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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #90 on: February 15, 2015, 04:22:05 am »
Interesting stuff... But reminds me of those people watching this stuff just for that... How can that be fun?

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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #91 on: February 15, 2015, 11:08:07 am »
Definitely wonder how long it tAkes for somEone to notice weirD thingS lIke that, they Can't All be intentional My friend.

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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #92 on: February 15, 2015, 11:23:38 am »
Definitely wonder how long it tAkes for somEone to notice weirD thingS lIke that, they Can't All be intentional My friend.

Okay, I don't know what's going on here, but you're encoding sh*t into your messages and it's playing with my fragile mind!!!!!!  I think I better call Saul. :P
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #93 on: February 15, 2015, 11:32:04 am »
I honestly wasn't sure if anyone was going to catch that.

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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #94 on: February 16, 2015, 11:31:59 am »
Better Call Saul - Client Development



Online comic can be found here. Love the cover, but the interior art looks bad. I didn't bother to read it. Didn't want to ruin anything by way of spoiler content. I rather discover it on Saul instead of in the pages of weak art.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #95 on: February 16, 2015, 11:23:54 pm »
Episode 3
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After the powerhouse return of Tuco in the previous episode, I was very much looking forward to this one because I knew it would be the litmus test for the series to stand on it's on. The series can't rely or expect to have familiar characters from Breaking Bad popping up to sustain it. BCS definitely needs to find it's own voice and I think they did just that tonight. This episode pretty much reaffirmed that Saul can carry this show on it's own and be very entertaining while doing it. Loved the "interrogation" scene with him and Nacho. Loved the scene with Saul basically doing detective work himself, which did a lot to prove that he is a smart and capable lawyer that knows his way around both sides of the law. Of course my favorite scene was Mike and Saul, but not for the reason you'd expect it to be. Sure, it was funny to see Mike throw him to the ground, but I liked seeing that moment where Mike chose to believe Saul's story about the self-kidnapping scenario. Once Mike refused to press charges, you immediately see whatever "bond" you think they have in Breaking Bad form right then and there and I like being able to tie both series together for this small, but crucial interplay between the two. What makes it even more fascinating is that this little moment basically sealed their fate as you know what eventually happens. Had Mike pressed charges, in all likelihood, the events of BB would have been much different as both characters would have gone their separate ways.

FYI, I gotta stop calling him 'Saul' since he is not technically Saul yet. Ack! Jimmy it is......
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #96 on: February 16, 2015, 11:44:45 pm »
Just throwing this out there, but I think Jimmy's decision to 'Break Bad' and become Saul is how Mike ended up on the wrong side of the track. Think about it, he's a former Philly Cop, working as a Parking Attendant and he seems content (based on only 3 episodes) with his lot in life at that moment. But when Jimmy gets into deep down the road, Mike, for whatever reason, feels the need to save him, the same way he did by believing his theory about the Kettleman's in tonight's episode. Mike doesn't taint Jimmy. It's the other way around.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #97 on: February 24, 2015, 12:28:33 am »
Episode 4
Hero





After the first two episodes, I have been waiting for the inevitable drop. Not that I don't think the writers and Vince Gilligan have what it takes to sustain this. They are after-all the same team that gave us Breaking Bad. But with this show, I've been worried that the magic would run out pretty quickly. But here's the thing, after last weeks episode and tonight's as well, I am more than confident that this show can go for at least 5 seasons and not have to rely on any Breaking Bad connections. The character of Jimmy/Saul is so strong that any connection to Breaking Bad now is kind of a moot point. If this show was a new series right out of the box with no connections, it would still be one of my favorite shows on air right now. It's just a bonus that it's taking place in the BB Universe. Loved the Con job at the beginning which gave us more insight into who Jimmy was/is. By the time we get to the end, I absolutely knew that the whole thing with the Billboard Guy falling over was another Con job to bolster his image with potential customers. It was great. I'm really liking Kim (Rhea Seehorn). She got a little more screen time with Jimmy. They have great chemistry together and I see this turning into a romance. But given that we never hear about her in Breaking Bad, it's going to be a tragic love story is my guess. Hey, maybe the writers take it somewhere else. WitPro? Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself here.....Also great is that I'm starting to dig Chuck McGill's story line as well. Really curious to see where they take him from here.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #98 on: March 03, 2015, 06:42:52 am »
Episode 5
Alpine Shepherd Buy





