“Breaking Bad” May Win Emmys

Sunday is the Emmys hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and odds are short that “Breaking Bad” cops a number of the awards. It is nominated for at least six.

If you’ve been away from TV for awhile, “Breaking Bad” is set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico,and is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies.

The show is intense and has moved from a scared Mr. White, paranoid about getting caught or killed to an unlikely power-hungry killer intent on manufacturing the best meth available. “Blue,” almost 99% pure, is heads above the competition. Part of the recent few shows has focused on the transportation of hazardous materials. Mr. White’s crew steals a key ingredient of meth from a tank car by stopping the train over a culvert.

The manufacturing site shifts around. Mr. White partners with a company that fumigates homes to rid them of pests. While the house is shrouded and before fumigation, Mr. White and his crew move in, brew up a batch of meth, and then depart. All their equipment, sized for their operation, is moved in containers like you see a touring band use. The hazmat shipping and hazmat suits are a small cost when these guys are making millions.

Seldom in “Breaking Bad” are we exposed to the terrible costs society pays for their meth habit, or the morality of cooking the stuff that kills. We root for Mr. White to triumph over his enemies and hope he gets away from his chief pursuer, his brother-in-law, even though we are appalled at his ruthlessness. Mr. White could be your next door neighbor.

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