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April 6, 2020 at 8:19 pm #1203413448
Wow. Brilliant episode. One of the series’ best, and so far, the best of this season. I think this’ll be their contender in writing and directing. It felt a lot like Breaking Bad. While Better Call Saul undeniably shares a similar style and feel with its sequel, the show has still differentiated itself enough to feel like its own thing, which makes this episode feel so special.
It’s funny looking back on how I wrote about enjoying Saul and Mike sharing a scene last episode after it seemed like their short phone call a few episodes ago might’ve been their only interaction this season. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case. It’s great that the show’s finally found a way to have nearly a whole episode between them, showcasing their excellent chemistry. Both of them were exceptional tonight, some of their very best work on the show. Based on what we’ve seen so far, this should be Odenkirk and Banks’ tapes. They’re both win worthy this season, and I’d love to see one of them pull it off.
Seehorn and Dalton were also great in their two scenes here. This is probably the former’s best season yet. She’s managed to top herself every season so far. The latter continues to prove why adding him to the main cast was a great decision. He’s a different kind or villain then we usually see in this universe, and a very exciting one. I don’t know if it’s going to happen this season or the next one, but I’m fairly certain that Kim and Lalo meeting is going to lead to some pretty bad shit. You could see the wheels turning in his head. Combine that with Mike’s questioning of Jimmy telling her about his business, and you know that things are likely going to get dangerous for Kim. Fingers crossed she’ll be okay.
Hats off to Vince Gilligan’s direction. The whole thing looked great, and you could really feel the growing exhaustion of the characters throughout the runtime. Props to Gordon Smith’s writing as well. Almost the entire episode was two guys who we know won’t bite it walking through the desert, and yet, I never felt bored.
Someone posted on here a little while back that there were rumors about this episode being big. Turns out, they were right. This is definitely a contender for the best season of the show. I’m very excited for next week. We’ll get to see how everything tonight ends up paying off, and it’ll be good to see tonight’s absentee actors back in action after sitting this one out. Overall, another great night of television from Better Call Saul.
And that was probably the best piss drinking I’ve seen since Silicon Valley.April 6, 2020 at 7:26 pm #1203413407
Better Call Saul just had one of its best episodes. Unless if these next two episodes are even better, it’s very likely to be the show’s writing nominee. It would also be extremely deserving in directing, which it could actually score, cause not only is the quality there, but it was directed by Vince Gilligan, and we already saw him make the cut for BCS back in season three. The category’s not exactly open, but last time Gilligan’s direction made the cut, it was a competitive field as well, so I can definitely see him making it. Odenkirk and Banks may have just got their respective tapes for this year. They were fantastic.April 6, 2020 at 3:59 pm #1203413229
I actually don’t think Mortensen would’ve won even if the categories were switched. He didn’t have the capital-P Performance that Ali had, and while the Academy obviously didn’t agree with most of the criticisms surrounding his character, it just doesn’t seem like the kind of character that wins an Oscar. A little too goofy and cartoon-y.
I’d be willing to bet that Grant would become a passion pick winner. A much showier performance, a more likable and interesting character, more heartfelt and sympathetic story around him, and a genuinely supporting performance that stands out and shines in limited screen time.
I get what you’re saying, but a lot of people kept trying to make a case for Grant beating Ali that year bringing up some similar points. And considering the fact that Viggo’s notices were as strong as Ali’s, and he also hadn’t just won like him, I’m fairly certain he would’ve taken it.April 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm #1203413114
I re-watched the premiere of Unbelievable for an article today, and I came to an ultimate conclusion (for myself): No way in hell is Kaitlyn Dever missing out on a nomination. I forgot how stellar she was in that opener and how baity (in a good way) her material is. Wow. I was stunned all over again.
I think Dever has the potential to be big. She’s shown she can excel in both drama and comedy, and she sort of reminds me of Adam Driver, in that she’s a good looking person, but also doesn’t have the typical movie star super model look, which means she can both get leading lady and character actress roles.April 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm #1203413090
I think if Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali switched their categories in Green Book, with Mahershala going lead and Viggo going supporting, Viggo would’ve won in a heartbeat.
I remember a forum about this, and while it never would’ve happened since Viggo is the primary lead and Ali is the secondary lead, if they managed to campaign him into supporting, he would’ve won. The biggest thing in Viggo’s way would’ve been people actually accepting that he’s supporting, as a case can be made for Ali (grantee that argument is wrong, but it can be made), given he’s the smaller lead, but I can’t see how they could ever explain Viggo being placed there.April 6, 2020 at 1:03 pm #1203412976
I watched The Last Picture Show for the first time the other day and I’d say Ben Johnson fits this description. He reminds me of Mahershala Ali in Moonlight. A heartwarming mentor whose not in the film for long, but he makes a great impression on both the main character and the audience, and you leave the film wishing he was around for longer, and you knew more about him.
His win is pretty impressive I’ve when you remember that his co-star Jeff Bridges was also nominated, and had a much bigger role. I like it when a supporting actor gets recognized even when there’s another supporting player from the film who had more to do. It’s a sign of voters thinking about quality, not quantity.
