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Title: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 19, 2017, 10:46:40 pm
Better Call Saul Season 3 "Los Pollos Hermanos" Promo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8vfckXAPJ8

This is so f*cking awesome. Bring on Season 3 now!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 10, 2017, 02:31:44 pm
Yay! Today is finally here! Better Call Saul....SEASON 3 TONIGHT!!!!!

They are currently running a BCS marathon on AMC right now. I'm soooooo f*cking pumped!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on April 10, 2017, 04:49:24 pm
Just finished my first run-through of season 2 the other night.  Loved it!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 10, 2017, 05:57:40 pm
Wasn't aware you were even watching BCS. Season 2 was sooooo good. Season 3 is going to be even better. GUS FRING!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on April 10, 2017, 08:29:54 pm
It was great... that whole "square peg round hole" was me so recently, I wish I could have made @ss of myself the way Jimmy did, not giving a d@mn and not caring about the future.  I love that struggle of him trying to balance out trying to be good and honourable with his own slimy talents.

One thing I was surprised by was how humanizing they made Tuco.  I kept thinking he would be good in something like Star Trek, and lo and behold he WAS in Star Trek, an episode called "The Siege of AR-558" which is a classic but I haven't seen it in a while.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 16, 2017, 05:39:07 pm
Episode 1
Mabel

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What a fantastic Season Premiere! You know, what seems like a full calendar year, I have been trying to guess how they would reveal "who" left the 'Don't' sign on Mike's car. In my mind, I think I ended up just thinking it was going to be a fast reveal right then and there out in the field and boy am I ever glad they didn't go down the easy route. The way the entire episode was structured around Mike and how he would turn the very tracking device he finds in his car from a deficit to a positive so as to track those spying on him is brilliant writing and furthermore, we got another episode that showcase and highlight just how smart, cagey, crafty and cunning Mike is at what he does. It just elevates his character even more. Loved it. Now to Saul/Jimmy. The opening 'Present Day' scene at the Cinnabon was great. You can take the man out of the Lawyer, but you can't the Lawyer out of the Man. When Saul blurts out to the shoplifter to get a lawyer, he does so knowing full well he puts his own life in jeopardy. So much for WitPro. One last thing, I was kind of disappointed that it wasn't Tyrus that swapped out the Tracking device since my money was on him being the next in line for the BB reveal.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 23, 2017, 08:19:25 pm
Episode 2
Witness

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FINALLY! Gus Fring is BACK baby! Man, this episode is what I have been waiting for since the day it was announced that there would even be a 'Better Call Saul' and it didn't disappoint one bit. For me, watching this episode was vintage Breaking Bad from start to finish. And what would you expect with Vince Gilligan handling the directing chores. He was the only choice for this episode and it paid off BIG TIME. The only reveal to Gus was fantastic. They kept teasing it and making it last and then we finally see a blurred out image of a man wiping down tables far off in the distance as the camera was in a close up of Jimmy/Saul. And then he was out of frame only to finally get the full reveal helping Jimmy retrieve his lost watch from the trash can. I LOVED this scene because it also showcased Jimmy's ability to ad lib by purposely losing his watch knowing full well that it would give him an 'out' to explain why he was going through the garbage. But it's the final shot of Gus' face....that all too familiar "Don't f*ck with me' look he always got in Breaking Bad that made his return EPIC! I knew that Mike was now made and that he wouldn't be able to track any further. Having the Tracker and Gas Cap with a Cell Phone on top in the middle of the highway was the perfect way to close out Mike's story for this episode.

Not to be outdone was Chuck's plan to bait Jimmy into breaking into his house to destroy the tape coming to fruition. Having witnesses was the kicker of the entire scene at the realization that Chuck once again got the better of him, which is a sad thing to admit to. Time and again, Chuck will always have his number and that's one of the reasons why he's never going to measure up to him in Chuck's eyes. All around...and great f*cking episode. We even got an extra treat with the return of Victor (Jeremiah Bitsui), who played Gus' enforcer in Breaking Bad.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 29, 2017, 08:47:16 pm
Episode 3
Sunk Costs

