The best part about cutting it down to a smaller cast?
EVERYONE was involved in the A, B, or C plot. Everyone had something to do. No one was sitting in the back of the choir room, nodding along, with the knowledge that we won’t hear from them for three episodes until we cycle around to their bit and we just have to assume that they go about their daily lives.
We got to hang out a bit with everyone. And I loved it.