92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2010
I've been lucky enough to see this already and it was outstanding. Having loved Series 1 and 2 I was concerned series three wouldn't match the standard. Well it does, and raises it again.
Walter has now moved up the food chain and is working exclusively for the dead eyed Pollo, mass producing his crystal meth recipe in a purpose built laboratory.
Each episode is beautifully crafted, skilfully written, directed, filmed, edited and acted and even though I find the 2 female principles (wife & sister in law) a little grating I'm more than happy to forgive. I did find one episode (The Fly) a little slow but it was interesting in it's own way and the series picks up into a full on sprint soon after.
It's fascinating watching Walt juggle and adapt the changing relationships and pressures from Pollo, Jessie, his wife, In-laws, the Mexicans and his lawyer. There are some simply outstanding scenes as the plot twists and turns culminating in what I guarantee will be one of the most tense cliff hangers you'll have ever seen.
I'd love to speculate what will happen next but don't want to spoil a moment of what will be a genuine viewing pleasure.
If only other TV programs were half as good. Just brilliant. Order it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What to say about Season 3 without giving away important plot points? Well... Walt and Skyler's marriage is in trouble, Hank's search for the elusive Heizenburg draws ever closer, Walt and Jesse's setup changes, and there is a hell of lot that Walt and Jesse do that you would never have thought they would have done having seen Season 1 and 2.
I thought the series started off slowly with the early episodes focusing of Walt and Skyler a bit melodramatic, like soap opera schtick. Then the aftermath of the ending of Season 2 and how the town deals with it was a bit overblown as well. But then the series picks up as Walt and Jesse's chickens come home to roost. A couple of badass Mexican assassins are coming to town and it's these guys combined with Walt's benefactor and Hank that really helps the series find 5th gear midway through the series. I watched maybe four episodes in one go and it blew me away, best movie I've seen all year!
In the aftermath of the carnage that happens mid season, things develop even more interestingly for Walt as the situation he finds himself in starts to slowly turn on him. It's always been the case that Walt and Jesse's good things often go bad quickly and it's the case here - only for them it causes them to act more desperately than ever before. And the ending? Everything leading up to it made me wonder how Walt and Jesse were going to survive going head to head with the cartels but this was one hell of an unexpected, gutsy ending.
The writing throughout is utterly brilliant, full credit to Vince Gilligan and his team for knocking it out of the park even in the less explosive episodes (of which there are maybe 4 out of the 13). It's always witty, clever, and the twists and turns always imaginative and unexpected. Fantastic, wonderful writing, maybe the best seen on TV since "The Wire".
And the acting - well, both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul earned Emmys for their performances in this series and let me say that they both deserved it. Aaron Paul's work in Series 2 was enough for the trophy but he was finally recognised with his work in Series 3. Gilligan and co. give him some excellent speeches to make, especially when Jesse is physically impaired in some of the middle episodes, and Jesse's character becomes more and more interesting with each passing show.
And Bryan Cranston, man this guy can do it all can't he? Walter White goes to some dark places in this series and at every step Cranston is able to make you watch him in every scene without having you take your eyes off of him - he is an actor who takes a scene and turns it into an acting masterclass. Despite all of the darkness in this series there are moments of levity that are really funny because Cranston and Paul have this excellent chemistry (pun intended) and great timing.
Dean Norris who plays Hank the DEA brother in law also knocks it out of the park. His character is given some very difficult and some very human situations and Norris is completely believable throughout. I always liked Hank up to this point but now he becomes more than the loud mouthed indestructible wall of confidence he's been up to now and develops further. Excellent work as well from Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk (the deliciously seedy lawyer), and the two "baddies" Giancarlo Esposito (who brings an intensity to every scene like you won't believe - you watch his face during his scenes and that work alone deserves an Emmy) and Jonathan Banks, the badder than badass enforcer.
If you're reading this then you're a fan and wondering if Season 3 holds up to Season 1 and 2 - well let me assure you it does. I would say as a whole it's not as perfect as Season 2 was, but there's too much outstanding work in Season 3 to say it's nothing short of an excellent continuation of the best TV series at the moment. It's too watchable, and though it started slow (for me), once it got going, it got going GOOD, and though I tried to space it out with 1 episode a night, I ended up watching the last 8 in 2 sittings. This is the best TV show out there and puts to shame most everything else that calls itself "drama". Cannot wait for Season 4. Go go Walt and Jesse!
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
It looks like series 3 is not likely to be released in the UK for a long time yet - do yourself a favour and buy it from Amazon's German website. It's as easy as buying from the UK site, the box is in German but the DVD inside is exactly the same as a UK one would be. I ordered it at the same time as another DVD from the UK site and the German order arrived first (it looks like they are sent from the same place).
