Sunday, March 22, 2020

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 5, Episode 4 “Namaste” (B+)

I’ve always been fascinated by the character of Howard, who I think is played terrifically by actor Patrick Fabian. The energy with which he delivers each line makes Howard hard to read, so intent on coming across as genuine yet not necessarily being sincere. Chuck was the one who harbored ill will towards his brother, but Howard is just as much to blame for not pushing for Jimmy to have a chance. Following his apparently honest job offer, Howard got the response that probably should have been expected from Jimmy and definitely from the much more unscrupulous Saul Goodman in the form of bowling balls to his car, which he calmly unlocked from his balcony. Kim asking Jimmy to get involved in her Mesa Verde case was the latest instance of her compromising her legal integrity so that she can achieve a moral and ethical success, and I’m curious to see if she’ll be able to pull it off without Saul being connected back to her. Gus was meticulous about making sure that his DEA plant went well, and Hank seemed to be putting a positive spin on things even if the operation wasn’t quite as successful as it should have been. Mike has been spiraling for a while now, and choosing to walk past the guys he had dared to mess with him was simple bad math, not accounting for the fact that he’s much older than them and there were more of them. Hopefully he’ll come out the other side with a new outlook.

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