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Better Call Saul, S2 E10 Review

One year ago, Jimmy McGill told Mike Ehrmantraut that he knew what had stopped him from taking an easy payday and, that would never stop him again. He was done doing ‘the right thing’ for the sake of it, done being what other people wanted him to be. And as much as he cares what Kim thinks, he has spent this second season being exactly the person he wants to be, the opinions of others be damned. Without his craving for Chuck’s approval he had no reason to stick out his job at Davis and Main, no reason to try and live

But when his ad plays in the hospital room, an early prototype of the tacky commercials Saul Goodman will one day saturate television with, he is reminded at the same time we are of the one huge thing that separates Jimmy McGill from Saul Goodman, the one enormous flaw that will be his downfall. He still cares. As the pensioners on the television one by one say ‘Gimme Jimmy’, followed by the announcement that he is a ‘lawyer you can trust’, you can see the guilt etched all over his face. Jimmy knows that his sabotaging of Chuck indirectly led to this, and he is going to do everything in his power to fix it, no matter what.

Last week, I was sure that Chuck would be either dead or incapacitated, but naturally Better Call Saul took the route I never really considered and made it seem like the only possible outcome. Chuck, as it turns out, is more or less fine. A bit knocked up, a bit frazzled by all the lights and electricity in the hospital, but medically completely fine. Even so, Jimmy still spends twenty hours by his brother’s bedside after he sinks into a self-imposed catatonia, and despite a perfect opportunity to have Chuck committed and out of the way it’s clear that Jimmy means it when he says his guardianship is temporary. He cares too much to recognise that Chuck, like a legal Terminator, cannot be reasoned with. As Ernie says, Chuck is out to get Jimmy no matter what, and Jimmy’s lingering love for his brother has blinded him to the lengths Chuck will go to. Even the big question last week of whether Jimmy would run in or not was swiftly proved moot. Of course Jimmy would put Chuck’s welfare ahead of everything else. It took only seconds for him to run in. Which makes the outcome of the episode just that much more tragic.

What is so powerful about this finale is what it proves about both Jimmy and Chuck. This season has done beautiful, complex work in making us understand both of their perspectives, but now, when all is said and done, a brutal reality has become clear. For a long time I thought that Chuck’s problem was a fundamental misunderstanding of his brother compounded by jealousy and spite. But that’s not the case. This episode proves once and for all that Chuck understands Jimmy perfectly. He knows that deep compassion and caring exist side by side with Jimmy’s morally flexible tendencies. He knows how far Jimmy will go to help him, and in the same way that Jimmy exploited Chuck’s weaknesses two weeks ago, now it’s Chuck’s turn to do the same.

So he puts into play an elaborate fake out, quitting Davis and Main, acting for all the world like he has given up and finally accepts his own limitations, and Jimmy falls for it like one of the suckers he scams at bars. Jimmy comes clean to put his brother’s mind at rest, admitting to a felony and never once suspecting that Chuck could fuck him over so thoroughly. Because the truth is that Chuck knows Jimmy is a good person; he just doesn’t care.

Maybe Chuck really believed at one point that he was doing the right thing by sabotaging Jimmy’s career. Maybe he could justify all his motives as being the right ones. But the cold open tonight made it clear before Chuck’s actions ever did; there is no ambiguity to his feelings. He has spent his life doing the right thing only to always be overlooked in favour of his more likeable brother. The fact that his criticisms of Jimmy are more or less true just makes them even more of a convenient cover for how vindictive he really is.

Now don’t get me wrong; it was heartbreaking to see Chuck openly weep only to have his dying mother call for Jimmy (who had gone to get sandwiches while Chuck waited) instead of him. Maybe the most challenging thing about Chuck’s despicable nature is how much we do understand it, even as we condemn. That’s just the kind of brilliant, complex, painful show Better Call Saul is. But now there is no more doubt; Chuck has resorted to underhanded methods to get to the truth, and in doing so has crossed a Rubicon of his own. He is dangerous largely because he and Jimmy are so alike in key ways; both hard-working and willing to go to extreme lengths to get what they want.

