Yea BB is very different from a Sorkin piece, no question.
BB gets hilarious at some point, and that's one of the reasons, if not the big reason, I really like it.
As far as pacing goes, I would say I have one of the highest tolerances you'll ever find in a viewer as I enjoyed shows like the Wire, movies like Tree of Life and Space Odyssey 2001... those pieces are SLOWWWWWW, especially the Wire, but I find them rewarding later on. Boardwalk Empire comes to mind as another one of these shows/movies.
Why I can stomach these lulls in the story, I don't know haha. But yea, BB does become very, very funny at some point in the story, to the point where I actually view it as mostly a comedy. It starts off extremely heavy with the cancer diagnosis but evolves from there. In the opening episode, Walt tells his class that chemistry is "the process of change." That sums up the entire series.
To change the subject though, I've heard so many good things about Friday Night Lights that I think I need to give it a shot soon. Thanks for the recommendation, guys.
How's Newsroom shaking out in the latter stages of season one? I've been off it lately.
Also, I've always jokingly viewed a lot of BB as being similar to golf instruction. Walt has the powerful formulas that create the best meth -- kind of like being one of the very few instructors who understands the golf swing -- and how powerful that can make you. Jesse on the other hand throws in junk like chili powder that ruins the product, or he uses the wrong equipment at the wrong times and never pays attention to detail -- a classic terrible instructor. Others out there are trying to steal those formulas for their own personal gain -- and I view Walt ultimately kind of like a Mac O'Grady psychopath haha. Anyway, I'm obviously kidding, but I enjoy seeing the show in that light at times.
The clear difference is that the world is a better place when more people understand the golf swing, and it's a more terrible place when more people understand how to cook more pure meth... so this analogy doesn't ring true, but I still find it a funny thought.