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Character Development - Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad
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Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad

Character Development

By Jeremy Whitley
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The largest difference between Nancy and Walt is how they develop over the course of the show. Naturally, when you do the things that these characters do, it tends to have an effect on your ability to go back to normal life. Both characters say they would love to go back to life the way it was before, but for neither of them is it actually true. Nancy loves the game. It’s never a question of stopping for her. She’s actually been given several fairly straightforward chances to walk away from the table, but she just can’t bring herself to do it. In the beginning, it was about the money for her. She had to get by. She had to take care of her kids. However, when things got good enough, she didn’t step back, she kept pushing forward.

Life outside of the law has brought out Nancy’s narcissism. She feels an insatiable need to be the most important thing in the lives of all of her family members. She always has to be the most interesting person in the room. If Nancy were to take her ego out of the equation at any point, she would find herself perfectly safe and happy, but safe is not enough for Nancy. As soon as she survives one near miss, it’s on to the next big score.

 

 The relationship of Nancy and her son is a main element of showtimes' weeds
 dramatic noir style lighting surrounds walter in amc's breaking bad

 

Walter, on the other hand, has become something different. There is something narcissistic in him, but that is the least of his issues. When the series first started, Walter was a sad sack. Despite his obvious intelligence, he was forced to work two jobs to support his family: one as a chemistry teacher and one as a car washer. Walt was stepped on and caged in by his overbearing wife Skyler. Walt couldn’t even stand the company of a stronger, more in control man like his brother-in-law the DEA agent. That was all before Walter got cancer. When he became sick, he decided the rules didn’t apply to him anymore. He would be dead shortly and the only thing he could do was make his presence mean something to the people he will leave behind.

Before the audience knew what was going on, Walt quit his job at the car wash, started cooking meth full time, and was beating teenagers up who messed with his son. Walt had a new lease on life as it was all coming crashing down. The worst thing that ever happened to Walter White was being cured. With his cancer gone, Walt started making plans to pack it in and go back to being a family man and a chemistry teacher. That didn’t exactly work out though. That world he knew as a meth cook started creeping back in.

Walt is the best at what he does and he cares very little who gets hurt in the process. He has joined up with some of the biggest and nastiest in the game, melted the bodies of other drug dealers in vats, and even ordered the murder of innocent people. Walt doesn’t enjoy the game, though he holds very little interest in the opinions of others. While Walt misses the simple comforts of being a husband and father, he prizes what he is now much higher. Walt is ready to win the game, even if it means cheating. He’ll knock all the pieces off the board if he can’t win. Walt has become a hardened criminal.


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Character Development - Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad
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The largest difference between Nancy and Walt is how they develop over the course of the show. Naturally, when you do the things that these characters do, it tends to have an effect on your ability to go back to normal life. Both characters say they would love to go back to life the way it was before, but for neither of them is it actually true. Nancy loves the game. It’s never a question of stopping for her. She’s actually been given several fairly straightforward chances to walk away from the table, but she just can’t bring herself to do it. In the beginning, it was about the money for her. She had to get by. She had to take care of her kids. However, when things got good enough, she didn’t step back, she kept pushing forward.

Life outside of the law has brought out Nancy’s narcissism. She feels an insatiable need to be the most important thing in the lives of all of her family members. She always has to be the most interesting person in the room. If Nancy were to take her ego out of the equation at any point, she would find herself perfectly safe and happy, but safe is not enough for Nancy. As soon as she survives one near miss, it’s on to the next big score.

 

 The relationship of Nancy and her son is a main element of showtimes' weeds
 dramatic noir style lighting surrounds walter in amc's breaking bad

 

Walter, on the other hand, has become something different. There is something narcissistic in him, but that is the least of his issues. When the series first started, Walter was a sad sack. Despite his obvious intelligence, he was forced to work two jobs to support his family: one as a chemistry teacher and one as a car washer. Walt was stepped on and caged in by his overbearing wife Skyler. Walt couldn’t even stand the company of a stronger, more in control man like his brother-in-law the DEA agent. That was all before Walter got cancer. When he became sick, he decided the rules didn’t apply to him anymore. He would be dead shortly and the only thing he could do was make his presence mean something to the people he will leave behind.

