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Season 6 of ‘Better Call Saul’ begins in an explosive and masterful way

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Americans nearly went into cardiac arrest when, in July 2021, Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the set of Better call Saul. Fortunately, the 59-year-old star made a quick and full recovery, and now her excellent breaking bad The prequel spin-off returns for its sixth and final season, which, at the Ozarks, is being giant-sized (13 episodes) and released in two batches on AMC. Opening on April 18 is the beginning of the end for Jimmy McGill, who is destined to turn to the dark side and permanently become the shady legal huckster Saul Goodman. However, as the series resumes, the real question is whether Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), Jimmy’s wife and partner in legal embezzlement, will break first, and whether that will spell doom for him.

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Since Kim does not take into account breaking badtheir fate has long been a potential tragedy hanging over this proceeding, and that doesn’t change as Better call Saul picks up with her and Jimmy. Believing they are out of the Juarez cartel’s grasp due to news that the menacing Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) is supposedly dead, Kim continues to pressure Jimmy about a plot to bankrupt his former employer Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and, doing so, then, to finally cash in on Sandpiper’s lawsuit. No matter his own antipathy towards the man, Jimmy is still reluctant to completely destroy Howard. Kim, however, informs him that he has now found a means to achieve his ends with relatively minimal damage to Howard’s reputation and his reconfigured strategy, of which we are not aware, the camera of Michael Morris walking out of a restaurant in this moment. she lays out her plans, it’s enough for Jimmy to jump on board.

For Better call Saul Tradition has it that the nature of Jimmy and Kim’s ruse becomes clear only once it gets under way, with Morris and creators/writers/directors Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould favoring unexposed storytelling that is driven by visuals. and action. The pair begin by having Jimmy infiltrate Howard’s golf club to plant a packet of white powder in his locker to be seen, notably, by Howard’s old friend, and Jimmy’s former boss, Clifford Main (Ed Begley Jr. .) . However, before accomplishing that cunning feat, Jimmy must first enter the men’s locker room, which he attempts to do by taking a tour of the facility. That visit is cut short when he is spied on by Kevin Wachtell (Rex Linn), who has little warm feelings for Jimmy, and not-so-subtly demands that the establishment kick Jimmy out, a turn of events Jimmy, always. Quick on his feet, he seizes an opportunity, declaring to everyone within earshot that he is suffering from anti-Semitic discrimination, causing a scene that allows him to get the job done.

Jimmy hasn’t missed a beat, but that doesn’t mean he’s the same old hustler. Better call SaulThe protagonist of is restless at the start of Season 6, his scheming skills intact but his confidence and conviction shaken by his previous harrowing experiences with the cartels. While Jimmy seems unsure of himself and the trouble he’s potentially getting Kim into, she seems emboldened by her recent past, a look of steely determination on her face, mixed with concern that maybe Jimmy isn’t as involved as he is. says to be . That tension comes to a head in the second hour of the premiere, when Jimmy and Kim decide to be the carrot and stick, respectively, in their manipulation of Season 1 embezzlers Craig (Jeremy Shamos) and Betsy (Julie Ann Emery). , who now run a tax preparation service and are tricked into tarnishing Howard’s good name. With a determination that is downright chilling, the phenomenal Seehorn casts Kim as someone who is now willing to go to any lengths to achieve his goals, and his tense dynamic with Jimmy consequently demonstrates the more electric element of the first stage.

Not that there isn’t additional suspense in Better call Saul, given that Nacho (Michael Mando) is on the run from the cartel for helping Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) set up Lalo’s murder. Nacho is holed up in a motel, not knowing who to trust, and for good reason, as Gus wants to eliminate Nacho, much to Mike’s (Jonathan Banks) chagrin, and Lalo is miraculously alive and out for revenge. The tricky games cartel bigwigs play, to cover their tracks and eliminate their enemies, are a source of exciting anxiety, no matter what we know (courtesy of breaking bad) that Gus will survive long enough to eventually kill his rival Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). As before, everyone here is in stellar form, with stone-faced and sinister Esposito as Gus, Dalton charmingly deadly as Lalo, and Mando harassed and resourceful as Nacho, whose fate, like Kim’s, remains agonizingly up in the air.

Better call Saul It has arguably the best cast on television, as well as the sharpest writing and directing. Gilligan and company are adept at orchestrating exciting centerpieces (like a shootout in the second episode), but their true brilliance is evident in extended sequences that communicate plot developments and twists through dramatic staging and visual framing. Whether it’s an isolated Nacho crossing a nighttime parking lot in a shot that foregrounds an abandoned tricycle (evocatively placing him in a recognizable real world), or a later composition that parallels Jimmy and an inflatable Statue of Liberty from mutant aspect (suggesting his own wicked embodiment of American ideals like freedom and justice for all), Gilligan and his team of directors are the best in the business, conveying theme, character, and narrative detail with formal artistry. that is unparalleled on television.

Based on its first two chapters, Better call SaulThe home stretch of could take any number of different paths, and the fact that it opens with the sight of movers packing and cleaning a lavish mansion owned by Saul Goodman only adds to that mystery. What is certain, however, is that Gilligan, having already concluded breaking bad on an ideal note, he knows what he’s doing, and that he’ll find a way to squeeze the humor, terror and angst out of Jimmy’s latest transformation into the New Mexico hustler for whom the show is named.

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