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…

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

“You stupid darkness!” and 29 other Peanuts quotes for everyday use

On October 2, 1950, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s daily newspaper strip Peanuts debuted with two kids sitting on a curb and remarking, “Here comes ol’ Charlie Brown! Good ol’ Charlie Brown… How I hate him!” Right there, on day one, Schulz established what kind of strip Peanuts was going to be: wry, bittersweet, and…