Saturday, April 23, 2022

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 2 “Carrot and Stick” (B+)

I’ll be honest, it’s been so long that I don’t remember exactly what happened with Betsy and Craig, but I did like that Jimmy got them exactly where he wanted them so that they would go in to see Clifford with allegations that Howard had a cocaine habit. While he promptly refused to take the case and returned to playing his guitar, this is only going to continue to feed into his doubts about Howard that Jimmy and Kim are trying to create. Kim, as usual, was the most memorable player of the hour, starting off by telling Jimmy that his sob stories needed some work and then swooping in to intimidate Betsy by calling her contact and getting ready to bring down the hammer. While Mike was never likely to hurt those two girls staying at Nacho’s house, things didn’t look good for a moment. There’s a real mastery to the way that everyone works when they try to take apart an entire operation to find what they need, and unfortunately that was bad news for Nacho in this case. He managed to find one person who was after him but then came face-to-face with the twins, which is never a good thing. Gus’ visit to see Hector paid off since he got the intel about Lalo still being alive, but he’s still trying to figure out his next move. I don’t think it’s a problem or that it’s overly distracting, but I’m definitely spending a lot of time trying to connect what’s happening now with what we know happens later, and I’m curious how much of the future we’ll end up seeing before this show ends.

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