Taking a break from the A's for a special request from Jan at This Week's Hobby.
We both have a love for AMC's Breaking Bad (if you're not watching it, it's seriously the best-written show on TV [suck it, Mad Men], or at least one of them). If you're unfamiliar with the story, here's a brief synopsis:
Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White, a chemistry teacher who's been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and given 2 years to live. To ensure his family's financial security, he decides to use his chemistry knowledge to manufacture and sell meth. Yeah. Meth. And to assist in the selling/distribution process, he gets former student and small-time drug dealer Jesse Pinkman.
There's a lot to like about Jesse. Regardless of his shadier activities, deep down, he's a good guy. In a different world, Jesse would be the super-popular, handsome, sweet guy everyone wants to hang with. But Jesse covers that guy over with street-wise thug attitude and ill-fitting clothes. If you've seen him on HBO's Big Love, take that character, and make him the EXACT opposite, and you have Jesse.
Jesse becomes Walt's right hand man in the drug trade. He learns to cook alongside Walt and manages the dealing. Some of the best scenes and dialogue in the show comes from Jesse's interactions with his henchmen, Badger and Skinny Pete, who are total idiots. Jesse can be stern. Jesse can be ruthless. He has a HORRIBLE relationship with his parents. They basically see him as a worthless loser, and Jesse tries often to live up to the expectations his parents DID have of him before they thought him worthless.
Through his love and loss, Jesse becomes hardened. He has multiple low points, but he becomes the one the audience cheers for, even though he's not the show's main character.