Better Call Saul (2015– )
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Kim resolves to take some time off from work, while Jimmy does his best to make amends; Nacho takes a major gamble with his future; Hamlin applies pressure on Chuck to finally make a decision.

Director:

Peter Gould

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut (credit only)
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Javier Grajeda ... Juan Bolsa
Jessie Ennis ... Erin Brill
Bonnie Bartlett ... Helen
Jean Effron ... Irene Landry
Phyllis Applegate ... Myrtle
Carol Mansell ... Rose
Tina Parker ... Francesca Liddy
Juan Carlos Cantu ... Manuel Varga
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Kim resolves to take some time off from work, while Jimmy does his best to make amends; Nacho takes a major gamble with his future; Hamlin applies pressure on Chuck to finally make a decision.

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Crime | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This is the first episode directed by Peter Gould that he did not write. See more »

Goofs

Wexler says she crossed 3 lanes of traffic (meaning the accident) yet the shot of the wrecked car from the end of the previous show shows there were only 3 lanes. There did not appear to be any type of shoulder she could have been driving on, so she could only have crossed 2 lanes (at most). See more »

Quotes

Jimmy McGill: I'm not good at building shit, y'know... I'm excellent at tearing it down.
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Connections

References Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983) See more »

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Opening Credits Theme
Written and Composed by Dave Porter
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Season Three
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

In terms of describing the events of the Third Season of "Better Call Saul", the less said the better (for fear of spoilers). What I will say is this: The long-awaited, long-built confrontation between Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) & Chuck (Michael McKean) finally occurs. There is an entire episode built around Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) must find the balance between accommodating Jimmy and her own career. Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) takes further steps to becoming the henchman we all know and love, while Nacho (Michael Mando) is seemingly playing all sides at once.

Instead of going into the details of the above plot lines, however, the most interesting thing to discuss about this Third Season is how fearless show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are in developing their vision for the show within the confines of the Breaking Bad-verse, if you will. Most of the time, show creators don't want to touch a great work of art (and Breaking Bad is certainly that), but these guys revel in it! They create an absolute perfect balance (roughly 50/50 in this third season) between Jimmy/Saul's origin story and basically being a Breaking Bad prequel.

Think of it this way: Imagine if, say, JJ Abrams & Damon Lindelof decided to create a LOST spinoff about the backstory of Ben Linus. Sounds absurd, but that is basically what is happening here with the Jimmy/Saul character. Fortunately, the show creators must love writing in this style/genre, as they have no trouble filling in all the blanks. Only increasing the level of difficulty is the fact that if even the slightest tone or character arc is "off", everyone will know it because of BB's existence. Remarkably, I've never once felt that way, as it is a seamless transition.

Up until this point, my one criticism of Better Call Saul was that it had a tendency to push the limits of how slow a story can be told. While that is indeed the hallmark of Gilligan's writing (he takes his time and revels in the details), I thought the Second Season pushed that to the very edge. Though I enjoyed that season, I sometimes found myself thinking "man, this is moving along at a snail's pace". No such problem in Season Three. In fact, this season covers a tremendous amount of ground.

In terms of acting, multiple Emmy nominations could be given out, as Odenkirk, Seehorn, Banks, & McKean are all well-deserving of the honor. In all honesty, this cast has gelled even quicker than that of BB in the early goings.

Which brings me to my final (rather provocative) point: Through three seasons, I'd actually call BCS a better show than BB. I know that isn't a 100% fair comparison (as Saul builds off of Bad, just in prequel form), but I think the point stands. For me, it took BB two (or maybe even three) seasons really hold my rapt attention for every episode. BCS has done that from episode #1, which this collection being easily the best so far. S2 gave me a bit of pause because of the snail-like pace, but S3 vaults it into my top TV-watching experiences of all-time.


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