I'm sure anyone coming into last nights episode would complain that it was "too slow" or spent way too much time on Jimmy's brother. I for one love that they gave Micheal McKean and Bob Odenkirk more screen-time to expand on just how much they feed off each other and inform one another's character and how much of a toll it's taking on Jimmy. I thought the opening was f*cking hilarious. With Jimmy now "capitalizing" on his new found fame from his billboard stunt, he now has a lot more business. But with each new "client" we see that they are nothing more than quacks and it was awesome in how they were revealed, especially the first guy with the fake money. I literally thought that Jimmy just lucked himself into $1 Million......until we see the dudes face on each bill. Also funny as f*ck was watching Jimmy analyzing an episode of Matlock to get tips on how to dress better to get more potential clients. Seeing Jimmy dressing up like Andy Griffith was worth the wait.

As great as all this is, I'm sure most people will focus on the last 5 minutes of the episode because it's clear that there was a deliberate shift from Jimmy to Mike and setting up what's sure to be a Mike-heavy episode next week, much like what Tucco got. It's the episode we have all been waiting for. I for one can't wait to see what's coming. Looks like it will involve his connection to his Philly past as the cops come knowing on his door to close out another great episode.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #99 on: March 09, 2015, 11:20:18 pm »
Episode 6
Five-O




Epic doesn't even begin to do this Mike-heavy episode justice. THIS is the episode I was hoping for the moment I heard that they were going through with making Better Call Saul and it was certainly all I could think about this past week, hoping Vince Gilligan was going to deliver. Boy, did he ever. We finally learn the biggest moment in Mike's past that basically changed the course of his life would and of course lead to his downfall in Breaking Bad. Yes, we learn that he was already a dirty cop back in Philly, but it's learning about his son, who was also a Cop and the one shining light in Mike's otherwise tainted world. As soon as his son was killed by other dirty cops, his own partner, was there ever any doubt what would come next? Retaliation is the only thing that we wanted, and we get just that. We also learn about who the Woman is, who tuns out to be his daughter-in-law. This was everything I had hoped for and it does alter your perception of the man that it will change your view of him the next time you are watching BB.  How Mike-heavy was this? Jimmy/Saul was basically reduced to a cameo appearance on his own show and it was certainly awesome. Amazing performance by Jonathan Banks. Get this man a f*cking Emmy already! Love, love, love this episode and this series.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #100 on: March 12, 2015, 12:24:39 am »
Behind Mike's Gut-Wrenching Backstory on Better Call Saul


Wow, I never would have guessed that Five-O was written by a first-timer. He could quite possibly win an Emmy for this episode. Overall, a great interview.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #101 on: March 19, 2015, 08:41:57 am »
Episode 7
Bingo





One of the biggest mysteries about Jimmy/Saul was whether he was ever a "legitimate" lawyer. Well, it's safe to say we finally get our answer in the exceptional Bingo episode. We already know that Jimmy is a good lawyer, but did he ever get the chance to show the rest of the world just how good he is? He checks out floor space for his new Office with a view to kill for and he is going big now that his Elderly Law practice is taking off. But that's as far as he gets before his house of cards comes tumbling down. I looked at this tragic outcome of his akin to that of a Baseball player in the minors getting called up to the Big Leagues and before he can even dress for opening day, he gets cut from the team, never to return and having to slum it for the rest of his career in AAA. Very sad.

What's really tragic is that by Jimmy "doing the right thing" in returning his "retainers fee" that the Kettleman's gave him, is that he gets punish for it because it ends his dream of the big leagues and  it set in motion for his own downfall. This was a fascinating episode to watch, especially the implication of his good deed. Had Jimmy kept the money (which would have been the one "bad" thing), he would have gotten his office space and had a legitimate practice where he could do some really good things for the rest of his life. But choosing to do the good thing in turning over the money, it forces him into eventual survival mode where all he will end up doing are bad things in as seen in Breaking Bad. It's a great Catch-22 moment. Loved it. I also loved that at the beginning of the episode, Mike terminates Jimmy as his lawyer and they go their separate ways. We don't have to wait long before we see how their "partnership" truly begins.

