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March 8, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Miscellaneous | March 8, 2009 |

I’ve been remiss in my TV Whore duties, as I should’ve been reminding you all for weeks that “Breaking Bad” is back on the air tonight. My bad. And while it’s too late to catch AMC’s marathon of Season One (unless you’ve perfected time travel in which case, let’s talk), you can still catch up thanks to the network’s web site.

“But Seth,” you ask, “why should I catch up?”

Because “Breaking Bad” will likely be the best thing on TV for the next few months, particularly with “BSG” careening into its series finale and “Friday Night Lights” coming to a fantastic season (and possible series) wrap. The Q&D summation of the show is that it follows down-trodden chemistry teach Walter White, who has learned of his impending demise at the hands of the cancer, as he teams up with a former student to cook and sell crystal meth in order to financially care for his family. Bryan Cranston, who plays White, puts on a pretty fearless acting clinic (which is how he wound up with a surprise Emmy win last year) and he’s the primary reason why Stacey’s review of the show called it “poignant, and at times, downright heartbreaking” and why I later called it “an amazing show and ballsy a shit.” Point being, a good show, this “Breaking Bad,” and I’m highly optimistic that the second season will be just as good.

“But Seth,” you ask, “can I really catch up on a whole season’s worth of content in time?”

Why yes you can. First of all, the first season was only seven episodes long. Coupled with the fact that the show has a beautifully casual pace, this means you haven’t missed scads and scads of plot. But more importantly, AMC has put together seven clips, totaling less than an hour, which give you a great overview of what went down in Season One (here’s the link to the 8 minute recap of the pilot). These clips are also good for those of you, like me, in need of a referesher thanks to a piss-poor memory. And while they can’t let you revel in some of the pacing aspects and nuances that makes this show great, they can certainly make sure you’ll be ready to fully appreciate Season Two. And while you’re killing time on AMC’s site, you can also check out the webisodes that went up earlier this month, and have yourself fully prepared for Sunday night’s premiere.

“But Seth,” you ask, “what if I don’t even have an hour to spare?”

Well then here’s Season One in a minute, little Mr. Impatient:

Season Two of “Breaking Bad” premieres Sunday night (February 8) on AMC at 10 p.m. (which comes earlier than you might think for those of you who forgot to spring the clocks forward).

But at least he's got a good dome / Seth Freilich

Miscellaneous | March 8, 2009 |

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