Chuck Klosterman is on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, and we talk a whole lot about Breaking Bad. Some of Chuck’s insights from this episode:
Comparing Breaking Bad and The Wire:
"Omar’s central ethic is that he only robs from criminals, and he sticks to that. Walt, however, keeps expanding on his ethics. Walt cares the least about his own rules. He will change his rules to fit the scenario, where Omar would not."
On what who you root for says about you:
"People who really sympathize with Jesse and want him to somehow eliminate Walt and become the center of the show are people who watch television with the hope that it’s just an unreal version of life and that justice really matters. If you are rooting for Walt, you are almost rooting for story and villain."
On what makes Breaking Bad unique:
"Breaking Bad is so unique. I can’t think of any other example, where I am both very much aware of who the villain is, and very much on his side."
There are spoilers for the first two episodes of this season, which at the time of recording was all we had seen. Talking about Breaking Bad is pretty much my favorite thing to do, and I’m not sure there’s anyone I’d rather discuss it with than Chuck Klosterman.
Listen to the whole thing at JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com and iTunes.