Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on AMC's Better Call Saul

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.5, “Chicanery”

As engrossing and satisfying as it has been to follow Mike Ehrmantraut’s slow descent into becoming chief enforcer for the biggest drug cartel in the Southwest, I have to admit that I am a little more interested in the Jimmy McGill side of things. Jimmy’s got plenty of flaws, of course, but he’s a likable…

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on AMC's 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.4, “Sabrosito”

It was fitting that an episode that may have been the most overtly part of the Breaking Bad-verse to date would begin with an underwater shot like the one that opened so many season 2 episodes of the former series. But just when you’re catching yourself wondering when the scorched pink teddy bear is going…

Amanda Peet and Hank Azaria in 'Brockmire'

#Bingeworthy: ‘Brockmire’ is Throwing Strikes

Picture a baseball announcer: you know, a white man in a loud plaid jacket, with an oddly nasal lilt belying a naturally deep voice, droning on with useless facts and statistics about whatever pops into his head, however tangentially it might connect to the game, punctuated by quick descriptions of whatever is happening on the…

rhea seehorn and bob odenkirk in 'better call saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.3, “Sunk Costs”

One of the principal pleasures of Better Call Saul has been the way it consistently subverts the audience’s expectations, finding ways to surprise even as we know where the story is headed. We have always known that Jimmy would disgrace himself badly enough to have to assume a new name in order to continue as…

Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.2, “Witness”

If you’re someone who has been impatient with the slow plot progress on Better Call Saul, this week’s episode likely did little to make you feel better — at least, up until the last scene. Up to this point, the audience being ahead of the characters has been a feature, not a bug; something the…

Michael Stuhlbarg and Ewan McGregor in Fargo (2017)

‘Fargo’ Continues To Do the Impossible in Season 3

There may never have been a worse idea in the history of television than turning Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 Oscar-winning masterpiece Fargo into a weekly TV series. Centered around a goodnatured, pregnant Minnesota small-town sheriff (Frances McDormand) and her investigation of a fake kidnapping that spirals into a bloodbath, thanks in no small part…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former President Selina Meyer on HBO's 'Veep'

HBO’s ‘Veep’ Keeps it Real in Season 6

We are living in a moment where the truth, particularly the truth of American politics, is far stranger — and usually funnier — than fiction. The day’s headlines are routinely so shocking and bizarre that, if you tried to sell them to a Hollywood producer, you’d be laughed out of their office for being too…

#Bingeworthy: ‘Party Down’ on STARZ

In the age of social media and The Voice and our venerable reality-show president, it seems there are more people out there trying to make it in the entertainment world than ever before. And why wouldn’t they? The barriers to expressing creativity keep getting lower and lower, allowing us to make movies with our phones…

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