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Re: Better Call Saul

#76 Post by John Shade » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:32 pm

oh yeah wrote:That was a great episode but I really feel like this season was scatterbrained and not nearly as well-structured (or eventful) as S2.

I'm mostly with you on this. Season 2 was focused on a few points that were mostly wrapped up (along with leaving exciting things for the future) while this ending was sort of all over the place. Maybe that's just where these characters are at this point?
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I was hoping to see some more resolution with Nacho, Hector, and Gus; I guess with the pace we can still wait a bit more. Mike too is kind of lurking the shadows at this point, yes?
What I like most about this show still stems mostly, I think, from its ability to create some morally complicated (maybe not too complicated) situations. For me this deals with sympathy for the characters. Plenty of times you could sympathize with Jimmy, Chuck, or vice versa. In this particular episode I think they handled Chuck's relations with HHM with the same level of seeing why each party had a point. I kind of sided with HHM for once. The kind of moral stickiness I'm talking about was epitomized by Jimmy's sort of self-sacrifice elderly yoga session too.
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The ending of the episode referred to as haunting above does seem to say thinks might pick up sooner. Jimmy has now lost his clientele, and a few episodes back he saw how quickly drug dealers pay. My guess is by the end of next season all the players are together in some way.
Two unrelated questions I put out to the fans: any suggestion they will eventually focus on Saul's life in Nebraska? Have the creators hinted at a longer form with this?

Is the woman who plays the secretary for Kim and Jimmie the same who was Saul's secretary in Breaking Bad?

edit: Jimmy, not Jimmie as written above. I've been really off my game lately.
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Re: Better Call Saul

#77 Post by Cameron Swift » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:28 am

JohnShade wrote: Is the woman who plays the secretary for Kim and Jimmie the same who was Saul's secretary in Breaking Bad?
Yes, she is.

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Re: Better Call Saul

#78 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:26 am

Also, the character's name is Jimmy. *the more you know*

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Re: Better Call Saul

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Re: Better Call Saul

#81 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:30 am

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Re: Better Call Saul

#82 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:52 pm

Following episode 4 of this season, "Talk," it is beginning to feel as though Better Call Saul is trying to bring the show in for a landing, and in doing so lowering its stakes to a dangerously anemic level. Yes, we're seeing some of the beginnings of Jimmy McGill leaning into more exciting/crooked ways of making money now, and starting to see a path to a happy ending for Kim, and Mike's bond forming with Gus - but these are, in essence, without stakes. When Mike meets with Gus in back of a shipping center, there is no way that Gus is going to murder Mike or vice versa, because we know that Breaking Bad exists. When Nacho makes an ill-advised decision to find himself in the firing line of a Tom Clancy video game-esque gunfight, we know he will survive because Breaking Bad exists.

As enjoyable as that side of the series has been to this point as sort of a change of pace from the rest, it is a gigantic waste of time now, which is unfortunate because it's sucking up more oxygen than it ever had. With Chuck, and Howard, and especially Kim, the showrunners did an awesome job of making this series unique by introducing characters whose fates were not set in stone, but with 1.5 of them (give or take) no longer very relevant to its goings on, there is just not enough here to make it as compelling as it was in past seasons. The only hope is if the writers are also aware, and see fit to really plunge Jimmy/Saul into a bunch of high stakes lawyering (even in the form of one-off cases/capers) sooner rather than later.

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Re: Better Call Saul

#83 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:30 pm

mfunk9786 wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:52 pm
With Chuck, and Howard, and especially Kim, the showrunners did an awesome job of making this series unique by introducing characters whose fates were not set in stone
Don't forget Gene

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Re: Better Call Saul

#84 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:46 pm

We haven't seen the last of Gene.

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#85 Post by starmanof51 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:41 pm

mfunk9786 wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:46 pm
We haven't seen the last of Gene.
Pretty much all I want at this point is For Gene to take over

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