Last Dance with ‘Breaking Bad’

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As the finale of Breaking Bad draws ever closer, hardcore fans from the beginning and the reluctant twerps who took years of convincing, both get a chance to relive each and every second of glory leading into the finale.  AMC has decided to let Breaking Bad dominate the air waves almost exclusively from September 25th-29th up until the very final episode airing at 9pm on the 29th by showing the series in its entirety. There will be a slight break from late on Friday September 27th allowing for some assumable contractual obligations, until 11pm on September 28th, but other than that AMC will be the Breaking Bad channel for one last dance with the king of television.

Already predicted to take the Emmy’s by storm this weekend, it is no surprise that AMC will send off the crown jewel of their broadcasting history with a little bit of gusto.  This series marathon will also give individuals a chance to investigate the coded imagery and hidden symbols throughout the show that they may have missed earlier.  Last week’s triumphant “Ozymandias” episode seemed to open the public’s eyes far wider than ever before as to just how much depth there is the Breaking Bad series.  Events were so beautiful connected to each other, as if the show was a symphony just waiting for more talented musicians to join the stage with each successive movement.

As for the reluctant twerps that hopped on the bandwagon when it became unfashionable to not watch Breaking Bad this could be a perfect opportunity to truly study and appreciate all the earlier episodes that they fast forwarded through on Netflix.  Without the foundation Vince Gilligan poured into the first season like the sturdiest of concretes, these final episodes would have had nary the chance of having such profound impact on the viewing public.

This nation has followed Walter White from the nuances of a man down on his luck with cancer and an altruistic desire to leave something behind for his family if cancer takes him from this Earth too soon.  As the progressed lessons about his botched relationship with his old scientific partner arise, his missed opportunity to become part of a multi-million dollar company, and the humbling nature of sharing genius level chemistry knowledge with the unwilling modern youth of the New Mexico high school system.

As things started to unravel, not only do viewers become unclear if they sympathize with Walter, but at various points throughout the show they become unsure if they sympathize with any of the characters.  The beauty of Vince Gilligan’s magnificent creation in Breaking Bad is that no one ever knows one precise reason why they must watch the next episode.  Even if they tune in only to get a singular question answered, to validate their own suspicions, or even see someone eliminated in a manner they believe they would if presented with the identical circumstance.  Great television shows challenge the intelligent to find new ways to form appreciation, and challenge the dullards to keep up with the intelligent.  Like a timeless oil painting or an immortal work of poetry, this show will endure.  AMC will let all of America take one huge last gulp out of the chalice of Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston’s brilliance before recording their Emmy stats, and crossing their fingers that if a show like this ever happens again, it is somehow on AMC.  So enjoy this last dance, because a conductor this good may not create something this stunning for several eons.

(Op-Ed)

Written by Michael Blain

Twitter: @michaelblain

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