I rarely watch the telly. My habit is to disappear into my cave and surf the net.
This is not a good way of spending time with the most important person (apart from me!) in my life.
A lot of people who's opinions I respect have been bigging up Breaking Bad.
So, to kill two birds with one stone, a couple of weeks ago, I signed up for the month free trial of Netflix.
Bren and I watched the movie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I read the book years ago, and really enjoyed it. I saw the movie when it first came out, at a movie theatre that's now been turned into a block of flats. The audience was full of ageing hippies. The film adaptation was incredibly faithful to the book. The script was lifted almost verbatim from the text of the book. Yet somehow, apart from brief moments, such as the "If you look, with the right kind of eyes, you can almost see where the wave broke" bit, the collateral damage caused by the reckless hedonism of the protagonists left me troubled.
Johnny Depp's character was obviously aware of this, particularly in the cafe scene where his sidekick had opened old wounds in the life of the woman serving them with his hunting knife.
I've often hurt others because of my selfishness, but deliberate cruelty just isn't part of who I am, or ever want to be.
Anyway, netflix languished on my playstation, unwatched, until tonight.
Instead of disappearing into my room, I put on Episode one, Season one of Breaking Bad. That's really why I signed up for netflix in the first place.
So, first impressions?
Well, why on earth did the emergency vehicles have their sirens blaring in the middle of nowhere? In the UK, they use them to alert traffic on busy roads, not as a matter of routine. Perhaps it's different in the US?
The programme had a lovely mix of believability and drama. I quickly gained empathy with Walter White. There was humour too.
Without ever watching any of it before, I'd heard enough about it to be familiar with the basic premise, but had no idea about the specifics.
So far so good, anyway. I'm looking forward to watching as much of it as I can before the free month expires.
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