By Elliott Logan
An formidable interpretation of the seriously celebrated and largely well known crime drama Breaking undesirable , this e-book argues that not just may still the sequence be understood as a convey that revolves round the dramatic stakes of dignity, yet that to take action unearths - in new methods - crucial points of serial tv drama as an artwork shape.
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Extra info for Breaking Bad and Dignity: Unity and Fragmentation in the Serial Television Drama
Different ways people can be visible to each other are used as mechanisms through which to introduce Hank in the following surprise party sequence. As Hank intuitively wields the force of his congenially bullish persona to make himself the focus of Walt’s party, the scene sets this capacity to command respect against Walt’s tendency to invite and pitifully absorb mockery. The men’s contrasting capacities to be resistant to humiliation define them in opposition to each other, providing early points of comparison for tracing later developments.
1). Despite the flashing beacon of the figure’s bright red vest, my experience is that we are most likely to be projecting our greatest care towards Walt’s outside need to cover himself up. The first time we watch the sequence we of course are given no indication one way or another whether this person is dead or alive, although his wearing a gasmask holds out some slither of hope for him. Yet it is a fact of serial television like Breaking Bad that it is produced so that it might last in the lives of its audience, to be revisited and watched repeatedly, and for the meaning of events to be revised in light of subsequent revelations.
Through cumulative instances of Walt’s diminishment, the pilot’s first act positions Walt within his dissatisfying inhabitation of ordinary life, from his breakfast with family through his day teaching high school and washing cars to his surprise birthday party, at which he is set against the more confident self-command of his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). 4). 5) through his self-guided attempts to meet Walt’s standard of cooking meth. In the same episode, the resentments of being surpassed and the humiliations of charity motivate Walt to reject free healthcare from a former colleague, and to affirm a sense of his dignified selfreliance by resuming his meth enterprise with Jesse.
Breaking Bad and Dignity: Unity and Fragmentation in the Serial Television Drama by Elliott Logan