Monday, June 19, 2017

TV Show Review: Better Call Saul (Season 3)

The highly entertaining Breaking Bad spinoff pushes closer to the original story with a familiar villain showing up and more backstory coming forward. Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) works to start his own law practice with his partner Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) while his brother Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) has collected evidence against him. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) hunts down whoever left him a note on his car preventing him from killing Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). Ehrmantraut follows a trail that leads him to Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), the chicken restaurant owner and drug smuggler. 

Chuck takes his evidence to Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and they conspire to disbar Jimmy with a lawsuit. Jimmy finds his business booming with popular advertisements that display his flamboyant nature. Chuck pushes Jimmy to a breaking point with his recording and Jimmy ends up in jail. Mike and Gus end up creating a new partnership when Mike starts to cut off Hector's supply line by getting his ice cream trucks stopped at the border. 

Mike and Jimmy come together once again in this story as Jimmy calls in a favor to help sabotage his brother while Mike needs Jimmy to check out the chicken restaurant. They pretty much stay separate this season but we see how all of this leads towards Breaking Bad. Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) sees Don Hector's growing frustration and notices the gangster's health problems forming a plot to sabotage the old man's pills. Chuck and Jimmy face off in court and Jimmy uses his tricky ways and a familiar face to beat his brother, though he loses his ability to practice law for a period of time. 

Forced to make money Jimmy creates Saul Goodman to sell his advertising spots and serve out his community service. Mike meets another familiar face in Lydia (Laura Fraser) as Gus hires Mike on to help him work in the business. Jimmy goes back to an old client with one final slippery scheme to make an old lady settle but finds there are greater consequences to his actions. Chuck struggles with his illness, the strange aversion to electricity that always highlights how much our life depends on power. Kim tries to grow her own practice with an additional client but works herself so hard that an overnighter leaves her so tired she wrecks her car. Nacho's plan comes to fruition and we learned how Hector got in that chair. Jimmy makes good as a personal sacrifice and shuts up shop and Chuck's fate is left as a mystery. Better Call Saul is a great show and while not as sensational as its predecessor, still maintains to deliver an entertaining night each week for a solid season, some of the best on the screen in an incredibly busy year.

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