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24 April 2013 @ 06:28 pm
Breaking Bad Season 1  
So I watched Season 1 of Breaking Bad. My watching journey was something like this:

Bored, bored, ewwwwwwwwwwwwww ewwwwww ewwwww, still bored, ewwwww, bored, bored, ewww, ewwww, ewwwwwwwwwwaghhhhheewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, bored, bored, not so bored, ew, bored, ew, hmm... bored, hmm... STRANGELY HOOKED IN BUT DON'T REALLY KNOW WHY.

The narrative traction picked up considerably once Tuco came into the picture. I think the first time I felt at all interested in the main character was in his stand-off with Tuco after Jesse got beat up.

I am very glad I'm mainlining it - no WAY would I have continued with this show after any of the first three eps, week by week - boring dude kills people in hideously violent and grotesque way for no perceivably understandable reason? UGH NO. But once that was over with, the fact that Jesse and Walt have these deaths between/behind them I found seeing what they would do now to be more interesting.

Struggled to find any characters to like but I'm not sure it's the kind of show where you like anyone? I at least am finding that I'm intellectually interested in what happens to Jesse and Walt. Walt is a lot harder to understand, naturally. The son is ok, but we don't see much of him. The women are hideous but that tiara was grotesque so I had a bleep of sympathy for Skyler there. Skyler is probably only slightly less of an enigma than Walt to me, but will be interesting to see how things go.

Plot-wise I am now well motivated to continue.

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Anoel: got arya pointyanoel on April 24th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Hee yeah a lot of people have that reaction to S1 :) It definitely gets TONS better in the last two episodes and then S2 is just soooo much better and exciting. Jesse is my emotional connection character by far but S2 is really the one that'll bring that out. Skyler gets much better in S3 IMO but the show definitely struggles with women unfortunately. I hope you keep going and enjoy it!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on April 24th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah I was warned it took a bit to get into it. It definitely picked up towards the end of season so keen to settle in to season 2 now.
Raprap541 on April 24th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I think you will find Jesse more sympathetic and likeable as time goes on. Season one is hard in that yes, none of the characters are especially likeable. Walt's descent is pretty amazing tho - the "I am the danger" bit later on is awesome. I never thought Bryan Cranston could overcome being the dad on Malcom and the Middle and yet here we are.

Be aware that grotesque yet hilarious murders are something of a signature of this show.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Deborah Morganbop_radar on April 25th, 2013 09:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I find I'm enjoying the Jesse performance - he's a very real character, so I can imagine him growing on me.

I was warned about the gross factor before watching - I can put up with it but don't like it.
Killakillabeez on April 24th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I felt the same way. Season 3 was hard for me, and I never really caught up on some of what I missed, but S4 was worth all of it. Hank is the only character I feel okay about loving, but Jesse definitely gets under your skin. For a while, I only watched because my S.O. did (and we live in a one-room loft), but now I'm glad that I stuck in there.
Cherrycherryice on April 24th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I recently started watching, but I dropped out about part way through season 2 when I realized Hank was the only one I had any investment in, and the rest were some combination of don't care/go away/go to jail/please die now.

It's interesting to hear someone who feels the same way say that it's worth sticking it out! Most people have told me that if I'm not into it yet, I probably won't ever be.
Killakillabeez on April 24th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I can't really say for sure. I mean, I'm really glad I watched S4, and in general, I'm glad I watched the show because the writing and acting are so excellent. But I don't know that I'd recommend you go back to it unless you, like me, have a huge weakness for Jonathan Banks. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: To Kill a Mockingbirdbop_radar on April 25th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Hank?! Seriously? I can't stand him.
Yeah, so I have mixed feelings at the moment - I am watching because people told me the plotting was amazing, so I knew the characters could take a while or be hard work. I'll see. I am glad I'm mainlining it - only way!
Killakillabeez on April 25th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Well, YMMV, obviously, but it probably has a lot to do with how you're watching it. I loved Hank in S1, which I watched near the end of S1 airing. Then I didn't have much use for him in S2-3. I liked him again in S4, but not as much as I once did.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on April 28th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have enjoyed a few of his moments now. I find I enjoy *some* scenes for each of the characters but am really struggling to consistently like any of them - but from what others say, that's not unusual! ;) Am halfway through S2 now - still finding it rocky.
Cherrycherryice on April 24th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got through to about the middle of the second season, realized I was rooting for the racist cop (and wanted pretty much everyone -- but especially Walt) to get caught and go to jail. And for Walt to die AND go to jail, though not in that order.

And then I stopped watching.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on April 25th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Haha, that's hilarious. But yes. It's definitely a show where I'm not really rooting for the main character. Mind you I've watched seven seasons of Dexter hating Dexter so this is clearly no deterrent under the right conditions. ;) There ain't no Deb on Breaking Bad though ... we'll see. I'm watching for the plot at the moment - I can't often do that alone, but I'm kind of distanced enough at the moment to be curious to persist at least somewhat further.
Cherrycherryice on April 28th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I've watched all seven seasons of Dexter hoping that it ends with him dead or in jail or on the run. If he gets away, I will be VERY DISPLEASED.

Have... have you seen the send of S7? I have some feelings I need to express.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dexterbop_radar on April 28th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
I did! I also had Feelings. :((
I think that show will destroy me (as it is Deb) but I will have to watch anyway.
sarmoti: AD - fire salesarmoti on April 26th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I marathoned Breaking Bad and had a similar reaction at the beginning. I wasn't super into it in S1 but was interested enough to keep watching, though I did it somewhat slowly. But by S3 I was really hooked and zoomed through the rest of it, like an addict. :) I hope you enjoy the rest of the series and I'm excited for the final episodes!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on April 27th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's patchy for me still in Season 2 - some parts mesmerising, others yawn-y. But I'm committed to watching it through as I want to see what all the plotting fuss is about.