Hey there, Better Call Saul fans! It took me a while to write this review, mainly because I didn’t think much of S01E04. In my opinion, it was the weakest episode.
The last time we saw Jimmy McGill he was in the woods with the Kettlemans and a whole lot of money he’d never seen before. We waited a week to have our questions answered: what will happen to the money next? Will the Kettlemans try to bribe Jimmy? Will Jimmy help them get out of the trouble they’ve gotten themselves into?
“Hero” starts with a flashback from Jimmy’s earlier days as a con artist, and given how elaborate his scam was, we were clearly way past his slipping days. We’re then taken back to the tent in the woods, where the Kettlemans reject his proposal of legal services. claiming that Jimmy’s the kind of lawyer only guilty people hire. However, they do offer him a hunk of money in exchange for his silence. This makes it possible for him to actually go into the law business. He buys a new suit, changes his hair color, and puts up a billboard with a clear copy of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill logo. That billboard will be taken down mere hours later, only so that Jimmy can be crowned a hero by the local TV.
– We finally learn where he got the name Saul Goodman from. (“S’all good man” – who would have imagined?)
– The song playing when Jimmy is itemizing his billing, which is a rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Herbie Mann.
– The makeover. Jimmy’s process to become a copy of his archenemy begins to show how much attention to detail the producers are putting in the show. The women in the Nail Shop speak actual Vietnamese and deliver important lines like “he says to use the curling iron for his hair” and “I don’t know who Spartacus is.” In addition to that, Jimmy pairs a shirt and a tie in the color palette he wears in Breaking Bad while waiting for his “Hamlin-blue” suit to get ready. It’s also possible to see Gus’s signature yellow shirt in the shop.
– Chuck’s trip to the neighbors garage entrance to collect the newspaper. The hard cut to Chuck running across the street was great cinematography credited to Arthur Albert. I can’t wait to see Chuck’s conversation with Jimmy next episode!
See you all soon!
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