Now that I'm totally caught up on BB, I'm a little sad that I don't have a couple episodes to watch every evening.
Allow me to address the quote and then comment in the thread above:
This show isn't your typical show where
3. Big blow-up
happen every episode. Much like "The Wire" (aka "Best drama EVER!!"), the first couple episodes of a season lay out some ground-work, with further episodes leading to some HUGE emotionally-charged events towards the end of the season.
former sympathetic character Walt allow Jane to choke to death when he had every opportunity to save her
has got to be in the Top5 of any scene in TV drama history (up there with Tony snuffing out Christopher, or Michael (The Wire) saying good-bye to Duquon).
The magnitude of that impact can't reach that high if the groundwork and characters aren't developed and shaped in episodes leading up to game-changing/defining decisions that characters make in crucial situations.
With all of that said, though, the scenes with the Mexican bad guys in S03E01 - those seemed like stylistic exercises.