Brittany Runs a Marathon
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While the Jimmy-Mike dynamic provides the episode's most entertaining moments, it's the deeper dive into Jimmy's back story that makes "Nacho" a winner.
A couple of "Heeeeere's Johnny" catchphrases, some smart detective work and a desert trek later, Jimmy had saved his skin and found a duffle bag full of crooked cash to boot. Roll credits. Another hour of primo programming had whizzed by.
"Nacho" continued Better Call Saul's tendency towards quieter, character-rich storytelling. But while Jimmy tracking down the Kettlemans came off as a bit too easy, Jimmy's predicament seems more complicated, and intriguing, than ever.
... "Nacho," did more than any other single scene so far to fill in the character's backstory.
The flashback to Jimmy's past, when he was estranged from his brother and clearly headed for a life of crime, is intriguing.
It has interesting characters. It has tension. It has smart writing and kooky character tics and a fully realized setting.
As always, Jonathan Banks was a delight to watch.
The story beats work internally without having to lean on outside knowledge like a crutch.
The most intriguing episode yet, with an early flashback giving interesting insight into Jimmy's tangled past.
With Better Call Saul Season 1 Episode 3, Better Call Saul just keeps getting better and better.
Saul has to be more than the Jimmy and Mike Show to work long-term, and we're starting to see the other pieces -- the supporting characters, the structure, hints of larger arcs -- come into place, slowly but surely.