The "Breaking Bad" finale is tonight, and I admit I have lately become addicted, cramming myself with episode after episode.
But has it been sufficiently noted, though it couldn't be more obvious, that this whole five season cable extravaganza is predicated on the issue of HEALTH CARE?
If there were a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for brewing massively addictive substances, Walter would qualify.
Sure, all manner of complications arise in the course of this endeavor — murders, marital discords, crises of conscience, personality and chemical formula changes, etc. — but let us not forget that these engaging connivances of the story, however baroque, originate and are impelled by lack of sufficient HEALTH CARE.
Worth mentioning, too, is that the acting is very good, and the humor subtle. But before I let myself get sidetracked into a discussion of how "Breaking Bad" amplifies on the tension between innocence and evil, normalcy and monstrosity, as put forward so ably for cable television by "The Sopranos", let me reiterate, the starting point is HEALTH CARE.