Flicks On Flix – Big Stan

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Few actors cause such excessive eye rolling as Rob Schneider. I’ll begin by saying that I don’t plan to defend the man’s many career missteps at all in this piece but I will implore and hopefully convince you to give this, his directorial debut, a shot and I’m confident you’ll thank me later. Continue reading Flicks On Flix – Big Stan

The Goggle Box – Saul, Is That You?

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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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The Goggle Box – Saul’s Not Good, Man

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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

The Goggle Box – It’s Ricktatorship Time!

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead follow.

Better Call Saul S01E08“Rico”
I read a musing online (Reddit of course) where a BCS viewer observed what should have been obvious from the beginning – this doesn’t end well. Not that we don’t already know how Jimmy finds himself in the Breaking Bad time line but we do also know that come the end of this series that Jimmy has become Saul, a sleazy criminal lawyer who doesn’t have any apparent family or personal ties and though he may be sound financially he is a far cry from the 20 million being talked about in this week’s episode. It makes the series doubly tragic as it unfolds and with this week’s “Rico” I think we can safely say this is all going to go down horribly. Continue reading The Goggle Box – It’s Ricktatorship Time!

The Goggle Box – Yep, It’s Addictive

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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

The Goggle Box – Better Call Saul Continues Strong

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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.

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The Goggle Box – Did Better Call Saul Deliver?

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below

Some said it was a bad move, I could never decide fully which side of the fence I sat on to be honest, but Vince Gilligan and AMC decided they would press ahead with a Breaking Bad spin off featuring the superb series’ loveable(?) sleazeball Saul Goodman as the lead. Better Call Saul takes place 6 years before the events of Breaking Bad and chronicles Saul’s rise from back when he was just lowly public defence attorney Jimmy McGill to the – ahem – lofty heights of law when he becomes Saul Goodman. Oh, and it’s really really good.
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