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See the rise of Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, but hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against Jimmy, is ‘fixer’ Mike Erhmantraut. The series tracks Jimmy's evolution into Saul Goodman, the man who puts the word ‘criminal’ in ‘criminal lawyer’.
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  • Bad Choice Road

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    Bad Choice Road

    There is no more effective way to destroy any feeling of security while watching a show than to have someone invade a “safe space.”

    The final scene of Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 9 was excellent in all regards and a perfect example of this show’s slow-burn style.

    Jimmy and Kim’s apartment hasn’t been a completely drama-free place, but it has been a place that Jimmy and Kim are in control. The drama that has occurred there has come from within their relationship and was never of the dangerous type.

    In the last few seasons, it is also the only place where Jimmy is just Jimmy and not Saul.

    Lalo’s invasion changed that.

    Not only did this invasion into their safe space create incredible tension for the narrative, but thematically it represented the full collision of Jimmy/Saul’s two worlds.

    Saul’s life has invaded Jimmy’s and made the two lives inseparable.

    That also means that Kim’s life and safe...
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  • Bagman

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    Bagman

    Oh, how quickly the world can change.

    We’ve discussed before that part of the greatness of Better Call Saul is the slow-burn transformation of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman. There hasn’t been any singular event that turned Jimmy into Saul.

    However, Jimmy’s journey to Saul doesn’t exactly coincide with his journey into becoming a “criminal” lawyer, and the journey to Saul took a huge leap forward on Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 8, "Bagman," and it did so in a single moment.

    Up until this point, Jimmy had been using Saul to scheme his way into clientele and some extra cash. His biggest job was working with Lalo to get Krazy-8 out of prison, and that was mostly because Jimmy was forced into it.

    And while all of Saul’s dealings have been shady, to say the least, none of them had truly plummeted him into the danger of the drug world, so his proposal to pick up Lalo’s bail money for $100,000 made sense.

    Nothing has gone...
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  • JMM

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    JMM

    The opening scene of Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 7, “JMM” was an excellent example of how to deliver exposition.

    The explanation of why Kim would suddenly decide to marry Jimmy is a difficult one to explain to the audience. 

    A realistic depiction of their discussion over the decision would likely be a long one filled with confusion and reiteration, and yet the reasoning to this proposal has to be conveyed to the audience.

    What “JMM” did is use its preexisting characters to deliver the exposition in a fun, believable way. Kim and Jimmy needed a witness for their courthouse marriage, so they brought Huell along.

    Huell was the perfect choice for this role, as he knows Jimmy and Kim, supports them, and is innocent enough to want to enjoy the romantic side but still enough of a criminal to want to swipe the rings.

    This created a scene that was both logical and enjoyable as we could laugh at Huell’s curiosity and romanc...
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  • Wexler v. Goodman

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    Wexler v. Goodman

    There were a lot of emotions being flown around in Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 6, "Wexler v. Goodman."

    I’m not really sure how to feel after watching it, and that makes it a difficult episode to critique because a lot of this episode’s success depends on the consequences of the actions that took place here.

    Gus, Mike, Lalo, and Nacho’s storyline felt almost obligatory. There was nothing wrong with it nor anything particularly special; it just moved those pieces further along.

    The strongest aspect of this storyline was Mike’s manipulation of the woman who works at the library.

    Normally it’s fun to watch Mike do undercover work, and it sort of was here as well, but this series takes such a realistic view at the darkness pervading these characters that it feels wrong that Mike used this woman to further his own gains.

    She was clearly uncomfortable, and only helped Mike based off of a lie.

    But Mike proceede...
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  • Dedicado a Max

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    Dedicado a Max

    Better late than never.

    That’s most of what I have to say about the closing moments of Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 5, "Dedicado A Max."

    I’ve previously mentioned the lack of clarity as to why Gus is so keen on keeping Mike around, and now we finally know.

    Mike directly asked Gus why Gus wants Mike’s help, and Gus reveals that he believes that Mike understands revenge.

    Mike: Why me?
    Gus: Because I believe that you understand.
    Mike: Understand what?
    Gus: Revenge.

    • Permalink: Because I believe that you understand

    This is true, as Mike has been through a lot having dealt with the loss of his son, and this quote comes at a particularly affecting time for Mike since he’s been reliving the horrors of that saga with his granddaughter’s questions lately.

