Skip to comments.Ann Coulter Column: 'Breaking Bad' Is a Christian Parable
Posted on 10/08/2013 11:45:56 AM PDT by 70times7
It may seem counterintuitive that a TV show about a meth cook could have a conservative theme, much less a Christian one, but that's because people think Christian movies are supposed to have camels -- or a "Little House on the Prairie" cast. READ THE BIBLE! It's chockablock with gore, incest, jealousy, murder, love and hate.
Because the Bible tells the truth, the lessons are eternal -- which also marks the difference between great literature and passing amusements. Recall that even Jesus usually made his points with stories.
The sweet, soulful druggie on "Breaking Bad," Jesse Pinkman, illustrates -- heartbreakingly -- the monumental importance of the cross.
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In her article Ann describes a scene where Walt watches Jane choke to death. My experience was different than her description. BB is rerun often, and I have seen that episode twice more, but I have skipped that scene both times. The horror of what Walt is becoming as he watches her die is too much. I have never seen anything like it, and hope I never do again. I read somewhere that Brian Cranston broke down after filming it. I hope so.
Never watched it. Don’t care.
I think shes confusing an allegory with a parable.
I guess I’m also not a fan of gruesome. Another reason I won’t be watching.
My wife comes home from teaching 3rd grade in the inner city with horror stories of the kids lives destroyed by welfarism and drugs. I hear directly about the kids sexually abused by drug crazed “uncles”, who poop their pants in class and don’t even realize it because they’re so stressed out.
Parents who are on SSD because “I’m too stupid to hold down a job.”
I don’t need anything more depressing in my life. Y’all can go watch that. I’ll skip it.
And how many people trapped in a self-destructive homosexual lifestyle tell themselves--and are told by the whole world--the exact same thing?
In defense of Walter White (in this instance), Jane had threatened to blackmail him for the rest of his life.
Thank you both for standing in the gap - what you do is not done without paying a price.
And watch Pornography because after all, we all know there was adultery in the bible!
Ann Coulter lost me a long time ago.
I will concede it was a moral dilemma. How much would you let someone make your life miserable before you let her or him die because of their own bad choices?
Um, not sure Francis actually said that.
Coulter wouldn’t know genuine Christianity if it bit her on the arse.
it isn’t. it’s devoid of anything religious. walt wasn’t religious. the famiy wasn’t. the extended family wasn’t religious. this is the whole reason why breaking bad goes the way it does.
to me breaking bad shows what happens when people, faced with crises, who don’t have God, and follow their own moral system, attempt to deal with their problems. the unthinkable in prior times now becomes a viable option, and they are more than willing to rationalize it away. only when it’s all about to end do we finally get someone to stop running away from their mess and stop rationalizing their bad decisions away. but not having God, they die without forgiveness, without genuinely being sorry for what they’ve done. they are sorry they didn’t pull it off, they are sorry it’s ending badly for them. sorry they got certain people killed, sorry they won’t be with their family. they aren’t sorry for all the junkies they hate who buy their product, and their lives that they’ve destroyed, the families thgey’ve screwed up from their product. they are sorry they got caught. not repentant.
I think that is the entire point of the show. We are watching a man lose his soul; and, that is not pretty and it should be unsettling.
I never was interested in watching this show because of the subject matter. But, being bored during the summer, and having Netflix, hubby and I decided to try it and, we never looked back. We took the ride, and it was difficult and intense; but, the writing, acting (Bryan Cranston is a great actor!), the setting of New Mexico; all of it added up to a unique blend and an intense experience.
At the end, he (as the song they played said) got what he deserved. And, he tried to atone as much as possible for what he had done; but, the damage was done. His very honest admission to his wife that he did it because "he liked it" is a life lesson for us all. It is easy to go to the dark side; but, it really is not worth it. Losing his family, which is why he said he got into it in the first place, was not worth the money or power.
“Breaking Bad” is a show about people making meth
it is no parable
I thought that was what she said in her article. No?
Actually, it is about ONE man, who decides to use his expertise in chemistry, to make enough money so that his family will be taken care of after he dies from the cancer that he has. THEN, it is about his journey and "unexpected consequences" which, in his hubris, he did not think he would have. He was too smart to have any bad effects. He was wrong. It was a very complex show, with a lot of layers going on. I understand if you don't think it would be your cup of tea; but, it was well made and it was a cautionary tale.
Fascinating analysis of perhaps the best written show on the tube in 20 years.
While we understand her comments, most of the credit goes to Gilligan and his writers for — perhaps inadvertently — drawing these characters from a Biblical perspective. I miss it already.
What I was waiting for and never heard Walt say was "I'm sorry". Not to his wife, not to Jesse, not to his son or Hank's wife. Not to anyone. It too was unsettling; a thing that was desperately needed but left undone. I was in keeping with his character, and it tied a bright red bow on his pride driven destruction.
I am an former high school chemistry teacher that had hit a rough spell in my life regarding the health of a family member. When BrBa first came out, it hit so close to home that I could not watch it at first. After seeing the first two episodes I thought, “I could easily be Walt.” I finally watched the whole series on Netflix this past summer and then the final season.
