We’re back! We’re bad! We’re…very late. It’s been months since we stopped watching Better Call Saul and in the interest of disclosure it was not because of lack of interest but rather, as Harold Macmillan put it, ‘events my dear boy, events’. (Read More)
From the outset this episode has a special significance. I said I’d get the series finished and reviewed before I returned to Spain and here we are; I fly tomorrow and I’m sitting in a hotel outside of Glasgow happy as a sandboy writing this. (Read More)
Pity the fool I am; we near the end of Better Call Saul and the old girl still has magic left in her. Or, more accurately, she’s been holding it back because she knows that she can dance whenever she wants to. (Read More)
Beginning with a flashback within a flashback is always one of the best treats of this show. It’s telling that it can add mileage to itself by doing this, and makes BCS more than just a ‘when is Walter White going to appear’ show. The opening is brutal and explains a lot; it’s sweet and cruel and makes Howard Hamlin out to be the right bastard that’s always alluded to. You feel sorry for Jimmy McGill and it adds another layer to his character as well as to the relationship with his brother. Kudos to the cinematography when all you hear is the photocopier and Hamlin rejecting Jimmy’s job ideas and to the makeup department that makes the different ages of the character believability. (Read More)
Vince Gilligan and team weren’t shy of using motifs and allusions to tie together plot threads in Breaking Bad. The method, if the patient man’s game, made all the intricate web weaving stronger and spotting them a sport (a drunken one, occasionally). (Read More)
There comes a point when you just have to admit that you were wrong. I was losing faith. BCS has largely up to this point been the Saul Goodman show. It was my expectation that it would remain so and the cast would orbit around him praying he becomes the Saul quickly. (Read More)
I’m detecting a trend in my own, and I hate it when I start them. Last week’s ‘Nacho’ had moments of unadulterated Saul Goodness in an otherwise static episode. It dawns on me that this is the problem with the prequel aspects of the show: Breaking Bad grew on you. It got better and darker and by the time we got to full bastard-Heisenberg it felt like the trek up the mountain was worth the while.
I was right and wrong about Better Call Saul in my review of it’s inaugural outing last week. Firstly, as some have been quick to point out, there were indeed Breaking Bad references in the first episode. That said, they didn’t amount to Walter White cameos (well, not really) so all is forgiven. (Read More)