“Nacho” – Better Call Saul S1E3 Recap

WARNING: Thar be spoilers here.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have just lost cabin pressure. Tonight was the episode that officially sold me on the show. While I enjoyed the first two episodes of the series, there’s no doubt I’m hooked now. The premieres did a great job of setting up the rest of the series (as they should have done), and it felt like this was the first one where the tires really hit the road spinning. We’re starting to get some traction, and that’s more than okay with me. Without further ado, let’s get this bad boy rolling.

Seriously, how amazing was that final scene? The show is really starting to make it on its own. We’re all ready for Jimmy/Saul to bring in the family, and what does he do? He jumps into some comedic relief. I really couldn’t stop laughing. Alas, I digress. It’s important to note that the director of tonight’s episode, Terry McDonough, is the same director who was in charge of S2E8 of Breaking Bad. The title of that episode? “Better Call Saul.” This was the episode we were introduced to our lovable Jimmy McGill (Saul Goodman, at the time). There are quite a lot of little easter eggs Vince throws in there. Props to you, Vince Gilligan. And even more props to you, Terry McDonough, for showing me that this show is more than just a Breaking Bad spin-off series.

I’m convinced this episode is the moment in which Better Call Saul has started to come into its own instead of riding on the coattails of Breaking Bad. Both “Uno” and “Mijo” had that BB fan-boy feel to it. Now, that’s not a bad way to go, Vince Gilligan, as it’s the reason I initially tuned in. But we needed something with more substance. I was rather worried towards the end of “Mijo” that we would be dealing with allusions to Breaking Bad as the main entertainment, but oh, how you proved me wrong tonight. At this point, I’m convinced that Better Call Saul could be enjoyable to watch, even if you have not watched its source material. However, your experience is still going to be significantly better if you have seen the matured Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut in cahoots with Walt.

Speaking of Mike, he finally got more lines tonight! It was starting to get old when he would simply flash on the screen as a little tease to Breaking Bad fans, but he’s now a substantial character that people can finally get behind. No longer the “Sticker Troll” (thank you, /r/BetterCallSaul), Mike is starting to grow as a character. In BCS’s predecessor, any time Mike brought some wisdom, you’d better have been ready to perk your ears up. Remember the whole “No More Half Measures” speech he gave Walt? Monumental. If there were awards given for a single monologue or scene, it would have gone to Jonathan Banks for that. He brought forth an issue, presented his story, and he gave his solution by connecting the two. (See video below, if you would love a refresher.) This is going to be the start of a very long relationship between Mike and Jimmy/Saul, and if you know the characters at all, you should be overjoyed.

As the clock was approaching 11PM EST, I started getting rather nervous. Nothing monumental had really happened, so my cliffhanger-sense was tingling, and boy, was I happy about that ending. Once more, I finally felt like this show could exist in an environment without Breaking Bad and perform as well as it is now. What will become of Saul and the Kumbaya-family? Will Chuck finally overcome his phobia of electromagnets (Yeah, bitch! Magnets!)? Will Mike finally stop being a hard-ass on the stickers? Tune in next week to find out.

Short, sweet, and to the point. Those were the main points I wanted to convey to you all. Below are a few random thoughts I had on tonight’s episode:

  • What in the Sam hell is a Chicago Sunroof?
  • They’re definitely going to rip open that bag, and money’s going to fall everywhere. *scene commences* Yep. Called it.
  • Why the hell are these cops such chodes?
  • I can’t stand this “perfect” family.
  • “Did you use your sex robot voice?” – All the yes

Tune in next week for another look into the mind of Vince Gilligan!

David Douglas is a Business Administration major at Georgia Tech. You could read Bennett’s bio and adjust it with descriptors like “tall,” and “hipster tendencies,” and it would be appropriate for David. In addition to sitting in his bed alone watching television, David also downloads and binge-plays any PS4 Beta he can get his dirty hands on. He then tweets about it while @’ing corporate accounts and using their hashtags.

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