Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below.
Better Call Saul S01E03 – “Nacho”
In only 3 episodes Better Call Saul has completely set itself out on its own while simultaneously containing the same highly intelligent writing and humour that made Breaking Bad such a great show. It is telling that after this week I may even be ready to stop referencing BB within the first paragraph of these reviews, such is the strength of BCS on its own.
This week Jimmy found himself deeper down the corruption rabbit hole; his “anonymous” tip to the Kettlemans going very bad for him indeed and leading to Nacho being held for kidnapping – most lawyers would try not to be responsible for their “client” being held on kidnapping charges. The most important development of this plot thread though, aside from pushing Jimmy one step closer to becoming Saul, was that Mike entered the frame a bit more. Known to us but not to Jimmy, Mike reveals he was formerly a member of the police force and by the way that alone piqued Jimmy’s interest we can see a clear alley to how their relationship will be born proper. The writing team are having great fun toying with viewers with these two, gaining ground towards getting them to where they are come the time of BB whilst at the same time seeming to take an agonizingly long time to get there.
The plot of this episode start to finish was in the vein of what we would hope is to come throughout the season – Jimmy in way over his head but ultimately showing his true smarts as a lawyer when the chips are down. Let us not forget, Saul was a very good lawyer just; not working for very good people. Also it seems Michael McKean’s Chuck is Jimmy’s brother, not father/uncle. Anyone else caught out by that one? Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean have fifteen years between each other and if you ask me, it’s obvious. I just had an assumption that McKean was at best his uncle. Maybe I missed something blatantly obvious in the first two episodes but I’m pretty sure I didn’t.
That little nag aside it’s three from three with BCS and damn if it isn’t great to have something of this caliber back to wait on with the wait for House Of Cards still horrifically long at eight days.
Better Call Saul is available Tuesdays at 7am on Netflix
The Walking Dead hit that point this week that we had all expected last week – the mourn. Not that everyone sat around this week mourning Tyreese and doing little else but the whole episode was a downer and that was to lead to both positive and negative features in the episode, mostly positive. With Rick’s decision last week to head for Washington regardless; the team hit the road once Tyreese was buried. One great thing about this season of TWD is that the passage of time is being implied and suggested rather than in seasons past when we had no choice but to watch a whole lot of rambling. Coming into this episode, some time has passed since Tyreese did and the group is in trouble. No food, no water and some miles to go yet. The bulk of the episodes “moments” were given to Daryl, Maggie and Sasha and whilst the latter too were handled well enough is anyone else sick of Daryl just crying alone? Meryl, Carol and now Beth – Daryl is well overdue a meltdown in front of the group. I get that he is a tough guy and it would be against character but that’s exactly why it would work. The lonesome soldier shtick is getting a little worn,
On the action front well, this may have been a cool down episode but that didn’t stop us getting a zombie push session on a bridge, more Michonne decapitation goodness and sure they only went and gave us a bleeding zombie tornado. Above all else this season has been doing a great job of reminding viewers that there is a persistent threat of the resurrected dead with a craving for human flesh all around. No, it isn’t what you should be watching just to see but we all need eye candy every once in a while. That scene in the barn too was one of the series’ finest creep out moments though the survival of the barn amidst the destruction of a tornado took a little pinch of salt regardless of how many precedents there are in real life. And who exactly is that astoundingly clean stranger, Aaron? Well myself and other comic readers know and I can hardly believe we’ve made it this far in the comics already, but rest assured the story Aaron kicks into motion means we have one hell of a finale run over the next few weeks though the description of next week’s entry suggests we won’t have it straight away.
The Walking Dead airs Mondays at 9pm on FOX