Originally Posted by 19braves77
I watched the three reruns last night and they played what I thought was the best episode from Season 2. Forgot how good of a job they did with showing the effects of drug use on a family without being preachy. It was the one were Jessie is trying to get his meth back from the meth users who stole an ATM.
That episode was devastating. One thing that both Walt as a character and the show in its entirety have lost is the sense of destruction that hard drugs wreak on users and their loved ones. A lot of that just got lost by default when Jesse got sober, so we lost the connection to an addict who was a major character. Walt is barely concerned with the people he's killing with his own hands; there's no extension of empathy to what he's doing indirectly. The show doesn't have the same sense of a larger picture that, say, the movie Traffic did.
I'm not criticizing this choice and I do think it's a deliberate choice. The show is a character study more than indirect social commentary, and increasingly so as the seasons have gone on. I do wonder if those larger questions will come back though. If Walt is due for any kind of redemption I feel like that has to be part of it...or not that it has to be, but it would be very effective on top of any kind of come-to-jesus moment on a personal level (which absolutely does have to happen). Walt rationalizes everything he's doing on a very inward-looking, oblivious level; he cannot rationalize effectively if he looks outside of himself. A realization of that world, the chain reactions of what his actions set off, would go a long way in closing up the show and re-humanizing him, because the disconnect from his family doesn't seem to be helping him toward those realizations. Of course, as covered, it will probably be too late.