Friday, March 25, 2016

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 5 “Rebecca” (B+)

It’s always very moving and involving when this show starts out in flashback mode, filling in some piece of the puzzle that we didn’t even know we were missing. Seeing Chuck so happy with his wife was a nice change, and it was uncomfortable to see him get so angry when his wife enjoyed Jimmy’s lawyer jokes but didn’t even react to his meager attempt at one. It was an especially interesting introduction given how Chuck played into the rest of the episode, stopping in to see Kim in the middle of the night and, after having her make him coffee, opening up to her and then commending her on a job well done, suggesting that he was going to talk to Howard to see what he could do about getting her moved out of the basement. Kim really did work hard to dig herself out of her own hole, and it’s a shame that Howard insists on punishing her rather than seeing what an asset she is. Jimmy introducing his babysitter Erin to his grandpa Mike was a fun moment, and hopefully he’ll navigate this new lower-ranking supervision in a way that doesn’t earn him too many demerits. Mike got quite the surprise visitor in the diner, and I’m sure other “Breaking Bad” fans were very excited to see Emmy nominee Mark Margolis reprising his role as Tio Salamanca, who is definitely talking a lot and not sitting nearly immobile in a wheelchair. His proposal to Mike is intriguing, and I think a much more serious business relationship is in store in the near future as events continue to build themselves towards the past we know to exist.

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