Breaking Bad Season 2 (2009) TV Series Review “An Incredible Follow Up”

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After finishing the first season of “Breaking Bad” I almost immediately wanted to throw on the second season. The first season didn’t wow me however it did establish who the characters are and did get me addicted to the show and its premise. Moving right into the second season not wasting much time, I was hoping now, that the writers have done the task of introducing us to the major characters and the premise of the show, would just run with it all and ratchet up the intensity and character development in this second season with some new twists and turns. This season did just about everything I wanted it do. It takes everything we loved from the first season and improves on it. Giving us more episodes, new plotlines, and of course new drama. Once again this season is really smart and again addicting, with first rate performances from the actors and terrific direction from show creator Vince Gilligan this is a great season of television.

Season two continues right where the first one left off with Walter White and Jessie Pinkman in business with the crime boss Tuco selling their meth product. However they seem start to regret that decision when they see firsthand just how dangerous he can be, they begin to consider going into business for themselves. Then many things start to swell up in their personal lives and life seems to start to collapse around them.

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The excitement of this season blows away the first. The first two episodes have a high amount of suspense and tension as White and Pinkman try to deal with the half crazy Tuco. The first episode alone leaves you immediately grabbing the remote to turn on the second one to find out what was going to happen. Although this show is more character and dialogue driven than most shows, this certainly has it’s far share of excitement and white knuckle tension. The show doesn’t cop out with some unrealistic action sequence in order to keep the audience engaged. It keeps the realism in the air with every episode and when action does occur it is never far outside of reality.

Meanwhile the character drama and development keeps rising. White continues to battle cancer and to the best of his ability pay the bills. Walter begins to struggle to keep his double life separate from regular suburban life. Although he starts to find some good news with his cancer battles, he begins to alienate his wife Skyler as she continues to suspect he is up to something behind her back. While all of this is going on Walter “Heisenberg” White begins to descend into darkness and in many ways starts to develop a split personality. Bryan Cranston once again gives a fantastic performance and adds more depth to the character than he had in the first season.

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Starring opposite of Bryan Cranston is once again Aaron Paul. Like Walter White, Jesse Pinkman’s character is expanded and developed more. His life takes a turn for the worse. His relationship between him and his parents meets a fever pitch. Jesse gets kicked out his house and has to relocate. He is also struggling to make ends meet. We continue to see he is a good hearted person just mixed up in the wrong crowd. We see him strike up with relationship with a young woman that threatens to come between him and Walter. Still remains my favorite character of the series Aaron Paul gives another terrific performance.

Even White’s brother in law, Hank Schrader, has a much expanded role in this season as his search for the mysterious “Heisenberg” (aka Walter White)intensifies while also spending time in Texas on the border. He is also going through some post traumatic syndrome after a shootout yet tries to keep up a facade yet in private he is troubled. A really good extension of the character that in the first season was primary a plot device now feels like a well rounded character.

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A new addition to the cast this season is the terrific Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Coming in at the 8th episode is Goodman, the sly and maybe not always ethical Lawyer. Okay maybe not ethical, all the time. He is easily the best newcomer to the series and is a fun side character that is also funny but really smart at the same time. I can see why they chose him for a spinoff.

Most of the complaints I had from the first season are almost nonexistent. There a few moments where it gets a little uninteresting but they are far and few in between. There is a scene in the beginning of one of the episodes where there is a group of Mexican musicians that sings a song during the pre-credits that is meant to be a type of foreshadowing but it just feels a little out of place and should have been cut out. There is more dark comedy in the show that’s never been a problem for it is an excellent addition to the show and I’m not sure in the musicians was meant to be a part of that but it doesn’t work.

The most interesting parts about this season is the various and small appearances of a pink teddy bear. Subsequent appearances link more of the pieces of the puzzle together as the viewer continues to guess and speculate over what it could all by about. The more and more revealed the more and more you realize how well written and well thought out this how season really was. Incredible writing and direction again from Vince Gilligan.

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A terrific season once again with an ending you wouldn’t expect. Once the final conclusion happens you are left with a great set of 13 episodes that are far superior to the first season in every single way. If you’re binging on this show like I am then you’ll want to turn on the third season immediately. This show has only gotten better and is still has pitch perfect acting and great storytelling not many flaws here in the second season of “Breaking Bad.”

Final Score (Season 2)

9/10

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