The Return of Breaking Bad

breaking-badGood news (nerds alike)!  In an attempt to combat early-morning insomnia, I was flipping through the channels and saw a commercial for the new season of Breaking Bad.  Having fallen victim to last years writer strike, the show was cut at 7 episodes with no indication whether it would get picked up.  Fortunately, the second season of Breaking Bad premieres March 8 (10 EST/9 CST) on AMC.  For what it’s worth, Comcast is running the whole first season in its On-Demand package. 

For those not familiar with the show, Walt White (portrayed by Bryan Cranston) is a high school chemistry teacher in his 50’s recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.  In what appears to be a mid-life crisis, White partners up with a former student to launch a fairly lucrative methamphetamine business.  The show twists and turns through a maze of fundamentally accurate synthetic chemistry (chem-geeks no doubt rejoiced in terms such as “chirality,” “reductive amination” and “titration”) and the street drug business.  While most pilots are pretty rough around the edges, Breaking Bad’s was reasonably tolerable and starts the show off fairly well. 

I’ll caution you (should you need it) that the show is quite graphic in some scenes and largely presents an overall sense of dread.  


  1. I’ve never seen the show, but it looks good. I remember reading Jyllian Kemsley’s story in C&EN: Breaking Bad

    Edit: Link edited to the freebie version of the article. Thanks Rachel. 😉

  2. Yeah, Kemsley did a pretty good piece on Breaking Bad.

  3. Breaking Bad has to be the best TV show ever for the ubergeek chemist into modern angsty drama. I had access from the UK to season 1 when it aired last year and have been waiting anxiously for the news that there would be a second season. Great stuff…and yes fills you with dread at every turn.

  4. cookingwithsolvents says:

    Breaking bad is an excellent show. I’m very happy that it will have a chance to survive the writer’s strike, something Pushing Daisies did not have. 🙁

    Breaking Bad is definitely a mature show, though.

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