The key advantage here is that Chuck understands Jimmy so much more than Jimmy understands Chuck. Last week Kim told Chuck that Jimmy was the way he was because Chuck made him this way. It now seems that not only is that true of the person Jimmy is, it’s true of the more callous, careless person he will eventually become. Whatever damage is wrought by Chuck in season three, I doubt Jimmy can come back from it. Here’s hoping he holds on to that temporary guardianship as long as possible.

To be honest, the first time I watched this episode I thought it was anticlimactic. Back in the heyday of Breaking Bad there was a certain sinking feeling associated with the words ‘Executive Producer Vince Gilligan’ coming upon the screen and that was back in full force with this episode, except answers aren’t coming next week, they’re coming next year. My first instinct was to say that this was a great episode but a weak finale, but the more I thought about it the more I understood its role as a conclusion to this chapter of the story. This season has been all about Jimmy and Chuck’s relationship, the ways in which they differ and are the same, the ways in which they bring the worst out of each other. Now we know definitively where they both stand, and the stage is set for more pain to come.

Over on Mike’s side of things, I’m not as quick to forgive the cliffhanger. There’s only one person who could have left that note in his car, and while it’s a tantalising promise for what is to come, there wasn’t much in the way of satisfaction or resolution. Mike might be beginning to understand just how big and powerful the forces that surround him are, but really, he’s not advanced all that much. The question of his next move looms large, but it’s hard to accept that as all we really have to chew on for another year. I don’t think Mike’s story has been quite as successful as Jimmy’s this season, but I’m certainly still keen to see where it goes.

But hey, like most of this run my biggest complaints don’t amount to much more than quibbles in what is surely one of the best shows on TV right now. There’s a certain thrill to the moment when you realise that a television show you are watching has come into its own and in the process become one of the greats. This season of Better Call Saul was that moment ten weeks in a row. Getting to watch, think and write about this show as it stepped out of the shadow of its parent and became something spectacular in its own right has been an absolute delight from start to finish, and coming to the end of a masterful season I’m just so grateful that this series exists.

Thanks for reading and bring on season three.


Until next year Saul!

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Better Call Saul, S2 E9 Review

“Nailed” is kicked off with someone who may well be a ninja, getting ready to trip a truck that has a kind looking Hispanic man driving, innocently vibing out to some tunes.

What he’s tripped with appears to be Mike’s garden hose with spikes in it, though!

The nice, innocent looking Hispanic man doesn’t look nice nor innocent anymore when he grabs his gun, but whoever this ninja is happens to be much too smart and quick for this man. Hm, wonder who that sounds like …Yep, it’s Mike, after he’s taken the mask off.

Ninja Mike starts inspecting the truck, cutting through tires looking for something. What he finds is wads of cash.

A powerful first two minutes and change as we roll into commercial break number one. But it’s like when a baseball player hits a home run in their first game and are technically on pace for a 162-home run season, this pace surely cannot be kept up.

On the return, Chuck is leaving the house. Last time he left, remember, he was sent in a helix into a borderline coma for however much time has lapsed since the last episode.

How can you like this person?

(Courtesy Better Call Saul Twitter account)

Jimmy’s plan is working beautifully in the court room as there’s been an argument between Chuck and Mesa Verde based on the “discrepancy in the filing.” That discrepancy was the forged mistake Jimmy made. Well in, Jimmy, well in.

How’s your victory lap going, Chuckles? He returns to his evil lair, throws on his tin blanket and checks his files. The ones that Jimmy tampered with. Battle of the McGill’s, Jimmy wins.

Oh no. Chuck is figuring out Jimmy did it. Maybe we were too quick to raise Jimmy’s hand in victory, this fight clearly has a few more rounds in it.

No, we don’t feel bad for Chuck. What kind of question is that? C’mon, this ain’t JV.

We leave a simmering Chuck to check in on Mike, who must have taken money out of that truck tire because he’s sitting alone at a bar and buys the whole place their next round. So he went from creepy old dude drinking liquor straight at the corner of the bar alone to the absolute man in a matter of three seconds. Great timing.

After Kim and Jimmy’s romantic evening of staying up all night and moving dentist chairs out of their new office and repainting some walls, Kim gets the phone call that Mesa Verde is back on board. Only the third separate time they’ve changed their minds, but who’s counting anyway?

