Better Call Saul, the TV series

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  1. bigdaddy

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    I thought I read in the pilot write-up that it was 6 years before Breaking Bad.
     
  2. Trekker4747

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    I swear somewhere in the episodes reference was made to 2002 which would be consistent with flip-phones, tube-TVs, VCR-tapes, mini-VHS cassette-based camcorders and the cars we've seen.

    I watched my DVR'ings of the first two episodes and really enjoyed them, though I'm unfamiliar with the source character(s) from "Breaking Bad." A series I need to watch on NF some time.

    But in interesting couple of episodes and Saul works as an interesting character. I'm sure the show isn't going to delve into a legal procedural but I'd be interested to see more courtroom scenes.

    Anyway, season-pass so I'll be watching it.
     
  3. J.T.B.

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    The expiration on Saul's credit card was a 2004 date, which works with '02 but I suppose could be anything '99-'04. Or even earlier, though that would be more unusual.
     
  4. bigdaddy

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    2002 makes sense if my member of 6 years prior is correct. Breaking Bad started and took mostly in place in 2008.
     
  5. R.Data

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    I watched the two first episodes. It doesn't seem so cool as far, but watching some Breaking Bad characters again it's awesome. I hope it will increase.
     
  6. Beagleman

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    Loved Tuco's rant about what he would do to the skaters.
     
  7. Turd Ferguson

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    I don't remember the exact date, but the video evidence of the three teens who had fun with the neck was dated 2001.
     
  8. JirinPanthosa

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    I liked the prosecutor's attitude in that scene and how they set the whole thing up.

    We go in not knowing anything about the case, and we hear Saul's plea that these are just a few teenagers who shouldn't have their lives ruined for making a single bad decision. Then the prosecutor walks out, doesn't say a word, and just plays the video of what happened.
     
  9. Trekker4747

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    Yeah that was funny, he plays the tape and just sort of at one point glares back at Saul and the defendants, and the jury also sort glares more at the defendants as the tape plays on. And Saul's just sitting there sort of giving them "don't worry about it" gestures.

    I liked his constant interactions with the parking attendant, when he first met the skaters and he calls them out for asking him for $500 when he's driving that crummy little car that barely runs.

    Then the montage near the end of the second episode with Saul working in the courthouse and constantly trying to plea-out with the prosecutor, finally winning him over at the end with a bag of chips.

    I sort-of hope to see more court-room stuff. Not a straight court-room procedural but some more court-room scenes and seeing Saul thinking on his feet as someone seemingly trying to be something of a good/honest lawyer would be interesting.

    And I know he's not strictly a good/honest lawyer, especially given what I take happens in Breaking Bad, and even some of what he does here but it sort of seems he *wants* to be that.

    I also liked how when taking the skaters into the ER he said how good he was at pleaing them down from a death-sentence to 6-months probation. :lol:
     
  10. JirinPanthosa

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    That was another really good scene, when Saul was talking Tucco down from killing them.
     
  11. Trekker4747

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    Yeah, he kept trying to explain the concept about proportionality and and Tucco wasn't quite getting it, but, hey, as he said; he did talk him down from death to broken legs. I'd say that's pretty damn good.
     
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  12. Guy Gardener

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    Tucco is a tool (literally).

    If they want something to go nuclear they send in Tucco.

    Tucco is important and useful to the cartel, but they know that he is the wrong tool for a delicate job, so they would never use him for anything that requires deduction or reason.
     
  13. gblews

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    Yeah, this was great. And even though Saul has essentially saved their lives, all the skateboarders heard was "broken legs" and they were laying there like "WTF"!!!???

    Funny.
     
  14. Guy Gardener

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    If they were not morons, the entire situation would have been sidestepped.
     
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    The check that was written for Chuck was dated 2002.
     
  16. Trekker4747

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    What's interesting is that Saul was safe and in the clear! They were going to let him go! Then he put his neck back on the line in order to try and save the lives of these two dofuses. And it seems he even picked up their medical bill to boot. I'd say they owe him some thanks. :)
     
  17. Guy Gardener

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    Julie Ann Emery is one of my favourites, because she was outstanding in Line of Fire, even though it did take IMBD to help me decypher through the suburbanismisticisms Vince soaked her in... Not that there's anything wrong with that. Soccer Moms are hot as heck.

    (Betsy Kettleman.)

    In my pursuit to have a little more of this actress in my life, I had to go back to 2009 for a web series about couples therapy where she has the most minor role.

    Then We Got Help!

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF3sAh6liag[/yt]

    Which so far is hilarious.

    (There's 19 more episodes and special features. All for free on youtube.)

    ...

    I caught that the McGill boys had the same name in the pilot but I thought that there was a generation between then, like they were son and father or uncle and nephew. Did you see the size of that phone in the beginning, was Odenkirk trying to play "23" or is Jimmy even older than we thought he was?
     
  18. Beagleman

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    That was weird, I think they were going for late twenties. Sorry Bob, but simply wearing a wig won't make that work.
     
  19. Trekker4747

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    Watched the third episode this evening. Good episode and continues to be an interesting series for me and "Saul" an interesting character. Like the building "relationship" between him and the parking-lot guard (and I understand the two of them are "closer" in a manner during "Breaking Bad"'s time.)

    Again, for me, seems like Saul wants to "do the right thing" but can't help but find himself digging himself deeper. I'm guessing that Micheal McKean is a series regular as his name was in the opening credits (displayed over the first act of the show rather than in an intro sequence) but the character was not in the episode.
     
  20. J.T.B.

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    He was in the teaser, a flashback.