February 23, 2020 at 9:30 am #1203357447
Starts tonight!February 23, 2020 at 9:57 am #1203357495
Hell yes, ready for the Gene scene. I love that this show has managed to avoid the “premiere episode is all setup” stigma by giving us the most anticipated scenes in the first episode.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorFebruary 23, 2020 at 10:54 am #1203357570
Absolutely, I can’t wait to see what’s going on with “Gene”. I get the feeling that the end of the show might be an episode entirely devoted to that storyline. There’s a lot to look forward to this season. Jimmy has completed his transformation into Saul, and Mike looks like he’s well on his way to the more brutal character we know from Breaking Bad. Also, Tony Dalton has officially joined the main cast. I was already intrigued by Lalo given what we heard about him in Breaking Bad, and his portrayal last season certainly helped so I’m all for him taking in a larger part.
Also, there’s supposed to be another new episode tomorrow night following this one, so look out for that.February 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm #1203358013
I’ve only seen the opening and Odenkirk is already Emmy worthy.February 24, 2020 at 3:58 pm #1203359126
The wait was worth it, this show is absolutely top notch. Odenkirk continues to amazing work on and keeps sinking deeper and deeper in Saul Goodman. But the most complex character for me is Kim. First and foremost Rea Seehorn is a masterclass at work and her talent is just astounding. The way she does thing that she knows is wrong going into her version of jimmy McGill, they say she attracted to a man who she knows has done these terrible things and it’s not like she looks the other way because she plays a part as well like when she tricked her client into taking a plea, shes saul Goodman lite and she enjoys it. I’m just in awe of her and really hope she gets her well deserved nomination this year. Hopefully that happens with 4 spots open up alone from ge of theone as being gone but there are still so many contenders so I’m holding my breath, but until then I’m enjoying every second of this show and its amazing ensembleFebruary 24, 2020 at 4:29 pm #1203359176
The wait was worth it, this show is absolutely top notch. Odenkirk continues to amazing work on and keeps sinking deeper and deeper in Saul Goodman. But the most complex character for me is Kim. First and foremost Rea Seehorn is a masterclass at work and her talent is just astounding. The way she does thing that she knows is wrong going into her version of jimmy McGill, they say she attracted to a man who she knows has done these terrible things and it’s not like she looks the other way because she plays a part as well like when she tricked her client into taking a plea, shes saul Goodman lite and she enjoys it. I’m just in awe of her and really hope she gets her well deserved nomination this year. Hopefully that happens with 4 spots open up alone from ge of theone as being gone but there are still so many contenders so I’m holding my breath, but until then I’m enjoying every second of this show and its amazing ensemble
I agree that Seahorn is fantastic, but I don’t think she’ll make the cut. If she couldn’t make it last time, then I won’t predict her unless if she has a huge season, as the lineup is much more crowded this time around.February 24, 2020 at 4:57 pm #1203359192
Great performance by Odenkirk in the prologue involving Gene. Rhea Seehorn is always amazing, but if she didn’t make it even last year, I doubt she will make it this year where there is a huge amount of candidates.
I wonder if Better Call Saul will have a real chance of winning next year, considering it’s the final season (in the case of the final season being released before May 2021).February 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm #1203359199
I agree that Seahorn is fantastic, but I don’t think she’ll make the cut. If she couldn’t make it last time, then I won’t predict her unless if she has a huge season, as the lineup is much more crowded this time around.
I sadly have to agree you’re right. As much as it hurts I truly believe that her performance will go down as one of the greatest snubs of all time, just like eva green in penny dreadful and Freddie Highmore in Bates MotelFebruary 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm #1203359206
I sadly have to agree you’re right. As much as it hurts I truly believe that her performance will go down as one of the greatest snubs of all time, just like eva green in penny dreadful and Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel
Williams, Heady, and especially Turner making it in over her was absolutely criminal.February 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm #1203359260
Williams, Heady, and especially Turner making it in over her was absolutely criminal.