Jimmy hands in an incredible feat of acting surprised, then Kim’s hotline keeps blinging and she gets another call: Chuck is ready to hand over the files. So Jimmy joins Kim to Chuck’s.

Chuck changed the locks. Jimmy knows Chuck knows.

“He sabotaged me,” Chuck.

Uh oh. Jimmy takes a page out of Ronnie’s book from Jersey Shore: Deny, deny, deny.

Chuck absolutely nails Jimmy’s criminal activity. Like, literally step by step. It’s actually impressive …

… until Chuck drops the lousiest analogy ever: “You and Mozart, you both started young.” He was actually starting to win some hearts.

Kim hasn’t said a word as the McGill’s keep going at it. Chuckie still continues to nail literally every detail, eerily so. Kim, as a lawyer, asks for evidence. All Chuck can point to is knowing Jimmy for his whole life.

BUT KIM TAKES JIMMY’S SIDE! NICE! Then she absolutely gives it to Chuck.

They get back into Jimmy’s car, and Kim punches Jimmy in the arm a few times and with a steely gaze, says “Just. Drive.” Looks like she knew it too, but, doesn’t this make her a criminal now as well? She’s falling to Jimmy depths!

Nacho and Mike meet each other for the first time in a while. Nacho knows Mike was probably behind the hit on their drug driver because he knows Mike wouldn’t pull the trigger on the driver. Nacho, thankfully, isn’t mad at Mike. Only afraid the driver might be able to identify Mike. Mike assures Nacho that won’t happen and reveals that his motive for the robbery was to hope the cops would find out about the drugs to thwart Hector, but they didn’t. The cops never found it.

THIS HAS BEEN THE CULTIVATION OF MIKE’S HATRED FOR HECTOR. This, somehow, makes Breaking Bad even better. How do they do that? It’s insane.

Alright, maybe I was too quick to judge that this episode couldn’t stay at Usain Bolt-level pace, because it has. Mike dropped this line to Nacho before they left. Because he’s the man.

Kim doesn’t really get mad at Jimmy about his criminal activity, just asserts that he better not have left even a scintilla of evidence that Chuck could find. Savvy move, Kim. Welcome to the dark side. Jimmy scampered out of bed once Kim said that.

Jimmy returns to the print place, where Chuck sent a minion to see if he was there. Jimmy asks the clerk if he remembers him and pulls out money to make the guy keep his mouth shut. Power moves only.

The clerk takes Jimmy’s bribe happily, and agrees to erase the security footage of Jimmy’s trace before Chuck has a chance to get to the store and probe further.

Chuck pulls up as Jimmy looks on from across the road. It’s go time for the clerk. Let’s hope you don’t ruin it.

That clerk does extremely impressive in denying his knowledge of Jimmy but Chuck just won’t give it up. Then Chuck goes haywire, falls and bangs his head pretty bad on the tabletop.

 And this is how “Nailed” ends. I wonder if he’s okay! I’m actually finding myself feeling bad for Chuck, this is weird!

This, on initial reaction, was the best episode to date. It absolutely sped from start to finish.

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Better Call Saul, S2 E8 Review

Kim and Jimmy took one step closer to professional freedom in “Fifi,” and you know a show is doing something right when career decisions, resignations meetings, and late nights at a copy machine make for riveting television. As many episodes of Better Call Saul have done this season, “Fifi” twisted expectations to amp up the drama, but this time things felt put in place for the final two hours of the season.

There’s not a whole lot to say here except that things were great in “Fifi” as Jimmy and Kim leaned on each other on their new solo but-not-solo adventures. But “Fifi” relied on unknowns to make things click. We didn’t know how Howard would react to Kim’s resignation (he was cool with it), we didn’t know how quickly he’d make a move to retain Mesa Verde (very quickly, like as soon as Kim left his office), and we didn’t know who Mesa Verde would go with (Kim, then back to HHM). But somehow it made me as nervous as I’ve ever been watching this series. Kim and Jimmy’s independent spirit is everything we wish we had, so naturally, we want to root for them, and seeing Kim elated at landing Mesa Verde was an exercise in empathy. I, for one, was ecstatic for her, and Rhea Seehorn lit up the scene with unbridled joy.

