Sunday, August 26, 2018

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul: Season 4, Episode 2 “Breathe” (B+)

I remember thinking when this show was first announced that I wouldn’t have much interest in a series based on the talkative, corrupt lawyer we got to know on “Breaking Bad,” but it turns out he’s one of the most magnetic characters on television today. The way in which he was able to sell himself as a qualified candidate for a job that he has absolutely no experience for by name-dropping copier details was impressive, but not nearly as much as his ability to self-sabotage by baiting them into hiring him on the spot. I’m not even sure what to make of that, since I do think that he desperately wants to get a job and this would have been an incredible one, especially for him to have attained mere minutes after he walked in the door. But I think he also knows that he’s been in places that have been the wrong fit before, and he was far more eager to expose the things that this company emphasizes over actual proper vetting. I’m ready for all of our plotlines to connect, with Jimmy calling Mike, Mike having his security measures defended to Lydia by Gus, and Nacho witnessing a display of force from Gus that won’t soon leave his memory. Kim also conducted herself formidably in standing up to Howard on Jimmy’s behalf, firmly taking his side and pointing out just how insensitive his behavior has been lately, even though I’d actually argue that he’s being the kindest and most authentic he’s been since we first met him.