Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

This is another show I gave up on. ¬†I was really interested in it because the main character’s son has cerebral palsy and that isn’t the focus of the show, just a background detail. ¬†What a promising start!

I got through about eight episodes before I became frustrated that the main character seemed to have more chemistry with and interest in his drug partner than his son. ¬†I didn’t get any feel for them being a family at all. ¬†I had a hard time picturing the main character being married to the wife he had. ¬†None of the family members felt like they had any connection.

The show is doing really well, though. ¬†Maybe I should give it another chance. ¬†Maybe these issues have improved. ¬†The son is a really interesting character and I hope that they’ve started to do more with him.

This website claimed that the son was played by an actor who really had CP, so I looked it up.  Apparently he does have an extremely mild case, not to the point of even needing crutches as the character does.  The website says it makes it not insulting because the actor has CP.  However, this is what the actor has to say in an interview:

Q: Last year you took up ballroom dancing classes in your spare time. Did you continue them this season?

A: Not as much. I actually went to a homecoming with a friend while I was out there, so the ballroom dancing paid off. That was a wise choice. I also like to go running in the mountains, which is a big difference from Walter Jr.¬†I feel bad for people in wheelchairs and people who have to use crutches. I hate being immobile. That’s one of my biggest fears, to be paralyzed.

That sounds pretty insulting to me. Do wheelchairs and crutches make you immobile? ¬†No. ¬†A disability might make you immobile, that’s what you get a wheelchair or crutches for! ¬†Apparently he doesn’t know that you can hike and dance ballroom dance in a wheelchair.

(I can’t figure out how to embed this video, but you’ve got to watch it. ¬†Both Latin and Smooth style Ballroom, it’s beautiful. ¬†I love Ballroom dance) ¬†

This person saw value in the character in Breaking Bad:

“In the space of three minutes, Walter Jr. manages to blow apart the idea of noble sufferer. News flash to able-bodied people: people with disabilities weren‚Äôt put on this earth to teach you to appreciate life.”

So I guess I really should give it another chance!

(I wonder why every website I found about Breaking Bad compares it to Glee.  They are completely different shows, trying to say things in very different ways.  Breaking Bad is meant to be gritty, Glee is meant to be silly and over the top.  Is it because these shows are the ONLY ones with disabled characters that people feel the need to compare them?)


  1. Celeste
    Apr 20, 2011

    I’ve watched all three seasons of Breaking Bad, and, referring to my last comment on the Saved! post, this IS one of those shows that I’m constantly thinking, “This is boring, when on earth is the next Walter Jr. scene?!”

    It started out okay. Family man just trying to make some money for his financially struggling family (although, you are right, there seems to be little “family” connection). But really, it just gets crazy and needlessly violent. And not enough Walter Jr., of course.

    However, Walter Jr. is supposed to be developed more in the 4th season… I hope that happens. RJ Mitte is also in a movie called “House of Last Things” (post-production). That should be a good one, especially because I have a thing for those mild cerebral palsy limps. ūüėČ

    And I remember reading that Q and A session, and I remember thinking that “feeling bad for people in wheelchairs” wasn’t what I expected from a advocate for disability in media.

    • RuthMadison
      Apr 21, 2011

      You’ll have to let me know how season 4 is, maybe I’ll jump back in for it! lol. I got about as far as the main character cutting someone up and trying to dispose of his body by dissolving it, that was too gross for me!

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