Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season
Few TV executives would ever pick up a show about a high school chemistry teacher who discovers he has terminal lung cancer. Virtually none would pick up that show if the teacher decided to start his own crystal-meth lab and drug-selling ring so that he can leave his family enough money to live on after his death.
Fortunately, the folks at AMC had more balls than most, and picked up Breaking Bad, the Emmy award-winning drama that’s one of the best shows on television.
Season 2 of Breaking Bad is now out on DVD and focuses on teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston), his wife Schuyler (Anna Gunn) and young partner in crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Walt is increasingly desperate to make almost a million dollars for his family, his pregnant wife becomes increasingly suspicious about his extra-curricular pursuits, and his illegal business becomes increasingly dangerous and deadly.
There are more than two hours of bonus features in the four-disc set. They include:
Cast and Crew Commentaries for several of the episodes.
The Deleted scenes are nothing special, but include Walt loading a gun, Walt giving a blueberry muffin to his son, clearing a foggy mirror and returning to his classroom.
Inside Breaking Bad - 13 featurettes about the making of each episode. The cast members offer insights about the plots and how their characters are developing. Series writer/director/producer Vince Gilligan serves as the lynchpin for most of these featurettes.
A recap of Season 1 to get new viewers up to speed and job others’ memories.
The "Negro y Azul" music video is a pretty low budget affair featuring three mariachi singer-guitarists singing a song in Spanish about the New Mexico crystal meth drug trade and the mysterious gringo named "Heisenberg" who runs it.
Better Call Saul commercial for cheesy, ambulance chasing lawyer Saul Goodman.
Eleven Behind the Scenes Featurettes include the cast offering their reflections on Season 2 explaining how "it’s funnier, scarier and darker" than its predecessor.
There’s also Cop Talk with Dean Norris, who plays the DEA agent on the show.
Vince Gilligan’s Photo Gallery features a couple dozen fairly mediocre photos.
The Gag Reel is pretty much the standard issue of actors flubbing their lines and incurring little mishaps while filming.
Walt’s Warning Featurette shows some viral videos that were made to promote the show.
A Season 3 Sneak Peek a two-minute clip from an upcoming episode showing Walt and his DEA brother-in-law loading up his possessions (and half a million dollars in cash) into the back of their cars.