Seeing Mike surveilling the Kettleman's to find the stolen money at the behest of Jimmy to pay off his debt was great. We finally get to see Mike doing his 'Fixer' thing that he does so well and we see just how good at it he really is. This goes to show that Mike and Jimmy are in fact two peas in a pod in spite of them being at odds with each other all the time. The Kettleman story-line has been great so far, but I think this is the last we will be seeing them given how it ended with them returning to the 'Big' Law Firm. I'm really digging the scenes between Jimmy and Kim. Rhea Seehorn is great in the role and it's clear that she and Bob have great chemistry together, which gives their understated attraction to each other more sizzle. Better Call Saul is the best TV Series on the air right now. If you guys aren't watching this, you are depriving yourself a remarkable show.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #102 on: March 24, 2015, 07:43:48 pm »
Episode 8
Rico




I never thought that an entire episode dedicated to Elderly Law could be edge of your seat delicious and that's exactly what we get here. I was enthralled watching Jimmy turn on his inner lawyer and start doing anything and everything to get the upper hand on a retirement home taking advantage of those that reside there. He even goes as far as hiding in a dumpster full of trash that is too foul to mention. The joke of course was that he didn't even have to go in the dumpster to get the shredded documents as they were in the recycling bin right next to it. I know that most people that love the show still have issues with Jimmy's brother Chuck and view it as kind of a throwaway story line that won't have any kind of pay off they are hoping for. I for one like the yin and yang of the two brothers and seriously want to see more of it.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #103 on: March 30, 2015, 11:26:31 pm »
Episode 9
Pimento




We got two great stories in this episode. One was of course Jimmy's and the other was Mike's. I was actually leaning toward Mike's as being the "better" of the two. That is until the final 5 minutes where Jimmy confronts Chuck and finally gets the bottom of why Howard Hamlin wants nothing to do with him. For the entire season, we are led to believe that there is a deep animosity between Hamiin and Jimmy and our reaction to it is wanting to know what exactly did Jimmy do to p*ss him off. Well, the big reveal is that we find out that Chuck has been the one behind keeping Jimmy "in his place" the entire time because he doesn't view him as a 'real lawyer'. This is some messed up Cain and Abel betrayal here and I can now see this as being the straw that finally breaks Jimmy's back and sends him on his way to becoming Saul. Another masterful performance by Bob Odenkirk.

As for Mike's story, it had all the hallmark signs of vintage Breaking Bad. Loved the scene between Mike and the 'Guy with too many guns'. It was fantastic to see Steven Ogg in the role and as much as this scene was to build up the Mike character, it was Ogg that steals the scene. For those that aren't familire with Ogg, he plays Trevor (likeness and voice acting) in GTA V. Nice to see that Nacho is back and hopefully they are setting up something big for the Season Finale. Totally got a kick out of Mike schooling the Nerdy Drug dealer about how and what to do should he pursue this line of work.
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Re: Better Call Saul (Season 1 - 2015)
« Reply #104 on: April 07, 2015, 01:16:21 am »
Episode 10
Marco




For a week, actually, for the entire duration of this season, I have been trying to guess what the Season Finale could be. What could be the monumental scene to hold us over until Season 2 returns. Many things came to mind. Would we see the return of Tuco? Would we see another Breaking Bad alum in the form of Gus Fring? Jesse Pinkman? Badger? Skinny Pete? I've had 9 weeks to come up with something and I played with many different scenarios. It was none of that and I let my imagination get away from me and I kinda lost sight of what this season has been all about: How Jimmy turns into Saul.With Jimmy reeling from the confirmation that his brothers thinks very little of him, it sends him on sort of a 'bender' where he goes back to Chicago and finds his old partner in crime: Marco.

He was seen in the first episode where we see them working their cons for some quick cash. It's more of the same for the duration of this episode. He is 'slippin' back into his old ways, but it's not the same as before because he has changed. He has affected many lives back home, the ones he was to represent in court. This snaps him back to reality and makes the choice to return to doing what he set out to do, regardless of his brother's opinion. Hell, Jimmy even gets another sweet deal sent his way that could prove once and for all that he is in fact a great lawyer. Everything is lined up. He's front of the Court, ready to go to work when he has a epiphany, that nothing he does is ever going to change his brother's or anyone else's mind about him. He makes his choice and that of course is to look out for himself. Thus Saul (if not in name, but in spirit) is born. I thought this was a great episode and I really liked the bond between him and Marco. Very sad to see how it ended for him though. I like that there wasn't any big guest stars for the Season Finale. It would be better served in Season 2 when things really start rolling, which I expect to see a few BB alums appearing, especially Gus. One thing I hope to see next season is an increase in episodes. Give me 12-15 episodes per season and I'll be a happy camper.
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