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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Friday Full House 03/04/15

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The Walking Dead has stopped for the summer once again, April Fools were played galore and Irish Water… Well I’m sure they did something, finding it extremely hard to care these days. In the meantime, here’s what got I’m Talkin’ Here talkin’ this week(s). Yes, skipped a week last week, won’t happen again! :
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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!

Friday Full House 20/03/15

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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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The Goggle Box – Sullen Mike And The Domesticated Dead

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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.

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The Goggle Box – All Change For The Walking Dead

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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!

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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