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Can someone explain to me why I can’t stop watching this show? It can be awfully depressing. And the protagonist, though a strong character, isn’t very likeable, specifically his sporadic outbursts of uncontrollable anger.
Either way, this picture has me admiring and hating you already. Well done.
I had an idea for a costume, but had it too late to actually do it this year, but I’ll definitely be remembering for next year.
Dress myself up as a Christmas tree, and go for Halloween as “Christmas creep”, heh.
damaged justice |
October 31st, 2011 at 11:12 am
goober: What I can’t explain is why I don’t find the show to be depressing and nihilistic, but instead, positive and uplifting. For another data point, this is coming from someone who thinks ICHI THE KILLER is a bunch of masturbatory bullshit that only serves as a cautionary tale to would-be directors that Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should. All I can think is that I’ve never really been “told” who to root for, and so I start out sympathizing with Walt, only to realize down the road that my allegiance has shifted to Jesse, and then at some point I became completely invested in rooting for Hank and wanting him to find out the truth about Walt. Hell, in the space of one flashback they made the main villain both sympathetic and vulnerable, and then reversed it again with his threats toward Walt’s family. And in the finale, I couldn’t decide who I felt more empathy toward, Gus or Hector, despite the evil they’d both done.
I guess I like it because rather than bludgeoning me over the head with “these people are good and these are evil” — and rather than committing the opposite, post-modern mistake of making everything relative and shades of grey — they just show you people doing good for bad reasons, doing bad for good reasons, and everything in between, and trust you to be able to work out how to feel about it.
Thanks for taking the time to explain! I feel a lot of what you’re feeling. I’m guessing that Gus and Hector are Tuco’s, so far unnamed, cousins? Where I’m at, they’ve just received their new mission of going after Hank instead.
I must admit that Hank has sort of been my favorite character. As much as I hate his tough guy front, you can tell that he struggles a lot behind the scenes. Like Walt, and really everybody, they just have to internalize it and struggle to make sense of it by just moving forward. I’m glad that Jesse has finally found peace with himself.
@damaged justice (#9) You make some good points about the show. I particularly agree with your second paragraph.
I have similar feelings about the series “Sons of Anarchy”.
I contrast them to movies about heists in which the filmmaker draws the viewer in to sympathize with the thieves, to hope they get away with their crime as the suspense builds. But it’s a trick and except for a few movies with cheesy back stories, the robbers are hurting innocents but this is usually distracted as taking from a large bank/corporation which has insurance and is not regarded very sympathetically.
But the characters in “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” tend to commit mostly vice crimes or outlaw-on-outlaw violence. For me, the tendency to hope the “good guys” escape detection and arrest for their vice crimes makes more sense than rooting for a bank robber. But these characters are not innocent, even by anarchist/libertarian standards, and they cross the line on particular occasions.
It definitely beats the hell out of another cop show in which law enforcement and the crime lab are impeccably honest and people who complain about police abuse are just trying to screw over good people with lies, and asserting one’s rights is a sure sign of a guilty person attempting to thwart justice.
That’s quite a transformation, Radley! You are a man of a thousand faces.
I think you should use your disguisability to screw with people’s pre-conceived notions. For example, use that image as your author photo when you write a piece (like the OWS article on HoPo the other day) that will inevitably be interpreted as being written by a Soros-funded, long-haired, lefty hippie. Then get a shot of yourself in a tie-dyed peace-symbol T-shirt and put on a shaggy wig and Jesus beard and use that pic for articles (like the one on the student loan debt bubble) where the lefties will assume you are a Koch-bought, conservative reactionary. It would be fun to watch people’s heads explode. ;-)
John David Galt |
November 5th, 2011 at 11:02 pm
@freedomfan: I don’t think I’d try it. That pic looks a lot more like a hippie disguising himself as an angry old man than like an angry old man.
I’d rather wear a fake double chin and go as Michael Moore. At least that will get you reactions that act as a useful litmus test of everyone who sees you.