TV Review: Better Call Saul Season 2, Episodes 5-7 Review (USA, 2016)

When we last tuned into Better Call Saul, the show had left us on a cliffhanger with the consequences of Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) initiative at Davis & Main and Nacho’s (Michael Mando) bid to kill Tuco (Raymond Cruz) hanging over our heads.

If anything, the last four episodes of Better Call Saul have really hammered in the difference between the show and Breaking Bad. Though both shows follow characters who fight against their nature, until they transform – but where Breaking Bad was (arguably) about a good person thrive from his attempts to do bad, Saul is about watching a bad person struggle to do the right thing and suffer for it.

“Rebecca” picked up right where “Gloves Off” left off and saw Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) take center stage as tensions between Chuck (Michael McKean) and Jimmy reached an all-time high. It was cool to see Kim get the screentime her character deserves and the montages in this episode did a great job of nailing the monotony and hopelessness of her efforts to be reinstated at HHM.

“Bali Ha’i”  escalated this plotline with Kim getting offered a job at one of HHM’s rivals and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) stepping up his efforts to intimidate a less-than-truthful testimony from Mike (Jonathan Banks). The return of Daniel and Luis Moncada as Tuco’s cousins here was a nice surprise and one that was dripping with cinematic style as the two hitman entered the picture.

“Inflatable” saw the series focus return to Jimmy himself as he persevered to get himself fired from D&M. The accompanying montage was fun and it’s fun to see details like Saul’s suits and desk slowly make their mark on the show’s aesthetic. Again, the show left us on a cliffhanger this week – with Jimmy yet to react to Kim’s counter-offer of sharing an office together but keeping their firms separate.

We’ll just have to wait and see where the cards fall.

Review Score for “Rebecca”: FOUR AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Review Score for “Bali Ha”i”: FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Review Score for “Inflatable”: FOUR AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Better Call Saul is available exclusively in Australia on Stan.