What happened in this episode?
This episode was pretty eventful. We see Jimmy get arrested because his brother turns him in. We see Mike meet Gus for the first time. Another great episode of storytelling and acting. There is some great relationship dynamics going on between Kim and Jimmy. And we can’t leave out the great acting by the secretary Francesa! Overall another fantastic episode!
Thoughts and predictions…
Vanessa is very disgusted by Jimmy’s brother. In fact, she has hated him for a bit now. I understand that, but to me, it is an interesting dynamic. They are both caniving so it’s interesting to me to see what that leads to. Vanessa thinks that Gus is going to play a bigger part in the coming episodes. She also thinks that Jimmy isn’t going to get out of this mess. She thinks this is what makes him ‘Saul Goodman’. I can see her opinion and why she’d think this and I do agree for the most part. “He’s not a murderer, he’s not a rapist but he is easily one of the best TV villians”, says Vanessa about Jimmy’s brother.
Overall, Vanessa and I both really enjoyed this episode. It continued the high-quality storytelling and character development. In fact, they are building more and more dynamic relationships with the characters and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out when all those worlds collide!
What’s going on this season?
Going into this season we knew that Jimmy’s brother had recorded him admitting that he had tampered with those documents. So it was already a very tense situation. I was wondering if we’d jump right back in where the last season left off and sure enough, we did! I was very excited to see that. So in the first two episodes we have had a pretty hefty story involving Mike. Someone is following him and had a tracer in his gas cap, which he eventually found. Jimmy, in the second episode has just found out that his brother had recorded him and went off the deep end. That’s the first two episodes very briefly.
Am I enjoying this season so far?
The short answer is yes. I was looking forward to seeing how this season was approached and it hasn’t let me down. At least not so far. I know this isn’t going to be a popular opinion but I think I may enjoy this show more than I did Breaking Bad. The writing is spot on and the acting is top notch, what more could you ask? I think if you enjoyed Saul in Breaking Bad you should watch this show if you aren’t. Or, if you’re just a fan of solid writing give it a shot as well. My favorite part of the show is the way it’s paced. It doesn’t feel rushed but also it doesn’t feel too slow. There aren’t a lot of bang bang shoot ’em up scenes but the show doesn’t need them. The character development and dialogue alone make it worth watching.
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It’s finally back! Better Call Saul returned tonight on AMC with it’s second season and I’m very excited! And even more excited by the fact that it will be followed by ‘Talking Saul’! So how was the first episode of the second season? Let’s jump in…
The episode opened up in a black and white opening with great music, back at the Cinnabon, great opening! They done a very good job building the frustration in that opening scene, it put you right there, trapped in the trash room, with him. Great acting and great writing. ‘SG Was Here’. Yes!
Then we got to present time, back in color and into the show we go! Jimmy is considering taking the job but also wanted to make sure he and Kim still had a shot but decided to turn it down anyway. He has bigger plans, driving off humming Deep Purple! Jimmy is clearly fed up with mediocre stuff and decides to make a change, is this the beginning of Saul Goodman?! Let’s find out.
We get a Mike scene next which is always great, he’s spreading his wisdom, to no avail. This scene is very suspicious, Mike told him to not go along but he did and his meet up guy got his info from the car. I don’t think that leads to good things. This is a very sound character building tactic for Mike, which we know from Breaking Bad is going to be Saul’s most valuable resource.
So I will cut the blog to the end of the episode with final thoughts (I had written the blog as I watched it up until this point so this way it’s a bit of on the sport writing and a bit of after the fact writing. So we did get to see a classic scheme with Jimmy except this time Kim is in on it and it made me happy to watch it! And my theory was correct, not having Mike protect him he got screwed. The episode ended strong with Jimmy realizing Kim wasn’t going to show up and him taking the ‘safe’ road. A FANTASTIC episode and a strong opener! If you aren’t watching this show, you should be!