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Breaking Bad (2008)
A Great but over rated show from beginning to end
I knew I wanted to wait till the series finale had aired to write a review about Breaking Bad because I kept holding out to see if the show would surpass its potential like I thought it could. It never quite made it past it's potential, though parts of seasons 2,4 and 5 definitely dabbled in that territory. This is not to say that just living up to the potential isn't a bad thing. Breaking Bad was often a great show and a great story to follow along with. It also boasted two incredible performances from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul throughout. The evolution of the series and of those two characters is something special to watch. The show never quite reaches that next level for one gaping reason, and it's partly because of it's two leads... the shows supporting characters are for the most part boring and irrelevant. When I think of some of the best dramas ever (Justified, Lost, Fringe, Damages, The Wire) the big thing that they possess that Breaking Bad doesn't are relevant characters. It's a lot easier to take your story in lot's of different directions and have relevant sup-plots when they involve characters that grab your attention. Breaking Bad struggled to have that throughout, with key supporting characters Hank, Walt Jr.,Marie, or Skyler (ohhhhh Skyler :S ) providing the spark for any good sub-plots. One great supporting character is Saul, but mainly for his comic relief. Most of Breaking Bad's supporting character's are ones with only a season or two story arc like Gus, Mike, Jane and the Salamanca's. Though the show doesn't quite get to the heights that some of other great dramas, it's still thoroughly entertaining from the opening episode to the satisfying series finale.
flawed but definitely worthy
Castle to the naked eye is a run of the mill cop procedural with a slight twist. In a lot of ways it is just average. The procedural shtick gets old every couple of episodes, the acting is sometimes only passable and the lack of season arcs don't make for much plot building. What the show does possess that others don't and what keeps people coming back for more are two things: Nathan Fillion's charm and his chemistry with co-star Stana Katic. Richard Castle was a character either written for Nathan Fillion or one he was "born to play" because he plays the roll effortlessly, with an abundance of charm and fun. When the series started, Stana Katic's portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett was one of the shows weaker points. She was just too over the top sassy to be a believable cop. As the series has progressed though the chemistry between Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion is so infectious that it takes the attention off of the little quirks in Katic's performance. The show has it's share of faults and moments that irk a bit, but overall it's a lot of fun
The Best Show on TV Period!
In a time where shows like Breaking Bad, Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy rule the TV world in regards to popularity, one show that get's over-looked is Justified. It's a shame because it's not only better then the three shows formerly mentioned, it's the best show on TV. No show on TV can match the brilliance of Justified's formula. The best story, the best ensemble cast lead by the best actor in the business, Timothy Olyphant. Most TV shows on television right now have one of two things... a good story with not so good characters or good characters in a not so good story. Justified is one of the few shows on TV that has both. From Raylan & Boyd to Arlo & Art to Rachel & Tim... every character is interesting and every character elevates this story just that much more There isn't a dull character in this world and there hasn't been a dull storyline yet. This world of Harlan, Kentucky is always getting more complicated and it's all brilliant. The perfect mixture of comedy, action and drama Justified, in only three seasons, has managed to reinvent not only it's genre but successful storytelling as a whole.