So, in case you don't know, Breaking Bad is about Walt White, a high school chemistry teacher with a pregnant wife, a son with cerebral palsy, and stage-three terminal lung cancer. Faced with the prospect of leaving his family nothing but medical debts when he dies, he teams up with one of his former students, a meth dealer named Jesse, to become a crystal meth manufacturer. With his knowledge of chemistry and dedication to doing things the right way, he produces the most potent meth the Tuscon area has ever seen. Walt and Jesse's knowledge of how to be criminals, on the other hand, is less impressive, and they spend quite a lot of time trying to outwit other criminals as well as the police. In the best episodes, Walt manages to use his knowledge of science to solve problems, which is usually pretty fun. Oh, and to make things even more interesting, Walt's brother-in-law is a local DEA agent trying to track down a mysterious meth supplier known only as Heisenberg, who of course is Walt.
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The season three premier Sunday night was just all right for me. It was mostly picking up the pieces from the previous season finale. Walt's cancer is in remission and he has plenty of money that he can't really spend, but his wife has left him and his criminal partners and competitors aren't ready to let him slip out out of the business without a fight. My main problem with the new episode is that it didn't feature either of the two things I love about the show: Walt running his criminal enterprise and Walt saving problems with science, although I did enjoy him using statistics to teach a high school assembly why they shouldn't be so bothered by an airplane crash that occurred over their town. That airplane crash also still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. All of last season's foreshadowing scenes that led up to the crash were overly manipulative and the whole thing just feels preachy.