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5 THINGS THAT ARE WRONG WITH BETTER CALL SAUL

5 THINGS THAT ARE WRONG WITH BETTER CALL SAUL

HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad spin off show Better Call Saul is entering its second season and there are precisely five things wrong with it.

Season 2 of Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul is underway and I think the time has come for me to get some things off my chest. First of all let me say that I loved Breaking Bad and I really liked Season One of Better Call Saul, and there’s not that much wrong with Season Two either. Except for five things.

  1. It isn’t called It’s Still Jimmy F*cking McGill. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is a wonderful character and Jimmy McGill just seems a less interesting version of him. For all his attempts to be a good guy, the character feels like he’s moving glacially towards his later manifestation. Already from the first season we got the basic conflicts and issues, but here he is back again, trying to be agood guy, trying to be a solid lawyer, trying to impress his brother. Oh and…
  2. Chuck his brother, played by the marvelous Michael McKean, is somewhat stuck. His phobia in a way representative of the show in general, with its morbid reluctance to move forward. Everyone tiptoes around Chuck and does their best to make him feel at his ease, but I don’t quite see why everyone is so understanding and yet there is no sense that Chuck is receiving any professional help. I mean I get that he’s a great lawyer but he’s not exactly Howard Hughes. Oh and about the lawyer thing…
  3. Lawyers and law firms and civil suits and all of that stuff is just so boring. I mean I keep seeing people talking about the document recovery (poor Rhea Seehorn and her shitty post it notes) and stuff like that but ultimately I don’t care. Watching Jimmy desperately trying to be a good lawyer, those meetings, those conference calls, it’s all so desperately dull. I mean the main case this season is about an old persons retirement home! I get that they’re setting up the dullness of the straight life so we can see the attraction of Jimmy becoming Saul, but even Mike has a more interesting job and he’s a car park attendant.  Talking about…
  4. Mike was one of the highlights of Season One and his backstory was amazing. Truly great performance by Jonathan Banks. We’ve set up his allegiance to his daughter in law as motivation for him moving to the dark side but again there’s a slowness to this, an incremental slide and his story is completely disconnected from Jimmy’s. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the pace of the show. I get that every episode is based around three or four long scenes. And I like the writing and the performances, but the overarching story is becoming repetitive and uninteresting. As if they actually only had a two season story line and this season is the buffer between the two. But the worst thing is the …
  5. Breaking Bad cameos. Every time one happens it takes me totally out of it. They’re unnecessary and not helped by the fact that the actors have visibly aged since the originals that are supposed to have happened after this takes place. They’re distracting and only diminish the separate shows.

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2 thoughts on “5 THINGS THAT ARE WRONG WITH BETTER CALL SAUL

  1. Jeanluc

    I think you are biased and very wrong. If you don’t like it don’t watch. Seems like you don’t have the same patients you had with breaking bad for this series to unfold. Good day to you sir

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    1. Derekdiggler

      “Don’t like it, don’t watch” is a rather facile argument which can be thrown at any reviewer. There is a need for reviews like this because it helps people, especially writers like myself, to identify what works and what doesn’t, even if you don’t agree with the review…if that makes any sense whatsoever!
      However, I saw the first series and loved it. Agree with some of the points above, particularly the effect of stasis connected to the brother’s illness. All in all, one is often going to compare the series to it’s ultimately better parent series. In comparison, there is very little at stake.

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