Breaking Bad: fly

I must write this post to get over my batch of Breaking Bad posts. There are three seasons of it so far so I figure I should write three posts to match it. It is weird thoughts indeed.

The TV series first interests me for a few reasons, such as the job and the cancer situation of Walter. But the most important one is seeing how a fifty-year old loser teacher as well as a cancer patient can beat the odds. To modify a line from another TV series about drug-dealing Weeds: will this “over-qualified, under-achiever” give in under the crush of this unfriendly world?

There are, however, a few disappointing episodes in season 2 and 3. I feel the playwrights forgot the fight for survival theme and distracted into boring scenes of family disputes. The episodes about Walter’s wife having an affair or bitching about a divorce ruined the tension and the suspense in the show, that is, to fight for survival.

In my opinion, the best part of the show is the scenes when Walter and Pinkman are caught in crises and how they managed to get over in one piece.

I am still looking forward to watching season 4 next year, but I hope the meth lab chemist can beat the weeds grower (as in Weeds) in the consistent of producing quality. Come back Hisenberg and the little Jassie.

By the way, the episode 10 of season 3, which is titled Fly really turned me off and I hope it won’t come back again.

Hisenbery and Jessie will be back in 2011.

Breaking Bad: cancerous motive

The motive is the key to the action of any character in a story. To make the whole story plausible and intriguing, the character should have a burning feeling of life and has to act in one way or another. The motive and the action make a unique person with whom we empathize and share the same feeling. Some universal themes include love, hatred, revenge, suffering and betrayal. It is easy to pick one of the universal theme but creating it into a wonderful and unforgettable story really requires inspiration, craftsmanship and building blocks.

The chemistry teacher in Breaking Bad has the following motives to suddenly shift his life and become a drug trafficker:

  • He is a teacher in high school and does not accomplish much in his life. Although he is obviously a competent and knowledgeable person, his teaching job does not give him the vibes of life, not to mention the payment.
  • To earn more money, he has to do physical labor in a car wash. Life is such that if you have no money, there is no funny.
  • Lung cancer. For a man over fifty, nothing but a deadly disease can galvanize this person to act. Suddenly he wants to live with a vengeance and do things he never dared to do before. One has to die anyway and why not attack life with some guts?

Breaking Bad (or BB for short) is a story about a desperate man trying to live a worthy life. Maybe it is a little late but he has to make the last struggle.

Other thoughts:

  • It feels real that he blocks the camera temporarily to hide his weeping when leaving a farewell message to his family.
  • A bad guy with a fierce beast (such a dog) always die miserably in the TV/Movie. A bad person with a snarling beast is doubly hateful.

Breaking Bad: a new start

I will not be lingering on this post to explain what happened in the past three months. A lot of things happened, and I felt I am a changed man due to the lessons and harsh realities life throws at me. No, I will not write about what happened.

Today I will start by writing a TV show I just started watching: Breaking Bad. Although I just finished the first episode of season one, I am already so intrigued and decide to follow through.

On my frequent bus rides and daily sauntering home, I think of this show and a few scenes in it. It dawned on me that to make a show interesting, the script writer must be really talented and know how to make the whole story both real and gripping. I noticed some of the tricks and prototypes in Breaking Bad and fiddled the idea that I should write down my understanding of how the Breaking Bad is crafted in each episode and  how the story gradually evolves.

This will keep my head and fingers busy and provide a seclusive corner in my stagnant mind.