Meanwhile, I agree with the other reviewers that Breaking Bad is criminally underrated, mainly because the British public hasn't been given the opportunity to see it. If it had been transmitted on BBC4 it would be more talked about than the Wire and held in at least as much esteem. In addition to being beautifully written, acted and shot, each season charts the ongoing progression of Walter from nerdy downtrodden chemistry teacher to hardened drug lord (possibly?). Walter intends to be a good father and provide for his family while we watch him (and his family) change as his priorities become more ruthless and his morals ebb imperceptibly away. The last episode of series three had me literally on the edge of my seat, shouting at the TV. And series 4 will be available from Amazon Germany in 2012.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
Everybody is born different and that's cool, people; varied tastes, different outlook and so forth. Therefore nothing is everybody's standard of tea, but for the majority of drama lovers here goes. (in no particular order)
MUSIC; appropriate and strategically used,
CINEMATOGRAPHY; creative, a treat on the eye,
ACTING; pushed to the max,these actors ARE the characters, (you don't look at Cranston and see the guy from "Malcom")
PACE; also extremely appropriate, right on the money (The fly and Previous 4 days out show simple and effective build surrounding an insurmountable obstical)
TENSION; builds in inspiringly organic ways,
WRITING; vision of the writers is top level who knows exactly what the story needs, (substitutes ridiculous Michael Bay techniques; explosions, one liners, for unrelenting realism). and many more. Watch-ability factor is genuine magic. More addictive than the pure blue drug itself.
The balance of drama and dark humour is measured to the milligram. every other drama show should look up to and show respect for this genius story making and maybe even learn something.
In all seriousness, unquestionably one of the best shows in the history of television.
5/5, even, 100/100, Hell; 1'000'000'000 out of 1'000'000'000
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
I was given Season 1 as a Christmas present and it sat on the shelf for a few weeks until finally, I was bored one evening and decided to give it a shot. Well, what a surprise I got! This is - Absolutely Brilliant! I won't go over the story again of the chemistry teacher who cooks crystal meth blah blah blah but I will say that the more seasons you watch, the deeper the story gets and the twists and turns it takes are very unpredictable. It's quite emotional too in that your feelings for the characters change as the story progresses. I found his sister-in-law quite unbearable at the start (I wanted to strangle her) but then felt sorry for her as she is treated so inconsiderately by her husband and sister. Jesse, Walt's cooking partner is a fascinating character and you see a decent guy emerge from the train-wreck introduced to you at the beginning. I won't say any more as I don't want to spoil it but I will say that I've got as far as Season 4 and it just gets better and better. I wish I hadn't discovered it until Season 8 (if it gets that far) because that way I could have watched them all back to back and not have to wait for the next season like I have to now. *sob*
Tip: it's cheaper to buy the set of Seasons 1-4 than it is to buy them individually. ENJOY!
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2010
It is tragic that this brilliant series gets so few viewers in the UK. Every last character is cast perfectly. The narrative flows. The dialogue is flawless. It is entirely of itself. In my opinion there has been only three other US series comparable to Breaking Bad; The Wire, The Shield and Mad Men.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Series 3, DVD, runs for approx. 9 hours and 49 minutes and contains all 13 episodes on 4 discs.
Series 3 kicks off with Walter White (Brian Cranston) in remission from cancer but still up-his-neck in trouble not the least of which is a Mexcian drug cartel, that would rather he wasn't around, and his wife (Anna Gunn) who has done a complete about face and is seeking divorce. So; what can you do when you're a chemistry teacher turned drug maker/dealer in this situation?. Go completely off the rails. Fling your long suffering sidekick (Aaron Paul) into the mix and keep clear of your ex brother-in-law (Dean Norris), who just happens to be DEA agent out for your hide. There's a lot of anarchy, violence and pitch black humour but also a surprising amount of warmth. Walter still has his family at heart and he's out to take even bigger risks in series 3 to make sure they're provided for. He doesn't have much left to lose - or does he?.
One word of caution. If you haven't seen series 1 & 2 I think you'll struggle to understand much of what happens in series 3 and much of Walt's history will be lost on you. Try and watch the series in the proper sequence if you can.
Over three hours of addictive extras;
Commentary on five episodes with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Canston, Dean Norris, Betsy Brfandt, R. J. Mitte and more.
Inside Breaking Bad; a unique behind-the-scenes view of each episode.
Mini video podcats with the cast and crew on every episode.
Deleted scenes and unused footage.
