I have just finished copying the last flowchart of a program for my Programming Lab Journal. Its the assignment submission time in our college, the time during which we waste about 3 or 4 days gathering data from classmates, photocopying their journals, and then spend hours moving our pens and pencils on paper illogically writing words and drawing patterns like a brain dead zombie. Its an exercise in futility. Its dull and stupid. Its pathetic enough to be added to the list of reasons that make me feel sad for joining this college. The music helps kill some of the boredom. The teachers would also share the same feelings while correcting them, most of them just ticking through pages and signing at the end of an assignment. Which brings me to the question, why is all this even happening? Its a complete waste of time, and it definitely does not help the student actually learn anything, and the teachers know that. But, tradition demands it, and it will continue. The only beneficiary I can see here is the guy running the printout/Xerox shop. I was so bored yesterday, that I actually had a conspiracy theory that there was some kind of a deal between the University and the local Xerox guys!
I wish the college would rather give us good assignment problems at the end of each week after the practical sessions , and set a deadline, so that the students would actually “think” on their own and come up with solutions rather than just refer to a textbook and copy all the theory for that assignment. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen, perhaps for various reasons which I don’t really want to express right now .
I had to find a way out of this dull task, so yesterday I decided to take a break and complete Breaking Bad. I’d completed Season 5 Part 1 the week before, so there were only 7 or 8 episodes more to watch as this was the last season. And I saw them all yesterday. The show is amazingly addictive. Once you start watching, you can’t stop. I’ve few of these marathons, so I’ve completed the whole show in an amazingly few number of sessions!
Breaking Bad is an amazing show. Its unique,for it is dark and completely unpredictable! It does not paint a rosy picture for any character in the show. That is one of the main factors that makes it special. The protagonist goes from being this weak, timid chemistry teacher to this bad-ass, immoral and ruthless meth cook and then again into a caring, loving and rightful guy! The show does not define what is good, and what is bad. It is upto you to decide that. And most of the decisions here cannot be defined by those 2 words, there’s a lot more to it. If you compare the first few episodes and the last few ones(or better, the first few episodes of the last season), they are completely out of sync! You wouldn’t believe they are the same characters, doing whatever they are doing! Finally, according to me, Breaking Bad was about the love Walt had for his family. He wanted his family to have the best possible life , and during the whole show his end motives were clear. ‘Its all for the family.’ This goes on blinding Walt from everything else, and drags him on to the other side of morality! He becomes ruthless, violent, careless about everyone and everything apart from his family . He justifies every wrong move and goes further into the void. And in the end, all the dirt he has piled up finally comes down on him. You jump from these different phases as the show progresses: feeling sorry for Walt, enjoying his descent into the dark, feeling great at him killing the bad guys, realizing his bent vision of morality, despising the extreme turn of events he plans, absolutely hating him for destroying things relentlessly which meant a lot to him, becoming greedy and then in the end, again sympathizing with the character after he gets some of his old self back. In the end, you have these mixed feelings of liking and hating Walt, because he has done so many terrible and wrong things, but then he only has good intentions in the end, and this powerful sentence that comes to life in the end, takes back most of the hate off him.
Its all for the family.
The last episode is somewhat unlike the series though, it is not as dark as the series and somewhat predictable. It treads away from the dark path which you’ve so gotten used to. But maybe I would have not liked the series as much, had Walt died as a bad guy. The last episode reiterates the show’s initial moral ground, which makes it a kinda happy end. A great show, and definitely the best among the ones I’ve seen. Its got drama, emotions, violence and comedy! It is absolutely hilarious at times, especially Saul Goodman and Jesse Pinkman. Those one liners from Saul . ‘Better Call Saul’ is going to be fun to watch Gus was one awesome bad guy! I felt bad for Hank and Mike! Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Saul Goodman and Anna Gunn each surely deserve a few awards for their brilliant acting! And obviously, Vince Gilligan. What a show he’s created!
As Gilligan himself puts it,
If religion is a reaction of man, and nothing more, it seems to me that it represents a human desire for wrongdoers to be punished. I hate the idea of Idi Amin living in Saudi Arabia for the last 25 years of his life. That galls me to no end. I feel some sort of need for Biblical atonement, or justice, or something. I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen. My girlfriend says this great thing that’s become my philosophy as well. ‘I want to believe there’s a heaven. But I can’t not believe there’s a hell.
Now I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next seasons of Game of Thrones, and House of Cards. And right now sadly I’m going to need to get back and complete a few more assignments.