Another example from that film of a great performance in a small role is Ellen Burstyn. Like Johnson, she’s not around for super long, but you find yourself drawn to her, and while you learn a bit of her backstory, you wish you learned more.April 6, 2020 at 12:40 pm #1203412944
I meant to talk about the third season of The Crown in more detail but haven’t gotten around to it yet. But since we’re currently discussing HBC, I’ll throw in my two cents on her. Some of this is what I wouldn’t talked about if I got around to making a post before.
I fully agree with Riley. Bonham Carter and Colman suffered from high expectations that were hard to live up to. I think a lot of people probably thought, “if two unknowns like Foy and Kirby were that good, just imagine how good big, respected names like Colman and Bonham Carter will be in these roles”. It’s worth noting that of the three main characters’ new actors, Tobias Menzies seemed to get the least complaints, which I think was influenced by him being a smaller name, so not as many people were hyping him up as much the other two.
I also thought he was helped by the second season’s final episode. It’s there that we see Philip go through a major change, finishing his development into a more supportive and devoted husband to Elizabeth. That change occurred late in Matt Smith’s final episode, meaning that while we were able to get a glimpse of a changed character, we didn’t see too much of him, so Smith has very little time to explore this new dynamic. Menzies however, gets to have this big development on display all throughout his introductory season. If you compare Philip’s ending in the second season to Elizabeth and Margaret’s, then you’ll notice that he’s really the only one those three that changed in that final episode. So that means that Colman and HBC had to take over for characters who are essentially the same exact people as they were in the end of season two, and while they get some different dynamics to work with later on, the fact that their characters start off remaining so similar to the people that they were when Foy and Kirby still played them meant that that it was harder to separate them from the prior actresses than it was for Menzies to separate his performance from Smith’s.
I also agree with Riley’s assessment that the timing of Margaret’s focus episodes this season didn’t do her any favors. While having the second episode centered around her was good to help her make an impression on the viewer early on, having to wait for the season finale for her to be back in the spotlight meant that her absence was felt much more than Kirby’s, as her focus episodes were spread out in a way where it never felt like she was gone for too long. Also, with Kirby, I thought that she had a more consistent presence in episodes that didn’t focus on her than Bonham Carter did. Bonham Carter was a decently sized role in the first half of season three. In addition to having an episode all about her, she also got several nice moments focused on her in episodes that weren’t about her. But in the second half, she had a lot less to do. Outside of the finale, pretty much all of her scenes there were very short, and while she did a good job with those moments, it definitely felt like she was being underutilized. However, the finale being centered around her was a plus, as you end the season with her work fresh in your mind. Whether that makes up for her not having much to do for the past couple of episodes is up to the viewer.
Personally, I thought Bonham Carter was excellent, and a very worthy successor to Vanessa Kirby. Kirby had more to do, and her focus episodes in season two were stronger (Beryl is a truly perfect tape, and likely would’ve yielded a win under the previous voting system), but I won’t let that undermine the great work that Bonham Carter did. When she was given strong material, she knocked it out of the park, and even when she wasn’t, she still made those moments count. The winner should be decided based on quality, not quantity, and I think she had the quality to deserve a win. I’m perfectly fine with someone else winning, but I’d be happy to see her take the trophy.April 6, 2020 at 11:33 am #1203412741
While her role is clearly secondary To Washington, I say she’s a lead. I’ve always really disliked her supporting placement since she could’ve been competitive to win in lead.
An interesting piece of trivia is that while Davis went supporting for the film, when she and Denzel did it on Broadway a few years back, she went lead at the Tonys, where both her and Washington won. This is another reason why I don’t care for her supporting placement. If you’re willing to campaign in lead for the stage show, then you should do the same for the film. It’s not like the role was smaller in the movie, they didn’t change a single word in August Wilson’s original play for the adaptation.
It’s also worth noting that Davis isn’t the only person to go supporting for the part of Rose. In the original production starring James Earl Jones, Mary Alice played the role and went supporting, where she won. Jones, the play, and its director Lloyd Richards also took home wins that night.
Mentioning James Earl Jones, while I thought Washington was excellent, I wish that they made a film adaptation back when Jones was still able to. There’s a clip from the Tonys the year Fences came out of him performing the show’s famous “I ain’t got to like you” scene, opposite a young Courtney B. Vance (a Tony nominee that night). Jones is absolutely astounding in that video, and I would’ve loved to see more of him as Troy. The video’s definitely worth a watch.April 6, 2020 at 6:44 am #1203412215
I decided to rewatch some 2014 films and I just finished Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I rooted for the former back then but now I find myself picking the latter. I thought Birdman was amazing for the first half of the film but I fell asleep when there was like 20 mins left lol. Also Ed Norton’s performance stood out to me the most. I also prefer Ralph Fiennes than Michael Keaton for Best Actor although Keaton was great as well.
