Originally Posted by 757690
First, let's define plot holes. Plot holes are simply plot points which seem unbelievable to the viewer. Every show has them. They don't necessarily ruin a show, it depends on how big the plot shows are and how good the rest of the show is. It also varies from viewer to viewer.
If a show is engaging and has great characters and dialogue, most viewers will ignore plot holes, no matter how big. The less engaging the show, the more annoying the plot holes become.
On Breaking Bad, the plot holes that are annoying for me, are when certain characters, who up until then, have been extremely smart and careful, do something incredibly stupid, and out of character, which results in a major, essential plot point.
Most obvious one, and there are many other examples, is Mike's death. Mike was the most careful and most experienced criminal of all the characters on the show. But he completely let his guard down, and did something incredibly stupid (meet Walt alone in a secluded area, plus not checking the bag he received from Walt at first), that resulted in his death, an essential plot point.
This was so out of character for Mike, that the actor playing him had a hard time finding the motivation for that scene. He said that even he couldn't make himself believe that Mike was that careless, so the only way he could find the proper motivation for the scene was to assume that Mike was committing suicide.
For me, that was a very big plot hole, that made me go, "Come on!" and want to throw something at the screen. But I think most people let it go, because they wanted to let it go. The show has been so engaging, and the characters so rich, that it was easy to ignore.
I don't get that at all. Mike was desperate. He couldn't be careful. He had to get out of town as quick and easily as possible. There was nothing unbelievable nor impossible with what happened there. For that matter, Walt just bailed Mike out by tipping him off the feds were coming for him. It's not a stretch to think Mike didn't view Walt as a threat at that moment in time.
This show actually has been extremely realistic in that it's always the smallest, most harmless details that wind up catching hardened criminal minds. It's always the thing you expect the least that comes back to haunt. That's very realistic, actually.
On the contrary, I'm actually very picky when it comes to shows. Clumsy details that are ignored drive me nuts. Breaking Bad is ten times better at these details than most all other shows on television. That's precisely why I like it. It's not that I try to ignore those things. It simply doesn't have those moments like other shows do.
I've been a writer for 10 years. I've wanted to get into screenwriting, like you already are. And this show is the kind of writing I aspire to write because it's pinpoint on those things.
I saw a critic the other day that said this show has a "brutal honesty" about its storytelling. I find that to be absolutely true. Unlike most dramas where they suspend reality to bail out characters, this show really doesn't. In real life, most of the bad guys are eventually caught; even the ones that are great at covering their trails, eventually slip up in the smallest way. This show has been pretty on-point with that kind of storytelling.