that said, anyone watching this who wants to watch Breaking Bad and hasn't gotten around to it yet, please stop reading this.
I just finished season 4 and while the show has faults (some episodes are paced slowly), what they are doing with their characters is amazing.
They have taken their main protagonist, the hero of the series and completely turned him, so now, at the end of the fourth season, he's a completely different man from the one who started the series.
The beauty of the fourth season is that the main villain, Gus Fring, may be a better man than Walt, or at least that's the question we're left with at the very end. And what the show has done beautifully is shift the focus, so now, the hero of the series is Jesse, the high school drop out, meth addict turned meth cook, who Walt once mentored and now ruthlessly manipulates.
Needless to say, I'm excited to watch the 5th season, and more importantly, the end, to see what Walt has coming to him, and how it happens, because he's now the villain.
It's an interesting idea, taking your hero and transforming him into a villain, and one I'm not sure I've seen on TV before. It means having a new hero waiting in the wings and a escalating series of events that turns a person, a meek, family oriented, science teacher into a homicidal drug kingpin. It's something I'd love to play with in a different setting, say a fantasy setting.
That's what great TV does, is give us interesting ideas and concepts and shows us how they can play out. And that's maybe why, I shouldn't watch another Bachelor Pad.
and soon, Vampire Diaries. I'm stupidly excited for the first episode.