So, I finished watching Breaking Bad, and instead of being another person going on about how great it is, I’ll point out the few flaws I saw in the series. And luckily there were some flaws, because as someone who wants to write compelling fiction himself, it would be hard to stand if it were perfect.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH BREAKING BAD
* It’s kinds of unfair to point this out since it’s sort of because of a writer’s strike, but the first season ended pretty weakly. In fact, the premiere of the second season would have been a great season finale and the second episode of the second season a great premiere.
* For getting glimpses of it throughout the second season, the payoff of the plane crash that Walt tangentially caused didn’t really work for me.
* Walt was almost too pathetic in season 4, at some points stupid beyond belief. Such as the episode where he decided to just get a gun and go shoot Fring. It was dumb for him to think he could just walk up and shoot Fring — when Fring would already be aware Walt would want to kill him — and what exactly was Walt’s plan for after that if he somehow succeeded? Also, with Walt so blatantly trying to kill Fring, it strained credulity to believe Fring would keep him around for any reason.
* And how pathetic Walt was in season 4 made his switch to alpha male in season 5 seem abrupt. Despite Mike saying, “Just because you killed Jesse James doesn’t make you Jesse James,” that’s basically what happened as killing Fring seemed to give Walt the confidence boost he needed to be a drug kingpin.
* The neo-nazis from the last season were almost deus machina. They just pop up out of nowhere and then much of the last season was centered around them. They make a big deal of how Walt killed ten people within two minutes, but all Walt did for that was this conversation:
WALT: “I want these ten people in prison killed within two minutes.”
LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEO-NAZIS: “That sounds hard.”
WALT: *Heisenberg voice* “Do it anyway.”
They really needed another season to more organically insert the neo-nazis in the story and develop them.
* I felt like I needed more explanation on how the ruthless Walt had such a strict rule on not killing family, especially when he was willing to give all his money up to save his brother in law from neo-nazis.
* In the last episode, two things stuck out at me. One, Walt finds car keys in the sun visor of a car. This is a movie cliche, but I’ve never known anyone in real life to put keys there to make their car so easy to steal. Does anyone actually do that? Also, I have trouble believing a blindly fired M60 could so easily kill a room full of people.
And that’s about it.