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Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 6 Reviews

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Jade Budowski
Decider
December 19, 2017

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.

Judy Berman
Flavorwire
September 21, 2017

Seriously, just give Jonathan Banks the Best Supporting Actor Emmy now. His performance in this episode alone was a masterpiece.

Jocelyn W
TV Equals
March 17, 2015

In addition to being a great origin story for Mike, the episode also helped viewers understand how the two seemingly polar opposite personalities - Mike and Jimmy - eventually became trusted partners.

Emily VanDerWerff
Vox
March 12, 2015

What makes "Five-O" so remarkable isn't just the stunning work of Jonathan Banks... No, what makes it so remarkable is that fans of the character had to wait so long to get any real hint of his backstory beyond "former cop."

Ethan Sacks
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

There was always the sense that the writers were stalling. Then came Monday night's episode of the "Breaking Bad" prequel... and the payoff.

Shane Ryan
Paste Magazine
March 10, 2015

This was an excellent episode with real drama, real stakes and the incomparable Jonathan Banks. Certain actors have the extra something that just seems to hold the camera, and Banks is on.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Fennessey
Grantland
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

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.

Ed Power
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

It was not an episode viewers will have expected or much craved, which made its impact all the more forceful.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
March 10, 2015

"Five-O" gives those Ehrmantraut die-hards out there a vision of what Better Like Mike would have looked like as a series.

Brian Lowry
Variety
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

The series took what feels like a quantum leap forward with its sixth episode, which both further cemented ties to its beloved predecessor and finally unleashed one of the show's not-so-secret weapons that had largely been held in check.

Roth Cornet
IGN Movies
March 10, 2015

Better Call Saul continues to deliver some of the best of what television has to offer as both those familiar with Breaking Bad and new viewers alike were given a shattering look and Mike's tragic past.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.7/10
Richard Vine
Guardian
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

A change of pace this week as we spend the whole episode in Ehrmantraut country.

Mike Powell
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

As vivid as the story's scenes are - the cop bar, the empty alley, the cop's gurgling plea as Mike raises the gun to his face - I never quite feel like I leave that room in Albuquerque, with Mike on the couch, unburdening himself in real time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Miranda Wicker
TV Fanatic
March 10, 2015

Now there's a little more Mike to love after learning the story behind what brought him to New Mexico in the first place.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/5
Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
March 10, 2015

His work throughout the episode was wonderful, but that last scene... was some next-level, emotionally naked stuff.

Kevin P. Sullivan
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

This episode is Better Call Saul realizing its greatest potential, and I hope it spells more Jonathan Banks in the future of the series. (Also: That's how you earn an Emmy nomination, by the way.)

Michelle Stark
Tampa Bay Times
March 10, 2015

If this is an indication of what Saul can do as a TV show, I'm definitely all in.

David Segal
New York Times
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

"Five-O," as this episode is titled, reaches a level of pathos unrivaled by anything seen in this series or the one it precedes chronologically.

Tim Surette
TV.com
March 10, 2015

Hey Jonathan Banks, the Emmys called and they asked for you!

Donna Bowman
AV Club
Top Critic
March 10, 2015

We fans have been waiting a long time to find out about Mike's past, beyond the few stories he tells of his days on the beat in Philadelphia. And in "Five-O" we get what we were waiting for.

Full Review | Original Score: B
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