Yesterday was the beginning of the end, for one of the greatest shows I have come across, ever. Breaking Bad, the story of an under dog grade school teacher cancer patient turned drug king pin, is amazing in so many ways.
Looking at where Walt is now, it seems hard to believe that Walt was once, a school teacher. Was once a harmless law abiding citizen, going about life in the way that were “supposed” to, and a bit like the rest of us, often getting walked on and failing in the process. Then comes the curve ball that everyone would dread, the cancer diagnosis.
Though Walt (as acknowledged earlier in the series) found himself “sleep walking” though life up to that point, the cancer “awoke” him. The thought of potential financial ruin for his family, caused him to rethink all of his previous notions. What was right and wrong before, is suddenly gray. And so you see his change begin subtly, with the notions of old being replaced by the necessity of the present. Right off the bat, the harm of the drugs is overruled by the necessity of the finances they bring. In itself, a big turning point.
And as the series progresses, though it all STARTED in the name of making sure the family is left with enough should Walt not beat the cancer, you can see greed gradually creep into the picture. It starts back in the days of the RV. Instead of just going with the 600 or so thousand bucks worth of “supply”, he says, lets use all the precursor. Lets cook it ALL.
Right from the start, you see the gradual transformation begin. Right off the bat, you have 2 deaths at the hands of Walt, in the name of covering there tracks.
Moving forward, you see how the humble action of cooking just enough to get his family though, turns into a desire to be at the top of the food chain. Walter White is a family man, but Heisenberg is in the empire business.
Walt becomes more and more ruthless in his quest for his and Jesse‘s protection. And his loyalty and bond to Jesse grows ever stronger. But at the same time, though Walt can seem to shut off the feelings of remorse and regret from the death and destruction in there wake, Jesse can not. So we see Jesse’s remorse become an ever more burdensome liability.
In “Blood Money”, the first thing we are confronted with, is a deeply troubled Jesse trying to get rid of the money in any way that he possibly can. And we also see how Walt and Hank have there very first confrontation of the series, right away.
Right off the bat, this sets us up for a potentially interesting future ahead for all 3 characters. Walt now knows that Hank is onto him, however flimsy his suspicions may be in a court room. And now Jesse is as down as he ever was.
Though many fans think Jesse is afraid of Walt (mostly stemming from them not wanting to see him die LOL), I sense that he is in a place mentally where death threats mean little, if anything at all. And though there still is a slight bond to Walt, I sense it would not be hard to break it. Should Mikes body turn up, or he finds out the truth about Brock or Jane, he might be more then happy to talk to Hank and the DEA.
And so, that is where we sit as of the present in the series.
I like the series for a number of reasons. When you look at the character of Walter White, he could arguably, be any one of us. Many of us can relate to his situation. Being booted and kicked at almost every turn in life. Which is why I sense many people (me included LOL) are rooting for his success. Though he has morphed into one of the most evil characters in TV history, he has finally succeeded in life.
Though we would never admit it, we all want to be Heisenberg.
And then there is the portrayal of the OTHER side of the drug war.
Most of us, living in suburbia or otherwise outside the world of narcotics, only see the drug war on the news, read about it in the paper or online, or otherwise are confronted with it at length. Breaking Bad is like a window into the nasty, messy world that normally is only viewed by addicts.
The whole series, in its close resemblance to reality, is a great tutorial into how the war on drugs is nothing but an EPIC fail. Strip away the drama, and you see the essence of the problems facing many areas of the US and Mexico today. Prohibition does not destroy demand, it only destroys supply. And where there is money to be made, you better believe that someone somewhere is going to find a way to get a piece of that action. And you also better believe, that they will stop at NOTHING to protect there business (sound familiar?).
And so you see, for all the funding and resources going into the DEA and other agencies of the War on drugs, whats the result:
1.) People are not any more protected from obtaining drugs. Not only are they just as accessible (if not more), they are more potent and potentially more dangerous (who is regulating there production?)
2.) Children are not protected from the drugs. Do drug dealers ask for ID?
3.) The “War” can not EVER be won, so long as there is a demand. The DEA will always just be a game of cat and mouse. An expensive resource consuming game of whack-a-mole.
Turning the page a little, you can see Walt as a good example of how many corporations are now behaving. Lets forget Walt is a person, call him Heisenberg Incorporated.
Heisenberg Incorporated has only 2 goals in its existence, the pursuit of profit (the bottom line), and protecting that bottom line. When it comes to the prosperity of the company, nothing is ever off limits. Nothing or no one is sacred, if it can be used for (or gets in the way of), the bottom line.
Going back to the show, its been a blast, for all 5 seasons. To all the actors, I commend you. Though normally one would have favorites, the entire cast did an amazing job though out the series. Its unfortunate that its almost over.