Skip to comments.Impossible Choices? The Conservatism of "Breaking Bad"
Posted on 08/24/2013 2:39:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
"Breaking Bad" is a fascinating show. But efforts to compare it to "The Wire," which systematically analyzed American institutions and the American experience, are misguided. "Breaking Bad" is fundamentally a conservative show that is all about the individual.
This Sunday (September 2) AMC will air the final episode of part one of it's fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad," an immensely popular and critically acclaimed show about a down-on-his luck high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, starts a life as a crystal methamphetamine manufacturer. The high praise of the show is largely warranted: the premise is fascinating, the photography and acting is superb and the drama intense. Some have even dared to suggest that "Breaking Bad" represents the best that modern television has to offer, even surpassing HBO's the "Wire" as the greatest show of its time.
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I wish I had watched this show. I haven’t see it yet and encourage comment from those who have. The story of a meth dealer does not sound like a show with a conservative message, but it’s worth noting that a number of mobsters from the 1950’s and 1960’s were staunch Republicans.
The article is a year old, just in case some people miss that.
or they just wanted to pay less taxes?
It’s a great show. I haven’t gleamed any political message from it though.
I doubt Walter White pays any tax on his drug money.
You should sign up with netflix and watch it from the beginning. It is great.
We watched it from the beginning on Netflicks. We are waiting for the Netfliks final addition. We like watching one segment after another without the commercials.
The writer of this dreck blames capitalism on the downfall of Baltimore. Yeah right.
I can’t watch the show myself. Too much language, realism in violence, and extremely intense situations for me. But my husband and son absolutely love the show.
Walter is a prideful man who though down on his luck (he develops cancer, his wife is expecting, his teenage son has cerebral palsy), will not take help from anyone — not friends, certainly not govt. He is almost like a modern day moonshiner fighting against the revenuers. One of which happens to be his brother-in-law.
If you are up to stomaching realistic gore and violence, creepy and extremely intense situations, you may enjoy it as much as the rest of my family.
I actually have watched Breaking Bad since Season 1. The premise of Malcolm in the Middle’s dad being a meth dealer seemed pretty far fetched at first. Wow was I ever wrong. Cranston’s three consecutive emmys are well deserved.
Less tax or fewer taxes.
That M60 weighs 20lbs with a loaded mag. Walt is not planning to carry that thing into battle. Must be part of a plan for a ‘last stand’. Its just the best show on TV. Along with game of thrones.
Or put another way, there's a freight train of karma coming at Walter White and there is nothing he can do to step out of its way.
It’s absolutely fascinating. Walter White’s decent into evil is magnificent acting by Bryan Cranston. Of course it’s also filmed in Albuqeurque, and I know most of the places where it was shot.
Agreed. But I've never figured out his compulsion on both shows to romp around in his Jockey shorts.