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TV Review: Better Call Saul: “Nacho”

The third episode of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” titled “Nacho” finds Jimmy putting himself further into danger as Nacho’s plan illustrated in the previous episode backfires tremendously.

 

After the events of “Mijo,” Jimmy finds himself torn between staying quiet about Nacho’s plan to kidnap the Kettlemen family for his own safety, or to alert the police and the Kettlemen’s to protect them. Jimmy decides to leave an anonymous tip with the Kettlemens, but come the following morning, the family appears to have been kidnapped.

 

Jimmy, believing Nacho carried out his plan, calls Nacho to try and convince him to contact him, so he can protect Nacho in court, and protect the family from further harm. Before Jimmy can contact Nacho, he is brought in by the police who have already captured Nacho. Jimmy then learns from Nacho that he did not kidnap the Kettlemens. He also gives Jimmy 24 hours to prove his innocence and get him released from jail, or he will have Jimmy killed.

 

What follows next is classic Vince Gilligan writing accompanied by brilliant acting from the always talented Bob Odenkirk. The songs of Odenkirk’s talents cannot be sung enough. From the start of the series, Odenkirk has offered “Breaking Bad” fans exactly what they wanted to see in a show solely about their beloved Saul Goodman, now called by his real name, Jimmy McGill. As the series has progressed, the episodes have gotten better and better. The first two episodes were the build-up and this episode was one of the first real pieces of payoff viewers have seen yet. The payoff at the end of the episode is funny, fitting, and satisfying as all hell.

 

The episode’s weakest area, which is also the greatest weakness of the series thus far, is the supporting cast. Thus far, the show has relied too much on the already established characters from “Breaking Bad” such as Tuco and Mike to progress the story line without progressing the new supporting cast. This was the first episode to devote some of the time towards Jimmy’s brother Chuck, played by Michael McKean, and fellow lawyer Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn. Chuck appears to have once had a successful career, which may have been tarnished by Jimmy’s past actions, but the show has yet to reveal that as of now. Kim appears to have had some sort of romantic relationship with Jimmy, but nothing has been set in stone with that either. The audience does get a fair share of screen time from Mike as they did in the previous two episodes as well. However, yet again, the show relies too much on the previous show’s cast.

 

“Nacho” is the best episode of the series thus far, but the show has yet to establish any interesting new characters, which will need to be fixed if the writers hope to have at least half the success that “Breaking Bad” had for over five years. Although the story appears to be heading in an interesting direction, we have yet to see what Vince Gilligan has in store for us.