Oh yes, he’s back. I kinda gave up on TV reviews a little, mainly because I was unable to keep current with episodes as they aired, but The Walking Dead has always had an exception made in that field. Mostly this is because I am still an avid reader of the comic series and I regularly watch it every week with one of my friends who is not so aside from the show, I get a great joy out of watching her reactions to moments from the comic as they unfold and indeed getting caught out myself as the show “remixes” some key moments. It doesn’t hurt either that since Scott Gimple took over as showrunner on Season 4, the quality has been escalating consistently. That is, until, the last two or three episodes of Season 6. Or is it? It’s a really weird one being honest because in the 16 hours or so since I watched the finale my opinion on it has been bouncing back and forth and online I can mostly only see opinions coming in from fellow comic readers. So I’m deathly curious, show only watchers, what did you think of it? I make that statement now because I want to clarify, I may say some slightly mean things about the finale (as well as many SPOILERS too!) and I want it to be known that I’m mostly saying these things as someone who knows what’s coming next. Take that as you will but it is, in my opinion, an important factor to keep in mind. Let’s get started.
What a week! Well no, not really. Irish Water, those guys again, sent bills to some, not to others, sent some more bills to those who already received them, billed some hundreds, billed others €1.42. Why? All so Ruth Kopparberg and co couldn’t go burning them or binning them or whatever waste of time their getting up to these days. Has the country got this boring that this is all we can make a fuss over? Hell no, that’s why we wrote about this instead:
Full spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 1 below
Better Call Saul S01E10 – Marco
It was never going to be a foot race to the finish line; Jimmy wasn’t going to magically throw on a purple suit and become Saul Goodman in the closing scenes of this closing episode. I’m not going to pretend I’m one of those people who was aware of this from the offset and so I can sympathise with some who found themselves underwhelmed by Marco. It’s maybe a little poetic that Breaking Bad was cut short by two episodes thanks to the writer’s strike and now Better Call Saul in its freshman season seems to have finished on a comma.
Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about the closing scene of this episode. Like I said, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould were never going to have the Saul transformation be complete by the end of the first series and then spend the next four or five years showing us the various hilarious cases Saul took on pre-Heisenberg yet that last moment between Jimmy and Mike seemed both perfect and wrong all at once. It let us know as viewers that this was indeed the definition of a pilot season, an origin story if you will, but a small part of it was “See? See? This, this is where he decided to become Saul!”. It just bordered on a level of bluntness that this writing stable has always kept away from.
Let’s do a quick about face here though because things are getting negative and they shouldn’t be. This was the best first season of television ever seen from any show. Sure it had the advantage of being spun off from a small screen phenomenon but there was anything but a guarantee that this would work. Since watching Marco I’ve been debating whether or not BCS is intrinsically and solidly a prequel show that couldn’t work in any other way. There’s obvious reasons why this series would fall flat if this were the first time we were being introduced to this universe and these characters but realistically, with few tweaks, this could be and is its own show. That is the measure by which it will now be judged as we await Season 2 and pray to not get a sophomore slump. As if that were even possible.
Better Call Saul Season 1 is now available on Netflix in its entirety.
Just some quick news for The Goggle Box, the list ahead for coverage looks something like this:
Daredevil will be available in full on Netflix April 10th.
Game Of Thrones Season 5 premieres Monday April 13th on Sky Atlantic.
Community Season 6 reviews will start next week with Episode 6 (because somebody didn’t realise it has been airing on Sony, my bad).
Also looking a little further down the line, The Walking Dead spin off Fear The Walking Dead will premiere this summer, as will Season 3 of the delectable Hannibal. Also keep an eye out for some full season reviews of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marvel : Agents Of Shield, Peaky Blinders, Constantine, Supernatural and more as we play summer catch up.
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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead follow.
Better Call Saul S01E09 – “Pimento“
I hate it when the internet is right. As mentioned last week, there is a hypothesis bouncing around that BCS can’t possibly have too much in the line of happy moments for Jimmy seeing as he has to be forced into becoming Saul Goodman come the end of the series, so the leather bound books and rich mahogany desk are not likely to be coming his way anytime soon. That his downfall would come at the hands of his brother Chuck though, woah. By last week it seemed Continue reading The Goggle Box – Saul’s Not Good, Man
Busy week this week – trespassers going to court, Enda getting the Obama cold shoulder and most importantly – there was even a little sunshine (particularly little thus morning thanks to a certain eclipse). Here’s what you might have missed:
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Full spoilers below for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead
Better Call Saul S01E07 – “Bingo”
It can’t be said that BCS has stuttered with this week’s seventh episode but it is more than accurate to say that this was the quiet beginnings of the path to Saul. Jimmy was so close, ready to move out of the salon and into a swanky office of his own, which he was hoping wouldn’t hurt his chances with Kim too of course. This is likely the last time we will see Jimmy get this close to real, legit success and it was handled in a surprisingly tragic manner. With Jimmy’s quiet moment in the final scene of the episode we saw a similar “lowest ebb” from him as we did from Mike last week. With both characters reaching their lowest, may we get nothing but climbs from now on? Climbs that find them both settle comfortably in the middle tier of course. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Saul Slows Down As The Walking Dead Goes Gruesome
Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below
Better Call Saul S01E06 – “Five-O”
Better Call Saul take a bow. This week we were taken on a journey through Mike’s back story preceeding his arrival in New Mexico and sure enough a Jonathan Banks feature episode did anything but disappoint.
Another week, another double bill of great TV. We really are spoiled for quality entertainment on the small screen the last decade, the lingering question is when, or if, it will all run out of steam. Whilst the risk of that has heightened with seemingly every television network now producing their own “contenders” to the juggernauts, we should be set for at least a few more years of top notch TV and this week in Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead served to reinforce that. Also, in case anyone is wondering, yes there will be a season review of House Of Cards coming up in the next few weeks but I’m trying to pace it out!
Better Call Saul S01E04 – “Hero”
Four episodes in and yes, Better Call Saul is a damn fine TV show. Already it is clear that the twists and turns are just going to keep coming and escalating and the story of the rise of Saul Goodman is merely beginning. Bob Odenkirk is absolutely nailing it right now too, going above and beyond his previous portrayal of the character and he hasn’t even hit the highest highs of absurdity yet. Continue reading The Goggle Box – Yep, It’s Addictive
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.