The judges will decide, the likes of us abide—unless you're Jimmy McGill and it's the Better Call Saul season finale


Most of us guessed earlier in the season that when Jimmy got his law license back, he’d start practicing as Saul Goodman. But what kind of break would that represent from his life as Jimmy McGill? Underneath the events of this fourth season, a current has been gaining strength, an undertow that now has Jimmy firmly in…

Better Call Saul can’t defy gravity, but still turns a few scenes upside down


After last week’s “Quite A Ride,” a high point for the season and for the series, a letdown was inevitable. Tonight’s workmanlike episode features one dizzying setpiece, introduces one new shady character, and moves the Jimmy and Kim storylines along for their next acts. It won’t set your television on fire, but the…

Fring lays his empire's foundations while Jimmy hardens his heart on a cold-as-ice Better Call Saul


In case you didn’t realize it two weeks ago, the theme for Jimmy’s arc this season was set by the last scene of “Smoke”: whistling a cheery tune, liberated, Chuck and all his torment in the rear view mirror. The last scene of tonight’s episode sets it in concrete. Jimmy has spent years tamping down his anger and…

Jimmy and Kim keep secrets while Mike and Gus put their cards on the table, as Better Call Saul kicks into gear


One of my favorite things about the way Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill (and the way the writers write the character, and the way the directors direct Odenkirk, and the way the editors cut his scenes) is that at important moments there is a pause, and we get to see what’s going on inside Jimmy. Generally when this…

Better Call Saul gives its characters time to react to last season's chaotic end


Like many fans, I paper over the slow stretches in TV’s scheduling cycle with binges. The adults in my house have kids and jobs, so those binges aren’t stay-up-all-night marathons—just two or three episodes whenever our night isn’t taken up by sports or movies, getting through a season in a few weeks, and then wishing…

Tapes, trackers, and approaching storms on Better Call Saul’s season premiere


I love procedurals. Police procedurals, sure—Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books are my favorites. But really any kind of stepwise, methodical portrayal of how something gets done. How It’s Made. Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Journalistic “tick-tocks.” Rube Goldberg comics. Song Exploder. This video about Wilson…

5 episodes to kick off your ABC throwback bingeing

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: ABC’s throwback, which makes its old shows available for