Posted Oct 1, 2012 @ 4:36 PM
I've also started rewatching the series. I finished 'Crawl Space' last night. The pilot does take me back. Back then, I sympathized with Walt and absolutely couldn't stand Jesse. In season 1, he was a foulmouthed dumbell. Amazing how he evolved.
I never really disliked Skyler. The one I couldn't stand from minute one was Marie. I only ever started sympathizing with her when Hank was bullying her in early season 4.
Netflix instant queue omits the botched handjob in bed, which I think is actually important. It's crucial to the series dynamic: Without his life of crime, he's wimpy, ineffective, especially in his own mind. With it, he's potent, a force to be reckoned with--at least in his own mind, before it all comes crashing down.
Hank is particularly unsympathetic here. I remember being surprised at how much I came to like him, starting with the shootout with Tuco and magnifying (oddly enough) when he tries to stop Walt from getting Junior drunk.
Regarding the question of whether or not he's a sociopath: I think a better question would be to ask when he became a bad person, or if he always was. Mine is that he was always petty and egoistical in a small-time way, but not a'bad' person only beacuse he didn't have the opportunity to become one. Once he started getting into the meth business, he was freer to indulge all his worst qualities. My idea of when he crossed the point-of-no-return for stupidity is when he insisted Jesse should 'be a puffer fish' and expand into other dealers' territories. I'd say he crossed the morality point of no return when he let Jane die in the season 2 finale, but there are lots of points where that could happen.
This series is awesome :).