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"Amarillo" finds Better Call Saul's talented leads settling into their characters while laying the groundwork for subsequent plot points.
I like the Jimmy stuff; I love every second of the Mike stuff.
'Amarillo' sets up two important scenarios moving forward: McGill will deal with the fallout of his cleverness, for the first time at Davis & Main, while Ehrmantraut is about to enter the underworld of Albuquerque, on Nacho's behalf.
The show's not afraid to take its time with the story, what we humble viewers are left with at the end of the hour is yet another step forward on a long journey.
This darkly enjoyable episode marked a pivot towards the serious.
Like beautiful penmanship, Jimmy McGill's people skills and showmanship are a lost art, something his brother Chuck and the other suits at HHM lack.
As season 2 hits its stride, Gilligan and Gould are doubling down on their radical narrative strategy of simplicity.
Better Call Saul Season 2 Episode 3 might have been the beginning of the end of Jimmy's newfound fame and glory in the cushy law offices of Davis and Main.
The beauty of a show that takes its time to get where it's going is that journey, making each moment as indispensable as the last.
It's interesting to see how Kim is becoming Jimmy's anchor to the legal world, while also offering some romantic perks.
Better Call Saul is right for leaning into the sense of dread its existence creates, and it does a great job of using that to its advantage in "Amarillo."
It's a pretty thin episode, that's mainly setting things up for whatever's coming next week... but it also takes advantage of how well we know these characters, and how thoroughly the two leads inhabit the roles at this point.
I've adamantly defended Better Call Saul against accusations that it's too slow, but "Amarillo" was one of those moments where I begrudgingly admitted it could have used a little kick. Was it still good? Sure. Could it have been better? Yeah, that too.