I watched the pilot of Better Call Saul and had nearly the exact same experience as I did with Breaking Bad in that I had very low expectations and was blown away and instantly sold by the time the episode was over. I think that’s far less remarkable when you look back at the Breaking Bad pilot since that episode was so chock full of crazy and new and awesome. But Better Call Saul had a nearly zero chance of living up to its

It’s fascinating to watch Walt now play at being Heisenberg. You watch Saul back away from him as he’s threatening him to comply and GIVE HIM SOME HIT MEN, DAMNIT, but Saul’s fear is more of the “This dude’s a complete nutter, and I’d like to get away from him before he goes off the deep end,” vein. The fire of vengeance makes him pretty threatening, of course, but it’s not the same. At least until the end of the

It looks like Todd might be crushing on Lydia, and since he can’t yet cook her that sweet blue meth she’s been trying to successfully deliver to the Czech market since Walt ditched the biz, he tries to make it up to her by making her a cup of her tea to her specifications. Something tells me that nothing is ever quite up to Lydia’s specifications, but tea isn’t what she wants Todd to focus on. The whole bit where

NOTE: Spoilers Below Fascinating. Skyler says they’ll need to put Jesse down to ensure that their family will be safe. And after seeing her game face in handling the Ted Beneke situation, I wasn’t surprised to see her jump to that conclusion so quickly. Walt’s reaction to this and to Saul’s identical suggestion is curious. He’s vehemently opposed, but I don’t think it’s so much because he cares about Jesse and is trying to protect him. I think that version

It’s great that Vince Gilligan is showing us the key scenes in their entirety now that we are in the end game. I’m glad we got to see the two gunslingers face off at Hank’s garage with their cell phone guns. Hank’s clearly got the faster trigger finger. That Walt didn’t immediately know that Hank was on the other line with Skyler shows that he continues to underestimate his adversaries. Hank and Skyler’s meeting was interesting. He didn’t understand how

I thought I was pro a Saul spin-off series. But now that we are so close to the airing of the Breaking Bad final episodes, I think I’m going to feel very “scorched earth” about anything related to it after it’s over. When I’m that invested in something (book, movie, TV series), I feel very protective about it. And if Vince Gilligan is giving it the ending it deserves, I’m going to want it to be over once and for