|Posted: 18 September 2018 at 8:59pm | IP Logged | 5
Fantastic and momentous episode.
I think we've been saying that for almost every episode this season. They just keep dropping these bombs. It's amazing to see each week unfold.
The opening montage is pure genius, and that’s saying something, because this show is the king of TV montages. So much important information is crammed into this short sequence.
I think the most amazing thing were the split screens that turned out to be the same room at the same time. Dare I say it, it was almost akin to how some modern comics play with the panel borders.
And what a lovely twist it is to see Gus make certain that Hector is still in there before putting the brakes on his treatment, so as to further torture him.
I think this has been telegraphed all along. Gus is very calculating, obsessive, and cruel. What makes it all the more chilling is his polite and calm demeanor. Hector's substitute caregiver is an enormous loose end and I'm sure she'll not make it to the end of the season. 'Quiet dinner at Gus' place' is like a shorthand for the chop. It's just like Gus to build her a hospital ward and she'll never get to see it, just like how I think every single person involved with the construction of the Superlab isn't going to make it out alive. Except Mike. He fully respects and trusts Mike which is an interesting twist.
Re: Hector. I'm amazed to see just how far this character has come. I doubt even Vince fully understood how this character -- who seemed at first to be slotted into an episode for some almost Twin-Peaks-esque weirdness/comic relief has become something else entirely. Given that BB originally had more black comedic elements -- it's most evident in the BB pilot but I think Hector's introduction in season 2 also comes from the same black comedy well.
Am I right in thinking this is the first episode without Nacho or am I misremembering?
Very cool to see the beginnings of the superlab. I have the sneaking feeling that Kai is a red herring, and that Mike’s growing friendship with Werner will actually be the cause of his final turn to the dark side.
I can see that. Mike and Werner are getting too cosy and chummy which in BB terms is pretty much a death sentence for Werner. I agree with Kai being an obvious red herring but I think there's a point to Kai's story. One Redditor made an offhand joke about Kai being the father of Lydia's child -- and once the laughter died down someone said "hey, waitaminute... that actually fits...". This now seems to be gaining traction. We'll see.
A couple other comments:
*Big Boy Pants. 'Nuff said. Best BB callback ever.
*An interesting exploration of the German meaning of Mike's family name. It harkens back to the colour meanings of the names in Breaking Bad (White, Pinkman, Schraeder -- all are Germanic derived names).
*I think this is the first time another lawyer has referred to Jimmy without referencing his brother. That's a pretty major shift but it's so subtle you don't even realize it.
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 18 September 2018 at 9:09pm