I love this show!!! Mostly because it reveals the human side of us all---the once authentic protagonist acting only on behalf of his family, becomes the antagonist acting on behalf of his medical diagnosis and his own missed opportunites. Yet, he still behaves as if to procure for his family a legacy that will sustain his family in his absence. And that is where his motivation changes. Knowing he has already provided monetary susbstinance for his family to employ after his demise, he becomes Heisenberg, becomes enraptured with his past failings---i.e. college days---and then seeks to retribute and reclaim what his life was supposed to be about. He siezes the opportunity to become what he believes he was destined to become: A talented visonary destined to change the world--and become rich, thus safe. Mr. White, the ordinary, struggling, honest high-school professor, seizes the opportunity to gain cash, alot of cash, to beset his previous acknowlegement of financial failure, despite his academic and intellectual prowess---because he knows, as all of our society knows---that security is based on monetary acheivements--not scholary ones. Sad. Sad that this falecsy is true---in our culture we verbally promote the learnings and study of chemistry, mathematics, sociology, and art, but---none of us in the business of business will ever acknowlege these proficiencies of knowledge unless we can find a way to make a buck of it. Hence, it is totally natural that Mr. White became Heisenburg. Mr. White became a murderer, a liar, a cheat, a monster... not because he was one to begin with, but became one because he desired the American dream: Recognized for his intellect, knowledge, and his love for his family. Walter White is a profile of us all. He is not the villian so much as he is the villian in all of us who dare to venture beyond the barriers that prevent us all from becoming what we were promised, and were lied to about: Recognition for our efforts, security for our family, and acknowlegment of the work we displayed our entire lives. This show is extraordinary in revealing this. And I beleive this is why so many of us tout its excellence---not because it is purley great writing, great acting, or great profiling (which it is all of these things) but because it strikes a cord in every American human being that what we we told, what we were promoted to become, is not what is truly wanted, admired, or desired: Money and power. Sad but true.