Jesus what happened?
Same old, same old. I’ve had facial paresthesia on and off since May and we’ve been trying to figure out if it’s multiple sclerosis or strokes or something else entirely. I lost feeling again the other day so my neurologist has been trying to get me an emergency MRI all week but my insurance gave me the runaround not once but twice before I finally managed to land a spot today.
Anyway, the initial results showed no progression in my brain lesions since my last scan so if it is MS then it’s probably not getting worse. I’ll know more after my follow-up. It’s all basically a big mystery to my doctors so far.
Another day, another ER visit.
remember how everyone wanted Jesse Pinkman to win? because he was a great character and Walter White was really the only bad guy here? and everything Jesse ever did that was bad was because of Walt?
so you guys just forgot how Jesse premeditated a plan, by himself, to go to his NA meeting with his friends, pretending to not know them to sling around the meth he stole to recovering addicts?
I think that people can still like Jesse and root for him while acknowledging that he did some fucked-up things. I don’t defend his actions in that scenario at all. It was super shitty and low of him to do that, and I really hope that he realized that later. I’ve never once defended that and I don’t forget that he did that.
However, I don’t think that’s enough to equate him with Walt or anything. Jesse is obviously a very, idk, conflicted and conflicting character. He does bad things, he does good things. He started cooking meth without Walt’s influence in the first place. Many of his actions — good or bad — were due to Walt’s influence, and many weren’t. I don’t think anyone argues that? I mean, sure, you’ll find some people on tumblr who are big fans and who really characterize Jesse as 100% perfect or something, but that isn’t right at all. He’s far from perfect…personally, that adds to why I like him. I don’t like that he did shitty things, but I like watching characters who are conflicted and conflicting. It’s interesting, and it makes you think about things like morality, what makes a “good” or a “bad” person, etc.
I don’t care if people like Jesse or not or if they think that he’s “good” or not or whatever…but I don’t think that saying that you want Jesse to win, survive, be safe, etc. means that you are saying that he’s perfect, always good, always deserving, or that he never acted on anything on his own accord or that he never did anything fucked-up. It’s quite possible to have complicated feelings about complicated characters!!
I also think a lot of the conflict here comes from what definition of “win” you might be using. From the discussion I saw around the time of the finale, most of us weren’t rooting for Jesse to triumph over Walt in some great battle, or to see Jesse kill Walt. We wanted Jesse to get away from Walt. We wanted to see Jesse turn his life around and make amends, the way he so desperately wanted to do by that point in the series. I was holding my breath and praying that Jesse wouldn’t kill Walt in the end. It would have been anathema to his own wishes and the growth of his character. What OP is ignoring here about the difference between Walt and Jesse is that Jesse was filled with deep regret for his actions, whereas Walt justified his crimes and even blamed Jesse for the results of his actions, e.g. Hank’s death. No one thinks Jesse was a good person, but the important thing here is that Jesse wanted to become a better person, and he was taking steps to do that, and Walt didn’t. Walt already thought he was perfect and could do no wrong, and that anyone who was trying to hold him accountable for his crimes should just get over it already. That’s the difference.
The first chapter will be up on September 7 - Walt’s birthday!