Of course it didn’t stay that way as Chuck showed how he’s such a shrewd businessman, and he braved the modern wonders of electricity to lure Mesa Verde back with a clever speech that at once said how Kim was the perfect choice but also said that HHM was even better. You can’t blame Chuck and Howard, and at this point, Mesa Verde’s money was going to the firm with the best pitch and HHM had it. That’s another great thing about Better Call Saul, its decisions are based in logic, and anyone with common sense would take their business to HHM rather than the upstart lawyer on her own for the first time.

Jimmy didn’t let that slide, though, and while caring for his brother, he fudged the Mesa Verde documents so that every page had the wrong address for Mesa Verde (another dope montage!). That’s subtle sabotage, but it also might be enough to give pause to Mesa Verde if HHM couldn’t get the basic details right. At the very least, every document has to be redone, right? I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer. Just guessing here.

It seems like every week, Better Call Saul is achieving something on the technical side of things that’s spectacular. Last week, it was the first ballot Montage Hall of Fame entry featuring Jimmy trying to get fired from Davis & Main. This week, “Fifi” opened with a staggering multi-minute one-take adventure at a border inspection station from director Larysa Kondracki as one of Hector’s men slinked on through border agents in an ice cream delivery truck. There was very little concrete information given here, but this was all about staging atmosphere and showing us how much went into whatever Hector’s operation was. I mean, we don’t even know what Hector is doing and it almost doesn’t matter; the only thing we need to know right now is that whatever it is Hector is doing, he’s very good at it.

And Mike knows that. Like all old people, Mike has an endless amount of time on his hands, and like all grumpy old people, he’s willing to use that time to win a fight. His stakeout turned up the tie to the ice cream delivery truck, and though we don’t know exactly what’s going on under that bald dome of his, we do know that he’s making a homemade spike strip probably to stop that truck from making its next delivery. Sweet! Also, how cute was his hangout time with Kaylee when they made the “rhododendron sprayer”? Adorable.

With each passing hour, Better Call Saul is inching closer to a big showdown between the team of Jimmy and Kim and the monolith known as HHM (and Mike is getting close to Hector, but the war between an ex-crooked cop and a drug lord is surprisingly playing second fiddle). The tension is mounting! The pieces are in place! But having experienced the bait-and-switch that Better Call Saul has pulled off before, I’m not dumb enough to pretend like I know where it’s heading. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy this.

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Better Call Saul, S2 E7 Review

James M. McGill Esq. is still toiling away at Davis & Main, seeming quite sheep-like in his obedience. This doesn’t last long, especially after he learns that if he quits, which we learn he intends to do, he’ll not be able to hold on to his lofty signing bonus. Here’s where Jimmy enacts a plan that can only be deemed, “The Costanza”.

“The Costanza” is a strategy enacted by, who else, George Costanza (Jason Alexander) in the episode “The Millennium” from the eighth season Seinfeld in which George does his best to get fired from The Yankees in an attempt to score a new job with the Mets. Where George turned to defacing a World Series trophy and streaking through Yankee stadium, Jimmy does his best to undercut any kind of credibility he had with Davis & Main with a series of increasing absurd and beautifully comedic acts of self-deprecation.

First, he swaps his usual professional attire for a series of gaudy suits—the kind that come to characterize Saul Goodman—before moving on the more overt attempts at self-sabotage, which include a juicer accident, a racially insensitive vacuum demonstration, a severe lack of flushing, and finally some novice bag-piping before he finally gets his wish.

This scene is remarkable for a number of reasons. It is not only the perfect opportunity for Odenkirk to tap his vast reservoir of comedic talent, but is also a chance for the editing room at Better Call Saul to go all out. The fast-paced cutting, with picture-in-picture reminiscent of this season’s Fargo, matches perfectly with the abundantly funky score courtesy of R&B Motown legend Dennis Coffey, making for one of the most enjoyable sequences of the show’s run.

Clifford Main (Ed Begley, Jr.) doesn’t, for a second, feign to not know what’s been going on but concedes to Jimmy that he’s gotten to the point where his desire to have Jimmy gone far outweighs any need to get back the signing bonus. In a moment of honesty, Jimmy admits that he did, in fact, try to make it work, but always felt like a “square peg” and realized that it was best to move on.

