Monday, May 2, 2016

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul (Season Finale)

Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 10 “Klick” (B+)

This show is exceptional at making impactful moments even more powerful by flashing back to a similar time in the past that gives added meaning to the situation. In this case, it was Jimmy and Chuck sitting together at their mother’s deathbed and her waking up and asking for Jimmy while he was out getting a sandwich before she died. Jimmy was there for Chuck as usual after his copy shop fall, and Ernie lying for him was an unexpected development that seemed to help put things back to normal before Chuck’s self-induced catatonia. Aside from the amusing scene in which Jimmy deferred a number of clients before leaving Kim to serve them coffee, we didn’t see any of Jimmy’s business, or Kim’s for that matter, in this entire episode. Instead, things were simplified down to the two brothers. After some time passed, Chuck was apparently ready to quit HHM, and Jimmy proved that he was a good guy by admitting to what he did rather than let Chuck think that he was a horrible lawyer because of one simple mistake. The twist that he was recording it – using electricity, even – was pretty shocking, and it shows how deeply he wanted to get his brother back for the way that he had wronged him. I’m not sure what will come of it other than Kim’s ruin, and I do hope it won’t be too detrimental in season three. Mike’s plotline is increasingly less relevant, but not in an uninteresting way. I couldn’t remember how Tio ended up in a chair without the ability to speak, and a quick post-episode visit to the “Breaking Bad” wiki reveals that it wasn’t as a result of a gun wound but instead a degenerative condition. This season has been great, and I’m really glad this show has defied my expectations in my ways.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Bob Odenkirk

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