Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

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Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal: Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

Thats one thing that’s great about Breaking Bad, is you never know where its going. This is a show that I at least perfectly believes represents the time that it was part of perhaps as well if not better than any other show ever created. Comes on the air in 2008 at the start of the Great Recession. Bryan Cranston, plays Walter White, a middle-age high school science teacher in New Mexico. Who has just been diagnosed with cancer and will need hundreds of thousands of dollars of treatment in order to survive it and beat it. The problem he has is that he’s a forty-thousand-dollar a year high school teacher. Who has health insurance from his school, but that is only going to go so far. 2008-09, pre-Affordable Care Act. You could only use so much health insurance in dollars at that point before you got cut off. His wife at the time is a homemaker and they have a teenage son.

This is where I believe this show gets real, so to speak. How many other Americans are going through similar circumstances, at least at this point. Come down with an illness that they simply can’t afford to take care of. Even though they have a middle class job that comes with real benefits. What Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) has going for him is that he’s a science teacher. And is in touch with one of his former students who is now a small time drug dealer and criminal. And they decide to go into the illegal narcotics business by making meth. So Walter can survive financially, as well as physically. And they end up becoming pretty successful in New Mexico as meth dealers even though they have to deal with so many risks, dangers and stress of this business.

Breaking Bad is about as dramatic and real as a show gets, but its like watching a comedy every week. Or at least a dramatic comedy with very funny people and not just Bryan Cranston, but Dean Norris who plays Walter’s brother in-law and Skyler’s brother. As well as Bob Odenkirk and many others. And this show gives you a very entertaining and humorous look at the New Mexico meth business. And what people might do if they’re absolutely desperate and believe they have no way out. And have to take huge risks like being caught and being sent away to prison for decades. Or being killed by sellers and dealers who want to screw you, or see you as some threat. Where there’s no one you can trust, perhaps especially your family. Because you don’t want anyone to find out.

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