Saturday, February 1, 2014
Can't watch Breaking Bad again
There was an article listing plot ideas they never used on the show. One was this: Walt, Jr, comes home with a black eye. He's being picked on at school! Walter finds out who the other kid is. He plants drugs in his locker and the kid is arrested. Later, it turns out that Walt, Jr, is the bully, the other kid is the victim.
They decided not to use it because the stakes weren't high enough and they wanted to keep Walt, Jr, innocent.
But there---see----high stakes.
You had The Talented Mr Ripley. The stakes started out rather low. Mr Ripley faces social embarrassment and an obnoxious rich guy dumps him for an even more obnoxious rich guy. It's as if George Costanza resorted to murder then spent the rest of the series doing horrible things to avoid being caught.
There's the key. Make the stakes really high. Either have someone face execution, life in prison or acute embarrassment.
Posted by Waldo Scott at 6:11 PM