'We came out of people's most favourite show ever, we could have been hated for simply trying.'
"A year ago today I briefly flirted with 'quietus' and this elicited a wave of goodwill and warmth towards me," the Better Call Saul actor wrote on the anniversary of his heart attack. "I will forever feel unworthy of it."
The 'Breaking Bad' characters have been confirmed for the final series of the show.
Two of Netflix's most popular shows return this month, as new episodes of 'Russian Doll' and 'Better Call Saul' arrive.
The 58-year-old actor, who suffered a heart attack on July 27, tweeted a picture of himself in the makeup chair on the show's Albuquerque set.
Son says, "He's going to be OK," as family thanks friends and fans for their support a day after actor's collapse on set.
In this week’s "Unfiltered," billionaire Nick Hanauer discusses income inequality and the dwindling middle class, Brooklyn’s well-known and ruthless criminal defense lawyer Howard Greenberg gives us his take on the meaning of justice, and we also discuss the devastating effects Uber and Lyft have had on cabdrivers with the director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bhairavi Desai.
The cross pollination of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul continues, with a fan favourite from the former turning up in the latest episode of the latter.
Game of Thrones came back from its dour 5th season with three of the greatest episodes of the year. Netflix continued to make incredible shows, from the animated anthropomorphic wise-cracks of Bojack Horseman to the nostalgic delights of Stranger Things. Disclaimer: I’m only picking my favourites based on the episodes we were given IN 2016.
Whilst there were many great episodes, it was perhaps this penultimate one that resonates hardest. Focusing on John Lithgow’s wonderful turn as Winston Churchill, the episode delves into his past as he sits for a birthday portrait and we learn about his demons. The preceding hour was also full of revelations, intrigue and character study that made the prior nine episodes worth every second.
Everyone knows Steve Coogan from Alan Partridge and Rob Brydon from his place in British comedy but the low-key series of the two of them travelling from hotel to hotel sampling food is something that works brilliantly well. It’s only just come to Netflix but the thing with this show is it’s great for picking up odd episodes here and there and you’re instantly able to engage with its playful and extremely funny setup.
I love Better Call Saul. I love Its nuance, I love Its shades of grey and I love the way that it captivates me. This isn’t Breaking Bad, there’s no meth cooks or shootouts, all the links to future are made with Mike’s story, instead, the drama comes from the Shakespearian relationship between two brothers and all the people that may get hurt around them.
If you haven’t seen it, though, whatever you do, don’t go into Better Call Saul expecting Breaking Bad. Very broadly speaking, Breaking Bad is a show about crime, Better Call Saul is a show about Law and it’s these differences that set the shows apart and make Saul as relevant as it is. Within a handful of episodes, Saul has evolved from a potentially unnecessary prequel to something exceedingly necessary, not because of its relation to Breaking Bad, though it also bore the same qualities, but because of its pace.
The greatest asset Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have to their name is that they play the long game. Admittedly, Better Call Saul takes the slow approach far more than Breaking Bad did, primarily because this isn’t a show about drugs and gangs, this is a show about lawyers and people taking in rooms.
It’s remarkable how engaging Better Call Saul is, it’s nothing like it’s predecessor and most of its running time takes place in a law firm with characters talking. Plus the conversations are generally always engaging and interesting.
Kim Wexler spends the episode struggling to get out of a hole that Jimmy dug for her, sort of, and despite her best efforts, she just can’t get back out on top. Towards the end her conversation with Chuck is very interesting indeed, setting up a potential friendship/partnership that could put Jimmy off of his stride and shows great development for the two characters.
It’s a testament to the quality of this show that even though you know that certain characters will make it out alive of each episode, you’re still as tense or excited as hell when something big and dramatic happens. In this episode, it’s Mikes confrontation with Tuco which keeps us on edge as his and Nachos plan to get Tuco out of the picture includes getting repeatedly punched in the face in a scene that involves a gun and the police. Bookending the episode with Mike and his battered face adds to the episode, making us interested but unsure of how he came to be this way.
Quite a late review so I’ll keep it short. It was another intricate and hugely enjoyable episode with some great shipping moments for Jimmy and Kim, a clever bit of wrapping up for Mike, Daniel and the baseball cards and another sign of Jimmy’s transformation to Saul when he fakes evidence to get the cops off Daniels tale.
The long and devastating path from being Jimmy McGill to the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad, is a moral journey that will eventually be compromised. At the current lie of the land, there’s really just one question that is bothering me: how did James came to be Saul? “Cobbler” started off with James happily working on the Sandpiper’s case.
Better Call Saul is a great show, as intricate and well made as Breaking Bad and, it’s important to note, a different beast to the meth-focused predecessor. Don’t think this is a show about crime and criminals though that is a part of it, this is a show about law and how Jimmy McGill became the morally bankrupt Saul Goodman. How many shows do you know in which you know exactly where the main character is heading and it’s about him becoming a bad man that makes it interesting?