When Mike spends most of the night tracking the guy that’s been tracking him and the camera pans up to reveal that his search has led him to Los Pollos Hermanos, I got goosebumps. When Jimmy heads inside the next morning to try and find out what’s going on, it’s edge of seat stuff, even though NOTHING out of the ordinary is happening, other than a guy ordering breakfast. And when we see an out of focus Gus Fring, going about his cleaning duties in the background behind Jimmy, those goosebumps were back again. Without the outstanding writing and acting of Breaking Bad, establishing Gus as one of TVs great bad guys, these scenes would have had a much lesser impact. And thanks to the outstanding, slow burn writing and acting style of Better Call Saul, we’re now being treated to Gus Fring the early years. As in Breaking Bad, Gus first appears to us here as a friendly innocent looking restaurant employee. But we know better. We know that every little seemingly innocent act is a cover for something far more sinister. We know that Gus knows absolutely everything that’s going on and rarely lets on that he knows. And when we finally see ‘that look’ as Jimmy drives off, it’s perfect.
On top of that, we have the ongoing situation with Jimmy and Chuck and the taped conversation of Jimmy’s confession. Another superbly written and acted plot-line running in parallel to the Mike/Gus story. I absolutely love this show!
My watch-list of movies and TV shows continues to grow, while my spare time continues to shrink. Occasionally though, I’ll manage to tick one off the list, and then try to come up with some words about it that make me sound as though I know what I’m talking about. “Once he has discovered something, he wants to be off onto the next thing, rather than spending time and elaborating” – snippet from my primary school report, confirming that I am, and always have been, easily distracted.