Better Call Saul "Five-O" Review: Better Call the Emmys for Jonathan Banks

Better Call Saul S01E06: "Five-O"

Hey Jonathan Banks, the Emmys called and they asked for you! The actor was the heart and soul of "Five-O," one of the best episodes to date of 2015's best new show to date, delivering a stunning performance that squeezed my eyeballs dry and left me sitting in stunned silence. While Banks was among the many talents who impressively stepped out of Bryan Cranston's shadow on Breaking Bad (the role of Mike Ehrmantraut earned him an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in a Drama in 2013), even in his character's dying moments on that show, he never had the type of platform to show off like he did in Better Call Saul's "Five-O."

The episode didn't even focus on anything that really relates to Better Call Saul's current plot, as it was all about revealing Mike's backstory and explaining how a cop from Philly landed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And it was more tense, fascinating, and emotional than I ever could've imagined. The hour also doubled as yet another example of Better Call Saul's versatility; the episode was quite different from all five of those that preceded it, proving that Better Call Saul isn't concerned with being a good show that fits within a specific genre, it just wants to be a good show, period.

Jimmy McGill was relegated to a supporting role in "Five-O", and even though Bob Odenkirk has been killing it since the start, I didn't miss him this week; that's all because of Banks. And when they were together for just a short time in that interrogation room, the result was unlike anything we'd seen in previous episodes. For once, Mike wasn't confined to a his parking attendant booth or the hallways of the courthouse. And since "Five-O" put the spotlight on Mike, the dynamic between Mike and Jimmy changed and the particulars of their partnership—both "currently," on Better Call Saul, and in the future, on Breaking Bad—began to emerge. And now it's time for a Bold Statement: I like seeing Jimmy and Mike together more than I like seeing Walter White and Jesse Pinkman together. The contrast between them is greater, but their goals are similar, making them a great team.

There were so many great scenes in "Five-O"—including Mike talking to his widowed daughter-in-law, Stacy, upon arriving in Albuquerque; Mike and Jimmy being questioned by the cops; and the flashback to Mike spending a night at McClure's and then dealing with those dirty cops. However, they were all just delicious appetizers that wet our whistles for the episode's final moments, when Mike unloaded the truth about his son, Matty, to Stacy. Guys like Mike don't process emotion very well, and one of Mike's strengths is that he's typically able to separate his personal feelings from what he needs to do (as we saw on Breaking Bad, his granddaughter, Kaylee, is a rare weak spot for him). But when he faces those personal feelings, they erupt. Mike was devastated by the fact that he'd corrupted Matty by convincing his son to let go of his morals and conform—to be dirty because everyone else was dirty—and there was nothing more heartbreaking for Mike than knowing that he "broke" Matty and that it was ultimately all for naught.

"It was for nothing," Mike said. "I made him lesser. I made him like me. And the bastards killed him anyway."

So Mike handled the situation the only way he knew how: by murdering the two corrupt cops who killed his son because someone had to pay. "You know what happened," he told Stacy. "The question is, can you live with it?" And while Mike can live with knowing that he killed those two cops, can he live with knowing that—even for an instant—he made Matty lesser, that he made Matty like him?

Sometimes bad men are just bad men. Mike might be trying to make things right by going legit with a regular job, but sooner or later, he'll return to doing what he does best. And Jimmy will be waiting for him with opportunities in hand.


BETTER READ THESE NOTES

– I think "Five-O" was my favorite installment of Better Call Saul to date. I haven't been this speechless after an episode of television in a long time.

– There's still a lot of Mike's backstory we haven't seen, but learning about Matty's death went so far in explaining why Mike is the way he is. "Five-O" was a wonderful specimen of character-based storytelling.

– The vet who patched Mike up seemed like a pretty cool guy to know. He even offered Mike a cone to put around his neck!


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Mar 21, 2015
Best Episode so far agree above emmy for Mike loved the character and you can see how he developed in Breaking Bad
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Mar 18, 2015
What a piece of art ! ! !
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Mar 13, 2015
This episode brought me to tears, it was devastating, its going to stay with me a long time.
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Mar 12, 2015
Why are the police sometimes referred to as Five-O?
I've wondered about that ever since I first saw the original "Hawaii Five-O" and I still haven't gotten a satisfactory answer.

"I broke my boy" is probably the worst thing for a father to have to say.

