Better Call Saul: Season 4 (2018)

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Season 4
Better Call Saul

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Well-crafted and compelling as ever, Better Call Saul's fourth season deftly balances the show it was and the one it will inevitably become.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 6, 2018
2
Air date: Aug 13, 2018
3
Air date: Aug 20, 2018
4
Air date: Aug 27, 2018
5
Air date: Sep 3, 2018
6
Air date: Sep 10, 2018
7
Air date: Sep 17, 2018
8
Air date: Sep 24, 2018
9
Air date: Oct 1, 2018
10
Air date: Oct 8, 2018

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In "Better Call Saul's" fourth season, Chuck's death catalyzes Jimmy McGill's (Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer -- and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) -- in jeopardy. Chuck's (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive's newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It's a volatile time to be in Gus Fring's employ, as Hector's collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos -- tearing apart both Gus and Nacho's well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

Cast

Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
Giancarlo Esposito
as Gustavo Fring
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Critic Reviews for Better Call Saul Season 4

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

Old dynamics flip, long-gestating character studies pay off, and feelings geyser up in surprising places.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fascinating to watch all of this emotional, character-driven drama unfold against a backdrop of a battle for power in the drug trade in New Mexico... Nothing feels perfunctory or thrown away on this show, even the smallest details.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The scenes should be drab, but the work is so lovingly filmed that you come away convinced that making a Classic Roll would feel like a consummate human achievement.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The precision of Saul craftsmanship -- writing, direction, acting, and all the way down to craft services, for all I know -- makes this the best series on TV. And there really is no contest.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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What an amazing show it has become. It now has a sense of self that puts it above almost everything else on television.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

In showing us one individual's preordained moral downfall, Better Call Saul spent Season 4 demonstrating how a hypocritical criminal justice system can ensnare a whole class of people for life.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The transformation of Jimmy McGill's into Saul Goodman is proving to be a much more exciting journey than I ever expected. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's no longer in the shadow of Breaking Bad. Instead, Better Call Saul has taken it's rightful place as one of the best dramas on television.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

If you've been a fan of Breaking Bad and found the official prequel nothing like the mother show, especially its titular character, well, things have been changing and changing fast.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Like Wile E. Coyote pursuing the Road Runner, Jimmy McGill doesn't realize he's falling from a high cliff. Unless until he looks down. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Why did Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan make a Breaking Bad prequel show about secondary Breaking Bad characters? Because they are really, really good at doing it.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet I loved the way the series slowly shifted its focus so that in some ways, its true protagonist is Kim, the character who still has a chance to escape the rapidly decaying orbit Jimmy finds himself trapped in.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Call Saul: Season 4

