Monday, Nov. 03, 2008

Breaking Bad

Hey, America, who's up for a bleak buddy dramedy about drug dealing and mortality? This drama — in which a chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) gets terminal cancer and pairs up with a delinquent ex-student to make crystal meth — sounds damn near un-pitchable. But thankfully, creator Vince Gilligan pitched and sold it, affording Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle's Hal) the opportunity to transform himself in a surprise-Emmy-winning role. As nerdy, abrasive Walter White acclimates to the drug world to provide for his family after his death, Bad captures both the absurdity and the emotional reality of his situation.