Breaking Bad Breaks Good
BY NADIA CHAHID ON SEPTEMBER 20
If you like “Mad Men”, “Revenge” or if you are simply tired of seeing “Pretty Little Liars” drag out, then this is the show for you. ”Breaking Bad” is currently on its last season. Seemingly normal high school chemistry teacher throwing morals to the wind, a wife taking every measure and more to protect what's hers, and a stereotypical junkie questioning everything he knows. These all make up the chemical components of the notorious “Breaking Bad.” If you haven't heard of it, then you are truly missing out.
AMC's “Breaking Bad” is quite possibly the most psychologically thrilling drama I have ever seen. I won't ruin it for you. However, I'll give you some key points. The storyline is based upon Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher gone bad.
When White finds out he has terminal cancer, you could say he snaps. He had an unusual case of a midlife crisis maybe. But while others go buy a sports car or get an earring, White builds his own drug empire by making methamphetamine.
Jesse Pinkman is White’s former chemistry student, who was never your typical pupil. Pinkman is a meth head who was running his own small drug business, when White approaches him to ask for his partnership. At first Pinkman and White didn’t get along at all but after they’ve been through life or death situations together, Pinkman has grown to look to White as a father figure when he comes to the shocking realization that White is not who he seems to be.
One of the interesting perspectives of this show is that we see characters go from good to bad, but we also see characters go from bad to good.
White will resort to any methods to preserve his empire--even taking human lives. While Pinkman (who is personally my favorite character) has hit rock bottom in moments of desperation. It’s as if a moral switch in Pinkman turns on and White’s turns off. Pinkman goes from being a wannabe gangster, to striving to be good.
“When things start to go bad, Jesse has a conscience; Jesse wants to get out,” chemistry teacher Alicia Carawan said.
How does a regular high school chemistry teacher get pushed to the point of killing someone? How does a failed junkie try to turn his life around? You’ll have to watch to find out.
This show contains the most complex and dynamic characters I have ever encountered in a TV program. The characters are constantly evolving. I think this is what has caused the show to become so popular. “Breaking Bad” is an addiction that many people at Rose have acquired. Students and faculty restlessly await the end of the show's’ final season.
“I literally can’t stop watching it because of the intensity. It’s addictive.” sophomore Cooper Kunkel said.
Almost six million people tuned in to watch the premiere of “Breaking Bad’s” new season. The intensity of the show is sometimes overwhelming, but worth the shock. If you don’t watch the show, I encourage you to go home and catch up on Netflix. Netflix currently has seasons 1-4 and part 1 of season 5. As “Breaking Bad” is nearing the end of its reign, it will be exciting to see how the series wraps up.
“It’s bittersweet that the show is on it’s last season, but I am glad it is ending on a high note and am excited to see the outcome” senior Charlie Cannon said.