JR. Forasteros - July 4, 2021

Breaking Bad


Breaking Bad was a show about a man who consistently chose to be bad. One decision after another took him down the path from beloved high school teacher to murderous drug kingpin. His transformation is a dramatization of what we all know: sin is insidious, and we feel trapped by our choices. Fortunately, Jesus offers us a way out of the Walter White Doom Loop - a way to freedom from and victory over sin.

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In 2008, Brian Cranston made headlines when it was announced that he would be playing Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin.

The show runner Vince Gilligan had pitched Breaking Bad as the story of Mr. Chips becoming Scarface. If those references don’t make a lot of sense, Mr. Chips is the classic lovable old teacher who spent his life making a difference in the lives of his students. Scarface is the ruthless drug kingpin who went out in a blaze of glory.

And Brian Cranston had just finished playing the role of Hal, the aw-shucks dad on Malcom and the Middle. Much more Mr. Chips than Scarface. So the idea that the show could believably turn a suburban dad into a terrifying crime lord was… well a little hard to believe.

Until the show aired, that is. Though it took a couple of seasons to catch on, Breaking Bad came to be hailed as one of the best TV shows of all time. Part of that was due to the show’s impeccable production values and a good bit was due to the stellar acting of the cast – led by Cranston.

But what really set the show apart from a lot of other prestige television is the style of storytelling. Gilligan summed up that style with one word: inevitability. Breaking Bad was a show about cause and effect.

Walter White’s transformation from Mr. Chips to Scarface is a dramatization of our own powerlessness in the face of sin. What can Walter White can teach us about our need for God?

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