Move on to what? Well, we know what he eventually does, but before he becomes Saul Goodman, he proposes to Kim (Rhea Seehorn) something entirely different. Wexler, having received a job offer last episode, is eagerly awaiting the official offer sheet while she edits he letter of resignation to HHM. That is, until Jimmy shows up with a different plan, one that has her leaving HHM but, instead of moving on to work for Rick Schweikart (Dennis Boutsikaris), joining forces with him to create the firm of Wexler McGill.

Your heart aches for Jimmy when, after giving his big speech and handing her the business card he had mocked up, Kim’s forced to ask how he plans on playing it. That is: will he be Slippin’ Jimmy or James M. McGill. Jimmy begins to go into his good Boy Scout speech before cutting himself short and admitting that if he does this new venture, he must be him and not the man others want him to be. It’s refreshing to see Jimmy be not only honest with himself but with Kim about how silly and stifling it is for him to pretend to be straitlaced. It’s also not surprising that Kim can’t really commit to such a life, especially when Schweikart is offering her so much opportunity. “You’ve got me, just not as a law partner,” Kim says in a statement that’s both endearing and heart-wrenching.

Meanwhile, Mike’s still cleaning up all the loose ends from the Salamanca ordeal—loose ends we know he will not be done with for some time. With Jimmy’s help, he takes the gun charge, much to the chagrin of the prosecution, and uses the money from the deal to buy his daughter-in-law a new house in a safe neighborhood. The thing is, is any neighborhood safe now that the Salamancas clearly know about Mike’s one weakness, his family? Mike seems to know that the answer is no, and the look on his face as he hugs his elated daughter shows that he questions whether the new house is worth it if it came at the cost of his own peace of mind and possibly their safety.

“Inflatable” ends with a bit of twist, as Kim, who has a successful meeting with Schweikart and is expecting an offer sheet in the coming days, comes to Jimmy with a counter-proposal to his previous offer. She too believes that maybe the best way to become a successful lawyer will be for her to strike out on her own, but she knows that their partnership would never work because their very different views on professional morality. She also doesn’t want to go at it alone, so she suggests that instead of Wexler McGill they become Wexler and McGill, two separate law offices that share the same building and, in turn, much of their lives.

Jimmy’s shocked and delighted by her plan, but also a little unsure of how to feel. Like a married couple who sleep in separate beds, this arrangement seems almost half-baked. It’s almost as if Kim’s scared to commit fully to Jimmy but can’t deny that being his professional partner sounds desirable. The episode ends before Jimmy makes his decision but, despite his misgivings, it seems unlikely he’ll say anything but an emphatic yes;

I mean, this is Rhea Seehorn we’re talking about. How this will play out is another story. One thing’s certain, though, and that’s that Jimmy has decided to fully commit to the grifter’s advice and give up his life as a corporate sheep to become a full-time wolf. That alone makes “Inflatable” one of the most satisfying episodes of the season.

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Better Call Saul, S2 E6 Review

It’s interesting to see, as Better Call Saul now enters the second half of its second season, how the creators seem to be running with the nuanced, beautifully played character of Kim Wexler. Where she easily could have become fodder for romantic sequences and little else, she’s become just as essential to the program as Jimmy or Mike. As I’ve talked about before, Kim’s unique to this show for her unwavering morality, an especially impressive feat in a world where finding such steadfast integrity is a dubious task, to say the least. This why tagging along with her, which we do for much of episode six, is both satisfying and fascinating.

When we last Kim, she was completely dejected and doing her best to come to terms with a possibly never-ending career in the basement, when Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) handed her a lifeline in the form of his goodwill. He would talk to Howard (Patrick Fabian) and everything would be solved. While this did actually come to pass, and Kim’s now back in her office above ground, she still doesn’t have the respect from Howard she clearly deserves. In swoops Rick Schweikart (Dennis Boutsikaris), a lawyer on the other side of the Sandpiper case, who immediately recognizes Kim’s criminal under-utilization and quickly offers her a job at his firm—one that will land her firmly on the partner track.

