Sunday, May 21, 2017

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 6 “Off Brand” (B+)

Sometimes things end with a whimper rather than a bang, and that’s exactly what happened with this court case. Chuck retreated back to his house, refusing to answer the door for anyone, especially the ex-wife who cares deeply about his deteriorated condition. Howard showed up, fully supportive of the man in whom he’s always believed even if it didn’t seem like that all the time, and was let in, all too eager to celebrate a minor victory that kept Jimmy from practicing law for twelve months, a time frame he was sure would be extended when Jimmy inevitably violated its parameters. Jimmy, meanwhile, was quietly congratulating himself and heaping praise on Kim for so marvelously defending him, and, just like that, he’s on to the next big venture. This show has a very dated feel to it, particularly when it shows old-fashioned TV commercials, and I love the idea that this is how Jimmy became Saul Goodman, donning a disguise of sorts and becoming a master commercial hawker before turning into a legitimate lawyer with a particular interest in helping criminals. We also saw a bit of progression in the Salamanca-Fring turf war, with Nacho getting caught in the middle. I don’t remember where Nacho in particular ends up, but I’m eager to see this all come together, especially when Gus and Jimmy have the chance to interact again. I also don’t recall if Stacey is present in the future since I only remember Mike’s granddaughter, but he does seem to be exhausting some positive energy into helping her have an improved life.

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