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This review is from: Breaking Bad - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Breaking Bad season two is an absolute master class in character development. A huge step up from season one which just felt like an introduction, season two builds and then breaks its characters relationships and leaves the viewer gripped to the very end and then frazzled as the final credits roll.
Walt's descent into the drug world completes itself here. Bryan Cranston successfully portrays someone who slips from a happy suburban life into the dark realities of the drug world. Hardening himself the pitfalls of his new chosen profession, Walt decides that Heisenberg must flourish and to do so a network of employees needs to be recruited.
The script is immensely gripping, keeping you hooked on every episode. It quietly takes over your life and leaves you aching to see what these well written characters get up to next. It also feels totally organic. Each new scenario both Walt and Jessie find themselves in feels like it occurs naturally and is very grounded.
The introduction of Saul as a sort of financial advisor is a masterstroke and opens many more doors for these characters. Every moment has tension, from Walt's family life and the lies he tells to keep them away from the truth to his relationship with Hank which is starting to show signs of tension and he circles closer to the truth behind Heisenberg.
It isn't without its touching moments either. Hanks emotional state after being caught up in a couple of gun fights shows another (albeit short lived) side to his normally gruff exterior. Skyler with her constant struggles to look past some of the inaccuracies of Walt's stories and then ultimately Jessie's crushing devastation with the loss of someone he loves.
Breaking Bad is simply marvellous and shouldn't be missed. If the first season failed to whet your appetite give this one a go. With more time to flesh out the characters and develop the story season two is sublime.