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better-call-saul-giancarlo-esposito-gus-fring-1600x600 copyBetter Call Saul Season 3, Episode 2: Witnesses

The title of this episode of Better Call Saul is “Witness”, which is very fitting, since this episode in particular is about the act of watching and being watched. This is rich material, cinematically speaking… [more]

lead_960Better Call Saul Season 3, Episode 1: “Victory”

The first image we see in the third season opener of Better Call Saul is the word “Victory”. This is such a literate show, so profoundly aware of the visual language of cinema and its… [more]

BCS_210_UC_1026_0154-RT.0Better Call Saul Season Two Finale: Blind Spots

It would be so easy, as season two of Better Call Saul comes to an end, to be angry with Chuck McGill. But that would be like getting angry at a snake when it bites… [more]

netflix-better-call-saulBetter Call Saul vs Breaking Bad: Companion Pieces in a Compelling Universe

A piece by Slate magazine’s Julia Turner is making the rounds today that argues passionately why Better Call Saul is the superior show, when compared with its parent, Breaking Bad. It’s a great piece, and… [more]

better_call_saul_2-9Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 9: Consequences

“Consequences” is the big theme of this, the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul’s second season. We don’t often mention the creators’ names (and frankly I also ignore media from the creators of this show,… [more]

Bob-Odenkirk-as-Saul-in-Breaking-BadLooking Back at the First Appearance of Saul Goodman

Way back in season two of Breaking Bad, in April of 2009 to be precise, we were introduced to a new character named “Saul Goodman” in an episode with the catchy title “Better Call Saul”.… [more]

Better-Call-Saul-FeatureBetter Call Saul, Season 2, Episode 8: Out of the Comfort Zone

This latest episode of Better Call Saul is easily the series’ most cinematic. There are some plot developments here, but not many. There’s dialogue, but not too much, and there could have been much more.… [more]

Jimmy-SuitsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 7: Parallel Lines

There’s no point in me doing this if I can’t be myself. Every time I try to do things someone else’s way, it blows up in my face. I’ve been trying to be the person… [more]

cdn.indiewire.psdopsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 6: Changing Masks

Though it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (there are too few female characters to meet that very specific bar), Better Call Saul is, in its way, a very feminist show. Not just because there’s a… [more]

better_call_saul_2-5Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 5: Shifting Sands

It’s something of an understatement to call Better Call Saul a subtle show, but the label fits. Few American TV shows have had the boldness to fold their dramatic tension into small character moments, revelations… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-204-mike-banks-935Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 4: Half-Measures

If there were any doubts about the nature of Jimmy McGill’s feelings for and commitment to Kim Wexler, the latest episode of Better Call Saul lays them to rest. Jimmy has made mistakes, and will… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-203-jimmy-odenkirk-pre-800x600Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 3: The Scorpion and the Frog

Breaking Bad certainly had its share of contemplative scenes, but it still had suspense, action and tension. It’s offspring, Better Call Saul is in an entirely different key, drawing out the slow game, lingering on… [more]

saul.thm_Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 2: Let’s Be Honest

A frequent discussion point among my colleagues about Better Call Saul is the question of why Kim isn’t in Breaking Bad. She’s such an important character to Jimmy McGill, and indeed has been central so… [more]

better-call-saul-3-800Better Call Saul Goes its Own Way in the Season 2 Opener

One of the many remarkable achievements of Better Call Saul is that its drama does indeed have a final destination (it’s in the title), but it doesn’t feel inevitable. Quite the contrary — judging from… [more]

better-call-saul-150405Better Call Saul Season Finale: The Path Less Travelled By

Jimmy McGill is angry, Saul Goodman isn’t. Jimmy always has a joke, Saul doesn’t. Jimmy is all charm, Saul is all artifice and business. That first shot of the season, and the series, showing Saul… [more]

18b7388763bcee6781794b305030717a3392f74cBetter Call Saul: Poor Jimmy

I come away from every episode of Better Call Saul these days saying, “Poor Jimmy”. This, the second-to-last episode in the season, “Pimento”, is certainly no exception. We frankly haven’t seen all of Jimmy’s past… [more]

better-call-saul-ricoThe Fabulous McGill Brothers on Better Call Saul

This episode of Better Call Saul has one of the most devastating cold opens so far. Vince Gilligan’s previous work on The X-Files and of course Breaking Bad reflects a longstanding interest in the power… [more]

10270519_oriA Pivotal Episode of Better Call Saul

This episode of Better Call Saul is a turning point. Forces and story elements that have been building since the series began come to a head here, and Jimmy McGill makes his last stand against… [more]

06_breakingbadmikeMike Calls Saul on Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul has never had a more apt title than this week’s episode “Five-O”, because it’s here that someone finally “Calls Saul”. Jimmy McGill himself has never been more Saul-like than in this episode,… [more]

03-michael-mckean.w529.h352.2xBetter Call Saul vs “Slippin’ Jimmy”

Here we are, back in the world of Better Call Saul, where the themes of ethics and fraternal loyalty are firmly in the foreground. We learn a little more about Chuck’s specific medical condition, and… [more]

BCS coverA Look at Better Call Saul, The Comic Book

The first Better Call Saul comic book I’ve had the chance to read is an online comic, available freely from AMC, titled “Client Development”. It tells a story from the Breaking Bad days, covering scenes… [more]

better-call-saul-chuck1Ethics and Brothers in Better Call Saul Episode 4

Better Call Saul is going to be a show about ethics. At least, that was the prediction of some of my fellow Breaking Bad scholars that emerged from our conversations last week in Albuquerque. I… [more]

tv-better-call-saulDon’t Underestimate Jimmy on Better Call Saul

It’s easy to forget, when watching Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in action, that he’s one of the smartest guys in any given room. Jimmy’s street-tough use of language, his lack of “cool”, his too-formal suits all… [more]

Tyrion fan artA George R.R. Martin Drinking Game: Featuring Game of Thrones (HBO) and A Song of Ice and Fire (Books)

“Stephen King loves using ‘dime-sized’ as a descriptor,” Amy said. “’Dime-sized droplets of blood’ or ‘dime-sized holes in the wall’ or whatever. Everything is ‘dime-sized’ with him.” “Does that annoy you?” I asked. I had… [more]

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-saul-odenkirk-590Better Call Saul Grows and Deepens in Episode 2

The second episode of Better Call Saul had some of the pacing problems that were an issue in the season premiere, but still manages to carve out a unique path through the world of Breaking… [more]