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    Just opening this thread and noting that this series releases this Sunday, February 8th, on AMC.

    Looks like they're also doing the "back to back" thing too of releasing the next episode for 24 hours following the current one, before it airs the next week. My FIOS DVR picked up episode #2 airing on Monday.


    Welcome back, Saul Goodman (and Mike Ehrmantraut)! We missed ya!

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    Eh, we'll see. Seems like they're milking a cash cow at this point. That said, I do enjoy Odenkirk.

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    I don't necessarily trust networks, but I trust Gilligan.
    I don't think he'd tell the story if he had nothing to tell.

    He's been pretty solid every since I've seen his work in X-Files, plus the occasional indie film.
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    high praise.

    https://tv.yahoo.com/news/better-cal...152151458.html

    ...Probably the biggest surprise about the premiere of “Better Call Saul” is just how comfortable and familiar it felt. This isn’t “Breaking Bad,” but it definitely lives in that world. “Bad” was known for presenting unique camera angles and exploring its world with striking visuals and sound.

    “Saul” moves faster, but it has that same sense of mood and atmosphere. Scenes are set through lighting, sound and visuals in a way that you actually notice and appreciate. It’s television as artisitic expression rather than just pointing the cameras at the actors and having them read lines.

    On top of that, “Saul” features the same level of dialogue and acting performances that “Bad” had. It’s as if the crew didn’t skip a beat and this is just the next season of “Breaking Bad.” Only this season is told primarily as a flashback to Saul Goodman’s early years and Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are nowhere to be found … which is actually pretty high praise.
    There's more in there, but it can be spoiler-y if you'd rather know nothing at all going into it.
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    Thanks for the reminder! I just set my DVR to pick it up.

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    Watching now.

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    Just finished. I liked it.
    And the last five seconds left me laughing non-stop. Awesome!

    Episode 2 is tomorrow night (Monday).
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    How is it tone-wise compared to Breaking Bad? BB was unceremonious at times which made it amusing, but they were initially plugging Better Call Saul as a comedy or something resembling it.

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    It's funny, but it's not just a comedy, I guess. We are supposed to give a shit about the characters, and most of what happens to them is presented straight-faced even though it is funny. It does have some things in common with BB, tone-wise, but takes itself much less seriously. Some of it does seem like a riff on BB but that doesn't seem to be all it is or aspires to be (and some of that just seems like Gilligan's fingerprints being all over it).

    The AV Club reviewer gave the first two episodes a B, and I think I might give it a B plus, based on the first episode. A hopeful B plus. I think it could be really good. The opening scene had me hooked immediately and I was never bored.

    Review: When Better Call Saul escapes Breaking Bad
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    I've always been a fan of Gilligan's blend of the deeply personal/serious while filtering a wry ironic tone throughout... he dances with the absurd. He can create a lot of empathy and pathos for protanogists simply by the terrible luck they all seem to have, and yet it never really drops into farce, they all still seem like very real people.

    He had a bit of "quirk" even in his first really famous X-Files episode he solely wrote (Pusher -- there's a weird emphasis on the color "Cerulean Blue"), but "Small Potatoes" was probably his first great example of an episode that was quirky at core while still being able to take seriously, and involved some scrutiny of Mulder, having him question why he could have so much going for him and yet (at least in society's eyes) end up being pretty much a loser.

    He worked with Michael McKean in the two-part "Dreamland" there (first time working with him?), which was more a comedic episode (with Nora Dunn as McKean's screechy wife who Mulder has to deal with since he and McKean have switched bodies temporarily). But in "Hunger," he takes a really crazy idea (the fast food worker who is kind of a human shark and is trying to kick the habit of eating people) and explores it horrifyingly to its ultimate conclusion; so much of the episode can make you laugh at its approach to 12-step programs, but at the same time this soft-spoken person is wrestling with who and what he is, and the end is rather shocking in its existential bleakness. You see also his first directing attempt on X-Files (plus writing) on Je Souhaite -- the sardonic genie who enjoys twisting around the wishes of supplicants who free her from her magic rug. You can just see him practicing this "tone" of his that ended up being a mainstay of Breaking Bad and now is channeled into Better Call Saul.

    There are similarities to BB and BCS, but so far BCS seems to be a bit more light-hearted in tone even with some serious elements.

    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

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