Before the audience knew what was going on, Walt quit his job at the car wash, started cooking meth full time, and was beating teenagers up who messed with his son. Walt had a new lease on life as it was all coming crashing down. The worst thing that ever happened to Walter White was being cured. With his cancer gone, Walt started making plans to pack it in and go back to being a family man and a chemistry teacher. That didn’t exactly work out though. That world he knew as a meth cook started creeping back in.

Walt is the best at what he does and he cares very little who gets hurt in the process. He has joined up with some of the biggest and nastiest in the game, melted the bodies of other drug dealers in vats, and even ordered the murder of innocent people. Walt doesn’t enjoy the game, though he holds very little interest in the opinions of others. While Walt misses the simple comforts of being a husband and father, he prizes what he is now much higher. Walt is ready to win the game, even if it means cheating. He’ll knock all the pieces off the board if he can’t win. Walt has become a hardened criminal.


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15 Comments So Far …

  1. danny archer danny archer says:
    i luvvvvv luvvv luvvvv weeds

  2. plankton post plankton post says:
    WEEDS!<33333

  3. Carlos Carlos says:
    Weeds is the best show on tv!! Mary Louise Parker is on fire. So hot.

  4. TdSolanz TdSolanz says:
    Walter's The Man

  5. Breaking Bald Breaking Bald says:
    Bryan Cranston > Mary-Louise Parker!

  6. silentboy silentboy says:
    Walter looks better in his underwear

  7. CobraKai CobraKai says:
    Walter's got a tougher job - meth heads. eh...

  8. rah rah says:
    "Breaking Bad" seems like a really funny and good show. I haven't seen the show but I have heard from my c-worker at DISH all about it. I think after reading some reviews I'm going to watch it. Be sure to watch "Breaking Bad" with DISH and save your money rather than waste it on any other company! www.BestTVForMe.com.

  9. sean sean says:
    Weeds is silly while Breaking Bad is dark and serious personally i like Breaking Bad a lot more and it is the best show on tv

  10. RayofTheCharles RayofTheCharles says:
    I'm convinced Walter was hatched while he was on Malcolm on the middle!

  11. Mangokhanal Mangokhanal says:
    if i really wanted you to summarize the two main characters of this show then i would have asked. Where's the commentary and analysis? never in this article is their a hint to where there is a comparison. these are just different facts about both characters and the author finds it necessary to act like she knows both characters personally. if you're going to write about two fictional characters don't act like theyre actuall people. and dont be afraid to critisize and compare them which should be the point of this article in the first place. You dont know them and they dont know you soi promise no feelings will be hurt. if you just let us know how you think one of the characters is better than the other than maybe the the "vs" in your title will actually mean something.

  12. Zach Zach says:
    Breaking Bad by a long shot. Weeds is for women.

  13. Chris Died for your Sins Chris Died for your Sins says:
    Weeds is about a drug that has positive effects of most people. Breaking Bad is about a drug that has negative effects on everyone, everywhere, especially the people who use it. Walter is evil. Nancy Botwin is hot.

  14. J J says:
    Both are quite good, but Breaking Bad will always win in my book. It's simply the superior show. Even if you were to remove the "apples and oranges" comparisons, it's is still better just in terms of sheer quality. The acting and characters in particular are done leagues better in BB than they are in Weeds. Like most comparisons like this, it all comes down to personal preference. In my opinion, Breaking Bad's characters, story, and situations are all far superior. It's more personal, more engaging, and more entertaining. Weeds has always been light-hearted, it's a comedy when you break it down to the raw basics. There's nothing wrong with that, but occasionally I found it did hurt the show's overall quality. In summary: Weeds is a solid 7/10, but, Breaking bad is a 10/10, no matter how you look at it.

  15. Ben Ben says:
    I think we root for Walt as you said, because we have hurt people. We're not perfect, and even though we try to be perfect, we become competitive to a point and we want no one above us. It's the human defect, and that is what makes breaking bad great. It shows us how evil, or how far someone will go to survive, or allow our closest loved ones to.

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