Better Call Saul

Started by Kal, September 11, 2013, 04:29:39 PM

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Drenk

The pacing of the last two episodes has been questionable. A lot of repetition of bits that were overlong last week. Don't get me wrong, they could craft a thrilling scene of a person cooking pasta or doing their laces, so I'm still entertained—but I can taste filler and wonder what's coming. More filler until a few episodes are left?
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Jeremy Blackman

That's the thing. I wouldn't call it filler. I think the teasing IS the narrative.
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Drenk

That was definitely the excuse in the writing room.
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Jeremy Blackman

Right. We had at least one ostensible payoff this episode, but it didn't really feel that way. It just set up something new. And I'm still hooked.

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Referring to the Howard plot. Strangely, I can't even remember how their beef started. Was it something about Chuck? Or he mistreated Kim in some way, right? I don't know. It feels like a cat-and-mouse thing that's just there to synchronize with the cartel plot.
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Drenk

My issue is that:

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I don't care about Gus. I don't. There was a five minutes scene of Gus being stressed out early in Ep 5 and I was thinking: Is that it? Nothing new, no nuance: just Gus being scared and us waiting with the characters for something to happen. But I'm not invested in Gus, and even if I didn't know about his fate in Breaking Bad, I wouldn't care about his safety. This is why the tension feels hollow to me.

I loved Nacho, and I realize how important he was for that show; it's when Nacho and Mike started to interact that I started to love the mob dimension of the series. What happened made narrative sense. But I wish they'd repeated Nacho avoiding the Salamancas for a little longer if they intended to stall.

I've also no idea why Jimmy is upset at Howard. I'm not sure I care either. Not a good sign if I have to watch a YouTube recap to understand what's going between them. Or why it even matters.
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Drenk

Quote from: Drenk on May 11, 2022, 12:57:14 AMDon't get me wrong, they could craft a thrilling scene of a person cooking pasta or doing their laces, so I'm still entertained—but I can taste filler.

This week, fancy three minutes montage of somebody making coffee.
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