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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 0:34 
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I've just caught up with episodes 2 and 3 and my word, it's brilliant.

Can't wait for next week!


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 22:14 
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Episode 4 another absolute cracker, the last ten minutes in particular were grippingly exciting - the only downer with this is they just can't make them fast enough.

As myp noted a couple of posts back, Jonathon Banks is visibly older than he was in Breaking Bad (and he doesn't look particularly well either), but I'm cool with that as we know what character he's supposed to be playing, even if he 'looks' wrong compared to how he looked in BB.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I've just finished watching episode 4 and yes, I agree. It was cracking!

It's really interesting knowing where the characters end up, but it's fascinating seeing how they get there. We knew that Mike wouldn't do what he was hired to do, but how he got round it was ace.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I love Mike.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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More quality from Episode 5, and a decent splash of humour in there too.

I'm inspired to go back and watch all of Breaking Bad again, you can feel its DNA running right through Better Call Saul.

Splendid telly, love it to pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Renewed for a third season.

On top of Hearthly's praise, I'd add this continues to be one of the most beautifully shot shows since, well, Breaking Bad. The very, very wide shot in the car park in Ep5 was just gorgeous.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Pretty cool to see
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Hector Salamanca show up again, Mark Margolis is a fantastic actor, even though he obviously gave an amazing performance in Breaking Bad, I'm interested to see what the character was like pre-paralysis.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I found his pre-paralysis performance very moving.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 21:28 
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I've resubscribed to Netflix, it just feels wrong to be *cough* acquiring Season Two of Better Call Saul when it's so damn good, you need to be paying for the good stuff.

EDIT - Ooohhh, Jessica Jones, I could watch that as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Hearthly wrote:
Ooohhh, Jessica Jones, I could watch that as well.


You totally should. Also the new season of Daredevil is released this Friday.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Hearthly wrote:
I've resubscribed to Netflix, it just feels wrong to be *cough* acquiring Season Two of Better Call Saul when it's so damn good, you need to be paying for the good stuff.

EDIT - Ooohhh, Jessica Jones, I could watch that as well.


God yes, JJ is amazing

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Is everyone caught up? Astounding cinematography in the latest episode, Inflatable.

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The wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man vs. crazy suits montage was utter genius.

The writing was also FANTASTIC, with Kim giving her and Jimmy's relationship a serious load of foreshadowing - including when she spoke about the messy divorce litigation in her interview, then proceeded to tear the business card when she has the 'McGill & Wexler' brainwave. I usually find Vince Gilligan's female chars quite annoying and preachy, but Kim is awesome.


This has probably been my favourite episode of Season 2, which I've found a little slow tbh.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I'm not caught up yet. But the cinematography is incredible. There is something in every episode that makes my jaw drop.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Re: Kim's awesomeness, let's talk about how both this and Breaking Bad have had flawless casting. Except for the people cast against type (ex-comedians Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk), I don't think I'd seen any of the major characters from either show anywhere else. Yet so many of the actors were cast perfectly; from Tuco's barely contained psychosis, to Mike's world-weary professionalism, to Jesse's puppy-like excitability and eventual evolution into Walt's conscience, and now to Rhea Seaborn who is just enthralling as Kim Wexler.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I don't think I'd seen any of the major characters from either show anywhere else.

You'll have seen Hank in movies: T2, The One, Starship Troopers. He cropped up in The West Wing a few times, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
I don't think I'd seen any of the major characters from either show anywhere else.

You'll have seen Hank in movies: T2, The One, Starship Troopers. He cropped up in The West Wing a few times, too.

And if I recall correctly, Mike was Steven Berkoff's henchman in Beverly Hills Cop.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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And Tuco in My Name is Earl.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Hank was also in Total Recall, and amusingly Cranston was in the remake.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Except for the people cast against type (ex-comedians Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk)

And Michael McKean.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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And Bill Burr.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
I don't think I'd seen any of the major characters from either show anywhere else.

You'll have seen Hank in movies: T2, The One, Starship Troopers. He cropped up in The West Wing a few times, too.

OK, I revise my initial statement to: although not unknowns, they had previously only done minor roles, and you probably wouldn't remember them from anywhere else.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
OK, I revise my initial statement to: although not unknowns, they had previously only done minor roles, and you probably wouldn't remember them from anywhere else.


:this:

I saw a 'TEN CHARACTERS FROM BREAKING BAD YOU'VE SEEN IN EVERY MOVIE EVER' fluff piece on a website somewhere a few months ago, and for every single entry, even the most ubiquitous one (Hank, apparently) - I (a) Needed the benefit of pictorial evidence and (b) Was like, 'Oh right, really, I'd never have known.'

IIRC they were almost all very minor roles too.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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Mark Margolis is getting a lot of TV work these days, presumably off the back of Breaking Bad. Although I've loved him in pretty much every Arronofsky movie for years.

He's Ace Ventura's landlord, too.

Edit: Although some of heavy references to Scarface in Breaking Bad are a little cheeky given that Margolis was in it.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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I agree and it's a very good point. There isn't a single actor or actress that I can think of in both Breaking Bad and Better call Saul that isn't perfect for the role.


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:30 
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
Re: Kim's awesomeness, let's talk about how both this and Breaking Bad have had flawless casting. Except for the people cast against type (ex-comedians Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk), I don't think I'd seen any of the major characters from either show anywhere else. Yet so many of the actors were cast perfectly; from Tuco's barely contained psychosis, to Mike's world-weary professionalism, to Jesse's puppy-like excitability and eventual evolution into Walt's conscience, and now to Rhea Seaborn who is just enthralling as Kim Wexler.


:this:

Rhea Seaborn's excellent!

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 21:33 
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S02E09 is barnstormingly brilliant, kind of like Breaking Bad before it, Better Call Saul makes everything else look a bit rubbish.

Properly fab telly.

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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 22:37 
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I agree. Brilliant throughout but, I have an issue...

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If I remember rightly, Mike went into a factory in Breaking Bad and killed a load of people with no problems. Remember the guy he shot through the wall after his hostage was telling him where to shoot?

Anyway, if he can do this, why was he being Batman and not killing anyone in Better Call Saul? Perhaps he's going to change his demeanour as the series goes on? Am I missing something?


And not an issue but something I'd like to talk about...

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Do you reckon Chuck's dead?


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 Post subject: Re: Better Call Saul
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:01 
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#1 I guess there are two main character arcs going on here, we need to see how Jimmy becomes Saul, and how Mike pre-BB becomes Mike of the BB-era, both are fascinating journeys to witness.

In Jimmy's case we know that Kim is gone one way or another by the BB era and he's fully morphed into Saul, I'm really interested to see how that happens.

#2 If I were having a bet on it I'd say 'no', but then again it could be one of the main drivers for Jimmy's conversion into Saul if Chuck is badly hurt or even worse dead.

Incidentally the three-way scene between Jimmy, Chuck and Kim was superb wasn't it? Utterly consuming, so well written and acted, and the camerawork is peerless too.


I don't know how people get all excited about twaddle like TWD when there's infinitely better telly being produced such as BCS.

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