Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Better Call Saul

I watched an episode of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff. I didn't expect to like it that well. But it was great!

I hear that Breaking Bad is huge in Russia. A young Russian fellow even changed his name to Jesse Pinkman even though Jesse suffered horribly throughout the series. Jesse had terrible Karma.

Sam Peckinpah thought that Dustin Hoffman's character's bad karma was the cause of all the trouble in Straw Dogs.

If you believe in that sort of thing, who had the worst karma on Breaking Bad? Jesse was repeatedly beaten up, he had two girlfriends who are killed, he likes children but all the children around him are murdered, orphaned, hospitalized, or some combination of those. His younger brother wasn't harmed physically, but he was doomed, trapped with the same parents who turned Jesse into a miserable wreck.

Dustin Hoffman triumphs in the end of Straw Dogs. And Jesse is the one who gets away alive. Hank and Gomez got too close to him and were killed. It was only because the Nazis drag Jesse out to show Walt that he's their slave, not their business partner, that Walter is able to carry out his plan to kill all the Nazis.

Jesse travels to Mexico, spends a day with a Mexican drug cartel and they all die, Hank is shot and Gus is poisoned. 

If Walter had picked a different former student to work with---someone who was really lucky---the show would have gone in an entirely different direction. But then, how would Walter have coerced a lucky person to work with him?

I don't know if this works as a "fan theory" (I may not fully understand what a fan theory is) since the creators of the show planned to kill of Jesse early on. They changed their minds for some reason.

Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show, has said that the point of the show is that people make a conscious choice to be good or bad. And that is the case on the show. You can be good or bad, but there's no escape from Jesse's karmic vortex of death,

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