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As addictive as the drugs it pedaled, Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad scored a line in the history of groundbreaking television, and now someone has reminded us just how good the show was in a brave new fashion. While binging can be an unproductive method to while away a day off or nurse a hangover, the modern man or woman probably doesn't have 62 hours to spend staring at Bryan Cranston's chrome dome. Thankfully, some diehard #BreakingBad fans have neatly dissected the show's entire run into a more manageable two-hour sitting.
Are you breaking mad?
Titled Breaking Bad: The Movie, the video is the work of filmmakers Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin, in a project that took over two years to complete but is a fitting homage to blue meth and pink teddybears. Writing on Vimeo, the pair cite it as a pet project rather than what we might expect:
After two years of sleepless nights of endless editing, we bring you… a study project that became an all-consuming passion. It’s not a fan-film, hitting the highlights of show in a home-made homage, but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment. An alternative 'Breaking Bad,' to be viewed with fresh eyes.
Admittedly, scaling the saga of Heisenberg back to just 127 minutes will lose some of the atmospheric tension builds, but as long as we still see Gus Fring serving chicken and Walt playing pizza frisbee, s'all good, man!
Gilligan's tale of chemistry teacher-cum-mob boss has wowed audiences for nearly a decade now, and is one of those few shows that someone somewhere isn't trying to reboot. Breaking Bad had some truly amazing episodes. I mean, how many other shows could have a whole hour dedicated to two men battling a fly in an underground lab? Episodes like the aforementioned "Fly" represent the very best of the show, but also how much it relied on the relationship between Cranston and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman. Can a shortened version capture their bromance all over again?
The entire show was nothing short of amazing, however, with so much to digest, it is one of the shows you would probably watch only once. Like Tarantino's signature talking style, Gilligan's show relied on extended scenes of dialogue more than big explosions and shocking character twists. That isn't to say that those moments weren't there — if anything, they were made all the more shocking by their sporadic use. Breaking Bad: The Movie may be a reimagining of the source, but expect to see the big hitter moments in there, especially considering the fifth season's episode "Ozymandias" and a certain DEA Agent's final scenes.
It's good to be bad.
Walt's journey came to an end in 2013 with the equally shocking "Felina," marking one of the greatest season finales out there, but also putting an end to any continuing adventures. *Spoilers* Walt perished in the finale in a decision that wasn't as divisive as you might think. While the creators of spin-off Better Call Saul have teased that one day Cranston could appear in flashback, and Cranston himself backed them up, for the time being at least, Walt remains six feet under.
Turning his tragic arc into an abridged version is certainly a clever idea and arguably one that can clearly be done. If someone could do the same with the likes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, it would mean that newcomers to a stellar show wouldn't have to be excluded from the watercooler talk.