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Better Call Saul is a show with range. Some characters like Jimmy/Saul lie constantly, others like Mike tell the truth to a fault. With that in mind, our coverage this season will be structured as a collection of true and false statements about each episode. Welcome to Better Call Saul Truth And Lies.TRUTH — Nothing good happens in the desert
When did you realize things were going to go bad for Jimmy?
Actually, wait. I should be more specific about this. A reasonable argument could be made that things have been going bad in one way or another, in the singular as well as cumulative fashion, from the day we met him. Probably before, too. His whole life has been murky shortcuts and questionable decisions lined up one after the other. No, we need to really laser in here. We need to focus. Let's try it again: When did you realize things were going to go bad for Jimmy in his quest to pick up Lalo's $7 million in bail?
Was it when the Jeep pulled out behind him? That was really the last moment where you could have thought it might be okay, in the seconds before the ambush. But you're smart. You probably caught on before that.
Maybe it was when he wasted the water to clean off his shoes. That was pretty brutal foreshadowing. I saw him do that and I was like, “Welp, he's definitely running out of water now.” I didn't leap all the way to “and he'll have to gulp his own urine,” but that's why Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould make this show and I just make jokes about all of it.
Was it even earlier than that, maybe when he kept insisting to Kim that everything would be okay? Or when he almost walked out on the whole thing before doubling back to do it for a $100k fee that Lalo agreed to very quickly? Those were pretty solid tipoffs. It was all in front of us for so much of the episode.
But I'll tell you when I realized it, and I say this not to toot my own horn as much as to make an important point: I knew as soon as Lalo said the drop would happen in the desert. Nothing good happens in the desert. Ever. Especially on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, but also in general. If someone says to you “Hey, let's meet way out in the desert,” you should say no, because one or both of you is going to die or face a harrowing near-death experience. Same goes for the woods. Nothing good ever happens in the woods, either. Or the ocean. “Hey, let's you and me get on a boat and head out to sea for the day.” Nope. No, sir. I've seen movies and television shows. I know how this ends. You are going to shoot me and fling me overboard, on purpose or by accident. Absolutely not. Zero chance. Same applies to cornfields and any building with gargoyles on it. Not gonna catch me sleeping.
The point here is that you should stay inside. In your house. Even when there's not a pandemic. Just to be...
One of the most remarkable things about Better Call Saul over five seasons now is how Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, and the writers have managed to take throwaway lines from Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and build entire story arcs and characters around it on Better Call Saul. For instance, in season two, when Walt and Jesse kidnapped Saul and dragged him out into the desert, Saul assumed he was being abducted by someone named Lalo, and Saul tried to blame his predicament it on Ignacio. Better Call Saul turned Ignacio into Nacho and made him a series regular, while Lalo entered in season four and became the main villain in season 5. So much of Better Call Saul has been built around that one line. It's remarkable.
Likewise, Hank and Gomez spoke about someone “croaking” their snitch in the opening season of Breaking Bad, and three episodes ago, that snitch was revealed to be Krazy 8. Or remember in season three of Breaking Bad how Saul told Walt a throwaway story about convincing a woman he was Kevin Costner and sleeping with her? That became an episode in Better Call Saul.
By the end of six seasons, Better Call Saul will probably be able to provide an explanation for every single thing that Saul Goodman does in Breaking Bad, except for maybe one scene.AMC AMC
What was that?!
I am sure at the time — long before anyone though to spin the character off into a prequel — that the statement seemed consistent with the character, but that is not something that Jimmy McGill who is practically sexless would ever say.
Why would a guy who barely shows intimacy with the woman he loves so lewdly harass his assistant, an assistant for whom he has a lot of affection, as we have seen in Better Call Saul. Was Saul having an affair with Francesca Liddy? Does this one statement completely throw doubt into the theory that Kim and Saul are actually married in Breaking Bad, but we just never see her? Because not only is it hard to imagine Saul ever saying that to Francisco, it's twice as hard to imagine it if Saul and Kim are married, following Kim's pseudo-proposal in this week's episode.
It doesn't square, and we're not the only ones who think that. Bob Odenkirk, who plays the character, can't quite square it, either. “The one thing that doesn't fit yet,” Bob Odenkirk told Variety this week, “is when his assistant is walking away in the first scene, and he makes some wisecrack about wanting to grab her ass. Why would he do that? I don't understand.”
Peter Gould and company don't have much longer to explain it, but I assume that they will eventually. They spend at least six months in the writers' room before they start shooting, and they may need to spend a few weeks on that moment alone. Maybe it's part of an inside joke? Or maybe Saul really did sleep with her after a...
AMC has released a new Breaking Bad short film to coincide with the television premiere of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the network. Called Snow Globe: A Breaking Bad Short, the video features Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist and the voice of Laura Fraser as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. Running under three minutes long, the video touches on the relationship between the two and explains an El Camino Easter egg. Released on AMC's official YouTube account, you can watch the new short film in the video below.
In the short, Todd can be seen putting together a custom snow globe with hand-painted pieces. As he works, Todd calls up his associate Lydia, with whom he'd often met with at a diner on Breaking Bad. Clearly smitten with her, Todd briefly touches on their meth production before asking her on a date to see a symphony orchestra, but a hang-up from Lydia shows she's definitely not interested. We're then given a clear look at Todd putting the finishing touches on the snow globe, which includes tiny versions of Todd along with Lydia in her familiar blue dress and her trademark tea cup. It's certainly a bit creepy, even for Todd, though we've definitely seen the character do a lot worse.
Eagle-eyed fans will recognize this snow globe as an El Camino Easter egg. There's a scene in the Breaking Bad movie where Jesse Pinkman Aaron Paul sneaks into Todd's empty apartment, and among Todd's possessions is this exact snow globe. It's just one of multiple Easter eggs to be found in the movie, as another interesting one can also be found in Todd's apartment. A tarantula spotted in a glass enclosure appears to be a reference to the Breaking Bad episode 'Dead Freight,' where Todd murders a boy who'd been carrying a spider, perhaps this very one, in a glass jar at the time.For those yet to see it, El Camino serves as a direct sequel to Breaking Bad, literally picking up exactly where the hit AMC series left off. It follows Jesse's escape from the compound where he'd been forced to cook meth and his efforts to leave his troubled past behind him as he seeks a new life. It features many other notable returns of fan favorite characters from the series, including Matt Jones as Badger, Charles Baker as Skinny Pete, Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, and the late Robert Forster as The Disappearer. Of course, Jesse Plemons plays a major role in the movie as well as Todd Alquist. Originally released on Netflix, El Camino just made its television debut on Sunday night.
The Breaking Bad universe will continue to expand when new episodes of the prequel series Better Call Saul premiere on AMC on Sunday, Feb. 23. Meanwhile, the first four seasons of the spin-off can now be streamed on Netflix along with the entirety of Breaking Bad and its sequel movie El Camino. The Snow Globe video shown above comes to us from AMC on YouTube.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: