Originally Posted by Reaper16
WOW factor is for impatient audience members.
I think there's something to be said for a show delivering a particular amount of WOW for a number of seasons and then starting a new season with decidedly less WOW. I don't think it's necessarily impatient to feel like something's a little off; it's more about adjusting to your expectations being subverted somewhat.
I did not believe the start of Breaking Bad season 3 was any lower QUALITY than the previous seasons, but it didn't quite have me obsessing over immediately seeing the next episode the way the previous seasons did. When I adjusted expectations, my appreciation for the material caught up with its quality.