So It Begins

After many years, countless recommendations and conversations, and almost as many attempts to find a sticking point for the requisite courage, I am finally addressing one of my most glaring pop-cultural blind spots: Last night, I watched the first episode of the first season of “Breaking Bad.”

Yes, I know it’s only the beginning. But yes, I am proud of myself.

My only thoughts so far? What an odd (and fascinating) tone. That, in and of itself, would probably bring me back for more, even if I wasn’t making a good-faith effort to fulfill so many collegial obligations. Also, want your TV show to look great? Getting John Toll involved is not a bad idea. Not at all. (Oh, and I love the musical choices so far. Early indications are that Thomas Golubić is a genius.)

Further bulletins as events warrant. But don’t rush me; I don’t binge, at least not ruthlessly. I usually try to fit at least a day or two between each episode.

(That poster comes from Francesco Francavilla, who created/is creating one for every episode. I’m not looking at any more right now, though. For fear of being spoiled.)

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Ann

    Glad you’re finally on board and can’t wait to hear what you think!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat Joseph Susanka

      I was never NOT on board, Ann. I was just scared. (Still sort of scared. But ready, finally.)

  • Tim in Cleveland

    It’s a very good show. Some very brutal depictions of violence though, but not frequent (if I remember correctly).

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat Joseph Susanka

      Episode Two was a bit…gooey, Tim. But I’m pushing through…

  • Emily Curry

    Still in the scared camp over here. Keep me posted as you progress. My main fear is that it could be really compellingly written, and also horrifically dark. Thereby making me into a truly miserable human being. :P

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat Joseph Susanka

      I hear you, Emily. I’m well-and-truly trepidatious, myself. But as that fellow back home that fell off a ten story building said: “So far, so good!”


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