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Old 06-15-11, 09:09 PM   #1
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Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

With the BB sales and coupons, I picked up all 3 seasons on Blu yesterday for about $40. We really didn't want to add any new shows to our schedule, but we just keep hearing how this show is the best show on tv, so for a great price, I just decided we needed to try.

We're 3 episodes in and we're not impressed so far. Does that not bode well for us liking it as it keeps going? Or does it start a little slowly and/or take time to really get into?

We liked The Walking Dead better after 3 episodes, same with The Killing, and Mad Men hooked us after the first episode. So, considering that most people would probably say Breaking Bad is BETTER than all 3 of those shows, I'm kind of nervous.

It's kind of boring so far, we don't really like anyone that much (although after the 3 eps we've watched, Jesse would be our favorite character), and we don't feel after each episode a real strong desire to get to the next show, the way we usually do, especially when watching an entire season when it's on disc already and you don't need to wait a week.

What are we missing? Will this get better or are were all of you fans/addicted to the show by episode 3?

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Old 06-15-11, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Keep going. It gets better and better. The first season was a good setup for the next two seasons.
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Old 06-15-11, 09:22 PM   #3
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Disclaimer: Breaking Bad is currently my favorite show currently airing, and if it keeps up at its current pace, will be replacing The Shield as my favorite show of all time.

With that said, I don't know what to say...

If you didn't like it after the first three episodes, I really don't know if you're going to.

Personally, I was hooked after the end of the second episode. I'm really surprised that you wouldn't be interested after what happens at the end of episode three.

Here's the thing, season one has a kind of parabolic intensity curve. The first three episodes are VERY eventful. Lots of stuff happens in the first the first episode, and the next two are spent cleaning up after the fallout from the Pilot.

The next two episodes slow things WAY down (and that's where I was expecting you to have lost interest when I saw the thread topic), but in a good way. They allow the characters to react to the events so far without new stuff being dumped in their lap. After that, the last two episodes really ramp back up to the intensity of the first three.

What baffles me is that you said you were bored watching the first three episodes? How?
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Old 06-15-11, 09:23 PM   #4
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

I was about to ask if Breaking Bad will ever be bad.

I came to the show late in the game as well, but love it. It has some of the most tense moments of any television show I've ever seen and you'll find yourself hooked pretty soon. But honestly, if you were not hooked by the first scene with Walt in his undies...
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Old 06-15-11, 09:41 PM   #5
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Disclaimer: Breaking Bad is currently my favorite show currently airing, and if it keeps up at its current pace, will be replacing The Shield as my favorite show of all time.

With that said, I don't know what to say...

If you didn't like it after the first three episodes, I really don't know if you're going to.

Personally, I was hooked after the end of the second episode. I'm really surprised that you wouldn't be interested after what happens at the end of episode three.

Here's the thing, season one has a kind of parabolic intensity curve. The first three episodes are VERY eventful. Lots of stuff happens in the first the first episode, and the next two are spent cleaning up after the fallout from the Pilot.

The next two episodes slow things WAY down (and that's where I was expecting you to have lost interest when I saw the thread topic), but in a good way. They allow the characters to react to the events so far without new stuff being dumped in their lap. After that, the last two episodes really ramp back up to the intensity of the first three.

What baffles me is that you said you were bored watching the first three episodes? How?
Well, it's not like we hate it either. We just don't really feel like we care about anyone or anything YET. Yes, the last bit of 3 got going more, but it's difficult to explain why you don't feel a connection to something. But it's usually the characters. With all the faults in the Killing, we both really liked Holder and Linden right away. Nothing like that has happened and, so far, it's not like there's been a lot of other characters.

It was like they spent 2 entire episodes dealing with what to do with those 2 guys and, even then, the final decision was made when Walter really didn't have a choice, because it was going to be him or the other guy, so he finally did what I thought needed to be done earlier. Walter didn't wait long to decide to be a meth dealer, but then he agonized for so long about something that seemed like a no-brainer. I know it's not easy if it's not in your nature, but he had no choice, which never changed from the moment he realized the guy was alive and, honestly, it would have been "easier" to do it when the guy was still more out of it, instead of letting him get better and better.

Meanwhile, almost nothing else is happening.
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Old 06-15-11, 09:41 PM   #6
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

BB is currently my favorite show and quite close to being my favorite show of all-time. Season 1 is 7 episodes long I believe -- although the arc doesn't wrap up until early in season 2 (due to the writer's strike at the time).

I must admit I'm a bit surprised you are not liking it after 3 episodes. I'm trying to recall how I felt after the first few episodes. Either way, I strongly encourage you to stick with it.
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Old 06-15-11, 09:42 PM   #7
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What are we missing? Will this get better or are were all of you fans/addicted to the show by episode 3?
I was hooked with the pilot. I'd say at least watch the first season, since it's short. Things get pretty crazy near the end. If you're still bored after that, then I don't think you'll like the show.
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Old 06-15-11, 09:45 PM   #8
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Does it ever get good? It gets phenomenal.
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Old 06-15-11, 10:07 PM   #9
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Does it ever get good? It gets phenomenal.
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Old 06-15-11, 10:10 PM   #10
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Probably not for you, I thought it started off phenomenally. No show is for everybody.
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Old 06-15-11, 10:37 PM   #11
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Im 99.9% sure this is a bullshit thread meant to get a rise out of people...
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Old 06-16-11, 12:02 AM   #12
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

This is by far one of the best shows on television right now. Keep watching and hopefully you start enjoying it more. I was basically hooked by the end of episode one when I watched it and made it through the first season in about two days (I came late to the show and watched it on DVD).
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Old 06-16-11, 01:49 AM   #13
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

I really don't get how you can say it's boring, but 'Mad Men' hooked you from episode 1.
IMO 'Mad Men' was excruciatingly boring for most of season 1.

