Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Breaking Bad - By Michael Lewitt

The AMC television series Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who has a son with cerebral palsy, an unwanted daughter on the way, a lousy second job at a car wash, and then learns that he is going to die of cancer in a few months. With nothing to lose, desperate to provide a financial future for his family, Walt comes up with a devilish plan to put his scientific skills to use as a cooker of the purest methamphetamine in the Southwest. Of course he has a brother-in-law in the DEA and a new business partner who happens to have been one of his most recalcitrant high school students who manages to wear his guilt on his sleeve as he self-medicates himself through the moral jungle of the drug underworld that he and Walt inhabit. Over the course of the series, we watch Walt transform from a man who was ostensibly good into a man who discovers the evil that lies in the heart of Everyman as he does whatever is necessary to protect his new business and provide for his family – which in his new business often includes killing people. The damage initially affects those who deserve bad things to happen to them, but inevitably it starts reaching those who don’t.