Re: Breaking Bad Season 4 Premiere Sun 10pm AMC (Spoilers!)
It isn't just that certain things are forgiven because of entertainment value or that certain things are "unrealistic". It's whether things make sense within the framework a show has created. Breaking Bad is highly stylized. It is not meant to be realistic. It is meant to create a story that is followable and believable *within its own context*. I think it's been incredibly successful in that. The plot can be convoluted, more so than I think it would have been before the advent of DVR and DVD (Gilligan knows that people can revisit and often watch seasons in quick succession). But I think the very thing that's held it together is the consistency of character and motives. It set up that framework very well early on and has held to it.
Mike allowing Walt to bring him his bag is not a plot hole, not even by definition. It's not even a plot inconsistency no matter how realistic one thinks it is as pertaining to Mike's motives. A plot hole would have been if Walt showed up with the bag when a previous scene showed him locked in a barrel with no way of getting out. Mike's going along with that is arguable from a character standpoint, but my sense is that he was beaten down enough by that point that he felt that he didn't have a choice. That murder was also out of character for Walt to that point: it was the first he committed out of revenge and anger rather than strictly cover-up. Mike knew Walt was careless, but there wasn't necessarily precedent for him killing out of spite.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.