Saturday, September 15, 2018

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 4, Episode 6 “Pinata” (B+)

I’m not sure there’s another show where the opening scene can be quite as powerful and directing as on this one. It took me just one mention of a movie to place the Oscar pool as early 1993 for films released in 1992. Seeing Kim and Jimmy both delivering mail throughout the office represented a place at which they might have both been headed to similar destinations, but Chuck dismissing Jimmy’s childish humor seems to be what inspired him to actually make that happen rather than just sit back and rest on his comedy and charm. Getting the call about the will and watching his old commercial again sent him back to daydreaming about his joint law ambitions with Kim, but she’s moving much further ahead, and she feels satisfied, something Jimmy doesn’t. Watching him make a power move against the guys who ripped him off was almost frightening, showing a much darker side of the world he’s entering. Jimmy doesn’t have many kind feelings for Howard, and it’s rare to see him prod Howard enough to get him truly angry. Now that they’re over past issues, Mike and Gus have a tremendous working relationship, with the security expert recommending fully-stocked living accommodations to make sure that all the guys don’t go stir-crazy. Kai is definitely going to be trouble, but something tells me that Mike will have it all under control. Gus going to taunt Hector in the hospital was most effective as a callback to how we know their relationship ends in the future.

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