Better Call Saul

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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Deebank » 17 Jun 2017, 17:36

The opening credits...
The way it just cuts to the Netflix thing in that really untidy jarring way - what's that all about? Like they couldn't be arsed to do it properly, it really annoys me.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Belle Lettre » 20 Jun 2017, 20:00

Oh, my God!

..and I caught my husband doing chair yoga when I suddenly looked round.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 20 Jun 2017, 22:03

Belle Lettre wrote:Oh, my God!

..and I caught my husband doing chair yoga when I suddenly looked round.

Well he's basically Saul now, but with a heart.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 20 Jun 2017, 22:58

Chuck working on his house reminded me of the end of The Conversation.

What was making the meter move? I wondered if it was a smoke detector but even that would be into the mains and he turned it all off.

No Mike in this one - but the moment we'd been waiting for with Don Hector - and Gus obviously knows, I assumed Mike told him Nacho's plan.

Shit, how long do we have to wait now?
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby fire and fueryIre » 22 Jun 2017, 07:46

Deebank wrote:
The opening credits...
The way it just cuts to the Netflix thing in that really untidy jarring way - what's that all about? Like they couldn't be arsed to do it properly, it really annoys me.



Think the reason is that rather than being a "Netflix original" the show is actually made by AMC. Agree with you about the jarring insert of the black NF credit though. Can only surmise it must be deliberate as NF is commercial-free so rigid screentimes are hardly an issue.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby fire and fueryIre » 22 Jun 2017, 07:51

Just watched all 10 episodes of S3 in two mammoth sittings.

While a lot of people criticise the slow ('glacial'!) pace, love the way that the show gives everything room to breathe - a bit like the New Mexico landscape in which it is set.

Also love the tiny, almost imperceptible little nods to BB (the bell on Don Hector's desk when he and Nacho are counting the money) and indeed BCS itself (the mix up over the electricity bills at the start of ep 8)/

Together with GOT, The Americans and possibly Fargo, the best thing on TV right now.

Amazing to think it was initially conceived as a 30-minute comedy and that S4 has still not been commissioned!
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 22 Jun 2017, 13:28

fueryIre wrote:
Deebank wrote:
The opening credits...
The way it just cuts to the Netflix thing in that really untidy jarring way - what's that all about? Like they couldn't be arsed to do it properly, it really annoys me.



Think the reason is that rather than being a "Netflix original" the show is actually made by AMC. Agree with you about the jarring insert of the black NF credit though. Can only surmise it must be deliberate as NF is commercial-free so rigid screentimes are hardly an issue.

In episode one of the first series he was watching old video tapes of his "Saul" adverts whilst hiding in Omaha. The credits mirror this and are supposed to represent a video tape being switched off/ejected hence the abrupt cut off.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 22 Jun 2017, 16:58

So...Chuck. :(
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Belle Lettre » 22 Jun 2017, 22:10

It certainly looks that.

Wonderful work from Michael McKean all through.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 23 Jun 2017, 06:38

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:So...Chuck. :(

I assume it was the same oil lamp as the one he was reading to Jimmy by at the start of the episode. And the book was the one Jimmy found at Chuck's in episode one.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby bobzilla77 » 23 Jun 2017, 22:02

Chuck's whole electro sensitivity thing - especially in the last ep - made me think of Robert Fripp practically quitting music because he couldn't stand having his picture taken.

There was a diary entry of his where he talked about literally building a wall of gear around himself, so he could be safely hidden from view of any photographers, after which he got into an argument with Adrian Belew who was saying "Well, these days, you can't really get away from it, you just have to live with it." His response was, no I do NOT have to live with it! I kinda wonder if that's why Belew's not in the band anymore!

"I can't go on! Somewhere in this building, there is a lens pointed at me... I can FEEL it! It's burning my skin! Make it stop!" And meanwhile everybody else is telling him, hey, it's all in your mind, get over it.

Fortunately he seems to have recovered. He was in full view the other night in LA. Chuck will not be so lucky.

The scene that really made sense of the whole thing was the cold open flashback where Chuck is trying to win back Rebecca and hiding his condition from her, and it's going well enough until she blows him off to take a phone call in the middle of their nice dinner. Somehow that really illuminated what was going on... how the condition was a reaction to inability to control his surroundings. And of course it just made everything worse.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby slightbreeze » 29 Jun 2017, 23:50

Such a wonderful series. Can't wait for season 4.

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Re: Better Call Saul

Postby fire and fueryIre » 14 Jul 2017, 08:57

Good news: Season 4 now filming

Bad news: Michael McKean shamefully ignored at the Emmies

Interesting interview with Vince Gilligan here for those who've not seen it

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... he-fans-do
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