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.
Breaking Bad has an extremely complicated and intricate plotline. You can poke holes at almost anything that happens throughout the story. I listen to a couple of BrBa podcasts, and on a weekly basis they analyze scene after scene as to how realistic they think it is, what they think that person would have done, etc. It often comes down to the fact that these characters are "humans." I use quotes because obviously they aren't real people, but the show is about humans. They're not robots. People poked at "Walt would never be so dumb as to leave that book on top of the toilet", when in fact, Walt was careless all over the place, and an extreme amateur. Everyone will have their problems with certain pieces.
Personally, I hated Gus walking out of the room and straightening his tie before they showed his face was half blown off. But the important part was the fact that Gus' hubris and ego was what led him to that hospital, and caused his downfall, a common theme for this show.
As Larry pointed out, what were Mike's options at that point? As professional as Mike was, he's not a robot. He made mistakes all the way through the series! Got his money taken by the feds, wrongly thought Lydia was the one planting the tracker on the meth barrels, was ready to murder Lydia for the wrong reasons, etc. (that's all I can think of off the top of my head). In his line of work, you're bound to make a mistake that costs you your life.
Of course there are some items about this show that are somewhat unrealistic. It's still a television show. But I've never seen a show pay so much attention to detail, while having such a complicated plot. The last thing I would accuse BrBa of is plot holes. I can't recall a show that has worked so hard to avoid plot holes.