Saturday, March 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 5, Episode 5 “Dedicado a Max” (B+)

It often feels like things are cyclical on this show, which isn’t necessarily bad since its slow-burn nature is one of its greatest assets. That’s not the case right now, since all threads are about to reach a boiling point, which makes it even more watchable than usual. It’s hard to read Kim at times, and her demeanor in this episode didn’t reveal too much. Chasing after Rick when he took her off the Mesa Verde work and insinuated that she had encouraged Jimmy to step in and represent Everett felt deliberate since it was a public spectacle, one that showed Kim fighting not to be slandered even though what he was saying was very much true. She’s always tried to be honest, but she seems genuinely enthralled by the fight to take down Kevin and help the man who believes her to be a corporate con artist. Jimmy was having a blast coming up with absurd delays, and I liked his first appearance next to the construction workers where he pointed out the initial problem he had concocted. Mike’s recovery seemed to get him back into the right frame of mind, and he and Gus are about to start working on one of the key storylines of this show, the battle between Gus and the Salamancas. We’ve already witnessed some of the intensity and violence involved there, and with Mike aware of the mission and Jimmy at the ready to work his magic when called upon, I’m eager to see how it plays out.

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