Originally Posted by archiguy
. 'Breaking Bad' really is
the best thing on TV. I've heard people who don't watch it say the "subject matter bothers them", i.e. they don't want to watch an anti-hero whose line of work is in the meth trade. But BB is to meth production as Hamlet is to patricide. TWD isn't about the zombies; it's how "average" people cope with an unimaginable stressful situation they don't understand. Those things aren't nearly the focus of the work, or why anyone watches. BB is simply the best freakin' suspense thriller being made anywhere right now. And Bryan Cranston has earned every one of those Emmys he's won for playing the now iconic Walter White. He's mesmerizing.
I understand your point.
With BB, I am not the least bit interested in seeing any of the characters interrelate with each other or anything else.
Because of the background the drama of the series is played upon.
Meth destroys, meth kills, meth sucks the soul out of the weak....and out of innocents
The children of those who have surrendered themselves to the drug are forever scarred.
I don't find anything about BB worthy of an investment of my steadily decreasing and limited time on this planet.
As for TWD, I watched the pilot.
When the sheriff decided he had to go back into the city to unlock the murderer's handcuffs (because it wasn't "right" to leave him there) and thereby putting everyone else in real jeopardy (including his wife and kid), my Suspension of Disbelief took a terminal hit.
The best stuff on TV is orders of magnitude better than the average Hollywood film these days. One of these top notch serialized dramas can take the time to develop a character or show that character's ascendance or decline (in Walter White's case) with a carefully calibrated nuance that the 2-hour running length of a movie just can't do. They're long-form novels put into visual terms. They're worth the investment. The modern golden age of drama is not in the cineplex these days, it's on the cablenets like AMC and FX and premium channels like HBO and Showtime.