Better Call Saul episode 4 recap: “Hero”

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We’re four episodes into AMC’s Better Call Saul, and Slippin’ Jimmy, Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman are, by turns, thrashing, banana-peeling and tip-toeing their way to becoming the same guy, on the screen and in viewers’ minds. And by the end of tonight’s outing, “Hero,” I found myself wondering for the first time if Jimmy ever really wanted be a lawyer in the first place, or if he’s just trying mightily to fill his big brother’s shoes and avenge — carry on? live up to? — the family name, using the best gift the universe bestowed on him: The ability to spin … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 11 recap “The Distance” — People Like Us

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I have often been hard pressed to explain, or even understand, why such a bleak, brutal and often hopeless show is so damn popular, and after tonight’s episode, I think I know what it is: Stockholm Syndrome. There really is no other show on television that plays with us, we’re like a cat chasing a laser pointer. What other show can take surviving a tornado and make it feel tiring? What other show can make you afraid of bottled water? What other show can make you fear a well-scrubbed, clean-cut stranger and still keep you on board? After last week’s … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul episode 3 recap: Nacho, Problem

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At the end of last week’s Better Call Saul!, Jimmy’s loafered toe had grazed the legal and moral banana peel that will ostensibly slide him — by chance or choice or a complex combination — into Saul-dom. Having been made an offer he’d love to refuse by Tuco’s business associate Nacho, Jimmy realizes that, in saving his own life in the desert, he’s put those of the conniving Kettleman family in some serious danger by blabbing. They might be crooks, but they don’t deserve to die for it because of some bungled street corner shakedown of the wrong person’s grandma. … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul episode 2 recap: Crunch time!

Better Call Saul episode 2 recap: Crunch time!

The first lesson of Better Call Saul! episode 2, “Mijo,” is that you do not call Tuco Salamanca’s grandma a “biznatch.” You do not. You can call the cops. You can demand dinero. But you do not. Call. Grandma. Biznatch. For Breaking Bad fans, this goes without saying. For those of you new to Tuco and his business methods, this episode is all about where it lands you. We backtrack a few moments from the conclusion of last night’s series premiere. With the twins towering behind her and everyone looking hard at Tuco, Abuelita whimpers with worry. Tuco sends her up to watch … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul! premiere recap: Did you ground yourself?

Better Call Saul! premiere recap: Did you ground yourself?

Turns out Breaking Bad’s fallen jurist Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) wasn’t just a’kiddin’ when he offered this assessment of his future before climbing into Ed the Extractor’s van in the series’ penultimate episode: “Best case scenario, I’m managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.” In the black-and-white opening moments of Better Call Saul!, Odenkirk’s new AMC series from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, we discover that that is just exactly where Goodman ended up — massaging giant wads of dough into sticky, high-cal treats and looking entirely unconvinced that his wire rims, hefty mustache and expanding bald spot can mask his identity from whatever … Continue reading

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Big night for AMC! Few program notes for Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Better Call Saul

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Tonight is a HUGE night on AMC. It’s the return of the second half of Season 5 of The Walking Dead and the premiere of the highly anticipated Breaking Bad prequel — Better Call Saul. It also involves a slight change in the network’s long standing Sunday lineup (but just for tonight), as Talking Dead moves to a later slot. Here’s a quick breakdown of how things shake out tonight (Sunday, Feb. 8). When does Talking Dead air tonight? We’ve gotten a lot of questions surrounding this already about people not liking the break between Walking Dead and Talking Dead … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday: Can the group regroup in the wake of new losses?

The Walking Dead returns Sunday: Can the group regroup in the wake of new losses?

Quick catch-up, Walking Dead fans. When Season 5 reached its wrenching midseason finale in November, we’d lost Bob and Beth, the safety of the church and all hope for a cure in Washington, D.C., to assorted bad decision-making — and discovered we hadn’t lost Morgan (Lennie James) after all. So what does that mean for the Grimes crew moving forward — especially poor Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who has watched every last member of her family die horribly? “We’re going to see Maggie in a way that we’ve never seen her and, I think, fighting a dark side that she’s always … Continue reading

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TCA: AMC doubles scripted series lineup, announces “Humans,” “Making of Mob”

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AMC continues to dominate as one of cable TV’s hottest properties with mega hits like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and the hugely anticipated Vince Gilligan spinoff Better Call Saul. At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier promised a substantial increase in the number of originals for 2015. Collier said AMC will have “nearly double the number of scripted series between returning shows like The Walking Dead and Mad Men, TURN: Washington Spies, Halt and Catch Fire and Hell on Wheels along with new series, including Better Call Saul, Humans, Badlands and … Continue reading

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TCA: 7 episodes make up “perfect” Mad Men series finale

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It’s not often that a cast panel can weigh on your emotions, but tears filled some of our eyes at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press tour as AMC and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner shared a “road to the finale” video montage that captured the emotion of the series’ last seven seasons (less the final episodes). The images were played along to Paul Anka’s “Times of Your Life” and served as a timeline to showcase the last 10 years of these characters’ amazing journeys.  The final seven episodes of Mad Men begin on Sunday, April 5 at 10pmET/PT on … Continue reading

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Bob Odenkirk tells us what to expect in “Better Call Saul”

Bob Odenkirk tells us what to expect in "Better Call Saul"

In August of 2013, millions of fans strapped in for the final eight episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad from mastermind Vince Gilligan and took the ride of their lives, witnessing the dark, dark descent and crumbling of almost every single character. The only certainty at that point was that one character would see an afterlife, and that was Walter White’s “two-bit, bus-bench attorney” Saul Goodman, played by comedy great Bob Odenkirk. Gilligan had announced just a few months prior to the final episodes of Bad that he and writer Peter Gould would be developing a spinoff series, … Continue reading

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