Monday’s Best: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul long ago proved that it will stand in no shadow — not even that of the Peak-TV behemoth it was spun-off from — not even when the episode revolves around a Breaking Bad favorite.  Lavell Crawford’s Huell Babineaux, who we were first introduced to as Saul Goodman’s soft-spoken man friday — a sort of Silent Bob to Goodman’s Jay, is on trial and Kim joins in the shenanigans to work with Jimmy to free him, and the result is another instant classic which might have won even if there was only one other show to qualify — and that one a much-anticipated, but so far underwhelming, supernatural drama.

Monday, September 25th’s Best Reviewed: Better Call Saul (9.1/10)

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It’s always BCS magic when Jimmy & Kim scheme together, so it’s no surprise that “Coushatta” was received so lustily from its trusty recappers, but AV Club‘s Donna Bowman took it above and beyond with her zest for all things Saul. She admits to being “giddy” from the time of hearing the episode’s title, and her hope was not dashed. She heaps praise on the writers for their knack for being “willing to put in the work,” before busting out a sweet Penn & Teller metaphor: “I can’t think of this theme without remembering what Teller (of Penn & Teller) once said about doing magic. People are always looking for the trick. But the trick, sometimes, is being willing to go to such insane lengths to pull something off that no one would believe it.” Nick Harley at Den of Geek! also raves calling the episode a “turning point” and a “textbook example of Better Call Saul at its best. Chock-full of witty schemes, layered performances, tense showdowns, and alternating gut-busting and heart-wrenching scenes.”

The Rest Of The Night

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Manifest – 6.6

It’s also not that much of a surprise — if a minor disappointment — that the initial episode of this series received a tepid response. While I won’t harp on the classic appointment television show that most people are reminded of, since that sort of comparison is not really fair, let’s just say all hope is not LostLost. TV Fanatic‘s Elizabeth Harlow is the most hopeful, but its comments are still pretty backhanded: “Schmaltzy and heavy-handed the references may be (828 in all the addresses, for instance), but they also set up a really good mystery.”

 

 

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