Better Call Saul episode 109 recap — Pimento

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With just a week to go until the Better Call Saul Season 1 finale, we open with Chuck and Jimmy sitting side by side on a park bench near Chuck’s house on a lovely, sunny day. Chuck is zeroed in on the power lines overhead, but Jimmy tells him to kick off his shoes and feel the grass between his toes. Remember what it feels like to enjoy the great outdoors. Chuck does as he’s told, then changes the subject back to the Sandpiper Crossing case. Chuck tells Jimmy they must stay on their toes, because Schweikert is sure to file a restraining … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, “Conquer” — Wolves at the door

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As we head into The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, the delicate peace — at least what we assume to be peace — at Alexandria has been amassing stress fractures since the moment Our Gang arrived at the gates. The dream of “Civilization” is a good one, but it has been postponed out of necessity. The townsfolk have been exposed as being seriously unprepared to deal with good guys, let alone the absolute batshit crazies we meet tonight. The events of the episode could have been so much worse (the group cohesion that looked like it was breaking remains intact … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul recap episode 8: “Rico”

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So many revelations in Better Call Saul episode 8’s opening flashback moments. First we get confirmation that Jimmy did indeed work for Hamlin, Hamlin and McGill back in the day — in the mailroom. And he and Kim were indeed an item. When he wheels his cart into her office and hands her a letter, it’s  actually addressed to him. She opens it, blinks, grins and plants a smooch on her man. Jimmy passed the bar. Heading for Chuck’s corner office, Jimmy reveals to his brother that — with Kim as his inspiration — he completed the few credits he had left to … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 15 “Try”: Us and them ….

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Alexandria has become something of a Rorschach test. For some it’s a paradise, for others it is possibly the last or first bastion of a civilized society, while some see it as a flock of sheep waiting to be lead. Those illusions are being exposed rather quickly. It’s no coincidence that things went south in Alexandria almost as soon as Our Gang stepped through the gates. The friction is palpable, with people who once thought of themselves useful or even heroic have been exposed as frauds, and a town that once seemed civilized is coming to see that their utopia … Continue reading

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Recap: Better Call Saul Episode 7 “Bingo”

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The further we get into Season 1 of AMC’s Better Call Saul!, the harder it’s becoming for me to accept the inevitable: That Jimmy McGill will become Saul Goodman, that everything won’t turn out just fine for our intrepid hero and his damaged brother, that Jimmy won’t get the girl and the corner office. He’ll get a visor, a name tag, a complex and a handful of dough in Nebraska. Jimmy is no Walter White in Matlock’s clothing, i.e., a good guy in a terrible spot driven to do awful things for a very good reason — who discovers that “bad” … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 14 “Spend” — You should have listened …

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After two weeks of outward calm – inward, things were anything but – we get to see life in sleepy Alexandria begin its rapid downward spiral. We knew Alexandria was too good to be true and this wasn’t going to last, but things escalate at a pace I wasn’t quite prepared for. This show did remind us why we have stuck with our characters through all this – when they’re not being paranoid, battle scarred freaks, they do the right thing. Something that can’t be said for everyone in Alexandria… . Morning in Alexandria looks, with the exception of the … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul episode 6 recap: “Five-O”

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Better Call Saul episode 6 is arguably the hour most Saul fans have been longing for since it was announced that Jonathan Banks’ stone-faced fixer Mike Ehrmantraut would be part of the story. And one most Breaking Bad fans hoped for, too, before Saul was even a twinkle in AMC’s eye. More than any this season, this episode also adds fuel to the burning question of whether or not you really must be a disciple of Breaking Bad to truly get the most from Saul. In this episode, we only see our titular hero for a few moments — priceless moments to be sure, but the … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 13 “Forget”: Super uncomfortable cocktail party!

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On this week’s The Walking Dead, the group begins to settle into their new home and it’s clear that some of are having more trouble than others adjusting to domestic life. A bookend episode to last week, we see the team settling in — or not — and we get a good look at how life in the wild has taken its toll. The episode opens at night. We see a series of family photos, smiling people from before the cataclysm intercut with images of Sasha laying down and looking at them. She is unable to sleep. The next morning Sasha is … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul episode 5 recap: “Alpine Shepherd Boy”

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When we left the McGill brothers at the end of last week’s Better Call Saul, things were looking up for Jimmy and not so much for Chuck, who risked going to outside long enough to make an unauthorized purchase of his neighbor’s paper only to be further traumatized by what he found on the front page. And that is where we pick up in this week’s episode, “Alpine Shepherd Boy.” When a pair of cops appear on Chuck’s doorstep to investigate the “crime,” Chuck points out that the neighbor actually made a tidy profit on the exchange and then attempts to engage … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: “Remember”

The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: "Remember"

It’s not hard to see The Walking Dead as an extended metaphor for war and the problems that arise when a person (or a group of people) has been fighting for too long and now returns to the home front, so to speak. We can also see this episode — or story arc — as an extended riff on The Magnificent Seven/Seven Samurai: a band of hardened fighters is hired to protect simple townsfolk who aren’t prepared to deal with the badness that surrounds them, and what happens when that hardness comes into contact with “civilization.” While the episode is … Continue reading

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