show is a masterpiece, Bryan Cranston as Walter White is one of the greatest protagonists in Television history. The show is well written and the episodes flow incredibly well.
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on October 1, 2012
In a country of over 310 million, there are hundreds of people every day who find out that they have cancer or some other terminal condition. Some face their conditions heroically, and most others manage to at least view their situation with resignation. Probably very few truly "break bad" as a means to secure their families' futures after they are gone.

This DVD set contains all seven episodes of the first (2008) season of the AMC series "Breaking Bad," a drama in which Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, produces methamphetamine with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as a means of providing financial security for his family before he dies.

Cranston and Paul have each won Emmys for their gritty portrayals of two who have gone utterly wrong. The series shows the unsavory characters Walt is forced to deal with after his descent into crime, the psychological and health morass into which he progressively sinks, his continuing moral struggles after he gets involved, the harrowing effects of meth use on those who take it, and the consequences that crime inflicts on innocent people. Walter and Jesse end up sinking deeper into crime and lies than they ever thought they'd get.

Anna Gunn plays Skyler, Walter's unsuspecting wife. There are intense scenes showing family decisions about cancer and the choices that many such families are forced to consider in real life, as well as scenes that graphically show cancer's effects.

"Breaking Bad" has been nominated three times for the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. The series has great shots of the New Mexico desert, there are even a few funny moments in the series, and this DVD set contains bonus features on how the series was made. "Breaking Bad" is definitely not a feel-good series, but its no-holds-barred portrayal of the depths to which flawed humanity is capable of falling has garnered the show many viewers and Emmy nominations.
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on May 8, 2014
Ok ok, the quote is from the final season, But cmon. This show is the most badass thing ever made. After watching the first season, it became available on netflix and I pretty much never left my house until I finished them all. Bryan Cranston shows just how amazing of an actor he is without overdoing a single line. There's not much more to say about this show, and this season, other than just to go for it and watch it. You won't be disappointed.
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on November 28, 2015
Love this show.

Hate the commercial that is in my library. I never purchased any episodes.
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on February 25, 2015
I admit, I only started watching this show just recently, and after catching up, I got to say, ONE HECK OF A SHOW! Watching this showing has gotten me hooked! I mean literally, this show just keeps getting more and more intense every season! I just don't get it how a show like this is just so brutally intense! I just don't know. As far as characters go, fantastic! Just absolutely fantastic, especially Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White. He is the real deal! He is Heisenberg and I will definitely remember his name. As far the previous two episodes "Blood Money" and "Buried", it's a different type of intense. It's more of a dramatic intense rather than the disturbing images that you've seen in previous episodes. But still, it's Breaking Bad at its best. Overall, one of the best shows on TV.
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