Sunday, July 17, 2022

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 8 “Point and Shoot” (B+)

There’s a real simplicity to this show and its storylines sometimes that just manages to completely captivate. That was absolutely the case with Lalo’s follow-up to his murder of Howard, insisting that Jimmy go to kill Gus while he waited there with Kim. Jimmy’s quick thinking once again came into play as he begged Lalo to send Kim instead, knowing full well that it would be him and not her who ended up dead if something didn’t work out. Kim was understandably panicked when the door was opened not by Gus but by Mike and his men, who set out to figure out a plan right away. It’s not clear if Lalo thought that Gus would in fact be unguarded or if he just wanted to draw Gus out like he managed to do, though Gus had the upper hand the entire time. This was a superb showcase for Giancarlo Esposito, who hasn’t had all that much to do in the first half of the season, and it’s especially great to see after I had a wonderful conversation with Esposito a few weeks ago. Seeing Lalo and Howard’s bodies being buried together as Mike did damage control was haunting, since they inhabited such different worlds, linked only by their association with Jimmy. With only a handful of episodes left, Kim’s fate remains uncertain since she now knows way too much. At least Rhea Seehorn is finally an Emmy nominee after being passed over far too many times in the past.

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