  • 3d ago
    I don't know how it manages to be so funny and so interesting while also being un-hurried. Most movies/TV these days are a weird frantic pace — Better Call Saul is paced like a classic Western. Drama, humor, incredible characters — my fave show this year.
  • 6d ago
    This series starts strong and ends strong with one of the best episodes ever since chuck died it brings a whole new level of suspense knowing that things are starting to propel fast and it keeps up the suspense the whole series
  • May 22, 2020
    Spoiler Alert !!! after demise of chuck, howard pointing jimmy responsible for death , but jimmy and kim has different point . its bit slow, mike handling task for gus nd Nacho becoming the mole Entry of Lalo salamanca ! again there is a charm of doing things. its mostly lalo figuring gus and nacho helping gus. jimmy becoming its all goodman nd kim raising over the hook ! well directed . story gets slow quite sometime but grips later.
  • May 06, 2020
    In it's fourth season, Better Call Saul continues to showcase a display of immensely talented acting, writing, and directing. I feel like the gap between seasons three and four was a dividing line. The story being told is now different from the one before. The one before set up the one being told now, but it was a different story. Saul Goodman is now fully in motion after Chuck's death. He is firmly on the path towards proving Chuck right at every turn. This season features Jimmy and Kim teaming up in ways that couldn't have even been conceived of in the first three seasons. That is really a testament to the development of Kim Wexler as a character. Seehorn's subtlety and nuance blend beautifully in an authentic and lived-in performance. Coming out of this season and into the next one, the fate of Kim is one of my most pondered questions. Mike and Gus are finally together, and their storyline has begun to reach into the Breaking Bad world in an interesting, new way. Jonathan Banks continues to shine in his role, and the tragic inevitability of his character can be felt with every decision and even every moment (especially those with his daughter-in-law and granddaughter). Michael Mando's performance continues to be another one of my favorites, and Nacho is another character's fate I am curious to know. He has been through a lot, so it would be nice to see him get a break for once. As a side note, one minor thing among the numerous that make this show so damn great is that the writers have an uncanny ability to turn a hero into a villian and vice versa. It happened with Chuck and Howard in season one, and then it happened with Nacho in season three, and the best part is that it felt totally natural. Lastly, I had to mention Lalo. Why wasn't he introduced in season two?! Tony Dalton is excellent, and the character is both menacing and charismatic, ruthless and friendly, murderous and affable. I am sure there will be more to say in season five. Once again, Better Call Saul has proven to be better than just about anything else on television, and when is it okay to say that Breaking Bad might have some competition?
  • Apr 21, 2020
    A prequel finds its ground harder, because it is overshadowed by the original, but Better Call Saul manages to step up it's game very well and being Breaking bad's prequel makes this even better. The real reason for this to be possible it's because of no other that Vince Gilligan, in my opinion the best director out there. Simply one of the best shows on tv, alongside Breaking bad, obviously..
  • Mar 23, 2020
    Each season just gets better! This show is artistic and thrilling, with an incredible cast.
  • Mar 09, 2020
    "The winner takes it all The loser's standing small Beside the victory That's her destiny." A show that took a Mamma Mia song and made it melancholic with sprinkles of sibling drama. Every season, every year, this season gets stronger and stronger. ‘Better Call Saul Season 4', is TV excellence in magnificent fashion. I petty those who checked out after the slow burn season 1, because being overly spoiled at once, especially so early on, isn't how to develop the world and characters. If it this show was over spoilt, it would look like the later seasons of Game of Thrones. Vince Gilligan is the G.O.A.T. This season offers scenes that felt so disturbing with the emotional core feeling so real. The best compliment I can give to any show ever is it doesn't feel like a TV show where the behind the scenes are camera crew and actors. It's like am a fly on the wall, intruding on these people's lives and quite literally witnessing the final days of their lives. How this season carries on with the death of Jimmy's brother Chuck is a brief, yet a devastating realization that Chucks death wasn't a sacrifice, but simply a man who was driven mad by the idea of his brothers success. Jimmy being the main cause of his death flips the morals of the characters on it's head. I hated Chuck, but I understood his illness was very serious and how it had a huge impact on the relationships with the people in his life. However, I felt bad for Jimmy, because of how his brother treated him. Just like ‘Breaking Bad', there are no good or bad characters. They are just characters with both good and bad in them. Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn were both terrific this season. Odenkirk slow transformation into Saul Goodman that while it was an amazing character arc, but incredibly tragic, because I feel the reason why a lot of people checked out so early on is there wanted to see the lawyer from ‘BB', while not knowing the backstory to how he got there, which now gives you a different perspective on the character. Over time you start to notice the sleazy tone come out of him. Seehorn hasn't gotten the credit she deserves throughout the past seasons. Her reaction and silence says so much that words couldn't. I've always brought into the relationship between Jim and Kim. Lola Marsh "Something Stupid" montage between the two demonstrates it beautifully, which by the way if you watch the scene with earphones on, the track is splitted. So you can hear on the right one just the man's voice and the Jimmy clip, but on the left is just the Lola's voice and Kim clip. I'm not sure if this detail was intentional or not. Either way it adds to the scene wonderfully. However, by the end her faith in Jimmy has completely gone, as he completes the transformation to Saul. It was a sight for sore eyes. Giancarlo Esposito is great once again as Gus Fring, especially Gus's sinister story that he tells to Hector to keep him alive and tortured, as part of his revenge. "The merciful thing would have been to kill it.... I kept it". - I mean god damn that's cold. The cinematography in this season was absolutely excellent with a couple of perfectly framed shots implanted in my head. The very last shot of the very last episode when Mike kills Werner. No music, just night time silence with the sounds of footsteps on the sand. It's dark and almost hard to see, yet light enough to see the unfortunate that will happen. Wide shot in a wide space in a dark desert. Then a split second, a bright light coming from a gun which lights up the desert. A delayed gunshot sound from the distance. And then silence. Now we understand why Mike got so mad when Walt destroyed the lab in ‘Breaking Bad'. Jonathan Banks Emmy award is long overdue. Perfect episode to a great season. Overall rating: "There are so many stars visible in New Mexico..."
  • Mar 08, 2020
    Season 3 was better. I find the show to be a bit slow, but it is very well written.
  • Mar 06, 2020
    Whoa, this season was the best yet!
  • Feb 28, 2020
    'Better Call Saul: Seasons 1-4' (2015-2018) He wasn't always Saul Goodman, ace attorney for chemist-turned-meth dealer Walter White. Six years before he begins to represent Albuquerque's most notorious criminal, Goodman is Jimmy McGill, a small-time attorney hustling to make a name for himself. He's a forceful champion for his low-income clients, an underdog whose morals and ambitions often clash. Jimmy works with private eye Mike Ehrmantraut, a former Philadelphia cop and recent transplant to the Southwest. Mike has a specialized skill set -- he's a "fixer" of sticky situations -- that Jimmy soon learns to appreciate. Before I discuss my overall thoughts on 'Better Call Saul' seasons 1-4, I'd like to briefly talk about the relationship I had with its predecessor. 'Breaking Bad' is, and forever will be, my favorite series of all time. I've watched a lot of TV shows, and it's the only one I've ever perceived as perfect, from start to finish. I've watched it all the way through probably 5 or 6 times (which I really don't know if I should be proud of that or not), and it's the only series that I believe is a 10/10. So back in 2015, when one of my favorite characters from that show was getting a spin-off, I was very excited to say the least. I'll admit however, my standards and expectations were set very high due to the quality of 'Breaking Bad'. 'Better Call Saul' is still a good show, but it's had its ups-and-downs for me. Despite already being on its 5th season (I've just recently finished the 4th, and will watch the 5th when it comes to Netflix), I'll save some time and discuss everything I've seen overall, rather than each individual season, because admittedly the show has flowed very well between its seasons and has maintained the same level of quality, so I feel like the positives and negatives I list can be applied to whichever season. I always like to start with positives first. 'Better Call Saul' is witty, great at developing its characters, as well as setting up its world and giving subtle hints and nods to 'Breaking Bad'. Many other great aspects that 'Breaking Bad' maintained such as cinematography, visuals, editing, and its signature montage-sequences, all have luckily transferred over to 'Better Call Saul'. It's also very intriguing to see how Saul operated before ultimately becoming who he is, and the slow developments and changes in his character, due to the many highs-and-lows he experiences. It also focuses on Mike (another one of my favorite characters from 'BB'), and I always liked seeing what they did with him as well. However, my least favorite aspect regarding the characters it focuses on may be the cartel. It just didn't feel nearly as interesting or consequential as in 'BB', and anything involving them kind of lost my interest in the show. I don't think I still was ever truly bored with the show, but there are admittedly lulls here and there. 'Breaking Bad' captivated me at every moment, yet with 'Better Call Saul' then it tends to meander and linger a bit, many times on very inconsequential and less interesting events. I understand that's the style they're going for, it's a less consequential show with a much different tone, following Saul in his every day life, however it just didn't always fully captivate me. My biggest grievance of the series is probably just its pacing and way of leading up to 'Breaking Bad'. I enjoy a nice, gradual progression into what events are to come later, however at many times 'Better Call Saul' felt like it wasn't really going anywhere. (LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD) I still haven't gotten to Season 5 yet, but as of the end of Season 4 he is finally taking on the name of Saul Goodman, something that took quite awhile to get to. I just wanted more of that 'Breaking Bad' feel, and more of the sleazy Saul. I can respect its approach of depicting the events that gradually change Saul's behavior and moral-compass, but it just teased the viewer for longer than I felt it needed to. Its pacing and the inconsequentiality of its many sub-plots are really my only complaints with the show, but they're consistent enough to bump the score down from 8 to 7 for me. Overall 'Better Call Saul' is still a good, solid show, especially if you're a die-hard 'Breaking Bad' fan, although that's the only people I may recommend it to. My Rating - 7/10

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