If Norton was your favorite part of the film, then it makes sense how you lost interest since he goes from one of the main characters to basically an extra in the third act. As someone who loves the movie, I found that to be a very weird decision.April 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm #1203411902
I’d say that’s a pretty fair assessment of Thompson. She’s not really a great actress, but she has a noticeable star appeal. It’s worth noting that I thought her performance in this episode, where there wasn’t a whole lot to her character, was better than last week where they tried to give her more depth and challenging material.April 5, 2020 at 8:52 pm #1203411816
A strong episode, the best of the season so far. It’s good to have Ed Harris back, he’s always excellent (I actually saw him star in To Kill a Mockingird about a week before Broadway closed this year, and he was breathtaking), and while this wasn’t as big of a showcase for him as I thought it would be, he was still great, and the best performance of the episode. The runner up for that title goes to Evan Rachel Wood, whose been this season’s MVP so far. Paul, Wright, Newton, Cassel, Thompson (I thought she was better here than she was in her bigger showcase last week), Hemsworth, Herbers, and Gallagher Jr. were very good here as well.
It was having a big ensemble showcased here like the first two seasons did. Hopefully most of the second half of this season will be more like this. Although, next week’s preview noticeably didn’t have any Harris or Newton, so I won’t keep my hopes up. I’m surprised that Harris looks likely to not be featured next week. I figured they’d try to make him more prominent in the second half to makeup for his absence in the first three episodes. I’m now considering the idea of him being guest eligible more seriously, although I still think he’s gonna be in half of this year’s episodes. And even if he wasn’t, if Westworld is as bad with submissions this year as they were last time, they might push him into supporting anyway. Talking about episode counts, having the actors missing out on several episodes in an already shortened season could pose a problem when it comes to their nomination chances.
Anyway, moving back to the plot, it was nice to see Cassel getting more of a showcase this week, and it looks like he could have a decent amount of material next week as well. I find his role and performance to be very intriguing.
I’m continuing to dig the chemistry between Wood and Paul, same goes for Wright and Hemsworth, although they’ve already worked together on here before, just with a new dynamic currently in play. On the topic of Hemsworth, the idea of anyone beating him in a fist fight was probably the biggest challenge to my suspension of disbelief that this series has every posed.
I enjoyed the little twist about all the other hosts being copied of Dolores. It felt in character for her, and it solved her closeness with the Hale version of herself last time. The only other hosts that I can recall her being close to were Teddy and Peter, and neither made much sense to me as people she’d bring along. After driving Teddy to suicide, she made a selfless decision to send him to the Forge (robot heaven), and making a copy of him to continue using would feel like a compete and total betrayal of that moment. Also, even if she didn’t perform that act of kindness, bringing Teddy back would be a pretty dumb move on her part. Teddy is so inherently good that even when she tried to reprogram him into being more evil and ruthless, he couldn’t take doing her dirty work anymore and killed himself. Dolores likely wouldn’t chance that happening again, as it would be a setback in her plans and she’d have to go through the trauma of that event again. As for Peter, even though he’s technically not Dolores’ actual father, she still regarded him as one, so as soon as I saw that weird cuddling going on with Dolores and her Charlotte copy (which is still pretty weird given the circumstances), I knew it wasn’t him. Even before that, I didn’t think it could be him since I think his consciousness was too damaged after being overloaded with data and seemingly removed. And in both cases, the actors playing the characters are popular with fans, and I don’t think the creators would want to continue with these roles with different performers instead. Technically they’re doing that with Dolores, but since Evan Rachel Wood is still the primary one, nobody’s gonna complain about the other actors portraying her as well.
The last moment with William and his imaginary Dolores seemed to imply that the second season’s post credits scene regarding William’s humanity will be addressed. I was wondering if they’d get to that, as it was a scene that many people likely missed, and it was extremely ambiguous and confusing. So far we’ve got the implication that William (who I’m certain I’d the real William) is still unsure of whether or not he’s real, but we don’t have any mention or hints of the host of Emily we came across there. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a more William centric episode this season that’ll flashback to that moment. I’m also guessing Bernard will get a focus episode at some point as well, as far, his episodes have had him taking on a more supporting role to the other storylines this time. Going from ten episodes to eight episodes may not seem like that big of a jump, but as we’re halfway through the season right now, the effect is definitely noticeable.
Anyway, I think this episode could be a step in the right direction. It was an all around enjoyable episode, and I think it represents an improvement over the previous ones (episodes I liked, but found to be more flawed). This is likely because the last finale made things so that the series would be different moving forward, but didn’t make it clear what the new setting and whatnot would be, so those prior episodes needed to help set everything up. Now that the setup is complete, it looks like we can start to really dive into this season’s plot. Here’s hoping this season continues to move upwards in quality.April 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm #1203411348
You can’t hold Hampshire winning in supporting while Murphy only got nominated in lead against her. And of course Murphy has never won lead. She’s going up against her costar Catherine O’Hara, who’s giving the best performance on the series. If Murphy was put in supporting, she’d have beat Hampshire for all those wins.April 5, 2020 at 8:59 am #1203410970
Emily Blunt feels like she’s come close enough times to statistically her the most likely