Great write-up, Alison.
The point Vince Gilligan is making is that BCS is not BB and never would be. They are completely different shows. The only familiarity is the setting and the characters and their backstory, but keep in mind that this is the prequel, which sets up BB.
So many people are still tuning in hoping to get the same adrenaline rush that BB gave them and complaining when they realize it’s more of a slow rush.
In terms of writing, BCS is better than BB and you can see how Gilligan and co. have grown in their roles from the success of BB over the previous decade.
I fully expect something tragic will happen to Chuck and Kim, which will facilitate Jimmy’s crossover to the Darkside.
We don’t see Kim or Chuck in BB, nor hear about them.