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I've been rewatching Breaking Bad for the first time since it ended. I feel like I am going to be the only person in the universe who thinks this but the first 3 seasons really have not held up well for me. I am on Season 4 and it is as good as I remembered but I am surprised how much the show has dropped in my esteem during this rewatch.
awookiee said:I understand your frustrations and I know a large majority of the theory crafting out there has focused on who is inside Hale's head but I'd be disappointed if episode 1 they just came out and said Hale is Teddy or Angela or Dolores. I feel like it only made sense that who Dolores took out of the park was going to be a mystery.
If they had told us that these were all Dolores from the beginning, there could have been a really interesting arc about how external experiences can overcome the most base primal instincts. But they have instead chosen to hide that for nearly the entirety of the first half of the season. Like I said, I was a huge fan of Season 1 and thought they were at least doing interesting things in Season 2. But this season is like going to a funhouse but spending your entire time just looking at one trap door. There is nothing interesting about the door itself, just like there is nothing interesting about the mystery itself without the context around it.
I can’t remember a show that frustrated me as much as this one. It would be one thing if the show was just bad and I would just stop watching. But there is so clearly an incredible kernel of ideas at the core of this show, but Nolan and Joy spend nearly all of their time misleading and obscuring meaningless plot points that there’s no time for any of the actual good stuff.The tricks worked incredibly in Season 1 because it was novel and more importantly it was thematically relevant. Obscuring the fact that it was a bunch of Dolores copies is just a dumb rug pull, and they spent nearly the entirety of half the season fixated on it. Can anyone explain how this is thematically important or how it changes our understanding of any of these characters?