Satire: Satire: Breaking Bad Inspires High School Teachers
After a much-awaited return, Breaking Bad is back again. With the long built up anticipation, the show continues to deliver time and time again. However, what makes it truly great is its ability to resonate with the viewer. It displays something tacit but still very present in all of us: the fantasy of becoming a villain.
Many demographics identify with this, most importantly the high school teacher demographic. All around America stories are popping up of teachers being caught living double lives. Here, trouble is sparked, as the main excuse teachers use is that they were brainwashed by the exciting nature of the fictional show.
Recently, a story emerged that nearly parallels the show’s storyline. After viewing the first five seasons of “Breaking Bad”, an M-A chemistry teacher decided she would embark on a journey to become the drug kingpin of Menlo Park.
“This show is about some guy in a mild town in New Mexico” said the teacher. “He’s just some chemistry teacher…like me. I thought if he can do it, why can’t I?”
Unfortunately for her, she wasn’t able to get too far. Her plan was foiled when she made the big mistake of attempting to recruit one of her students for a new business model.
“I saw how good of a pair that former student and teacher made in the show. I wanted that for myself. I never expected this to happen” the teacher explained.
Sadly, the student did not share the dreams of power the teacher had. After being asked to help cook meth with his teacher in an RV in the middle of the desert, the student went directly to the police.
“Thank goodness we caught this early” said Menlo Park chief of police. “By the third episode, there were people getting choked to death with bike locks. Who knows how far this could have gone.”
The teacher rebuts: “listen, I never would want to take things that far, I don’t really want to hurt anyone, but Walter is just so cool. My life is great, but can get dull. Every night I dream of letting loose. I want a warehouse with money; I want fear and respect, I want to own a sweet mustang. If getting these things means that some people have to go down… so be it. Walter isn’t the only teacher who has access to acid.”
It is important to recognize the power some of these shows have on us. They tantalize our imaginations and our darkest desires. But we aren’t Walter White and we never will be. The best we can do is stop and enjoy the show. After all, there are only a few episodes left.