To me the series was a personal warning on the choices I make in life and the effects they have on others. I understand some people do not like tragedies. I usually don’t either. However, this one hit so close to home that it did effect me in a positive way.
'Tis but a scratch!
It’s not about people making meth. It’s about a guy making a very bad decision and all of its repercussions.
MY wife and I heard what a terrific show it was, so a couple weekends ago we recorded all the episodes.
Started watching. I thought the first year was good as a fumbling bumbling Walt and Jesse learn the ins and outs of cooking meth.
We are further into the story now and Walt is becoming a mean criminal.
I’m losing interest. It’s not entertaining anymore.
haha. you busted them!
It was a TV show, and it’s over. Ann should have better things to write about, and why would you wish some actor to “break down”?
I wish you would’ve answered my question, though. I’ve been faced with situations in which my choosing to act or not act resulted in people living or dying. In every case I made the right decision (all lived), but once or twice I had to think hard about it. Fortunately, my conscience won. I’m curious to know if many others have found themselves in similar predicaments.
So write and tell her, not me.
why would you wish some actor to break down?
If you have read what has been written you should already know the answer to your question.
If you have not read what has been written, or you did but you are not able to understand, why should I bother explaining it?
It was a TV show, and its over.
Yes it is. So are you. One is interesting to discuss. The other is annoying and probably not worth the time.
You don't have to like it. Yes, it is only a TV show, but why do you and others post to a tread about a show you don't like? Are you actually so pathetically arrogant and imagine yourself so superior that you ABSOLUTELY MUST voice your disdain for what others watch? Just go away.
(or stay and confirm my suspicion. I can use the laugh)
She was black mailing him to get him to give Jesse's money to him. Walt may have imagined he was "looking out" for Jesse by withholding the money, but I suspect that was mostly a rationalization for Walt to do what he wanted.
Jane was a threat to expose Walt and also would have caused the departure of Jesse. It was Walt who caused her to roll to her back. And while unintended, it was still him that caused her to choke.
The illegal activity that Walt was engaged in was his own doing. I can't see any justification for him allowing her to die. Reasons? Plenty, but your question was about right and wrong.
IMO, failure to act when one could save a life is wrong. Failure to act when one contributed to the life threatening situation is worse. Failure to act when one contributed to the life threatening situation because the death will benefit you is particularly evil.
Yeah, I know. We could play ping pong for MANY posts around the "but what if..." situations. But I need to sign off. Be well.
No, it's about one man who is a sociopath, and has decided, because he has cancer, that he will indulge in his lowest, most satanic desires because he is going to die. And to do that, he will lie to his audience about what he is doing all the way to the last scene of the last episode, in which he will reveal to all of the self-indulgent viewers that the only reason he did what he did was because he liked it.
And then, after he is dead, he will laugh at all of the viewers from his place in hell as they refuse to admit to themselves that he punked them all by getting them to believe his lie - and punked them again because it's such an obvious lie that they should have known it was a lie from the beginning - and punked them yet a third time because, in fact, they knew it was a lie all the time, but secretly wanted to indulge in their own sociopathic fantasies.
I think there are many on FR that wonder this same thing. When I see a thread about a show I don't care about and don't watch, I pass it by. I can never understand why people feel the need to come on a thread and p**s on everybody while touting their own superiority.
Be strong, just skip past the post. We aren't interested in why you think we shouldn't be watching a show that we are all enjoying; and, that we enjoy sharing ideas with other people here on FR.
Yes, hubris to the end.
BrBa IMO was one of the best written shows in a LONG time.
I don’t care about morality of it.
It was a wild ride and very entertaining. I loved it. And it was something I could share with my family.
Came here to share with others who liked it.
Yeah, Science, B1tch.
“BrBa IMO was one of the best written shows in a LONG time.”
Absolutely. It was a three generation show in my family. I found it nice to experience the excitement of waiting for the finale with a couple of my grand kids.
On another BB thread I posted that I tried Mad Men, but never enjoyed it. Others do, including James Lileks ,a person I enjoy and respect. He is a columnist / humorist / writer in the twin cities. As my late father in law used to say, that is why they make chocolate and vanilla.
Did you find that while you were Roman on the internet?
No, vox-freedom created it.
For me the only major characters that remained likable were Jesse and Hank. Hank because he kept his integrity; I don't think there was anything that would cause him to sacrifice it. Jesse, because he kept his conscience. He knew the damage he was causing. His self loathing and suffering piled up with that damage; his conscience was never seared away like Walt's. For me a large part of the character's likability is in the hope for his redemption.
Friends, Freepers, Countrymen, lend me your screens?
See post 46 to Vinnie
I usually love Ann, but I think she was way off on this one. Trying to assign BB characters to “good guys” and “bad guys”, or “godly” and “ungodly”, is way too simplistic and misses the point of the show. She was especially off the mark in terms of Hank. He was allegorically Captain Ahab, not Jesus.
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