I couldn't vote "A season highlight" because that would diminish the other five episodes we've been treated to. But it was brilliant.
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Mar 17, 2015
The original Hawaii Five-0 from the 60's was named that because Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States. The slang term "Five-O" for police comes from the original TV series with Jack Lord.
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Mar 18, 2015
Thank you.
I knew that Hawaii was the 50th state. But since I heard other police departments referred that way, I thought it might mean something else.
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Mar 12, 2015
Mr. Banks is a breakout star! It's just too bad this diamond in the rough wasn't discovered sooner! What made this episode and his performance so astonishing is that up until now and through all of Breaking Bad we never saw this raw and emotional side of his character. He was always so stony faced and "taciturn" as Saul put it. His agony was powerful and understated at the same time. He really blew me away and I hope he receives the recognition he truly deserves! This show was great for the first 5 but this episode just upped the ante!
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Mar 17, 2015
Lol. I remember seeing Jonathan Banks in 48 Hrs with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy like 30 years ago and he was great then too. So I wouldn't classify him as a diamond in the rough so much as a highly polished, multifaceted gem that is once again demonstrating his superior luster. But it is nice to see him getting recognition after years of work.
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Mar 11, 2015
&&delivering; a stunning performance that squeezed my eyeballs dry and left me sitting in stunned silence

I am glad I wasnt the only one.
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Mar 11, 2015
I now want a Mike Ehrmantraut spin-off.
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Mar 11, 2015
Great episode. However I feel this show is only good when it brings back Breaking Bad characters and stirs up nostalgia for the past. It does not stand on its own 2 legs.
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Mar 13, 2015
It stands apart from breaking bad in the best way possible, it's redefined how a spin off should act, couple supporting characters, maybe a cameo by a c-list character, it's own stories and direction. great show. a perfect companion to breaking bad without messing up the source.
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Mar 12, 2015
If that's the case you should buy the Breaking Bad box set and re-watch until you o.d. on it. You sound like a small minded individual.
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Mar 11, 2015
disagree big time here. Give it the chance it deserves.
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Mar 11, 2015
Emmy in Aisle 3. Emmy, Aisle 3
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Mar 11, 2015
Just an unbelievable episode. Glad they kept Mike limited in the five leading up to this...great payoff for patience.
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Mar 11, 2015
Yes, it's a great show. But after five episodes, I really need to say this: It doesn't have a storyline. It's like we are all waiting for Walter to finally show up and in the meantime, we get some nice background, some stories that are resolved within one or two episodes and that's it. We hope the show is building up to some sort of big event, but now it's only a background generator for Breaking Bad.



How good it may be, on its own, it's not a real show.
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Mar 12, 2015
The storyline is Jimmy Mcgill "breaking bad" and becoming Saul Goodman. For now he is still trying to be a good guy, and even is quite a good guy except for some small grey areas. But bad things will happen to make him into Saul, the shady lawyer who works only with criminals. Now he is still Jimmy who wants to help the elderly and asks criminals to leave him alone. I am thinking maybe bad things is going to happen with his brother, and with that woman he knows on the law firm. He and his brother is going to get nothing from the law firm. Things like that.
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Mar 13, 2015
Agreed, it's another characters journey as we watched High School Chemistry teacher turn into a meth empire leader, now we see small time ambulance chaser take his own trip down the dark side.
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Mar 12, 2015
He wasn't a really big character in Breaking Bad. And he was kind of the same as in this show. In BB, he also seemed to care about his clients. And well, he's a criminal lawyer, so he defends criminals.
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Mar 13, 2015
Yeah, "criminal lawyer" probably can have two meanings. either a lawyer for criminals, or a lawyer who is also a criminal. :) But that was what i meant, the storyline is him becoming that. As OdumC writes as well.
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Mar 11, 2015
hahahahahahaha...... sheep!!!!!!!!
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Mar 11, 2015
I think what is so saddening about this episode is that we already know Mike's ultimate fate. He lived a badass and died a badass.
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Mar 11, 2015
I don't think he considers himself to be a badass. Remember he lost all the money he saved up for his grandchild?

