‘Breaking Bad’ burnout

 Bryan Cranston as Walter White in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad.’’
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad.’’Ursula Coyote/AMC

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Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers Thursday on Here are excerpts.

Q. Can I start “Breaking Bad” with this season?

A. “Breaking Bad” is a show that builds across the seasons, and it would be a shame to miss out on all the momentum. It’s about change, as Walt goes from a nebbishy teacher to a drug lord monster, and as Jesse goes from a vacant druggie to a morally conflicted soul.

Q. Is “Low Winter Sun” any good?

A. I’ve seen two episodes, and they did nothing for me. It feels like a “Shield” or “Wire” wannabe. It has an overbearingly noir atmosphere with too-broody characters. It’s a show that really, really wants to be an Important Drama About Morality.

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