I have no problem with Headey getting in because she was always the best performer on the show and for me the most interesting character, and I’m not mad about William’s getting in either because she had her best season, but Turner should have been left out easily in favour of Seehorn. Turner did nothing for me except act angry and annoyed, while Seehorn acted circles around everyone of the nominees last year so that should have been an easy switch, but we dont live in a fair worldFebruary 24, 2020 at 9:22 pm #1203359404
This season feels a lot faster paced than before. I guess that’s how Breaking Bad became later in the run. Odenkirk is still flawless. I think this could finally be his year with the Succession guys splitting. Banks could be competitive as it looks his material may get even better.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorFebruary 25, 2020 at 8:18 pm #1203360593
The season’s off to a strong start. Both episodes were great. That intro with “Gene” was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, now we’ll have to wait until the start of the next season to see what happens. The late Robert Forster’s presence is always incredibly welcome. It’s a good thing that the show wasn’t going to have Ed do another pickup, as I wouldn’t want to see them awkwardly work around Forster’s death next season. I also hope that we see him again in the present timeline this season, because if they haven’t done it this season, I’m sure the writers were planning on introducing him to establish his connection with Saul, and like I said before, I don’t want to see them have to awkwardly work around the character of Ed. The whole cast did some great work in these episodes, with all of the main characters getting good showcases and moving forward in interesting ways, with the exception of poor Patrick Fabian, but that’s to be expected. Howard’s not a bad role, I quite enjoy the character, as what once seemed to be a fairly standard antagonist to Jimmy turned out to be a man with a lot of pathos. Unfortunately for Fabian, he’s almost always playing second fiddle to the other actors, or he’s out of focus. Talking about characters who are out of focus, I hope we see more flashbacks of Chuck this season. The show hasn’t lost its steam since Chuck’s death, but I still miss the character and Michael McKean’s brilliant performance. We’ll see what happens, but I think we can count on at least one Chuck sighting this season.
Moving back to what I was saying about the rest of the cast, I think they’re doing some truly exciting work. Jimmy has completed his transformation into Saul (poor, gullible past me thought that happened at the end of the first season, but it became clear that he had a long way to go) and he’s absolutely loving the opportunity to be as sleazy as he can possibly be, Kim’s clearly having a tough time dealing with this transformation, Mike’s having an even tougher time as he’s currently being assaulted by his conscience from all angles, Nacho’s unenviable position somehow has become even more unenviable, Gus is just as terrifying and ruthless as ever, and Lalo is making moves that establish him as a true threat. I’m really loving what I’m seeing from Tony Dalton. He made a great impression last season, and now that he’s been thrust center stage, he’s continuing to own this role. Lalo’s mysterious, smart, funny, and clearly someone you don’t want to mess with. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him. Also, between his first appearance and his last scene here, the man makes some delicious looking food. Watching those scenes really got to my guy. Honestly the cast is on fire right now. Just when it looks like someone’s stealing the show, another cast member comes back into frame wows you.
I’m very interested in Mike’s current storyline. His plot ended in a spectacular fashion last season and this season is continuing it in a way that looks very exciting. Seeing a character whose usually very reserved get all emotional helps those moments hit really hard. Nacho’s story continues to be the most consistently tense. Mando really sells the desperation of his role, and that scene between him and Esposito was nerve wracking. Odenkirk getting to truly and completely embrace Saul Goodman after all those seasons as Jimmy McGill simultaneously allows his performance to harken back to the familiar character of Breaking Bad while feeling new at same time. Everyone knew he’d have to become the amoral lawyer we all love, but it still hits you hard knowing that Jimmy is gone, unable to overcome Saul. I wonder if we’ll see him resurface at any point, whether it’s briefly in the present timeline, or if we’ll see that side of him in the Gene timeline. Either way, Odenkirk continues to amaze in this part. His performance is currently hitting on two very different sides, one that tickles the funny bone seeing him go full on slime ball, and the other that makes you feel for the man that he was before succumbing to this. Odenkirk getting this showy material also means that Seehorn gets some too, and as always, she makes the absolute most of Kim. As I said above, I sadly don’t expect any nominations given her unforgivable snub last year in a far more open field, but she still deserves every accolades that comes her way.
There’s probably not another show on air that pulls of montages like Better Call Saul. Seeing to moronic hoodlums go crazy in episode 2 was fun, but watching Saul work his magic on clients in the premiere was an absolute blast. I also loved some of the lighting and shadows we saw in the first episode. Nothing to make Gus Fring seem scarier than having him in total darkness. So far this season, were not breaking new ground with Gus as a character, but the writing and Giancarlo’s performance are so wickedly fun that I don’t mind at all.
Overall, the show’s return was very strong and I can’t wait to see more.February 25, 2020 at 11:34 pm #1203360672
Those were some terrible episodes.February 26, 2020 at 12:53 am #1203360718
For a moment, I thought there’s a slight chance of Kim going down Saul’s path. Weirdly, I’m more than ever interested in Mike this season.February 26, 2020 at 4:08 am #1203360866
The show has become far too involved with the whole Nacho, Gus and Mike shenanigans for my liking. They’ve always been the least interesting part of Better Call Saul to me, so it pains me to see them eat up more and more screentime as the show progresses. Season 1-3 really was the high point of this show, season 3 in particular, and it seems to be going in a steady trend downwards from there. The death of Chuck really was the turning point for it to become the show I didn’t want it to be, it seems.
I also just have to say that the scene where Mike gets mad at his grandchild last episode was laughable in Jonathan Banks’ acting. I’ve never understood the praise for his performance. The man can do one emotion, one tone in his voice and one facial expression. Anything beyond that, with few exceptions, and he’s entirely out of his depth.
The Gene stuff was great however. For as long as each episode focuses on Jimmy, there’s still good stuff.
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