He was a dirty cop, who died pennyless as a small time crook.
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Mar 11, 2015
I don't see how that wouldn't make him badass. His worth wasn't what made him badass. It's what he did.
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Mar 11, 2015
This was an amazing performance. This is the best show on TV right now.
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Mar 11, 2015
Love Banks but I don't watch Saul. I remember Banks from "Wiseguy."
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Mar 10, 2015
So grateful there was the poll to help me describe my impression of this episode because I couldn't on my own. "Absolutely incredible." And that's just the surface. And Mr. Banks' performance... no other words than I couldn't believe I was watching "Mike from Breaking Bad". (bow)
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Mar 10, 2015
I did have a little trouble figuring out where we were at points (was the vet in Albuquerque? In which case I am so looking forward to the news when a certain chicken franchise operator makes his entrance). But I think you like the dynamic between Jimmy and Mike better is that it is more equals and as the seasons wore on I became angry during all Walt and Jesse interactions because Walt was just manipulating him. Mike will get Jimmy to do something and then question it. But I think we also got the answer as to why Mike cared about Jesse so much.
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Mar 11, 2015
Has to be right on the nose about Mike's thing for Jesse. I always wondered exactly what that was about. Kinda thought it might be a surrogate son situation, but wasn't sure as it was depicted as kinda vague. This episode made it loud and clear that it was exactly what as goign on. I think that's what I like about this show. It stands on it's own and it's trying to be Breaking Bad 2: Electric Boogaloo. BUT, it is in BB's universe and we're beginning to slowly learn some "whys" about some things that happened in BB that were passing or minor, and yet now seem kinda important hindsight. THAT'S what a spinoff show that is set before the original recipe show should do.If it keeps going this way, I could see Better Call Saul standing up there with Breaking Bad, and that doesn't usually happen with spinoff shows.
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Mar 11, 2015
Jesse was also a surogate son to Walt...
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Mar 11, 2015
I think Jesse was a surrogate son to Walt in the beginning. But it changed and stopped being that way as Walt manipulated Jesse more and more for his own ends. I think one of the turning points was when Walt let Jesse's girlfriend (i forget her name - the gal from Don't Trust the B in Apt whatever) die in her own vomit. There were other turning points after that, too. I think by time Mike started seeing things in Jesse, Walt's relationship with Jesse was already far removed from how it started. Just my opinion and observation.
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Mar 11, 2015
I know I like the little nods like when Jimmy was at the tailor and picked up the orange shirt and tie and looked at them. Those were so Saul clothes.
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Mar 10, 2015
Yep, the Vet was in Albuquerque. He asked Mike if he's "New in town."
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Mar 10, 2015
Any doubts I had about a Breaking Bad spin-off are completely gone. I can truly say, after this episode, Better Call Saul is an amazing series who deserves as much attention as its predecessor.
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Mar 10, 2015
WOAH. Was this even Better Call Saul? It was beautiful. And Jonathan Banks is just really really amazing. You'd think this would be about Saul Goodman Jimmy McGill, but it's not. It's a show with multidimensional characters just like Breaking Bad. I liked this episode because I never thought we'd see such a Character-centered episode (other than Jimmy) and it makes me really happy that we might see this more often, just like Gus's story (sorta) on BB, etc. Now I want one on Chuck please. (well not now but whenever).
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Mar 10, 2015
Oh and is it time yet for a community?!

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Mar 10, 2015
Good Gawd!!! That was an effing beautiful performance! This show.....wow! I always felt bad for Mikes outcome in Breaking Bad and now I feel even worse! Oh and of course Jimmy was going to pull the "spill the coffee" deal. Best part was Mike knew that Jimmy was the kind of "lawyer" to do it!
Each episode has been unique and this was the best one yet!!!! Give me more!!!!
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Mar 10, 2015
I wanted a Mike episode since the beginning of BSC so I was delighted to finally see it. Jonathan Banks is really good.

I like the episode but it was a little too predictable. I totally saw it coming though I must say it still feels exciting.

