Saturday, February 29, 2020

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

Better Call Saul: Season 5, Episode 1 “Magic Man” (B+)

It’s been a year and a half since this show was last on, and this premiere comes after the show was renewed for a sixth and final season, which isn’t a bad run and will bring it to about the same episode count as “Breaking Bad.” AMC likes to premiere its shows in a big way, and as a result a second hour of this show has already aired in its regular Monday timeslot, and this coming Monday will bring a third as it continues from there with one episode a week. The extended black-and-white opening found Jimmy being recognized as Saul Goodman in his new Cinnabon life, and he called Robert Forster’s extractor, seen in “El Camino” at the same time that Forster died in real life, only to decide that maybe he wasn’t ready to start over somewhere else. He’s full of energy and positivity in his new identity as Saul Goodman, handing out cell phones with his number programmed in at a carnival and staging press conferences to catch his opposition totally off-guard and swing cases his way. Kim seemed most concerned about his reputation, encouraging people to commit repeat crimes so that they could get a discount on his business, and though she argued vehemently with him that they shouldn’t trick her client, she made the conscious decision to repeat and explain the false information. Lalo meeting Mike felt like a breach of the carefully-constructed system, and Mike is still reeling from his having to kill a good man who just didn’t want to be a part of this operation anymore. Mike and Gus exchanged tense words, making for a great scene between two characters who are always telling others what to do and rarely letting their emotions show.

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