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"Mijo" offers an enthralling demonstration of Better Call Saul's long-term plans to skillfully steer the viewer into Jimmy McGill's moral skid.
On an episode level, there's not much to say, but thanks to one misunderstanding, Jimmy is now swimming in a much larger and scarier lake of criminals than he was before. What that implies about the future is more than enough to keep our interest.
Unlike the first episode, there were no jumps into the future. We stayed steadfastly in 2002 and are now beginning to see how this new series will shape up.
The best thing to come out of the desert is our introduction to Nacho Varga.
After such a tense first 25 minutes, it's wise of Better Call Saul to spend much of its second half establishing Jimmy's daily routine...
What is clear even at this early stage, though, is how entertaining it is to watch Jimmy try to talk himself out of trouble again and again.
If "Uno" was "Hello, my name is Jimmy McGill," "Mijo" was "Hello, my name is Better Call Saul," and I've found it impossible to not like what we've seen so far.
As Jimmy McGill slowly turns into Saul Goodman, Better Call Saul remains just as tense and stylistically dazzling as its AMC forebearer.
It's a pleasure to see [Jimmy] being good at his job, giving dim-witted juvenile perps a last chance at a life without a serious criminal record. It's almost a shame it can't last.
Beautifully directed and acted. Even better than the pilot.
I hope every episode is a five-act masterpiece just like this one.
More than anything, Better Call Saul's second episode "Mijo" finds director Michelle MacLaren and series creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, tightening their coil of suspense over the viewer.
If "Mijo" has the look and feel of an episode of Breaking Bad it's likely because Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan were smart enough to bring along many of the talented individuals who helped make that show a success.