Perhaps the reason why he is a parking attendant now is to honor his son, I do hope the writers would explain why he decided to turn to crime again. I think it would be because of his grand daughter. However I am hoping for some twist.
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Mar 10, 2015
wow.. just wow
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Mar 10, 2015
No doubt that this was an amazing piece of entertainment. Banks' tremendously-controlled efforts have already been rightfully lauded, so I'll just point out that the somewhat different tone of the material still worked incredibly well within this framework of BCS for some quality technical reasons, not the least of which was cinematography, a true achievement. This was just all-hands-on-deck to support Jonathan Banks' fantastic acting - writing, soundtrack (the amount of restraint in not filling it with music was perfect), cinematography, editing, lighting - everybody did such a good job... AND ON BASIC CABLE, NO LESS.
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Mar 10, 2015
Hello?? Hello?? Excuseeee me...Emmys?? Where are you??? We need an Emmy here
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Mar 10, 2015
I guess with the whole bullet wound in the shoulder I kind of missed the heavy guilt Mike was carrying around until his confession at the end but then I guess that's what made it so surprising and heart wrenching.
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Mar 10, 2015
It even adds a new understanding of his first talk with his daughter in law when he says "he's dead and that's all there is.." her questions and doubts must of been poking at his guilt.
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Mar 10, 2015
Wow!!! That episode was rich! Richer and heavier than anything Jimmy’s storyline included so far! Dark and sad, it gave us an insight on why Mike became the character he is now – and finally in “Breaking Bad” (Yes, I’ve listened to your suggestions and I’m watching “Breaking Bad”, too. I’m watching Season 4 now... LoL)
Mike’s background story didn’t invent the wheel, it wasn’t unique or genuine, but Banks' memorable performance added a whole new dimension to it! Laconic and devoted to the emotion Mike defines as an Ancient Greek tragedy hero seeking catharsis from his opprobrium in 2015.
Although his later actions aren’t justified by his story, his past creates the necessary emotional background for the man he’s eventually becomes.
It was a powerful episode and Banks' performance was stellar!
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Mar 10, 2015
A caveman invented the wheel. And a caveman couldn't have written dialogue/plot a quarter as good as this or nearly given the performance Jonathan Banks gave. But seriously, what do you mean by Mike's background story wasn't genuine?
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Mar 10, 2015
jeez! seriously you're debating the "didn't invent the wheel" expression?

"But seriously, what do you mean by Mike's background story wasn't genuine?"

Well, to use your phrasing, Banks' stellar performance gave gravity and value to a plot and dialogue a caveman could have written! A father taking revenge for his son's death out of quilt is a rather common theme!
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Mar 10, 2015
"A father taking revenge for his son's death out of quilt is a rather common theme!"

Jeez! I guess I understand that! (wait, what quilt are we talking about here?)

All I'm saying is I personally thought there was a lot more to it than the cliched father gets revenge for his son trope. There were different facets and angles at work throughout the episode up until the later scenes that you're ignoring i.e. How big a part did Mike himself ACTUALLY play in in his son's death? Was his son more guilty than implied?

I think although Jonathan Banks' skills upped the episodes quality exponentially the writing wasn't anywhere near as bad as you're implying and your view of the plot is both shallow and over-sighted. As amazing as Banks' performance was, he's still reading a script.
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Mar 11, 2015
1. hmmm... I guess you've never made a typo... I'll assume you were attempting to make a joke!

2. I didn't even imply it was badly scripted. Read again my original post. I just called the story common and you assumed I was implying it was bad, too. There's a difference! "The caveman" comment came after "playing around" with your phrasing.

3. "There were different facets and angles at work throughout the episode up until the later scenes that you're ignoring"
I didn't write a preview or an episode analysis. I simply expressed a couple of thoughts - based on what I watched and not on speculations. Yes, character oriented drama - especially when it addressed complex and dark characters as Mike - has room for various questions, angles, interpretations and speculations.

If you stop isolating words or phrases you'll understand what I'm saying. The story wasn't something we never saw before, but it was turned into a gem; yes thanks to Banks' stellar performance and stellar performances require two things: a) Talent, b) a good script. I never thought that I should have explained the obvious!
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Mar 10, 2015
he eventually becomes*

WE NEED AN "EDIT" BUTTON!
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Mar 10, 2015
@Tim Surette
– I think "Five-O" was my favorite installment of Better Call Saul to date. I haven't been this speechless after an episode of television in a long time.
What an irony, right!? The day the most reticent and distant character - in both shows - decides to open his mouth, we are all left speechless!!!

– There's still a lot of Mike's backstory we haven't seen, but learning about Matty's death went so far in explaining why Mike is the way he is. "Five-O" was a wonderful specimen of character-based storytelling.
I don’t think that the defining moment of the metamorphosis to “Breaking Bad” Mike. It defines his emotional background but it doesn’t explain his later actions. At least from where I stand, after killing the two corrupt cops that killed his son, he should have continued fighting corruption of any form. That’s what a man - who carries on his shoulders the guilt of “breaking his boy” - would have done.
Maybe that’s my wishful thinking as I’d love to get another Mike-oriented episode!


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Mar 10, 2015
I don't think that this was *

We need an EDIT button!
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Mar 10, 2015
But Mike was corrupt before. I don't think it matters in his mind if he changes or not. The damage is already done--his son is dead and there's no bringing him back. The only thing he would want to change would be not corrupting his son. Then maybe the son would have lived.
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Mar 10, 2015
yes, he was corrupt, but after the police force he chose an honest living and a legit job. So, what happened between his son's death and Breaking Bad Mike?
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Mar 11, 2015
@jjafargi, lr2jules

Interesting approach... thanks for sharing!

