2 comments on “Better Call Saul: The Significance Of Spaces

  1. On one hand, the transition from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman is easy to imagine, even a few episodes in. Too-smart-for-his-own-good Jimmy grows up in the shadow of Saint Chuck, decides to make his own legacy, screws around for a few years before becoming a lawyer, constantly battles his slimeball know-how with his love and responsibility for his disabled, formerly brilliant brother (who saved his ass numerous times), eventually loses big, and decides to become a very specific kind of criminal lawyer (who gets too greedy and too clever, takes on a bad client, beats town, gets a new identity, and manages a Cinnabon).

    But on the other hand, I don’t even like speculating about the specific events that will lead to Saul Goodman. I am so fascinated with Jimmy McGill that, despite Gillian’s brilliant cinematography and the constant Breaking Bad Easter Eggs, I forget that Saul Goodman exists entirely. I could think of a million different directions where the narrative might go, but I don’t want to be bothered to think of any of them. All I want to do is sit very still and wide-eyed and let the snarky, unflinching, engaging brilliance that beams from every detail of this show wash over me like southwest sunshine.I am worried that if I move a muscle I could disrupt something and break the spell that makes all of this so wonderful.

  2. It’s an interesting issue to think about Jimmy vs. Saul. I’ve never closely followed a prequel before and I probably wouldn’t be into this one were it not for Breaking Bad, because I don’t like knowing where the character ends up in the overall story. Breaking Bad will always have that advantage, because nobody knew where Walter White’s story was going to end and we know that Jimmy’s going to turn into Saul at some point and maybe I’d rather not know that right now.

    In covering a show, I feel obligated to make educated guesses about where they’re going and in this case, what are the major milestones on the road to becoming Saul. Thus far, I’ve frankly been wrong more than right in reading where they’re going, which I think is a sign of good, unpredictable writing on their part. At this point, I have absolutely no idea what the pace of that transition is going to be and it’s easy to imagine the “Jimmy chapter” lasting into Season 2 and maybe even Season 3 — which would show tremendous confidence on their part about how long they can play this out, because they know that we’re all dying to see the parade of colorful criminals parading through that super-patriotic strip mall office when this gets where it’s going.

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