“Breaking Bad” is back and it fills us, the faithful “baddies,” with exuberant joy. The wait was way too long, especially considering it was cut off mid-season. Sadly, it also means the show will be over soon. However, it`s pleasant to think it`s going to end while still in its top form, rather than keep getting extended until it grows so tiring and boring that you would hardly be tempted to watch the finale – as was the case for me with “House MD.
And yet, as we all rush to our screens to get the latest delivery from Walter White, one can`t help wondering, why all this love, this popularity, this cult status? Of course it is a good story to begin with, it is well scripted and well-acted, but then many shows are, without producing the same effect. In fact I remember a number of people saying they dropped the show after a number of episodes as it was “too slow.” And yes, it was slow to start and it`s not always fast paced even now. Moreover, it had no famous actors in it and the main star was neither young nor attractive (the show made him into an icon he is now). In essence “Breaking Bad” is a story of one man – one man with no great designs and big ambitions, at least not at first. Just a man, who finds himself in a situation and deals with it the only way he can. And the first thing he learns is that to survive he can`t be a “good man.” Being good is not the winning combination – at least not in the real world we live in today.
Surely I wouldn’t be the first one (more like the thousandth one) to say this but the truly epic TV heroes of today are not the “good people.” Walter White, Tony Soprano, Dexter Morgan and even Dr House and Don Draper are not good people. At least not in the sense that society sees it. Not in the sense that the system insists “good people” should be. But we love them and follow them because nowadays a lot of us understand that playing by the rules is not necessarily the right thing. Playing by the rules doesn`t even mean you won`t get in trouble – because trouble may come from the most unexpected places. We are a generation of non-believers, because there are less and less things everyday to lay our faith in. Governments spying on us, banks and taxmen stealing from us and all kinds of other greater powers playing us for fools day after day.
That is why the new superheroes are the common people who go against the flow, following their individuals needs and dreams. System doesn`t work for them, so they f**ck with it. They tell you that if the shit gets tough, you have to grow a pair and deal with it, because if you don`t deal with the problem, it will deal with you. So, all we can do is make the best with what we have and who we are, and that`s exactly what Walter White, the great anti-hero of our time, has been doing all this time. And if we put aside the whole drug and crime part, we know that in essence, he got it right.