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"RICO" introduces an intriguing fraud case while providing insightful backstory to Jimmy's unlikely beginnings as a lawyer.
["RICO" is] easily one of the driest Better Call Saul episodes yet, digging far more into the complexities of the legal system than its characters.
A facet of this budding show that I have come to love is Jimmy's fixation with popular culture: when manhandled by a pair of burly security guards... he blurts out, "Seriously? What are you, making 'Soylent Green' over there?"
We've seen Jimmy team up with Mike, and this week we get to see the McGill brothers in action.
This feels like such a richer, more nuanced show than the one that started eight weeks ago.
So, what is this: inconsistency or range? I'd go with the latter, in part because the changes in style seem purposeful.
It's such a commanding performance by the former ace lawyer (and by Michael McKean, here called upon to play yet another side of this strange character) that it leaves Jimmy speechless. Now there's a first.
I'm amazed this seemingly-boring story has kept my attention so long, but that's what the show does best. Taking a little thing like one ply toilet paper, and making it as big as a fraud charge.
"Rico", the latest episode of Better Call Saul, was surprisingly optimistic, but heartbreaking all the same.
Better Call Saul has turned out to be several different shows in one: a character-driven drama, a high-concept comedy, a Breaking Bad prequel, a crime show, and more.
What has become increasingly obvious about the series is how episodes like "RICO" succeed in their ability to demonstrate why Jimmy had to become Saul Goodman and why Mike turned to criminal work.
With "RICO", Better Call Saul lays the foundation for the circumstances that will likely transform sweet(ish) Jimmy McGill into the hardened Saul Goodman.
I like to think that its production, writing, and acting are so good that its famous cousin don't matter. The show [is] telling such a strong story about the day-to-day existence of Jimmy McGill that it doesn't necessarily need to do anything else.