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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby O-dot on 09/02/15, 23:22:32

I think the three of us all had the same reaction. I'll stick with it until Vince and Co. screw something up.

Did not see Tuco's appearance coming. Somehow the publicity mill kept that a secret.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby klimov on 09/02/15, 23:34:16

The "dead air" I think you're referring to was the best thing about it. The opening was rather dull and pointless if you haven't seen the first series. But then it gets going with the court room scene. Yeah... Entertaining enough. But not a patch on Black Sails, that's what you folks need to be watching.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby _Marcus_ on 10/02/15, 02:35:07

Nothing awesome like you said, but way WAY better than I expected it to be. Sure the tone is all over the place, not surprisingly, but I really liked what they did with the first episode.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 10/02/15, 12:24:15

klimov wrote:The "dead air" I think you're referring to was the best thing about it. The opening was rather dull and pointless if you haven't seen the first series. But then it gets going with the court room scene. Yeah... Entertaining enough. But not a patch on Black Sails, that's what you folks need to be watching.


Yeah, you kind of need to go watch Breaking Bad before your comments will hold much weight, no offense.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 10/02/15, 22:17:07

Alexhead wrote:Yeah, you kind of need to go watch Breaking Bad before your comments will hold much weight, no offense.

You shouldn't have to watch a completely different series to be able to judge this one.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby klimov on 10/02/15, 22:40:28

Yeah, they've got to make this one accessible to folks who haven't seen the earlier series. Episode Two was much more fun, don't you think? Although I would say they glamorised the drug dealer scum a little too much.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 10/02/15, 23:29:14

Sure--but you'll never have the complete picture without it, nor will you have the unique tonal context of BB to compare it to.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 11/02/15, 00:15:56

klimov wrote:Although I would say they glamorised the drug dealer scum a little too much.

Which is of course pretty much the entire series of Breaking Bad.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 11/02/15, 12:36:19

Hmm, after watching the second episode I feel more strongly about my comment above than before--this is BB lite, already seems to have been done better by the same folks before. But you wouldn't know that if you hadn't seen BB, of course.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 17/02/15, 11:53:06

3rd episode was the best so far, they are getting their footing on the story they've been setting up.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 17/02/15, 22:04:14

I actually liked last week's a bit more. But this had its moments.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby klimov on 03/03/15, 00:52:20

So Gilligan advocates, what do you reckon to his other new show, Battle Creek? Rather 'Twin Peaks-lite' is it not? The sort of thing one might have expected to see in the mid-90s... Actually 90s-retro-style shows seem to be the new thing, what with this and The Odd Couple and Hindsight, which is actually set in the 90s.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 03/03/15, 08:31:35

Trends always go in 20 year cycles as the children of those years realize they're grown adults and get nostalgic for their simpler youth. So the '90s are back now. I don't mind, the '90s were some pretty damn good years for me for the most part. And I'm highly enjoying the re-emergence of female bare midriffs. :)
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 03/03/15, 09:56:04

darkness wrote:Trends always go in 20 year cycles as the children of those years realize they're grown adults and get nostalgic for their simpler youth. So the '90s are back now. I don't mind, the '90s were some pretty damn good years for me for the most part. And I'm highly enjoying the re-emergence of female bare midriffs. :)


I didn't realize midriffs were back, that's awesome. Haven't watched Battle Creek yet, will give it a gander tonight. We watched the first two episodes of Last Man On Earth yesterday, Will Forte is kind of a charisma black hole but the addition of Kristen Schall in the second episode gave a hint of promise.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby klimov on 03/03/15, 23:27:15

Yeah, I quite liked Last Man on Earth. It's silly and disposable and yet quite memorable in an odd sort of way (usually this stuff just goes in one ear and out the other). Creatively, one would expect it to build up to an epic comedy fuck scene, but I'm really not sure Fox are going to be up for that.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby Alexhead on 13/03/15, 10:29:11

klimov wrote:So Gilligan advocates, what do you reckon to his other new show, Battle Creek? Rather 'Twin Peaks-lite' is it not? The sort of thing one might have expected to see in the mid-90s... Actually 90s-retro-style shows seem to be the new thing, what with this and The Odd Couple and Hindsight, which is actually set in the 90s.


We finally pulled this up last night...truly bizarre. You have a Vince Gilligan penned pilot, directed by Bryan Singer (not my favorite but still, a competent, successful Hollywood filmmaker with a blockbuster to his credit just this past year) but it has been put through the CBS genericlookandfeel-o-mator and simply looks and feels like another CSI spinoff. Bland casting (sorry, but the Mayhem dude from the commercials can't really act) and that washed out/green tint that makes everything look like crap. Won't be revisiting unless future reviews are through the roof, as I don't think Gilligan's presence is going to be very large on this anyway.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 13/03/15, 21:18:06

Enjoy it while you can, it's certain to be canceled.
As for Better Call Saul, last week's episode was intense. Probably the best of the series so far. Which doesn't say much for Saul since he was hardly in it.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby O-dot on 13/03/15, 23:06:47

The Saul episodes are piling up on my DVR. Watched the pilot but the wife and I have since been plowing through the complete run of Parks and Rec (which we may finish this weekend). And I've been keeping up with Justified, The Walking Dead and, uh, *cough* The Bachelor as well.

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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby klimov on 13/03/15, 23:36:31

Yup, last episode was pretty strong.

Have been saying this again and again, but - Black Sails. Best thing on TV right now, Walking Dead a close second. Better Call Saul vying with American Crime for third.
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Re: Better Call Saul!

Postby darkness on 14/03/15, 00:09:04

klimov wrote:Walking Dead a close second. Better Call Saul vying with American Crime for third.


Walking Dead has been surprisingly interesting lately. I guess I should check out American Crime one of these days. Black Sails - pirates just don't interest me.

O-dot wrote:I've been thinking of starting a thread called Turn In Your Man Card. Thoughts? 8)

I confess I'm a fan of Revenge, though they need to end it with this season as it's pretty much run it's course.
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