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Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 Review: Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 Review: Breaking Bad

This You should call Saul review contains spoilers.

Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11

It’s no surprise that a series with a partial focus on the inner workings of a drug cartel would be so adept at presenting an addiction parable. Breaking Bad explored the theme of addiction with Jesse and Jane in a traditional if harrowing sense, but beyond You should call Saul, Jimmy’s addiction is not chemical. Jimmy is addicted to the hustle, and not in the worst guy way you know from high school posts about on Facebook. The allure of the finer things in life, the thrill of the trick, the sense of power and importance that Jimmy gets out of his plan, it’s a high for him greater than any blue crystal could provide. There is something enormously powerful about knowing what you are good at. All it took was a single mall visit to jog Jimmy’s memory.

Although Jimmy has many names – Saul, Gene, Viktor – perhaps Icarus would have been an appropriate moniker for him during “Breaking Bad”, as the episode presents two moments, one from early Breaking Bad timeline and one in the present as Gene in Omaha, showing Jimmy flying too close to the sun. Others try to warn him and change his course, but in both timelines we see what appears to be doomsday and a moment of no return. IN Breaking Bad timeline, we know what comes of Jimmy ignoring Mike’s advice and going to meet Walter White at a school science fair. Getting entangled with Walt makes Jimmy a very rich man, but it completely blows up his life. The fate that awaits Gene in Omaha is more unknown, but what we do know about the situation does not bode well. The FBI is still looking for Saul Goodman and breaking into a man’s house who may be awake could lead to an arrest. However, Jimmy McGill can’t help himself.

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For many, “Breaking Bad” will be a much talked about episode due to the return of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. While it’s understandable why many would be happy to see these iconic characters return, their cameo here feels superfluous. Perhaps next week’s episode will feature a meatier interaction, but revisiting the pair during the early days of the operation as they bicker over a favorite sticking point, RV, feels like pure fan service. The surprise of their appearance has also been spoiled online, its impact blunted after seeing the same trick for the El Camino just a few years ago. Seeing a much older Aaron Paul finally ask who Lalo is didn’t elicit much of a reaction from me.

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