Sunday, May 8, 2016

TV Show Review: Better Call Saul (Season 2)

The saga of Jimmy McGill transforming into the loudmouth, smooth-talking, corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman raised the stakes in the second season of this cool entertaining spinoff of the hit crime drama Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk reprises his critically acclaimed role as Jimmy just as his law career has taken a turn with his big case against the nursing home facility.

Jimmy is disillusioned after the death of his good friend back in Chicago so he returns to New Mexico and continues his scamming ways until he is hired to work for a prestigious law firm in Santa Fe. The future Saul does not fit in with the staid atmosphere, and they do not appreciate his theatrics in a silly commercial that Saul Goodman will eventually be known for. I do love how all of this comes back to a time period after Breaking Bad with small black and white segments in the first episode.

It took me a while to find the time to watch this show because there is just so much television out there but when I did, I found the most enjoyable part to be Mike Ehrmantraut (the great Jonathan Banks), confronting the Mexican Cartel having run-ins with Breaking Bad characters like Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). The tension ratcheted up in this confrontation as the new character Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) who has dealings with Jimmy and Mike drags them into the family controversy. 

Meanwhile, Jimmy continues to tussle with his older brother the lawyer Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) who has an aversion to electricity that only worsens with each step his younger brother takes to become a sleazy lawyer. Jimmy also hopes to draw Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) away from his brother's firm while also having a romantic relationship with him.

I think the show has an interesting plot and so far I haven't found any plot holes that don't sync it up with its predecessor. It doesn't compare to the amazing hit that is Breaking Bad but it is a worthy follower that I will continue to watch if there is a third season. With so many shows to watch these days, it is hard to keep up and while this isn't at the top of my list, it is a show that I like to keep up with as each new season comes out.

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