At some point a few years back, after listening to Ned rhapsodize about Breaking Bad and feeling that I was missing something, after Bryan Cranston won Emmy after Emmy, I decided that I needed to find out what the fuss was all about before the last (of 5) seasons started.
Season 5 was starting in a couple of weeks and I figured if I was going to do a marathon viewing, I couldn't get all four seasons watched, so I would just skip an early one and skipped season 2. I needed to watch Season 1 to set the scene, and I figured it wouldn't hurt to skip the second season. I was all caught up (except for season 2) when season 5 started and was a happy camper because Ned and I had something to talk about and I didn't feel left out of Facebook chats.
It's always fun to have a TV show in common with Ned because we have great conversations about them (though I fear I gave up on Survivor a long time ago. I stuck it out for several seasons, but I really OD'd on it).
I don't remember when it was that I admitted to Ned that I had actually skipped season 2.
YOU SKIPPED SEASON TWO?????? was his astonished question. Apparently everything important happened in season two. He's been telling me ever since 2013 that I need to come to his house and watch season 2 at some point (We had given him a boxed set for Christmas). We kind of didn't talk about it again for awhile until Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad started and we were both watching it, but it had elements in it that also showed up later in season 2 and I needed to watch season 2 !!!!
Yeah, it's a little gross, but everything really does come to a head in season two (pun not intended). Jesse meets Jane, for example.
which is a pivotal meeting in the show, and it is probably this relationship which determines, once and for all, if Walter White is a good guy or a bad guy.
Walter White is one of those memorable characters in TV series. He's a lot like Tony Soprano (another series I binge-watched before the finale!). Both of them do detestable things and are really bad, bad guys, for different reasons, and yet somehow you like them.
Walter White maybe had more redeeming qualities than Tony Soprano....but....maybe not.
But I did it. I watched Season 2. I really don't remember the rest of the show except, of course, how it all ends. But I can hold up my end in a discussion with Ned now and that was the whole point in finally watching Season 2.
And I have no desire to try crystal meth!