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Talk Forum: What You’re Saying

Episode five of Breaking Bad left the Talk forum in a somber mood following “the intervention” and Walt’s decision to skip, and then accept, chemotherapy treatment. Jake Mercer was notably impressed — “One of the biggest statements I think was made with the ‘choice’ discussion. Going from no choices in life to what he will become in the future and the drive to not be a failure is why this will be such a convincing story,” — while rivcyko was moved to tears: “Hit WAY too close to home. Funny thing is, I now look to this as a sounding board for future options. Better be good.”

DRKellogg looked at the episode as an exercise in perception: “Jesse gets a view of his previous behavior by watching the antics of Badger. Walt sees himself through Skyler’s eyes when he wakes up without her. There was also a lot more outright rage from Walt than we’ve ever seen before. He’s barely holding himself together at the party and afterward is furious with Skyler for revealing his illness. It makes me wonder what is beneath the surface in the relationship between Walt and Elliott.”

Elsewhere on the forum Pojebsa
was wondering what the significance of the color green in the show was:
“It could be anything from jealousy to some magical soothing/healing
power– ‘Suicides dropped 34% when London’s Blackfriar Bridge was
painted green.’ But Kristina
offered multiple interpretations for the show’s use of the color:
“Green can symbolize jealousy, a close relationship with nature, or
money. In Othello, jealousy is the ‘green-eyed’ monster. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, his greenness symbolizes his ethereal presence. And in The Wizard of Oz
there’s the Emerald City. In regards to the properties of the color
itself, it can be both very muted and very loud. Green, if it’s in a
muted shade, can blend into the background. But it can also, especially
in a landscape that lacks a lot of green (such as the desert) it stands
out. Green can be evidence of both rotting and growing. I like this
explanation best. Walter is rotting, in a way, physically, as his lungs
fill up with bad stuff. But he is growing mentally and emotionally and
finally waking up.”

For this week’s Win a Winnebago contest, readers were debating who
among Walt’s family gave him the best advice during the intervention. Man on bass
thought that Walter, Jr. gave the best advice by far: “At one point, he
tells Walt to ‘Just Die’ since he is so afraid. On the other hand,
Walter Jr. tells Walt to look at what he (Jr.) has been through and
examine the fact that Walt is afraid of a little Chemo. A lot to think
about from someone as humble and tried like Walter Jr. We adults seem
to never want to take advice from our children. Count your blessings,
even in your darkest hour!” Omikron,
however, disgreed: “I think the best advice came from Mary followed by
Hank, in that Walt should do whatever he feels is right. While I can
appreciate Walter Jr.’s sentiments, on many levels overcoming a
crippling disability and being faced with absolute mortality are two
very different things.” Pamala was in agreement with Omikron,
and said, “Much to my surprise –and from the look on her face to her
surprise too – I think Marie hit the home run on this one. I hadn’t
thought a lot of the character to this point but I was really impressed
with how real and thoughtful she seemed after listening to everyone.”

Log onto the Breaking Bad blog this week to enter for another chance to win a toy Winnebago, and log onto Talk forum to join in any of these conversations, or start a new conversation of your own!

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