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Another fantastic episode that picks up where we left off the previous episode. We finally get the first face to face meeting between Mike and Gus. This was pure Breaking Bad. The entire episode was reminiscent of the best Breaking Bad episodes ever. Even though we only get one scene with Gus at the start, his presence is there the entire time with Mike now seemingly working for Gus and doing his inventive best to sabotage Salamanca's Truck Deliveries. Man, this is going to be a very exciting and fun season. Not to be outdone is Jimmy being arrested, sent to Jail and looking for a way to dig out of his hole. I kinda know where this is going with Chuck gunning to take away Jimmy's ability to be a Lawyer...thus his eventual name change to Saul. That's how I see it happening.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 07, 2017, 05:31:43 pm
Episode 4
Sabrosito

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I don't know how Vince Gilligan and the rest of the creative team behind BCS continue to impress me with each new episode. Last week there was a clear shift into Breaking Bad territory. In Sabrosito, we are clearly into BB mode with the surprise addition of Don Eladio (Steven Bauer), last seen in BB getting whacked by Gus Fring. In the opening scenes for this episode, it's Hector Salamanca that pays him a visit and we see the seeds of contempt already festering at the mere mention of Gus' name. In BB, there is a seething animosity between Gus and Salamanca. So, to finally get to see their first face to face (on BCS), it was electric. Also great was seeing Mike getting a formal invitation to work for Gus and I never thought about it until their scene together tonight that it was their mutual hatred of Salamanca that drove Mike and Gus together. Not to be outdone, the scenes with Jimmy were great. Now Kim and Jimmy have their ace in the hole (the admission of a duplicate tape). My guess is that Mike will be tasked with retrieving it for Jimmy.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 15, 2017, 12:37:35 pm
Episode 5
Chicanery


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No Gus Fring. No Mike Ehrmantraut. No problem. As fun as it is to see Gus and Mike together, I was a bit worried that they were going to overtake the thunder from Jimmy/Saul. My worries were unfounded as Chicanery delivered an Emmy-worthy episode that will garner a lot of people acting, writing and directing awards. This was just so damn good. Simply put, Chicanery is just about Jimmy Vs Chuck set in a Courtroom as Jimmy fights to save himself from disbarment as Chuck looks to finally put him "in his place". This was riveting stuff from start to finish that ends with a corker of a swerve (which by the way, I saw coming a mile away) to close out the episode. Think along the lines of A Few Good Men, in which Michael McKean has his own "You Can't Handle The TRUTH" moment. Mike has been good in every single episode he is in and THIS is sure to get him an Emmy for this one. It's that damn good. Love love love this episode. So awesome to see Lavell Crawford as Huell Babineaux who would of course go on to become Saul's Bodyguard in Breaking Bad. The way they are rolling out the cameos has been pitch perfect.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 16, 2017, 05:07:22 pm
Episode 6
Off Brand

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There's a lot of things to talk about. I could start with the cameos, but the biggest moment comes at the very end of the episode. The birth of Saul Goodman. What's shocking is that I never saw it coming. I didn't even see it coming until the reveal at the very end of Jimmy's new commercial. But when it dropped, I had a huge grin on my face. Made an already awesome episode even more so. Now for the cameos, it was great to finally see Tyrus make an appearance. I had him pegged for the Season Premiere. Better late than never. The unexpected cameo was of course Lydia Rodarte-Quayle who was brokering a real estate deal for Gus Fring at the very sight that will become a big set piece in Breaking Bad. Yes, I'm talking about the cleaning business that is a front for his underground Meth Lab in BB. But the big thing I'm zeroing in on is Nacho. My money is on him being the one that laced Salamanca's pill that will make him stroke out and end up in a wheelchair as seen in BB. When he demands to Nacho that he bring his father into the business, I knew that would be a line that he would not cross. So, the way I see it playing out is that Nacho will reach out to Gus and tell him his plan and get the 'Okay' from him to do so.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 17, 2017, 04:37:14 pm
Episode 7
Expenses

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Another great episode and it didn't take long for Mike to figure out what Nacho has in store for Salamanca. I was kinda surprised that he allow him to go through with it given the grief that Gus Fring gave him about killing him. This is going to be very interesting to see play out and what becomes of Nacho after it all goes down. Big chunk of the episode was on Jimmy trying to sell the rest of his air time and in each case having to give a bigger discount as the stress starts to wear on him. When he breaks down at the end, I at first thought he had hit rock bottom. Nope. Acting! One last shot at taking down Chuck. This will be good. The lasting image I have from this episode was that of Kim and the look she had on her face, looking at Jimmy....a man being beaten down. I see their relationship ending fairly soon now.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 19, 2017, 04:10:37 pm
Episode 8
Slip