As Mike said, he called Jimmy because Jimmy owed him a favor. He also needed a not-accomplished lawyer to pull the "coffee trick" and Jimmy was the right man.

Yes, Jimmy is crooked - but he doesn't strike me as the man who could have such an impact on a man like Mike. Yes, Jimmy played a role in Mike's life, but somehow I don't think he was the catalyst.
But that's me and how I process things, and yes, we need to wait and see...
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Mar 11, 2015
Jimmy happened! Now we just need the specifics.
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Mar 10, 2015
He did choose a legit job, but the fact that he chose an attorney that he knew would be crooked proves that he has no qualms about his own corrupt nature. He is already tainted and on top of that he tainted his son. But as far as joining in with Gus on BB, I guess we'll have to wait and see how that transpired. Maybe he needed more money than his pension offered, especially since he wanted to provide for the little girl, or maybe he was blackmailed.
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Mar 10, 2015
I agree. If he wanted to honor his son, he should have kept it straight. Perhaps that is why he is a parking attendant now. I do hope the writers will give us something else that explained what made him turn to crime again. I am guessing it must be something to do with his grand daughter.
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Mar 10, 2015
Grrrrreat episode.
Hi MJ ;)
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Mar 10, 2015
A Golden performance and without a doubt the best episode yet. The last twenty minutes passed in moments. Extraordinary televsion.
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Mar 10, 2015
This episode gave me a Breaking Bad-erect armhair tingling sensation of brilliance.
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Mar 10, 2015
Tonally schizophrenic is how I would describe this series. That's not necessarily a bad thing - I'm all for a series breaking typical television conventions by not being defined by one genre - I'm just not sure I enjoy the wild card-esque feeling of it all.
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Mar 10, 2015
I thought it held up quite well in tone. Jimmy's daily life has a lot of comedy in what we're seeing, but there's a sense of life-or-death about it too. Jimmy feels near the end of his rope trying to keep all the balls juggling in the air while making enough to get by without crossing too many lines. So what makes the show work IMO is the pathos Bob Odenkirk brings to the funny stuff in Jimmy McGill's life, and here we got lots of pathos.
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Mar 10, 2015
"I know it was you" From The Godfather and maybe On The Waterfront? And echoes of Larry Block's Mat Scudder ex-cop, alcoholic and corrupt. In the Scudder books, Matt stays sober, Mike's drinking again in BB...
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Mar 10, 2015
The beauty is he told them that knowing they'd seen the movies too and the outcomes for the characters, that by telling them those 5 slurred words that he would put them exactly where he wanted, feeling in control and predators with their prey.... until it turned. (no-one wants to be Fredo) :-)
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Mar 10, 2015
Oh I see, I never thought of it like it. Thought it was more like the writers winking at the audience, but what you say makes sense!
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Mar 10, 2015
My only thought is that it is going to be very difficult going back to a great show after this absolutely amazing episode! I have enjoyed this show from the very first episode, and I have to admit to having doubts about it before it began. Now, not only have those doubts been erased, I feel as bad as Mike feels about having them in the first place! Excellent!!!
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Mar 10, 2015
Definitely the best episode to date. Mike was the reason I decided to watch this and I'm so pleased he had an episode to himself. Hopefully, he'll continue to be a more important part of the series as it goes along.
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Mar 10, 2015
Amazing BB-level episode. But I'm going to have to differ that Mike "murdered" the dirty cops. They were about to execute him, and he took them out first. Classic self defense. We see the exceptionally capable Mike of BB (instead of the parking booth attendant) take out two lesser cops that never say it coming.

I have to say, I wasn't surprised. I knew Mike was faking being that drunk, I knew he was trolling them to come after him, and I knew he had a second gun (although I didn't figure out that's why he broke into the cop car). But it was still awesome.
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Mar 11, 2015
I thought the wholebreaking into the car scene was Mike returning the notepad he lifted from the detective in the present...
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Mar 10, 2015
Dude, he lured them. They were played from start to finish, they did everything how Mike wanted it. If that doesn't constitute intent, I don't know what does.

That's not to say they didn't deserve it, just that this was very much murder.
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Mar 31, 2015
Well bro, in my legal opinion, it wasn't murder. If I wear a flashy watch in a dark alley to get you to rob me, and you pull a gun on me and I shoot you to stop it, that's lawful self-defense.

