Who remembers this line? Say my name! An instant classic line from the bombastic badass moment in season 5 of Breaking Bad, depicting Walter White (the great Heisenberg) as a fearless master deal maker in the treacherous drug world of the methamphetamine business.
Breaking bad is nothing short of a television phenomenon and rightly so, for it is widely regarded as the greatest show to hit the television. Ranking third in Rolling Stone’s 2016 list of all time best 100 TV shows, Breaking Bad is one show that is steps ahead of other TV shows.
In 2008, January 20, director Vince Gilligan blessed the screen-world with Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is more than just the story of a man, on the brink of death, fighting a terminal illness and turning to a life of crime to secure the financial future of his family. It’s so much more than that. With five seasons and 62 episodes, 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2013 Outstanding Drama Series Award and altogether three Peabody awards in 2008 and 2013, Breaking Bad is one TV show that has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim.
With chemistry deeply ingrained in the plot, as well as the main character Walt being a chemistry genius, the show’s opening credits associate the symbols of the chemical elements Bromine with Breaking and Barium with Bad in a fun, interesting way. Breaking Bad traces the transformation and moral decline of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose life is on the brink of death, following a terrible diagnosis of inoperable stage 3 lung cancer. With a pregnant wife, a son suffering from cerebral palsy, and just two years to live, Walter in a quest to secure the financial future of his family, shuts his moral compass and sinks into the world of illegal drug business, producing and selling pure blue crystalline methamphetamine, that is widely sought out for.
Fuelled on by a new sense of fearlessness following the grave prognosis, Walter teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, and together they produce (cook) crystalline methamphetamine. The signature blue colour and purity of their methamphetamine enjoys high demand and soon they rake in big cash, establishing themselves as major players in the drug trade. But the drug trade is a dangerous business and without fail, Walter and his drug-addicted salesman, Jesse Pinkman, find themselves embroiled in the crimes that come with the illegal drugs.
Originally airing on AMC, from 2008 to 2013, Breaking Bad like every well made fiction, never truly ages. With details perfectly made and fluid organic characters, Breaking Bad stills comes across as fresh to both new and repeat viewers. With its strong narration, engaging drama and characters that are not overly done, Breaking Bad has indeed rightly earned its place in TV-dom. So how well do you know the story surrounding the drug lord Heisenberg and his minion Jesse? See How far you can go with this Breaking Bad quiz.