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The title of the episode is both metaphorical and literal as we see Jimmy spiraling further down the rabbit hole of trying to make a buck now that he is no longer able to practice law. In typical Jimmy fashion, he literally slips on a drumstick in a music store to gain leverage over the owners that are backing out of a deal they had already agreed upon. Good stuff watching Jimmy get the upper hand here and against his Community Service Supervisor. But it was the scene with Nacho that had me on pins and needles regarding whether or not he would be able to swap out Salamanca's pill bottle without getting caught by the man himself. The episode ends with Mike making a deal with the devil, Gus Fring and we know how this "one time only" arrangement blossoms in BB.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 19, 2017, 06:03:00 pm
Episode 9
Fall

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Solid episode with an ending that startled me. It was a great bit of editing to go from one scene with Kim driving (and rehearsing what she will say to her clients) to a blink and you will miss it moment where the car's airbag deploys into Kim's face. It was out of nowhere and did a great job of conveying that anything can happen at anytime. I now see how their split will come about. One of two ways, they kill her off, which I seriously don't want to see happen because I love the character. But I think they way it will go down is that now that she herself is slipping (Slippin' Kimmy) and starting to pull moves right out of Jimmy's playbook.....she will have an epiphany and realize that this isn't how she sees herself moving forward and the only way to ensure that she stays on the straight and narrow will be to severe ties from him and leave. That too will suck because she will end up leaving the show. Sigh. So, Salamanca takes a handful of his pills....but nothing. I'm sure it will take a few times before it takes effect and he ends up in his eventual wheelchair.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 19, 2017, 06:05:34 pm
I'm all caught up now.Season Finale tonight!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 22, 2017, 08:24:40 am
Episode 10
Lantern

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What a fantastic Season Finale that gives us a few big moments to chew on as we wait for Season 4 to arrive (Ugh, that's such a long way off!!!!!). Where to start? Watching Jimmy morph into Saul to give himself up and what he did to lovable Irene Landry so that she could get her friends back at the expense of being hated just makes you want to root for Jimmy to get his sh*t together. It was a great scene all around. Next thing to digest would be Kim shirking her duties as a Lawyer so that she can binge watch movies from Blockbuster was an interesting turn. The fact that they featured Blockbuster so prominently had me geeking out and longing for those days of being in that store getting my movies. Next up.....Gus Vs Hector. When Gus showed up unannounced to the meeting with Salamanca, I knew immediately this was the scene we have all been waiting for. I knew he was going to stoke out. What I didn't see coming was Gus leaping to his aide to administer CPR to save his life. But it makes perfect sense in that he and only he will dictate when he meets his maker. The final thing to talk about is of course Chuck and the ambiguous way it was left up in the air. So, is he or isn't he? I sure hope he comes back next season. He may be a dick, but he is such a great character to watch. Don't want to see him go. If he doesn't, will this be the tipping point that pushes Jimmy into Saul permanently? Sure, he will be crushed, but I still believe its Kim that will be the one that finally does. The other side of that equation would be that yes, the loss of Chuck does push Jimmy to the edge and completely embraces Saul to the point of breaking Kim who doesn't like what he has become and in turn has enough and leaves him. I rather she walk away instead of getting rid of her in other way. Bring on Season 4 already!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on July 08, 2017, 09:09:44 am
Someone on Reddit noticed all these BCS actors popping up on Star Trek and made this post about it.  Didn't realize it was this many!

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Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2017, 09:42:16 am
Ha! That's awesome! If there was one actor that I would never expect to pop up on Star Trek it would definitely be Michael McKean. So his inclusion is kind of jarring.
Title: Re: Better Call Saul (Season 3 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on July 08, 2017, 11:49:26 am
Are you kidding?  Michael McKean's in everything!  And his role was creepy as f*ck too, there's all these people trapped in hibernation and he's this unkillable psycho clown torturing them.