|Posted: 20 August 2018 at 10:08pm | IP Logged | 7
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.
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 21 August 2018 at 12:10am