    I feel like a bond has finally bee...
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  • Namaste

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    Namaste

    Better Call Saul is a series that has a lot going on.

    Each lead character has their own independent storylines, and that’s part of what makes Better Call Saul feel so alive -- no one is dependent on the lead character.

    It gives everyone a sense of independence, and the series shows us that even when they aren’t interacting, these characters' lives and stories move forward.

    Sometimes the pacing of these storylines can be a bit funky, (for example, here in Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 4, “Namaste,” Mike’s storyline was a blip and Nacho was completely absent).

    Overall, though, I like the way Better Call Saul handles its characters' arcs because ultimately when these storylines collide it’s almost always through a character choice, and not just a thematic or plot tie.

    Nacho chose to ask Saul to help Krazy-8. Kim chose to ask Saul for his help with the Mr. Acker problem.

    I have a case in Tucu...
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  • The Guy for This

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    The Guy for This

    The opening scene on Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 3, "The Guy for this" depicted the most triumphant moment in the history of the Breaking Bad universe.

    Can you imagine happening upon a giant ice cream cone like that? Amazing.

    I mean, I’m not the biggest fan of ice cream, but I imagine for ice cream lovers that would be amazing.

    As the ant discovered the ice cream cone Saul left behind on the sidewalk on Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 2, “50% Off”, it made its way to the tip of the cone.

    Like scaling a mountain, with swelling music that brought the moment home, the significance of the moment was not lost.

    And neither was the metaphor.

    Can you imagine happening upon a lawyer like Saul Goodman?

    I mean, I’m not the biggest fan of illegal activity, but I imagine for criminals, that would be amazing.

    Just like the ants, they will devour him. Saul will be overtaken by all of the ...
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  • 50% Off

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    50% Off

    Nacho takes a huge chunk of the spotlight on Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 2, “50% Off,” and I couldn’t be happier.

    One of my biggest complaints of Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 1 was that we haven’t seen enough of how Lalo’s presence has affected Nacho, as most of that storyline drew focus to Gus and Lalo.

    That’s rectified here, and it’s becoming clear that Nacho will be the link between the Gus storyline and the Jimmy storyline — but more on that later.

    The benefit of bringing Gus onto the series is becoming clearer now as well, as Nacho is absolutely trapped between a rock (Gus) and a hard place (Lalo).

    Initially, it seemed that Lalo was the biggest threat to Nacho’s continued existence, as Lalo’s interest in all of the business dealings put Nacho’s position as Gus’ informant at risk.

    If Lalo ever discovers that Nacho is two-timing him, well, that’ll prob...
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  • Fall

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    Fall

    Kim learned the hard way: when you burn the candle at both ends, sometimes you get hurt. Really hurt.

    On Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 9, the characters continued their inexorable descent, but it's Kim who actually suffered real physical harm.

    Kim took the Gatwood Oil job only after seeing Jimmy revert to his old ways to get money for his share of expenses.

    I know she has a good heart and is looking to help Jimmy any way she can, but the reality check at the end had to be a gut punch for her.

    She was clearly exhausted, yet kept pushing herself to make a deal that really didn't need her input.

    The way the airbag scene was seamlessly cut into her driving was as shocking as it was brilliant.

    No one knows how much time actually passed, but it must have been awhile, because she was driving in a rather urban area, and the crash scene was in the middle of nowhere.

    The car was mere feet away from plung...
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  • Slip

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    Slip

    As we've feared, Jimmy goes farther down the rabbit hole, and it doesn't look like he will be able to dig himself out.

    On Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 8, all the main characters (with the exception of maybe Chuck) find themselves descending into the darkness, and the jury is out as to who will be able to make their way into the light again.

    I have to say I loved seeing Jimmy's old partner in crime Marco again, but this was tinged with sadness, considering how his story turned out. 

    We got another look at the old "Slippin' Jimmy" from back in the day, which provided us with some great insight as to why he eventually reverts back to that behavior in the present.

    Marco: Your folks, they worked so hard.
    Jimmy: Yeah, they worked hard: worked a lot of hours for a lot of years, for nothing.
    Marco: I don't know Jimmy. A lot of customers, they liked him
    Jimmy: Everybody liked him because he was a soft touch. ...
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