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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 23 August 2018 at 8:11pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Exactly, Trevor. I’d rather not see Cranston or Paul unless it’s in a way which makes sense, and isn’t a stunt that overpowers the story BCS is telling.


Fortunately, story and characters are the primary focus of the BCS writing staff, not “Wouldn’t it be cool if...?” stunts.
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I don`t think Aaron Paul has aged that badly, i think
they could get away with a cameo quite easily with
costume, hairstyling and maybe a bit of make-up, not
that i`m dying to see a Jesse cameo!
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http://www.itv.com/news/2018-08-24/drug-smuggling-
tunnel-from-mexico-to-abandoned-kfc-restaurant-
discovered/

If only it was a Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant!
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I don`t think Aaron Paul has aged that badly, i think 
they could get away with a cameo quite easily with 
costume, hairstyling and maybe a bit of make-up, not 
that i`m dying to see a Jesse cameo!
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It should be noted that BCS has already employed some digital de-aging techniques for several of its flashback sequences, so a Walt and/or Jesse cameo would likely get the same treatment.
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I have a feeling any cameo would be of the 'blink and you'll miss it' variety.   Like someone talking to someone offscreen and you hear Aaron Paul say a line only Jesse would say.
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This and the Orville are my two favorite current TV series. I've been enjoying the hell out of the new season so far and, as always, really enjoy your reviews, Greg. 
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I’m really enjoying what’s going on with Howard. He’s actually reaching emotional depths we’ve not seen from him. When Kim called him out, he seemed genuinely remorseful. Fabian is doing a bang-up job with him. 
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Fabian’s great, and Hamlin’s journey has been really interesting. When the show started, he seemed to just be a foil, a bad guy. This is because we were seeing him from Jimmy’s point of view. Of course, we later learned that Howard had actually liked Jimmy, but had not hired him as a lawyer specifically at Chuck’s request. Chuck had basically maneuvered him into looking like the bad cop who was blocking Jimmy’s career growth, while Chuck played the role of the loving-yet-ill brother, who mouthed platitudes to Jimmy so long as he didn’t succeed as a lawyer.

As things have played out, Howard has become a sympathetic and complex character. Trying to be loyal to his mentally ill friend and partner, and coming off as a jerk for doing so. In point of fact, Howard has very much been a good person and voice of reason thoughout the series. Not always, of course, but that’s what makes him a three-dimensional character.

The level of vulnerability we recently saw with Howard’s admission that Chuck’s suicide might be his fault (and his reaction to Kim’s outburst) really feels like a nice payoff to years of character development. However, I do find myself wondering how much longer he’ll be involved with the show, since his friendship with Chuck was the main reason he was still in Jimmy and Kim’s orbit. We’ll see what happens, but there doesn’t seem to be much story reason for him to still be involved in their lives, at this point. Neither of them work for HHM, anymore, Chuck is dead, and Mesa Verde is Kim’s client.
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I can see a potential situation where Kim's stress/workload forces her to get HHM involved with Mesa Verde again, and Jimmy sees her going back there as a betrayal.
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“Talk”.


A grim and low-key episode, but one with a lot of understated and important character stuff. 

Mike is particularly grumpy in this one. His contempt for the guy leeching off of the grief support group is palpable. One of the lingering questions hanging over BCS is how Mike goes from the Mike we’ve seen to the stone-cold killer of BREAKING BAD. I think that the opening teaser is a big clue as to what’s going on here: Mike is still consumed with guilt over the death of his son. But, in a classic case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, he calls out the fraud in the group, and then tells the rest how pathetic they are to wallow in their grief. He’s also practically eager to hear Gus’ job offer, at the end. I think that the toxic brew of guilt and pain underneath Mike’s stony facade is slowly eroding his compassion.

And so it is with Jimmy, too. He blows off Kim’s attempt to get him to see a shrink, actively lies to her about taking the C.C. Mobile job, then actually takes the job. These are the actions of a man who is clearly dealing with a lot of sublimated self-loathing and emotional confusion. I find myself wondering if he didn’t take the crushingly-boring job just as a way of punishing himself, rather than trying to retroactively not-lie to Kim. His chat with Ira clearly inspires him to make the job his own, though, and perhaps also (eventually) inspires him to acquire all of those disposable cell phones (Hello Kitty!) which will be kept in Saul Goodman’s desk drawer. Jimmy’s arc in this season—thus far—seems to be about his being totally lost and off-balance, emotionally: Backsliding into Slippin’ Jimmy’s old con-games for comfort, punishing himself by sabotaging one job opportunity, then taking another job which he’s bored to tears by.

Meanwhile, Kim is trying to rekindle her passion for her job, since her relationship with Jimmy is floundering. And it’s a painful thing to see the growing distance and lack of communication between them. Nice to see Ethan Phillips as the judge, though!

The best moment in the episode might just be when Nacho starts laying out a plan to hit the rival gang, and then the Salamanca Cousins just silently look at each other and walk in there to massacre everyone. There’s a nice moment of reconnection between Nacho and his father, too. The episode’s title carries a lot of weight, since things both said and unsaid drive the action and the relationships, this week. 
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Posted: 27 August 2018 at 10:15pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Something else—this episode feels like necesssry connective tissue, and is not a “big” or “important” episode. However, as with BREAKING BAD before it, BETTER CALL SAUL makes sure that every scene and every moment is important, be it in terms of character, themes, or plot. Every moment is part of the overall jigsaw puzzle, and there are no “skippable” episodes. That’s part of what makes both shows so brilliant. Even a low-key episode like this one is full of important, character-building material.

Heck, a lot of things which seemed unimportant and/or one-off from the first season of BCS has proven to be vitally important foundational material for later seasons, such as Mike’s tragic backstory and the senior citizens’ Bingo games at Sandpiper Crossing. It’s much the same as how Walt’s backstory with Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz in B.B. proved to be the Rosetta Stone to understanding Walt’s character, as well as proving very important in bringing Walt’s story to a close in the series finale.
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Interesting interview with Michael Mando:

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