Four behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Age restriction of 15 years plus due to strong violence, drug and sex references.
Languages choices are French or English with subtitles available in Arabic, French and English.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
Season 2 of BB was described by its producers as "Walter's chickens coming home to roost". Well if that's the case, in Season 3 he starts making an omelette.
Breaking Bad is unrelentingly compelling viewing. Having missed the series entirely on TV, I'm now compulsively buying the DVDs to catch up. I thought I might be able to string out the purchases until Christmas, but I suspect that I'll just buy the remaining season box sets in one go now - it's that good.
The writing is witty and intelligent and shot through with moral dilemmas that refuse to let the viewer off with any easy answers. Every episode seems to end on a mini cliffhanger of some sort and every season (so far) ends on a big one. As a consequence, this innovative drama doesn't coddle you, but drags you along by the nose from episode to episode without let up.
As with previous seasons, the cinematography is sumptuous. The beautifully filmed desert shots give the series a great sense of place and you can almost feel the sweat breaking out between your shoulder-blades. These contrast aptly with the equally good looking scenes shot in sterile, vaguely synthetic-looking suburban Albuquerque and all the locations are tied together by that richly Polaroid-blue sky.
The acting is great and the eclectic dramatis personae hangs together beautifully. Cranston, of course, earns his awards but Anna Gunn starts to come into her own in this season as her relationship with Walter and her own values begin to be challenged. Aaron Paul's Jesse takes a bit of a back seat, but Dean Norris' burly, loudmouthed DEA cop develops a depth beyond his original role in S1 & 2 as a comic foil. THAT role is taken over by Bob Odenkirk's criminally criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He's a lot of fun and brings some badly needed laughs to this dark dark drama. Saul counterpoints perfectly with Giancarlo Esposito's tightly controlled meth dealing, fried-chicken-king and, in turn, Gus is a perfect antithesis to his predecessor in crime, Tuco Salamanca.
So BB S3 is very much a matter of contrasts - the characters, the locations, the motivations and behaviours - and the blurring of distinction between the various extremes. BB is a real gem of a series and Season 3 carries the baton with distinction. Very highly recommended.
Mike: (On the phone to Walt) Walter. You see us?
Walt: Yeah. I see you.
Mike: Exit your vehicle and start walking toward us.
Walt: And then what? I'm going to need some kind of assurance.
Mike: I assure you I can kill you from way over here if it makes you feel any better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Walt's cancer may be in remission, but his problems are not. The secret producing of drugs (to ensure money for the family after his death) has set in motion events beyond his control. Not least was that mid-air collision that so dramatically ended Season 2. Now his marriage is in disarray, his family with difficulties - especially, ironically, his police officer brother-in-law. Rival drug barons are after his blood. His partner, former pupil Jess, continues to be impulsive - precipitating one crisis after another.
Season 3 is a stunner, right from that bizarre, creepy opening sequence. Throughout is a deliberate move into even darker territory, challenges ever mounting, so much guaranteed to unsettle - views at an angle, sounds emphasized, frequent silences unnerving.
He no mean director either, brilliant Bryan Cranston heads the excellent cast - all doing full justice to inventive scripts that mercilessly tease. Viewers are kept on their toes, wondering each episode how certain situations can be resolved - so often the outcome totally unexpected.
13 episodes of around 50 minutes. All three discs with bonuses well worth investigating. Commentaries. Backgrounds to each episode. Many extra features. Learn the amazing truth about that pizza on the roof. Check out that truly horrendous hit and run. Meet the Mexican hit brothers, so chilling as they silently and relentlessly home in on their targets - in real life they a likeable couple, chatty and fun.
In every respect, this series continues audaciously to grip. In short, a triumph.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
Probably the most inventive, exciting, compelling, witty and well produced program on tv. It's a complete mystery to me why series 1 and 2 have not been huge hits in the UK - perhaps they are just too dark.
If you've already watched 1 and 2 you'll know what to expect and Series 3 will not disappoint.
If you're new to Breaking Bad give yourself a treat and watch 1 and 2 first - brilliant.
Walt (Bryan Cranston) has stepped up a league and is now working for, and engaged in a battle of wits with his new employer the dead eyed 'Pollo'.
The dynamic of his relationship with his partner 'Jesse', DEA brother in law, wife, lawyer and new lab partner all provide a huge amount of material.
Each episode is magnificent in its own way with the central plot running through to one of the most spectacular series ending cliff hangars you are ever likely to see.
The photography, direction, characters, acting, situations and humour are just perfect. I find the wife and sister-in-law characters grating but am happy to overlook that for what is the best program on Tv over the past couple of years.