Critic Consensus: In a departure from the existing Better Call Saul narrative, "Five-O" provides essential backstory for Mike's character, delivered in a gripping, award-worthy performance by Jonathan Banks.
as Jimmy McGill, Saul Goodman
as Chuck McGill
as Mike Ehrmantraut
as Greg Sanders
as APD Detective
Critic reviews for Five-O
It was the most devastating, guttural moment in a career often marked by raised eyebrows and grumbled remarks - like someone got the VCR to stop flashing 12:00 and instead project 3-D Blu-rays onto the wall.
It was not an episode viewers will have expected or much craved, which made its impact all the more forceful.
The episode is a game-changer for the series, opening up the world of "Better Call Saul" beyond Jimmy's nail salon (which was honestly starting to feel a little claustrophobic) as well as broader themes, about corruption and culpability.
There was always the sense that the writers were stalling. Then came Monday night's episode of the "Breaking Bad" prequel... and the payoff.
So they skimped on references this week. It's okay, though. We were a little too distracted by Jonathan Banks' riveting/heartbreaking/emotionally raw (and likely Emmy-worthy) performance anyway.
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