The sixth season of “Better Call Saul” opens in an explosive and masterful way

Americans nearly went into cardiac arrest when Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the set of Better to call Saul. Thankfully, the 59-year-old star recovered quickly and completely, and now she is superb breaking Bad the prequel spin-off returns for its sixth and final season, which, à la Ozark, is in jumbo format (13 episodes) and released in two batches on AMC. Its premiere on April 18 is the beginning of the end for Jimmy McGill, who is set to turn to the dark side and become permanently dark legal salesman Saul Goodman. However, as the series resumes, the real question is whether Jimmy’s wife Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), Jimmy’s wife and partner in legal malpractice, will break into evil first and whether that will spell her fate.

Since Kim does not take into account breaking Badhis fate has long been a potential tragedy looming over these proceedings, and that doesn’t change how Better to call Saul picks up with her and Jimmy. Believing he is out of the control of the Juarez cartel due to the news that the menacing Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) is allegedly dead, Kim continues to push Jimmy into a plan to ruin their former employer Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and , in doing so then, to finally profit from the Sandpiper case. Despite his dislike of the man, Jimmy is still reluctant to completely destroy Howard. Kim, however, informs him that he has now devised a means of achieving his goals with relatively little damage to Howard’s reputation and his reconfigured strategy, of which we are not aware, Michael Morris’s camera coming out of a restaurant at the moment lays out his plans – that’s enough to get Jimmy to come aboard.

For Better to call Saul tradition, the nature of Jimmy and Kim’s ploy becomes clear only once it’s been put in place, with Morris and creators / writers / directors Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould favoring an unexposed storytelling, driven by imagery and action. The pair begin by having Jimmy infiltrate Howard’s golf club to plant a packet of white powder in his locker which will be seen, prominently, by Howard’s old friend and Jimmy’s boss Cliffford Main (Ed Begley Jr.). Before doing that underhanded feat, however, Jimmy must first enter the men’s locker room, which he attempts to do by touring the facilities. That visit is cut short when he is spied on by Kevin Wachtell (Rex Linn), who has far from warm feelings for Jimmy, and demands in a not-so-subtly manner that the establishment give Jimmy the boot, a turn of events that Jimmy, always quick on his feet, he turns into an opportunity, declaring to everyone within earshot that he is undergoing anti-Semitic discrimination, causing a scene that allows him to get the job done.

Jimmy hasn’t missed a step, but that doesn’t mean he’s the same old crook. Better to call SaulThe protagonist is shattered at the start of Season 6, his connivance skills intact but his confidence and conviction shattered by his previous heartbreaking experiences with cartels. While Jimmy seems unsure of himself and the trouble he’s potentially putting Kim into, she looks encouraged by their recent past, a look of firm determination on her face, mixed with concern that maybe Jimmy isn’t as all-in as he claims. to be. That tension comes to a head in the second hour of the premiere, when Jimmy and Kim decide to be the carrot and stick respectively in their manipulation of season one embezzlers Craig (Jeremy Shamos) and Betsy (Julie Ann Emery), who now run a serve. tax preparation and are tricked into defaming Howard’s good name. With a determination that is downright chilling, the phenomenal Seehorn chooses Kim as someone now willing to go out of his way to accomplish his goals, and his tense dynamic with Jimmy as a result proves to be the most thrilling element of the beginning.

Not that there’s no further suspense Better to call Saul, as Nacho (Michael Mando) is on the run from the cartel for helping Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) frame Lalo for the murder. Nacho is holed up in a motel, unsure who to trust, and with good reason, since Gus wants Nacho to be eliminated, much to Mike’s (Jonathan Banks) chagrin, and Lalo is miraculously alive and seeking revenge. The deceptive games of cartel heavyweights – covering their tracks and eliminating their enemies – are a source of electrifying anxiety no matter what we know (courtesy of breaking Bad) that Gus will survive long enough to kill rival Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). As before, everyone here is in star form, with stone-faced and sinister Esposito as Gus, charming and deadly Dalton as Lalo, and haunted and resourceful Mando as Nacho, whose fate, like that of Kim, remains creepy in the air.

With a determination that is downright chilling, the phenomenal Seehorn chooses Kim as someone now willing to go out of his way to accomplish his goals, and his tense dynamic with Jimmy as a result proves to be the most thrilling element of the beginning.

Better to call Saul has arguably the best television cast, as well as the sharpest writing and directing. Gilligan and company are experts at orchestrating hilarious lightning bolts (like a second episode shootout), but their true genius is evident in the extended sequences that communicate plot developments and twists through dramatic staging and visual framing. Whether it’s a lone Nacho crossing an overnight parking lot in a shot that highlights an abandoned tricycle (thus evocatively placing it in a recognizable real world), or a later composition that parallels Jimmy and a Statue of Liberty mutant-looking inflatable (suggesting its perverse embodiment of American ideals like freedom and justice for all), Gilligan and his team of directors are the best in the business, conveying themes, characters and narrative details with a formal art that has no equals on television.

Based on its first two chapters, Better to call SaulThe stretch of home could go any number of different routes, and the fact that it opens with the sight of removals packing and cleaning a luxury mansion owned by Saul Goodman only adds to that mystery. What is certain, however, is that Gilligan – having already concluded breaking Bad On an ideal note: He knows what he’s doing and that he’ll find a way to wrest the humor, terror, and heartbreak out of Jimmy’s latest transformation into the New Mexico con man that gives the show its name.

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