Friday, March 27, 2015

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 8 “Rico” (B+)

I really like what this show has become. I wasn’t fond of the first two episodes but I’m extremely supportive of where it’s gone since then. Beginning with a flashback to Jimmy revealing to his coworkers that he had passed the bar after working diligently in the mailroom at Hamlin’s practice provides some important context to who Jimmy is and how he got to where he is now. Not playing the audio of Hamlin’s conversation with him while he was eating cake was actually more effective than hearing it would have been since Hamlin’s excuses don’t matter because he obviously didn’t take Jimmy seriously. That makes Jimmy’s new class action lawsuit discovery process all the more fascinating, as he just happened to realize that he had stumbled upon something when his elderly client couldn’t pay him the measly sum for drawing up a will. Having Chuck help him was great, and I love that Chuck came through and sprang into action at just the right moment, demanding $20 million dollars from the arrogant lawyer who tried to offer $100,000 as a settlement only moments earlier. Chuck casually walking outside to get some files from his trunk was a shock, but not as big as the one he got once he realized what he had done. Seeing just a bit of Mike and his daughter-in-law was certainly worthwhile, and I’m glad to see that plotline continuing even if those of us who have watched “Breaking Bad” know how it all ends.

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