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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 19 August 2018 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Yes, I do believe Arturo is the first on-screen murder. And it’s very memorable.

And I do believe that was the first real love scene between Jimmy and Kim. Their had their fun at the hotel in season two, and have been living together for awhile, but we’ve never really seen them make out. It’s especially touching, since we know that they’re keeping secrets from each other, and are sort of pretending to be normal and happy while they’re both fraying on the inside.
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This is a lot of fun.

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Yes, I do believe Arturo is the first on-screen murder. And it’s very memorable.

And I do believe that was the first real love scene between Jimmy and Kim.

...and I doubt it's a coincidence they both happen in the same episode.   Like BB's "Box Cutter" where the episode title signals both the overt death of a character and covertly a paradigm shift in the character arcs -- stepping outside of the 'boxes' the characters had put themselves into, for both Walt (who pretty much decides in this episode to take Gus down) and for Jesse (where he starts to gain a conscience).   In "Breathe" it's both Arturo's death from asphyxiation and Jimmy and Kim's reluctance to be honest with each other.   Their relationship isn't breathing, so to speak.

edit: not to mention Chuck's death from smoke inhalation which was the official cause of death from the coroner but when Kim wants to stick it to Howard she uses the phrase "burned to death".  Yikes.


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I was fully expecting the show to spend their once-allowed-per-season F-Bomb on Kim tearing Howard down, and was surprised that they didn't.
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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/better-call-saul s-mike-teaches-finer-points-security-1135845


Last year’s Los Pollos Hermanos training videos were a lot of fun, and these should prove to be even more so, considering how laconic and grumpy Mike is.
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I just about pissed myself laughing with the look that Jonathan Banks had on his face when he said "...or face the consequences".

... and cake pops! (social engineering's legal tender).
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“Something Beautiful”.


Fantastic episode. The cold open—with Victor and Tyrus forcing Nacho to be a method actor—is really tense. And the heist (with future Vamonos Pest owner Ira breaking in to steal the Hummel figurine) is also tense, but full of laughs.

Lots of carefully-laid threads being slowly drawn together, in this one. It’s clear that Gus faked the hit on Arturo and Nacho for three reasons: 1) To make use of (and dispose of) Arturo’s corpse; 2) To make Nacho appear to be a loyal Salamanca man who was shot twice in the line of duty by mysterious rivals; 3) To manufacture an imaginary threat in order to get Juan Bolsa to loosen up and allow Gus to seek a drug manufacturer on our side of the border. This all plays into Gus’ master plan, as seen in BREAKING BAD: He slowly creates a situation which allows him to be completely in control of both manufacturing and distribution on his side of the border, and then is free to kill the entire cartel, beginning with his handler, Bolsa, and ending with Eladio and Hector.

This of course, brings us to Gale. I had a feeling he’d be showing up, sooner or later. I also have a feeling that this was just a fun cameo, rather than the beginning of a new subplot. The scene serves a good purpose, though. We see that Gale is testing the purity of meth from various chemists for Gus. And, based on Gus’ dialogue, he’s clearly already thinking ahead of employing Gale in his secret superlab, which BCS season three had established is already under development during this period. Of course, we all know how that turned out, after Gus was convinced by Gale that Walt’s 99.1% pure meth was the way to go.

A wonderful detail which I’ve noticed in the past few episodes: Normally, Kim Wexler’s business-dress ponytail is a force of nature. A neat, bouncy symbol of her professional slickness and efficiency. Lately, however, it’s been loose and limp. Frayed. And her enthusiasm for Mesa Verde’s aggressive expansion is practically non-existent. I got the vibe from season three that she was grappling with a lot of guilt over being handed the Mesa Verde deal at the expense of Chuck’s career...and then his life. I think that was a big factor in her throwing herself into the job so forcefully that she dozed off at the wheel of her car due to lack of sleep and exhaustion. To escape the guilt.

Which brings me to the final scene, as Jimmy reads Chuck’s letter. The undated latter was obviously written prior to all of the nastiness of the past three seasons. Kim’s emotional reaction to it is very interesting. Is she saddened because she watched the disinintegration of the brotherly  relationship described in that letter...or is it because she can’t handle Jimmy’s casual and near-emotionless recitation of the letter? Her struggle to not break down in front of Jimmy is a very touching moment. And his positively blasé reaction to the letter is chilling.


Geez, this show is feeling more and more like BREAKING BAD every week. And I can’t escape a certain feeling of dread, because of that. I’d become very fond of Jimmy McGill’s wacky adventures, during the past three seasons. Now that we’re getting into the dark stuff, I find myself more and more worried about Kim and her eventual fate. Whatever it is. I’ve really become invested in these two as a couple and as partners, and I know beyond all doubt that the other shoe has to drop before BCS ends. The question is just how hard it’ll drop.


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 Greg Kirkman wrote:
This of course, brings us to Gale. I had a feeling he’d be showing up, sooner or later. I also have a feeling that this was just a fun cameo, rather than the beginning of a new subplot.

There's nothing really left of his story. We've got the major beats of the rest of his life already on Breaking Bad. It is nice to see the commitment they have to fleshing out every last bit of the rise of Fring. I imagine before too long we're going to get Gus visiting Hector at the nursing home for the first time to begin the taunting. And we'll get the first ding of a bell we came to know and love on BB.

If/when Bill Burr makes it on the show we're at a point of no return. Considering Bill hosted the recent Breaking Bad 10 year retrospective with the BB cast it's very possible his possible appearance on BCS has been discussed. Whether that's an if or a when we can't say for sure.

Lots of pieces left to fall in place. Meanwhile, I am very curious how things go for Kim. I could see her not making it beyond this season. She seems to be hitting a very rough patch just as Jimmy breezes out of his troubles.


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There's nothing really left of his story. We've got the major beats of the rest of his life already on Breaking Bad. It is nice to see the commitment they have to fleshing out every last bit of the rise of Fring. I imagine before too long we're going to get Gus visiting Hector at the nursing home for the first time to begin the taunting. And we'll get the first ding of a bell we came to know and love on BB.
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Exactly. Having Gale appear is just a fun way of tying things together. We already know his story, and Gus won’t employ his services as a meth cook until several years after this episode. Also, I found it a nice twist to learn that Gale was teaching high school classes for awhile, not unlike Walter White.

The thing which fascinates me is that, while it’s fun to watch all of this buildup to events we’ve already seen, the actual story—Nacho’s story—is really fresh and compelling. Sure, we’re getting lots of backstory and depth on familiar characters like Gus, Mike, and Hector, but the drama and tension of BCS’ B-story are really coming down to Nacho. I’ve become quite enamored of the character. It fascinates me that he still has shreds of humanity and conscience, unlike so many of the people surrounding him. He’s put himself in a terrible situation all for the love and honor of his father. He still has a heart. Unlike, say, Victor or Tuco.


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Greg, there seems to be a lot of random Chinese symbols
in your recent posts, is anyone else seeing them?
P.S. great thoughts on the show!
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Posted: 21 August 2018 at 8:28am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Random Chinese symbols...? Not seeing anything like that on my end!
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Strange, they`ve all gone now, and it was only your
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