Originally Posted by smrk2
How unrealistic would the scene have to be for you to find it less than awesome? What if Harrow's bullets, instead of being direct headshots, bounced around the room first, like off the chandelier, off a serving tray, etc. and then hit their target?
Well, it's all about context, isn't it? If I was watching some crazy action comedy movie or something then bullets bouncing off walls might be acceptable because I'd expect unrealistic things to happen. Similarly, if I was watching a documentary about WWII I wouldn't expect bullets bouncing off things, because documentaries are supposed to be a record of what actually happened. In this case, I am aware that I am watching a stylised and, most importantly, fictionalised version of history, in which characters and situations are adapted, enhanced and created anew for the sole purpose of audience enjoyment.
Thus, I don't expect every scene to represent reality, and as long as nothing happens that defies the context of the show, I'm perfectly okay with it. I mean, ****, the whole 'Nucky going on the run and hiding out at Chalky's house while Rosetti comes to visit' thing from last episode was pretty ****ing unlikely to happen in real life but people had no problem with it because it was done for dramatic effect. People are just jumping on that scene as a chance to nit it up because the people who aren't nits really liked it, and nits like to **** all over that obviously. I don't get why people expect so much realism, I really don't.
You overlook that the reason the character is badass in the first place is because they built him up slowly and deliberately over time in the context of a great show, he would not have been as great a character if he was involved in highly silly killing sprees the entire time and the show was consequently less than it should have been.
Why do you think they spent time building him up?!? Were you expecting them to just never pay it off, and never give the audience any enjoyment out of the fact that he's a badass? That's how stories work, you build up someone's character in a particular way and then you pay that off with events that develop that character and are interesting to watch. Yes, it would have been stupid if he was just killing people from the beginning and not doing anything else, but it would have been equally stupid if Nucky had married Margaret in season 1 episode 1, or if Owen had died in his first episode, or if Gyp had just immediately invaded AC and taken over.
If you're going to build something up that the audience enjoys, you can't just not pay it off. Yes, you can't just make someone badass from the beginning for no reason (see Michonne from The Walking Dead), but if you put time and effort into making something work, you have to actually do it justice, particularly in season finales where people expect fireworks. Again, people have really weird expectations.