Theatre & Cinema
Breaking Bad; strange affliction
Posted Saturday, September 22 2012 at 01:00
Forget all the other series you have watched where the main character seems to walk only on the straight and narrow. This is one of those television shows that puts yours and the main protagonist’s morality to the test.
Bryan Cranston plays Walter White, who after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, turns to a life of crime so as to secure the financial future of his family. He teams up with one of his students Jesse Pickman, a drug peddler and former student to manufacture and distribute metamphetamines.
The rest as they say is history. Whereas White’s initial motives are driven by the need to help out his family, it starts to become evidently clear that this changes as the character continuously evolves.
No morals anymore
His moral compass seems to falter and continues to lead him down a dark path where he finds himself in bed with drug dealers, the Mexican cartel, and soon finds himself estranged from what mattered most - his family.
This is one of those shows that starts off slowly but by the time you get to episode 4, you cannot take your eyes off the screen as the plot seems to thicken with every passing minute. This is a very unpredictable show that churns out its fair share of surprises as the characters do not remain stagnant but choose to evolve in their own right.
The show is written by Vince Gilligan , the same person behind the television drama The X Files. The show has received massive critical acclaim, especially for its writing, directing and acting.