It’s rare that a series gets wrapped up as neatly as this one managed, and Breaking Bad more or less ended exactly as one could expect. I felt the events of the previous season were more entertaining, mostly because season 5 had no real antagonist, especially not one that could match Gus. Still, there were some great scenes (train heist!) and some interesting developments. The body count got a little unnecessary but a few were handled quite well (finally using the ricin!)
It has all the familiar frustration and awkwardness of family interaction without the normal movie exaggeration. As an outsider, it is easy to laugh at this family, though it’s equally easy to feel a little bad about it since it is portrayed so realistically (at least in my experience.) A light, simple watch, but not quite memorable.
Now I understand the hype. This season had all the suspense and intensity I’d been waiting for. Cranston and Paul were both at their absolute best. Saul and Mike also have their fair share of entertaining moments. After Season 3‘s fantastic finale, it starts frantic and proceeds to showdown after showdown culminating in an even better final episode.
Here we go. Breaking Bad finally figured itself out. The quirky camera work and general oddness has properly gelled now, and Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul both highlight everything quite well. We get some great moments of suspense too, especially in the final episode. Even Hank and Skyler get some fairly interesting arcs. It took a while, but now the show’s accolades seem warranted.