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Breaking Bad - I know I know...

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Legosareforever Sun 06-Oct-13 17:37:26

It's probably been covered and I am late to catch on. blush

I'm thinking of ordering the season 1-4 DVD which is currently reduced on Amazon.

However I can't really stomach don't really like extreme or explicit on-screen violence.

So, is this really full on or not that bad?

ananikifo Sun 06-Oct-13 17:40:31


Legosareforever Sun 06-Oct-13 17:42:03

Anani, do you mean it's full-on violence or are you correcting my spelling grin blush?

HatticusFinch Sun 06-Oct-13 17:42:19

Most definitely full-on, decidedly grim at times.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Sun 06-Oct-13 17:46:38

but fucking amazing

ananikifo Sun 06-Oct-13 17:47:39

It's very dark. There's violence and they don't turn the camera away. I tried to make my DH watch it and he couldn't. If you are the type of person who wonders if something is too violent for you, you would probably find Breaking Bad difficult to watch. You may still like it but you should know how dark it is.

HatticusFinch Sun 06-Oct-13 17:50:58

Yes, it's amazing. It's one of the most original dramas I've come across. It's awesome, get stuck in OP.

Legosareforever Sun 06-Oct-13 17:57:23

Well I am intrigued by the effing amazing bit but if I can't watch it due to strong / upsetting scenes there wouldn't be much point in igetting the DVD. Or?

bdbfan Sun 06-Oct-13 18:07:09

Sorry to hijack thread op, I've watched the first 3 episodes and I'm a bit 'meh' about it. Is it worth carrying on or if I don't think much after 3 episodes am I gonna waste a pretty large proportion of my life trying to like it?

DameFellatioNelson Sun 06-Oct-13 18:10:40

I am on episode 2 and so far I'm a bit meh as well. My DH gave up halfway through episode 2, declared it to be crap and went to bed! I am determined to keep at it because the world and his wife can't be wrong, can they? confused

I'm not sure how many episodes I need to watch to be convinced though....

spacegirl81 Sun 06-Oct-13 18:12:32

Literally the best series I have ever watched, followed by dexter at a close second!

It is dark and grim in places, but is definitely worth a watch! I'm tempted to watch again!! grin

hazelnutlatte Sun 06-Oct-13 18:18:08

For those who have started watching and wondering whether to continue - do! It takes a while before it really gets going.

Yes there is a lot of violence so probably not one for you OP

RainierWolfcastle Sun 06-Oct-13 18:19:30

series 2 much better

keep going

tis violent tho

Legosareforever Sun 06-Oct-13 20:35:00

Ok, not for me then...

Any other recommendations? I enjoyed Borgen, Arne Dahl, 24, the bridge...

I can't watch The Kiling, too scary. Any other tips grin?

RainierWolfcastle Sun 06-Oct-13 20:35:24

you done mad men?

Legosareforever Sun 06-Oct-13 20:53:07

Nope I haven't done MM yet.

DameFellatioNelson Mon 07-Oct-13 03:57:34

I don't know any of those apart from 24 Legos, but MM is fantabulous, as is Damages, West Wing, Luther, Six Feet Under.

fascicle Mon 07-Oct-13 17:15:38

I am not good with violence (and can't do horror at all) but found BB 'manageable' for violence (and amazing in every other way). To compare: I liked Luther, but had to look away many times (some truly horrible scenes in that). There is a lot of humour in BB which helps balance out the dark moments.

For those who have watched a few episodes but aren't sure - keep going. Somewhere in the second series you will become hooked. grin

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Mon 07-Oct-13 22:09:19

Gotta second with the other posters - watched the first 4 - 6 episodes and thought it wS ok, stopped watching it and got hooked on another programme, finished that then went back to Breaking Bad as had nothing else to watch, when suddenly HOOKED BITCH!

NotScared Mon 07-Oct-13 22:13:39

DS1 is a BB junkie (excuse pun) he's 16 soon and I thought it'd be too grim for him but he said it's the best series he's ever watched. He liked Dexter up until series 5. He thinks it was a different writer then?

thenightsky Mon 07-Oct-13 22:14:45

Think of season 1 as a prequel where you get to know all the main characters. Then the story starts for real in season 2.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 07-Oct-13 22:51:46

both my ds love bb. They bought us the boxed set for Xmas. 6 feet under its also great if you don't like violence. I struggle with mm, one day I'm going to sit down with a jug of martinis and watch the lot.

Wearytiger Mon 07-Oct-13 23:04:49

The night sky I believe season 1 was actually cut short by the writers' strike and was intended to include some of the episodes that were later made as part of season 2. So you're spot in re treating it as an (amazing) prequel.

OP I do think bb is violent but there is absolutely no intent to glamourise it. As a result I am absolutely fine with watching it, I will admit to hiding behind my hands occasionally but it does not detract from the drama for me, because I believe it is what those (pretty horrible) characters would do in that situation. It is a strongly moral programme, I think.

SideshoBob Tue 08-Oct-13 01:34:39

I always find it odd a lot of people don't seem to like the Breaking Bad first season, I thought it was terrific, particularly the first three episodes.

I guess its slower in the first season than anywhere else (which is a consequence of developing the characters as much as anything) but they really racket up the tension. The conclusion to the third episode, well if that doesn't get you hooked, i'm not sure what will!

DameFellatioNelson Tue 08-Oct-13 04:12:10

Well against our better judgement we persevered with BB last night, and after watching episode 3 we actually wanted to go straight on and watch episode 4, instead of leavlng it for another night, which I think is a sign that we've perhaps turned a corner. grin

I'm still not bowled over by it yet but it's gradually starting to come together and I don't find the violence too bad so far (unlike Luther.) I adored Luther - thought it was hands down one of the best things I've seen ever, but oh lordy, the violence. How many times can you watch people being clubbed with a hammer? shock

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