Breaking bad is overrated

Finale of "Breaking Bad": The withdrawal has started


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If there is one certainty in life, it is that it will end in death. And because the television series Breaking Bad, the very last episode of which has now been broadcast, is not silly, but extremely serious - because here the essential questions of life are discussed in a crystal clear mercilessness that replaces a philosophical library, it was long ago clear how it had to end. It's as trivial as it is harrowing.

The big series that have caught our attention in recent years to such an extent that there has been talk of the demise of the cinema and the resurrection of the 19th century novel in this medium were about drugs and they appeared to be drugs. Mad Men (about alcohol), The Wire (Heroin), Breaking Bad (Crystal meth) is addicting.

And so we had who we on Breaking Bad got stuck, had a hard time in the end. After all, the fifth and final season, which has now ended, had to be watched at the weekly rhythm of the television broadcasts - at the earliest on Monday morning in the live stream, or, legally, on Wednesday, where the current episode could be purchased via iTunes. It would have been more satisfying, i.e. more addictive, to consume this season on DVD, that is, in one go and in a few days or nights. But well, now it's over, and although the end, i.e. death, was to be expected, it was all just as mysterious as life itself. And it would be too presumptuous to say anything final about the series so soon afterwards.



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What was it all about? Walter White, a poorly paid chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops cancer and cannot pay for his treatment in the typical American lack of health insurance. He begins to cook crystal meth with his former student Jesse, who has long been addicted to the drug. Since one is a brilliant chemist and the other has a connection to the scene, and because, as word soon gets around, there has never been such a pure substance in the whole area, their business is picking up momentum very quickly. In increasingly professional laboratories and under the protection of a powerful drug lord, White increases the money in a way that is no longer in proportion to the original motives, i.e. treating his illness and caring for the family.

The series creators tortured the audience with their anti-climactic storytelling

White becomes a legend. His alias: "The Great Heisenberg". His opponents: the long unsuspecting brother-in-law Hank, who is of all things a police officer with the drug investigation agency, local dealers and Mexican drug cartels, the cold and beautiful businesswoman Lydia, the drug boss Gus Fring, and towards the end of the series - it gets completely ludicrous - a merciless one Group of more or less gay neo-Nazi killers. With all of these, except with his brother-in-law Hank, White allies from time to time, all of which he gets out of the way in the end. So a big and brutal back and forth, that's roughly the plot of the series. But it doesn't matter.

That us Breaking Bad took his breath away in a way that made waiting for the next episode sick in the end, is not because of its ever-increasing tension. The scriptwriters around the series creator Vince Gilligan rather tortured the viewer with a downright anti-climactic storytelling. The approaching police sirens, which the dying Walter White can just hear at the end of the last episode, are reminiscent of the sirens in front of which he froze at the end of the very first episode of the first season, after he had recorded his will shortly before.