Review: 'Breaking Bad' Returns at the Top of Its Game

[A quick pre-review note for 'Breaking Bad' fans: Ryan McGee and I talk about the AMC show for an hour in this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast. Find it here or here.]
I'll never claim to be one of those people who lavishly praised 'Breaking Bad' (10PM Sunday, AMC) from the start. As I chronicled in a few 2010 posts (here, here and here), it took me a long time to come to terms with the show's darkness and the characters' bleak journeys, and though there were always elements of the drama I appreciated, I'm of the opinion that 'Breaking Bad' didn't truly hit its creative stride until about a third of the way into its third season.
The evolution of my reaction to the show continues, mainly because the show itself has become more rigorous, more exciting and more fascinating over time. As it has grown increasingly confident, complex and aesthetically ambitious, it has also paid close attention to crucial building blocks like suspense and characterization.
The end result is a season 4 premiere that is not just flawless, but one of the most impressive season premieres I've ever seen. Read More...


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