‘Breaking Bad’: The right kind of TV violence?

Yesterday, I lamented how the entertainment industry glamorizes violence. The glorification of dastardly villains, I argued, is much more pernicious than mere gratuitous violence we might have found in, say, a Sylvester Stallone popcorn movie of the 1980s.

This doesn’t mean we should return to the cheesy tropes of yesteryear. So how can Hollywood produce sophisticated and realistic programs in a more responsible manner? For the answer to that, look no further than AMC’s critically-acclaimed “Breaking Bad” series.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview Salon’s Erik Nelson conducted with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, which I think makes the point:

“Breaking Bad” really deals with the consequences of violence. Bad things don’t just happen, and then, during the commercial break, get tidied up, with no consequences. You sweat the details; you sweat the consequences of your characters’ actions. It adds a dimension to “Breaking Bad” that is extraordinary.

Read more here.

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