Better Call Saul 1×03 ‘Nacho’: And it can only keep getting better

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We are now three episodes deep into this first season of Better Call Saul, and already there is quite a lot going on. It’s clear that there are going to be layers upon layers of information and story thrown at us, which is going well so far. I think it’s safe to say that Better Call Saul has nabbed its viewers and has intrigued enough people into sticking with it. And it seems like the show is already looking to pull out all the stops, which I’m sure is what this episode and future ones are building up to.

Episode three of Better Call Saul starts off with a flashback to a time when Jimmy McGill was in jail (which surprised me but really shouldn’t have). It also shows his brother, Chuck, as the big-shot lawyer that he apparently used to be. While the flashback wasn’t really that expected (especially since we’ve already had an ambiguous flash-forward), it was a nice surprise. It shows that we’re really going to get to know Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman extremely well, both before and after the events of whenever this takes place in his timeline.

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Jimmy McGill gets wrapped up in the Kettleman case, the couple who he tried to get the two skater guys to run a scam on in the first episode. As also seen in episode one, the Kettleman’s were originally going to be Jimmy’s clients (because Mr. Kettleman was soon to be suspect for stealing a butt-load of money from the company he works for), but then they left Jimmy for Hamlin, Jimmy’s “rival” (at least that’s how he sees him). Well the Kettleman’s storyline comes back in full force in this episode, specifically when they appear to have been kidnapped. That whole thing is a bit predictable (or maybe I watch too many crime shows, I don’t know), but it was still an interesting twist and was really the only way they could have that make sense. Plus it’s also how the episode ends (with Jimmy finding the Kettleman’s camping probably only a few miles from their house with the stolen money), so it’s clear that this is going to play out through future episodes.

While the whole Kettleman thing is somewhat interesting, I’m more invested in Jimmy’s relationship with Mike. There’s more interaction between Jimmy and Mike Ehrmantraut in this episode, which is very welcome. And even though it leaves us wanting more, the writers give us just the perfect amount for this episode. Despite the fact that their interactions so far haven’t been cordial, it was the perfect time to see them finally not butt heads and see that their partnership is something that can actually happen (and will hopefully happen very soon).

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There’s also the other captivating relationship of the show (the two brothers: Jimmy and Chuck), which unfortunately we don’t see too much of in this episode. The only instance we see Chuck in this episode is in the flashback at the beginning. It was strange not seeing more of Chuck because he had the most substantial character driven scenes in the past two episodes. But obviously the show has many facets to it and knows that it has the time to develop intricate story lines and continue to delve into these complex and interesting characters that they’ve introduced. But hopefully we’ll see more Chuck in the next episode, because where there’s Chuck, there’s more depth to Jimmy’s character. And I’m all about that.

So far, Better Call Saul has packed a lot into just three episodes. One could argue that it’s trying to take on too much, and I feel like that would be the case if the writers weren’t as good as they are. The writers have showcased their capabilities in further developing this so far successful spin-off that has already been able to hold its own (thanks primarily to its main character). Our interest is held because Jimmy McGill is such an interesting character, and even though most of us know where he ends up, the show emphasizes that it’s all about his journey to how he eventually becomes Saul Goodman. I know it’s still only the beginning, but my mind can’t help but anticipate what the writers have in store for us next.

 

Sarah Lord

is a college student in New York City. Her extreme knowledge of British comedians and TV shows almost surpasses her general love for film. When she’s not sitting in her apartment/nerd cave reviewing movies and TV shows, she sometimes makes time for long walks in the moonlight. Check her out on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr as TheSplord.

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