Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 2.1, “Switch”

Before I saw last night’s second-season premiere of Better Call Saul, I previewed the new season by asking five questions that I figured would be answered over the course of the season. Imagine my surprise when four of them were answered over the course of this first episode: Jimmy and Kim did get together, he…

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Five Questions for Season 2 of ‘Better Call Saul’

“Happy Monday” is seldom said unironically, but I for one am looking forward to tonight’s season 2 premiere of my favorite new show of last season, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Breaking Bad prequel/spinoff Better Call Saul. What’s interesting about this show, which follows luckless attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) on a journey that Breaking…

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‘War & Peace’ Full of Love & Lies

If you’re a lover of drama, great acting, and fabulous costuming, you’re going to love this screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Brought to the small screen by the Weinstein Company and BBC, War & Peace stars Paul Dano (Love and Mercy, Prisoners), Lily James (Cinderella), and James Norton (Rush) alongside an excellent…

Hope and Heartache on HBO’s The Leftovers

 A lot of viewers, myself included, didn’t give The Leftovers much of a chance as the first season aired. To be honest, it was filled to the brim with darkness, despair and too many unanswered questions for me to feel connected. But, after I heard they were picked up for season 2 (premiering this Sunday…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 1.10, “Marco”

We have come to expect a certain level of fireworks from season finales: shocking revelations, reversals of fortune, betrayals, hookups, breakups. The first season finale of Better Call Saul had none of these, instead serving as a kind of quiet postscript to last week’s wrenching episode in which Jimmy was so thoroughly betrayed and rejected…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 1.9, “Pimento”

The beauty of Better Call Saul is in the way it manages to surprise even when you know where it’s headed. We know that Jimmy McGill is going to change his name to Saul Goodman. We know that he’s going to establish a law practice with considerable, shall we say, ethical compromises. And after last…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 1.8, “RICO”

As the shockingly great first season of Better Call Saul moves into its homestretch, it’s becoming clear how the show plans to change its protagonist from put-upon do-gooder to scheming criminal lawyer (emphasis on ‘criminal’): by demonstrating the old saw that underneath every cynic is a disappointed optimist. I can’t say I expected Jimmy’s foray…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 1.7, “Bingo”

After filling in the heartbreaking details of Mike’s back story last week with “Five-O,” widely called the best episode yet of Better Call Saul, the show quickly wraps up the Mike-vs.-the-Philly-Cops storyline in the cold open before turning back to everyone’s favorite delusional embezzlers, the Kettlemans, and along with them, the breezy but inventive tone…

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