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