Up until this point, Kim has been incredibly loyal to a job and a firm that hasn’t exactly treated her like their next young star lawyer. It feels nice for Kim, and, in turn, us as viewers, to see her finally acknowledged and rewarded for being good in the face of so much depravity, which is why it’s strange that it feels even nicer to see her celebrate by being more like the show’s immoral center, Jimmy.

Overall, we admire both Jimmy and Kim for very different, yet oddly similar, reasons. Jimmy’s an attractive character because of how his portrayed: as a natural trickster who’s doing his very best to play things above board. Inversely, we like Kim because she’s a kind-hearted woman, but we like her best when she lets her hair down and joins Jimmy in his grift, like she did in the season’s first episode. This kind of inconstancy is what makes this one of the most nuanced dramas on television. We’re excited for her when she gets the job offer, but we’re thrilled when she calls Jimmy and utters the decidedly Saul words, “I got a live one on the hook”. In her own way, this line is as essential as Walter Whites’, “I am the one who knocks”. She’s still the show’s heart, but the moral high road isn’t only lonely but boring. This week’s short detour shows Kim is as susceptible as any to the low road.

Mike, of course, is someone who knows that the high and the low road aren’t as different as people think. He’s not as concerned with own morality as he is with his own interests. His daughter-in-law and granddaughter are worth any kind of concession he must make to his code of conduct, and working to free Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) is preferable to having the Salamanca twins, last seen in Breaking Bad, threatening his family at their poolside home.

It takes some prodding but Mike eventually agrees to take the gun charge for Tuco in exchange for $50,000. The important thing, however, isn’t the money or the threats, but the fact that this seems to officially mark the beginning of the working relationship that’ll eventually bring Mike to Gus Fring, and then to Walter White and to his untimely death. Mike doesn’t know it, but meeting in this week’s episode will turn out to be one of the most important moments of his life.

Jimmy, at least, prior to the call from Kim, seems set in a kind of stasis we’ve yet to see onBetter Call Saul. The opening sequence, which shows him unable to get comfortable in his Davis and Main-provided apartment, is a not-too-subtle metaphor on how his situation, while convenient and healthy, isn’t helping him sleep at night. His new assistant, whom we meant last week, is making every menial task all the more infuriating, his Sandpiper commercial has been replaced by an informational bore and, worst of all, his coffee mug will still not fit in the goddamn cup holder.

“What’s not to love,” he says semi-confidently to Kim about his new life the morning after their grift, before taking a crowbar to the company car’s cup holder. Jimmy has everything he’s supposed to want and isn’t satisfied with any it. He’s content for now, but don’t be surprised if Slippin’ Jimmy and his questionable morality make an appearance in the next couple of weeks.

Mike’s deal with the devil, Kim’s sudden rule-breaking, and Jimmy’s boiling frustration make for some important character development, as well as some effective set up for a second half of the season that’ll have plenty of plot twists and turns. One interesting thing to look out for is how Mike and Jimmy will seemingly become entwined once again before the end of this year, especially now that Mike’s firmly planted in the Albuquerque underworld, and Jimmy’s becoming further and further removed.

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Better Call Saul, S2 E4 Review

This week’s episode has the realization that the series is better when there’s more Mike Ermantraut.

That crotchety Mr. Magoo is such a lovable and wise curmudgeon he makes the show instantly better, so what we need to hurry up and do is reach the point where Jimmy and Mike are interacting more regularly, because otherwise this is growing into a hard watch.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s still great fun to watch Jimmy McGill’s progression to Saul Goodman, but right now we’re completely bogged down in this “will he be a good guy or won’t he” story, and the problem is that we already know the answer.

He’ll choose to become the guy who skirts the law instead of following it to the letter. He’ll engage in scandalous and salacious behavior both on behalf of and because of his clients.

He won’t maintain a relationship with Kim Wexler. And probably not with his brother Chuck either.

And that’s all well and good. It is as it should be. We all fell in love with Saul Goodman during our Breaking Bad benders. (Or while watching week to week like…normal people.)

We’re already there. The character isn’t. So what we’re stuck with right now is the slowest emergence of a butterfly from a chrysalis the world has ever seen.

