Skip to comments.'BREAKING BAD': A CHRISTIAN PARABLE
Posted on 10/02/2013 6:01:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
...This [column is] about AMC's smash TV series "Breaking Bad" -- the most Christian Hollywood production since Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." (Not surprisingly, both were big hits!)
It may seem counterintuitive that a TV show about a meth cook could have a conservative theme, much less a Christian one, but that's because people think Christian movies are supposed to have camels -- or a "Little House on the Prairie" cast. READ THE BIBLE! It's chockablock with gore, incest, jealousy, murder, love and hate.
Because the Bible tells the truth, the lessons are eternal -- which also marks the difference between great literature and passing amusements. Recall that even Jesus usually made his points with stories.
(Excerpt) Read more at anncoulter.com ...
Anyone else seen it? Is she correct in her analysis?
I've heard people rave about it. Sounds like a tale with a tragic ending to me, but I don't even know how it ended, when? Last week sometime?
I agree with her...it is a story of descent and redemption. It embodies the old saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Highly recommend.
It really is an age old classic story. In a sense I liken it to King Midas in a way. The final season was titled Ozymandias which is a good poem that gives an indication of what it was.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
My neighbor calls it “Breaking Wind”.
I generally don’t read her stuff any more, but I read this piece, and I would say that she states it pretty well. Of course, all stories that ring true are basically Christian parables. If they aren’t, then they don’t actually ring true.
I’ve also never watched the show, but now I want to. Aside from possibly the final season, the entire series is available on DVD.
Basically, this brilliant chemist teacher finds out he has cancer and only has a few months to live. With nothing to leave behind for his family, he decides to use his chemistry skills to cook meth (with a former student of his) for the short time he has remaining before he dies, so that he can leave behind some money for his teenage son and pregnant wife.
Every day he finds himself deeper in the culture and more involved and unable to escape the downward spiral. I can’t say much more without ruining some of the fun, but I HIGHLY recommend it.
I TOTALLY HATE TV.
I never saw Seinfeld, Friends, Melrose Place, Bev Hills 90210 —ANY show like that I didn’t see a SINGLE episode, and I’m way younger than you think.
But I LOVED Breaking Bad..!
I haven’t seen the finale, but I did see many hints of conservativism in it.
I would say there was minimal redemption for Walt. A little but he was just too far gone for any real redemption and he knew it. The tune for the ending scene was absolutely perfect.
Watched it for a bit but thought it was boring and gave it up, I got to series 4 episode 10.
Walking dead is much better
Mike (Johnathan Banks) explains why he never takes half measures.
I had heard people raving about Breaking Bad, so I DVR’d all 61 episodes on AMC’s BB Marathon last week. I was hooked after the first episode and found myself watching BB from 7 am to midnight for several days. It was awesome.
Not sure what Coulter is trying to say with this column.
Her conclusion: "Walt followed his "personal ethics" -- which Pope Francis has reportedly said is good enough for God. "Breaking Bad" demonstrates what the Proverbs teach: There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. " Seems to contradict the Pope.
There was little redemption for Walt. His wife and all the others that benefited from his meth cooking are going to be okay, for the most part.
Hank, his DEA brother-in-law and his wife, who were the most righteous characters, will have suffered the most.
The rest of the world moves on as always.
Walking dead is much better.
What is the color of the sky in your world?
Aesop’s fables ring true. They also read like parables from the bible. Everyone sooner or later meets the dog in the manger in real life.
I feel like, in the car, he seemed to pray that God give him the chance to get home and he would “take care of the rest” and then the car key fell out of the visor, etc. So, maybe he was then a “good guy” ish? He was trying to right his wrongs, kill the really really bad guys?
In other words, he wasn’t irredeemable.
A good show. Worth the time to watch it. Can’t say any more without possibly spoiling it.
I would include Jesse among those who suffered the most despite not being innocent himself. He was actively seeking redemption early on and kept getting knocked down.
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