Friday, May 5, 2017

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 3 “Sunk Costs” (B)

What’s happening here is interesting, certainly, but the pacing of this show is slowly down a little in a way that’s not keeping me quite as engaged. Jimmy getting photographed for his mugshot was a big deal, and he’s heading down a path where he’s sure to lose all sense of legitimacy, as we know to be the case from what we’ve seen of his future self on “Breaking Bad.” Trying to sweet-talk a lawyer he knew to take his case and let him off easy nearly provided a simple solution to the problem, but the court is well aware of the conflicts of interest present from anyone who knows Jimmy. He did do pretty well in front of the judge even after Kim showed up to try to represent him, with his record acknowledged so that he could get off without much trouble and move on to preparing for his defense. It’s intriguing to see that, even after everything, Chuck wants to make sure that his brother isn’t punished too severely, just that he has his law license revoked. We got to see the first meeting between Mike and Gus, which was mostly devoid of any words and just represented the beginning of a partnership based around mutual hatred of Hector. Watching Mike throw the shoes in the air was a strangely funny scene when they didn’t land on the wire the first few times, but what a payoff when he shot off a few rounds to make them think there were hunters around so that they wouldn’t notice when he shot the shoes at exactly the right moment so that their shipment got flagged at the border by the drug-sniffing dogs.

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