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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 8:30 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"...when broadcast TV tries to sell you on your own powerlessness, you can feel it ring false in your mind." Well that's not what I get from Breaking Bad, a really good drama on TV for a change. In this series Walter White is faced with an almost impossible situation - a terminal cancer diagnosis in a society lacking in effective social and medical support. He sets out to solve his problem while at the same time keeping his dignity by avoiding begging, which is what we do in the god 'ol USA when we are in this kind of trouble (e.g. donation jars at 7-11). Yes, Walter does some terrible things, things which could have been accomplished in a more moral fashion had he had time to think about it. But Breaking Bad is just as much about a hyper-competitive economics system which doesn't give a hang about average people as it is about poor personal choices. Your review of the show is pretty much what I would expect from an off-the-shelf Mormon. BTW, I predict Walt becomes kingpin of the Mexican drug cartel.

giantfan
Farmington, UT

marxist,

I couldn't disagree with you more. This is not some TV drama with a deep underlying socioeconomic political message. Or maybe if Walt had ObamaCare, all would've been fine for him? Walt does not start cooking meth because his insurance won't cover his treatment. Remember, in season 1, he doesn't want to do treatment in the first place. He's content with just dying, but not until he's made enough money to leave his family financially comfortable. As honorable yet twisted as that may seem, Walt sinks lower and lower and it becomes more about feeding his own ego. His truly shallow character is further evidenced by his extreme jealousy of very successful former peers. Into seasons 3-5 it's not about providing for his family anymore, it's about being in the "empire business". There is definitely a moral to the story, that our poor decisions can have drastic consequences, and Vince Gilligan goes to the extreme to communicate this. The midair plane crash, Hank being shot, Andrea's brother killed, the boy shot on the motorcycle, are just a few examples all directly or indirectly Walt's fault.

giantfan
Farmington, UT

BTW, I predict that Walt dies in the end. The writers have all but said that Walt eventually will get what's coming to him (Cancer? Some bloody shootout with Hank?). Walt becoming some cartel kingpin would hardly be any real resolution to the story and would be quite the shallow ending to an otherwise terrific TV series.

wwookie
Payson, UT

Didn't this series end already? The bathroom scene with hank on the tank?

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Remember Walt wants to provide for his family without becoming a charity case. He didn't want to take money from his former partner who had given him the shaft. His school teacher insurance would have given him only mediocre care. Walt took charge! That's an important message. At one point Walt makes the valid point that the worst is being afraid. He says he had been afraid all of his life, like most working class people. But now that he has taken charge he can cease being afraid. I don't justify all of the bad stuff Walt has done, but I admire his ability to deal with an almost impossible situation. I suppose most of you LDS think he should have simply prayed for help - in which case he would have died in the middle of the first season. This show indeed has a lot to say.

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