I'm an attorney but not your attorney. This does not constitute legal advice.
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Mar 31, 2015
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Mar 10, 2015
Mike set those cops up to attempt murder upon him. They weren't planning on murdering him until he pushed them into it. So he entrapped them, tricked them into making that mistake, then executed them both with the upper hand that he orchestrated.
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Mar 31, 2015
It was lawful self-defense, at least in the state I practice law. Tricking murderers to murder you still allows you to defend yourself from being murdered.
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Mar 31, 2015
He ensured they weren't murdering him when he tricked them into using an empty gun.
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Mar 10, 2015
This was the episode that finally brought us Breaking Bad level quality. It has been showing glimpses as it ramped up and found its legs and by doing a 180 and jumping to introducing Mike's back story, they brought the thunder. The story line was a little predictable but that was easily offset by Banks' acting. I was really glad to see them put Saul in the backseat and give him the great Paul Newman/Matlock line. I am finally looking forward to the rest of the season.
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Mar 10, 2015
I look so much forward to watching this episode later on. Jonathan Banks was one of my favourites episodes in Breaking Bad, and I have to admit that I was so pissed off when Walter White killed him, for nothing. And he even understood that at the last second.
So yes, it´s great to have Jonathan Banks back in a new show that is proving to be excellent.
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Mar 10, 2015
Better Call.. Mike? Make it happen.
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Mar 10, 2015
LoLL... I thought the same, but under different title... "Thick as Thieves"
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Mar 10, 2015
That... was... incredible. BCS started as a 'this will always be good, so I'll watch it' to 'can't miss' after the last 2 weeks, to 'riveting' tonight. If they keep doing what they're doing, Saul will go down as one of the great television series of the modern era just like Breaking Bad. Amazing, and Tim? You nailed it in your review, perfectly.
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Mar 10, 2015
(All that gushing aside, it amused me greatly to see they shot on site for the ABQ Transportation Center, having been there myself a couple years ago!)
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Mar 10, 2015
Based on what was said on Breaking Bad I assumed Mike was kicked off the force or resigned/retired in disgrace then Philly to start over or to avoid questions back home. Never gave a thought about the status of his child who would be the parent of his granddaughter. Not surprised about the circumstances surrounding his leaving Philly and his coming to Albuquerque. Glad we got a hint about how he started a career in the criminal underworld with that shady vet. Dirty cop to henchman/enforcer/facilitator/consigliere for a heavily insulated druglord isn't a big stretch, but going from courthouse parking attendant to the latter could be quite a story.
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Mar 13, 2015
Probably not a good idea to ask my vet what he charges for gunshot repair.
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Mar 10, 2015
I thought the same thing about Mike's resignation or retirement. During BB, I thought he mentioned that he had been in trouble in Philly. Maybe he just mentioned on BB that he had to leave Philly, and I assumed it wasn't a matter of choice.
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Mar 10, 2015
I wonder if even Gilligan had this back story for Mike back in the BB days, or if he wrote if for BCS. Mike is obviously a lot darker in BB.
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Mar 10, 2015
Saul(Jimmy) isnt BB-Saul yet so why should Mike be BB-Mike?
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Mar 10, 2015
I'm aware of a thing called character development. The main point of the paragraph above is whether Gilligan had this background for Mike in his head before BCS.
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Mar 31, 2015
It matters to me, Blokito, which is why I posted my curiousness about it.
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Mar 10, 2015
It doesn't matter. Obviously Gilligan would have had some idea of the type of background Mike would have had while writing his character/story in BB. He just didn't need to flesh it out and show us specific details until now.
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Mar 10, 2015
EPIC!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 10, 2015
I don't even know what to say. Jonathan Banks is truly amazing, and so was this episode.
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Mar 11, 2015
This is easily the best show on TV right now.
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Mar 11, 2015
I wouldn't say that, but it's definitely a phenomenal show and this episode was amazing.
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Mar 10, 2015
Jonathan Banks was incredible tonight. He was great the whole episode, but that last scene in particular, was just so fucking powerful. That's been the best dramatic scene I've seen all year, and it's going to be hard to top this.
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Mar 10, 2015
What I find so ingenious about it is that the scene takes its emotional power from our long-running absence of insight into Mike's past. We knew he had a soft-ish side when he took to Jesse but didn't know the half of that side of him that wasn't the Mike the Fixer.
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Mar 10, 2015
To hear Tim say this makes me very intrigued. I'll have to hop on this episode pronto!
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