To each his own I guess but like Fist of Doom said, at least finish the first season. It's only 7 episodes and if you aren't hooked by the season finale, you never will be.
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Old 06-16-11, 03:56 AM   #14
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

You bought the fucking thing on Blu ray for 3 seasons having never watched an episode.

I say give up and sell me the 3 seasons for a fair price. I already own Season 3 on Blu ray but will happily take 1 & 2 off your hands.
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Old 06-16-11, 04:12 AM   #15
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Im 99.9% sure this is a bullshit thread meant to get a rise out of people...
Yeah, I mean, one of the OP's arguments for not liking the show seems to be the fact that Walter (who up until this point was a SCIENCE TEACHER) took too long to murder someone in cold blood (I mean, wtf?).

I hate when people act like killing someone in a TV show should be some flippant response to a problem, as if it most in real life could do it at will.

Just sell the show on eBay or something. It's clearly not for you.
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Old 06-16-11, 06:56 AM   #16
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We liked The Walking Dead better after 3 episodes, same with The Killing, and Mad Men hooked us after the first episode. So, considering that most people would probably say Breaking Bad is BETTER than all 3 of those shows, I'm kind of nervous.


The Walking Dead and The Killing pale in comparison to Breaking Bad. If this thread is serious though, then I'd say just quit while you're ahead. If you don't like it after three episodes, you're never going to like it.

I'll take the Blu-rays off your hands too, since I only have the first two seasons on DVD.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:14 AM   #17
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Im 99.9% sure this is a bullshit thread meant to get a rise out of people...
I agree - this doesn't make any sense.

(and if this is real, why the @#$% are you blind buying three seasons of a TV show??)
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Old 06-16-11, 08:15 AM   #18
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Does it ever get good? It gets phenomenal.
100% agree...

If this isnt a troll thread then yeah have to agree that maybe this just isnt your show because it grabbed me from the beginning. And Ill admit to saying many times before watching that this show cant be as good as everyone says, and I couldnt have been more wrong.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:21 AM   #19
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

I'm sorry, the mention of The Walking Dead and The Killing makes this some sort of weird AMC-apologist troll thread.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:49 AM   #20
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

I honestly don't think he's trying to troll. I can understand blind buying a series that he's repeatedly heard is one of the best shows on television, especially for such a great price.

He's just not feeling it yet. His expectations were probably set very high and the series just hasn't met those expectations yet. There's a possibility that he won't like the show in the end, but I have a feeling he'll end up loving it like the rest of us if he just sticks with it. I wasn't too high on the first season when it aired.
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It wasn't until the second season that I fell in love with the show and now I can say without a doubt that it's one of my favorite television shows of all time (top 5, maybe 3).

There is one complaint that does stick out though. There's no way you can call the first 3 episodes boring and then go on to praise The Killing and Mad Men. Breaking Bad is the last one of that bunch that could ever be called boring.

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Old 06-16-11, 09:05 AM   #21
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With the BB sales and coupons, I picked up all 3 seasons on Blu yesterday for about $40. We really didn't want to add any new shows to our schedule, but we just keep hearing how this show is the best show on tv, so for a great price, I just decided we needed to try.

We're 3 episodes in and we're not impressed so far. Does that not bode well for us liking it as it keeps going? Or does it start a little slowly and/or take time to really get into?

We liked The Walking Dead better after 3 episodes, same with The Killing, and Mad Men hooked us after the first episode. So, considering that most people would probably say Breaking Bad is BETTER than all 3 of those shows, I'm kind of nervous.

It's kind of boring so far, we don't really like anyone that much (although after the 3 eps we've watched, Jesse would be our favorite character), and we don't feel after each episode a real strong desire to get to the next show, the way we usually do, especially when watching an entire season when it's on disc already and you don't need to wait a week.

What are we missing? Will this get better or are were all of you fans/addicted to the show by episode 3?

Thanks.

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Old 06-16-11, 09:12 AM   #22
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Re: Does Breaking Bad ever get good?

Some shows are just not for some people, I am enjoying how several are thinking that this is a troll post because someone hasn't gotten into a show by the 3rd episode? Some shows are slow burns and take awhile to get into, it doesn't mean they are trying to troll around.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:26 AM   #23
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I agree - this doesn't make any sense.

(and if this is real, why the @#$% are you blind buying three seasons of a TV show??)
I blind bought the first 3 season of Mad Men on blu-ray when Amazon had it for $10/season. Same thing with the UK Office.

Fortunately, I absolutely loved both of them.

As for Breaking Bad, I can't understand someone finding it boring, but it's definitely not a show for everyone. I was hooked after the first episode.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:33 AM   #24
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We liked The Walking Dead better after 3 episodes, same with The Killing, and Mad Men hooked us after the first episode. So, considering that most people would probably say Breaking Bad is BETTER than all 3 of those shows, I'm kind of nervous.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:36 AM   #25
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Funny...wifey and I just started watching this on Sunday and got thru the first two EP's and loved it. Can't wait to catch up with the rest..
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