Don't Worry, Critics Agree 'Breaking Bad' Is Still Excellent

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Fans of Breaking Bad do not need to worry about their show going awry in the final set of episodes that start August 11: the early reviews of the first episode back are rolling in and the consensus is that the meth dealer drama is still brilliant. 

Basically, as one reviewer, wrote, watching the show is like a high you don't want to come down from. "Breaking Bad is still giddily addictive, a joy to watch, a marvel," wrote Tim Molloy at The Wrap, continuing incredulously: "Is this what meth is like? Is meth this good?" 

Most reviews remain spoiler-free, explaining that the show essentially picks up exactly where the first half of the fifth season let off with DEA agent Hank connecting the dots to Walter White's meth enterprise. Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter praised Dean Norris' performance as Hank, whose character has evolved greatly from the pilot. "Give Norris a ton of credit, because when he finally comes face to face with the truth, his fine acting goes off the chart and, playing off of [Bryan] Cranston’s own brilliance, sends a million goose bumps into the viewer," Goodman wrote.

The show, according to critics goes full throttle right from its return. David Hinckley at the New York Daily News explained that the first of the remaining episodes "cranks the vice, ratcheting up the pressure even on those who don’t yet feel it," and Goodman noted that "hitting the ground running is precisely what Gilligan had to do in this last eight-episode stretch of Breaking Bad episodes." Ultimately, though what shines through in all the reviews is an faith in what creator Vince Gilligan has up his sleeve. (Even when Molloy tried to find fault in one scene he ended up turning criticism into praise.) 

So, yes, get excited, fans. Molloy concluded that the show is "better than meth." And when you're all done, know that a two-hour documentary will be included in the show's complete Blu-Ray/DVD set. 

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