The AMC channel on cable is running a series called Breaking Bad. It is about a high school chemistry teacher who, for various reasons, begins to make high quality methamphetamine with a former student. It is actually quite interesting to watch. Never before have I seen so many details of chemical synthesis on an entertainment tv program.

The 2nd episode portrays a lecture on chirality to a chemistry class. The technical details seem well researched and the dramatic situations are unexpected and novel. I have to say that it is quite well done.

The teacher is a kind of anti-hero. We can identify with him to a point. But where we depart from him is where he breaks bad. The scenes of a chemist working in a respirator and tighty-whities may frighten some viewers. Caution is advised.

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