The parentals have gone out so am watching Breaking Bad with the fluffy monster:
1. The portrayal of terminal cancer: Walt doesn’t let his diagnosis stop him setting up a meth lab; shooting people; getting out and about; living his life. Admittedly, at one point he’s suddenly better but never mind. The programme says he’s “in remission” without knowing what this means I reckon. Anyway, he’s still brave and inspirational.
2. The portrayal of disability: Walt’s sixteen year old son Walt Junior has cerebral palsy and is played by a disabled actor. He’s a gorgeous person with a sense of humour and a real personality and character. He’s wonderful. He’s not just a token-disabled-character/actor.
Also, Mr Salamanca is in a wheelchair in a nursing home, can’t breathe or speak, is about seventy or so. If not older. He’s a very powerful and frightening person. It’s not often one sees the elderly and crippled being scary drug dealers.
3. The portrayal of chemistry teachers: My Mum is a chemistry teacher. It is not seen as a glamorous, exciting profession of hardcore murderous drug producers. And yet Walt, the chemistry teacher, becomes a violent and frightening meth-cook. He thinks nothing of killing people, hurling himself through plate-glass doors and so on.
4. The portrayal of the student/ teacher relationship between Walt and Jesse is great. Jesse calls his ex-teacher Walt “Mr White”. Walt teaches Jesse how to cook meth. But it’s so much more than this…
5. The writing is so tight and funny.
6. It’s just excellent. Obviously the subject matter is not-my-sort-of-thing: poverty, drug-dealers, dirty houses. There’s no aristocrats. No-one has any attractive pets. Everyone has bad clothes: Jesse’s sequin-covered t-shirt and black plastic jacket in Season Four deserve a special mention. And yet it’s completely gripping. Have sent parentals out so can get my fix of it…
7. Hank: Walt’s brother in law is a tough police officer. He’s an American Rebus, if Rebus was happily married and a bit chubby. Love him. And his relationship with his crazy kleptomaniac wife, Marie. They’re adorable.
8. The scenery: every so often we go out into the desert and that’s beautiful.
9. The science: almost want Mum to have a meth lab. It looks So Much Fun: all the huge barrels and all the equipment.
10. The unglamorous drug: watching this is not like watching The Doors or Mad Men or Almost Famous. It’s not like reading The Man With The Twisted Lip or Less Than Zero or Prozac Nation. One doesn’t want to be taking the drug. Meth sounds horrible and its users look skanky, unwashed and poor. It makes you twitchy, violent and ugly. The users are covered in tattoos and sores and their houses are full of broken bottles, dead people and mouldy food. If there’s one thing one doesn’t want to do whilst watching this, it’s go out and score some meth. Which must be a good thing.
11. The attention to detail: Jesse’s speech patterns for example. Bogdan’s eyebrows. Saul’s…everything. Saul is absolute perfection.
Here’s today’s new outfit from my Spin studio.
Here’s today’s cocktail:
Must check on my artichoke (yay)!
The attached photo is a blue cheese called Blue Murder which purchased from the farm shop.
Happy Saturday everyone!
*2012. Series 5 Episode 1 of Breaking Bad. Created and written by Vince Gilligan. Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Dean Norris.