Yes. Yes, I did just call Saul Goodman a butterfly. It’s a transformation metaphor. Just go with it.

Jimmy McGill doesn’t fit in this world of expensive suits and high-priced attorneys and billable hours and “partners.” Truthfully, he knows that. He’s wise enough to know that the only reason he’s there is because he wants to impress Kim.

He’s also wise enough to know that Chuck is right. He’ll never step away from his life of shady dealings and sideshow acts because he’s addicted to the rush of the con.

Okay, maybe he doesn’t realize he’s addicted to the rush, and if he does realize it, that’s not something he’s going to admit too readily at the moment. Perhaps when he loses everything, a fall which must be coming.

As much as I dislike Chuck because of the way he treated Jimmy at the end of Better Call Saul Season 1, he’s not wrong. About any of it.

I desperately wanted him to acknowledge that HHM were putting the screws to Kim because of Jimmy, and I wanted Jimmy to push Chuck to the point of shouting at his younger brother to quit practicing law.

Kim wouldn’t want Jimmy to quit practicing for her, but he would gladly do so, a choice which she should accept.

Except then they’d likely find themselves even more opposed, or possibly with him seeking representation and turning to her for help because he got himself into a situation.

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And then there is Mike, hes like watching a cunning John McClain in his twilight years. This man is the baddest of the badasses, and his poor face!  Even knowing it isn’t real didn’t help me not flinch when we saw his pulverized nose and eye socket!

I love that he wouldn’t kill Tuco. That he held that gun in his hands and probably remembered every life he ever took from behind a barrel like that one and just decided he couldn’t do it. Not for any amount of money.

He might be a man who breaks the law or helps other break the law, but he does it with principle, thus making he and Jimmy excellent foils for one another.

They’re both skirting the legality of everything they do, but they know why they’re doing the things they’re doing. Jimmy for the rush and Mike to take care of his family, the former a thirst which cannot be quenched and the latter a debt which cannot be repaid.

There’s some beautiful symmetry there, you know?

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Better Call Saul, S2 E2 Review

For the second episode of Better call Saul season 2, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould opted to continue what was their slow pace; while that may seem somewhat dull, the show figured out a way to balance that out with some moments of humor, and also a little more “Breaking Bad” nostalgia.

Let’s focus here first and foremost on our favorite story: Mike ended up doing everything that he could to get Daniel to stop working with the police over what happened to the baseball cards … which of course led to a standoff with Nacho. Everything Mike said make perfect sense: Nacho was trying to capitalize on who was a very idiotic man flaunting his money for all to see. Eventually, he ended up calling in Jimmy for help to help with a “morally gray” situation.

From here, we had one of the most awkward encounters between Daniel, Jimmy, and the police ever … which included Jimmy proclaiming that Daniel was hiding in the baseboard his “squat cobbler” videos that he makes for profits. Somehow, this show finds a way to continue to surprise us with these expressions. We don’t have any clue how this worked, but it did, and while we could argue over the realism, we won’t.

The biggest problem for Jimmy came down later to him and Kim, when he admitted to her that he fabricated evidence in order to ensure that Daniel got off. Their relationship has always been a high-wire act, and now it’s quickly tearing apart.

The Jimmy – Chuck reunion was a little less successful, mostly because for the most part we don’t find Jimmy in a cage exciting. That’s why we don’t want to spend a whole lot of time discussing it right now. What matters more than anything else is that almost everyone who is in line, Kim included, is starting to lose faith in him.

In the end, this episode was fun, mostly because of how smarmy Daniel was, and how quickly and terribly this all came down on them. Sure, he’s a free man, but at the same time he had to humiliate himself in the process. A solid episode overall, even if it started out dull, but by the end, i was hooked!

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Better Call Saul, S2 E1 Review

Nearly a year has passed since “Slippin Jimmy” graced our screens, giving us a glimpse into the world before the events of Breaking bad. We got to see the highs and lows of everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer as he begins his transformation into the infamous and wanted Saul Goodman.

Finally one of the smartest shows on television has returned for a second season as we explore the ever expanding created world of Vince Gilligan – warning for those who have not seen the season premier yet as spoilers lay ahead! Continue reading Better Call Saul, S2 E1 Review