It is not easy to win the title of one of the best series of all time. However, one of the few works that achieved the feat was breaking bad. Created by Vince Gilligan, the series made its debut in 2008 and was on the air until 2013, with five seasons. Originally, the production was broadcast on the North American channel AMC and, currently, it can be marathoned on Netflix.
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breaking bad was highly praised over time for its cast, which features names like Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito. By the way, many of them reappeared in the spin-offs of breaking bad, which were also huge hits. Are they: El Camino (2019) and Better Call Saul (2015 – 2022).
To refresh your memory, in breaking badwe follow the problematic path of chemistry professor Walter White (Cranston), who discovers he has lung cancer. Upon receiving the terrible news and realizing that he has nothing to leave his family, Walter decides to kick the bucket and start producing methamphetamine alongside one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman (Paul). This, however, puts the two on a path filled with violence, surprises and tragedies.
Now, it is worth reflecting: even with all the appreciation and popular affection that breaking bad received, is the series still worth watching in 2023? Or has she aged badly and the story doesn’t hold up so well anymore? I gathered some arguments to answer these questions!
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To watch or not to watch Breaking Bad in 2023? That is the question!Source: AMC
Breaking Bad: Is it worth watching in 2023?
As some of you may know, I’m a fan of breaking bad and I’ve already written two columns about the series here at TecMundo. So it would be very comfortable for me to come here and say, “Guys, watch the show again, because it’s perfect, blah, blah, blah.” However, I really tried to look for opposing points to compose this analysis in order not to give a biased opinion. And, who knows, maybe it really wouldn’t make sense, as much as I love the work, to revisit it now.
However (to the surprise of zero people), I came to the conclusion that, yes, watching breaking bad in 2023 it might be a good idea. However, I invite you to do it in a different way. What I mean by that is, if you’re going to venture into the Walter and Jesse story again this year, fdo it accompanied by your spinoffsif you haven’t watched them yet.
“But, Jean, imagine how long it will take me to finish all this…”. I know I know. Watching three works like this is not a quick task. But I argue that, in fact, it shouldn’t be. the universe of breaking bad (as well as so many others) is something to digest, to appreciate. There are so many good points in Gilligan’s three productions that it would be a sin to consume them with an eye only on the finish line, without enjoying the journey. And I will explain why.
Breaking Bad gained more narrative detail with its two spin-offs: El Camino and Better Call Saul.Source: AMC
If you haven’t seen it yet, El Camino It is Better Call Saul are filled with easter eggs and references to the original series, however much they follow their own paths. In both projects, we discovered things that we didn’t already know in breaking bad. We see scenes that interconnect and offer even more detailed explanations about the characters’ arcs and some narrative details. We savor details that make the original series even more delicious and incredible.
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And that’s exactly it, this narrative care, this attention to details, to the arcs, to the main plots and to the subplots, which makes the universe of breaking bad so robust and iconic. So if you decide to watch breaking bad in 2023, try to increase the experience with El Camino It is Better Call Saulunhurried, with an eye on the minutiae, on the references that the works make to each other, on the way everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.
In this way, rewatching Gilliagan’s work in 2023 may be a completely new experience, but as pleasurable as watching it for the first time.