Review: Better Call Saul – 1.7 – ‘Bingo’

We’re back! We’re bad! We’re…very late. It’s been months since we stopped watching Better Call Saul and in the interest of disclosure it was not because of lack of interest but rather, as Harold Macmillan put it, ‘events my dear boy, events’.

So after a brief recap reading our own reviews – what’s the verdict on episode 7?

Well, seeing Mike and Saul together is a pleasure. Saul is so full of shit when getting Mike off the hook for lifting the Detective’s notepad that you’d think you were watching BB. The fallout of last episode’s big reveal about Mike’s son is handled well, not least as this was always going to be the impossible-to-live-up-to sequel. Personally speaking, I paused the TV convinced that when Mike and the police officer were sitting speaking in front of a most wanted board that there had to be a picture of a BB character. A missed opportunity perhaps?

Either way, if this was lacking in the raw heart of the last episode it more than made up for it by gently pulling on the plot threads woven so far in this season. Mike and Saul are clearly meant to be together as a team and stealing the Kettleman’s money was a beautiful taste of things to come. This is a prequel, we get that, but what people want is to see is the finished product that features in Breaking Bad but years prior to it. I fear there’s only so much time before people get bored of the long game story of how they get to that stage.

So what of the plot? Chuck leaving his house is again interesting but it’s unclear as to how it affects the overall character arc of the show. Perhaps the most underdeveloped character is Kim (Rhea Seehorn). Is she a love interest or a betrayer? The high of Jimmy nearly getting his beautiful offices with her as a partner always seemed unlikely, even if an eventual fall like that might have fervently spurred him into a committed life of crime. Just because Kim doesn’t feature in BB doesn’t mean she doesn’t exist on the side in that timeline, but she’s a redundant character at the moment (even Skyler became integral as the tortured muse to Walter is what I keep telling myself).

The Kettleman family has served it purpose but has featured so much as to be a bit tiring now. Hamlin and the law firm HHM are clearly going to be the enemy at some stage and this was probably the stepping stone to interconnect with that.

A recurring theme of these reviews is saying I don’t know where it’s going to end up or how it’s going to end. Like an outline in fog, you can sort of see where it’s all going, but I don’t expect an explosive season finale. Certainly more than ever I’m convinced that this is the season we one day look back on thinking: ‘mmm…if only they knew what was coming next’.

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