Sorry but do you actually watch Breaking Bad?
Basic arc: You watch a sad, broke father/husband become a criminal in order to make money. Firstly the show speaks more about how messed up the
economy is than it does show how great it is to be a drug dealer. (for if he hadn't been struggling so much to keep his family afloat this would never
even have happened, and all the terrible stuff that happens in the show wouldn't have happened, etc. )
On the piles of money and "cool" montages; that's "Seeing it through the eyes of Walt" as it were.
The entire point is that the audience is SUPPOSED to know Walt's becoming a degenerate who's become disgustingly high off his own Scarface-esq
persona. You're not "intelligent" for "seeing through" him and those Scarface montage bits, that's just the writing doing its job.
2. Convenient that you completely forget about the other half of the show, which is Jesse, who is the actual "heart" of the show, who for eg. sells
drugs but refuses to harm innocents (yet Walt being an evil sonofabitch forces him to do it at times to live). Jesse's whole arc is that his
compassion clashes with his criminal lifestyle (and he does in fact several times try to get a 'normal job' but fails due to not being educated enough
TV moving towards "anti heroes" isn't to brainwash people into loving drug dealers, really it's moreso doing a service to culture by removing the
"black/whiteness" that used to be placed on human being characters, where in old TV Walt would be ridiculously and unrealistically evil, now we
actually get to see what real human evil is like. Same with Jesse, who's a good person, yet still feels inclined to work for bad people in order to
survive, doing bad things and suffering a lot of guilt.
Oh no, but if the "evil" becomes suddenly human and relatable it's bad, is the kind of message I'm getting from posters here on ATS.
And of course you get people who act like they're in it for the "glitz" and "glory" and Scarface stuff but that's just them acting as the immature
show-offs they already were. And the real reason they watch the show isn't that, of course, deep down they still watch the show for the reasons all
people watch the show, it's just that they're unable to actually talk about it in that way.
Also; Breaking Bad has the highest quality writing on TV at the moment, it's not "flavour of the month" to all you deniers.
"What's seen undercuts what's said" - Irony is a basic tool fiction uses. The trend I'm seeing here is users making posts that completely ignore how
it's used. You're talking about "what's said" (i.e. Breaking Bad drug montages - of which there are like 3 per season anyway,) while wilfully ignoring
how the show undercuts what it's showing.
On the "homer choking Bart" thing; You're SUPPOSED to know that Homer choking Bart is cruel and ridiculous and savage. That's the crux behind whole
effect of the gag. It's only in a good moral society that stuff like that is outrageous and able to be made into a gag in such a way in the first
I can totally understand people not enjoying these sorts of shows, but to claim they are "brainwashing and degenerating society" as if it's some
common sense thing is just IMO flat out wrong.
If anybody actually realises this after reading this post, they should look into David Foster Wallace and his essay on TV, because IMO it IS
degenerating society but not in the way you guys are describing.
edit on 16-8-2013 by LoveFurther because: (no reason given)