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Robot Monster
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It's definitely a slow burn, and I'm in it more for Mike than Jimmy/Saul. But their angles are about to converge again, and the most recent episode had the Gus return that I had been waiting for this whole time. So business seems to be picking up.

I like having the show on but I don't always feel the need to catch every last detail like I had for Breaking Bad. It's a much slower and quieter show than BB and that seems to have lost some people.

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Mike will go down as one of the greatest TV characters of all time.

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Definitely, he's the main event draw for me. The Jimmy stuff will have a payoff later but they're taking their time with him.
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I love the show and have no issue with the slower pace to show the development of the characters. I also like that Mike gets plenty of screen time. Great character, perfectly played.
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Saw Jonathan Banks (Mike) in Gremlins the other day and it blew me away how different he looked.
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It's crazy how long he's been around and how he got that "role of a lifetime" much later in life than a lot of actors.

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quote:
Originally posted by Robot Monster:
It's definitely a slow burn, and I'm in it more for Mike than Jimmy/Saul. But their angles are about to converge again, and the most recent episode had the Gus return that I had been waiting for this whole time. So business seems to be picking up.

I like having the show on but I don't always feel the need to catch every last detail like I had for Breaking Bad. It's a much slower and quieter show than BB and that seems to have lost some people.

Spot on with everything. I'm wondering how many viewers they've lost with their slow pace. I honestly believe that people today, because of social media and other gadgets, have a shorter attention span.

Yeah, as was already mentioned, Grumpy Mike is truly one of the best TV characters.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gov't Mule:
Saw Jonathan Banks (Mike) in Gremlins the other day and it blew me away how different he looked.

Do you remember him in 48 hours and Beverly Hills Cop?
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quote:
Originally posted by Blue Thunder:
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Originally posted by Gov't Mule:
Saw Jonathan Banks (Mike) in Gremlins the other day and it blew me away how different he looked.

Do you remember him in 48 hours and Beverly Hills Cop?
Nope. It's been so long since I've seen those flicks I didn't even know he was in them until I skimmed his credit list the other day. The only thing I recalled him from was Wiseguy.
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Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

[ 04-19-2017, 08:31 AM: Message edited by: Daddy Dewdrop ]

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I haven't watched but is season 2 on Netflix or Hulu yet?

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It's all on Netflix.

One of the best shows around, I thought it came into it's own in season 2 and now season 3 has started brilliantly. The dialogue free scenes with Mike are incredible.

I had my reservations about this show before it came out but they could get a few more seasons easily.

Slow, but never boring.

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Great show!!!!! Love it! Mike's character is flawless in it's portrayal of his emotions / non-emotions. Jimmy's brother (the OCD laywer) is someone I have literally grown to hate. They keep pacifying his crazy a**!! But it will come to a head I'm sure. Vince Gilligan is a brilliant creator.
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quote:
Originally posted by Daddy Dewdrop:
Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

How do "we" know most of the characters fates? And no spoilers about what you might know will happen. I've never watch Breaking Bad so if the characters here are later in that series and their fates revealed, please don't tell me here.

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quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
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Originally posted by Daddy Dewdrop:
Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

How do "we" know most of the characters fates? And no spoilers about what you might know will happen. I've never watch Breaking Bad so if the characters here are later in that series and their fates revealed, please don't tell me here.
I think that if you are a Breaking Bad fan, it helps you have an appreciation for the development of the characters and their origin stories, but it is not necessary to watch Breaking Bad before watching this show. It is great on its own and even someone new to the characters can really enjoy it and maybe have a different perspective than those of us that watched Breaking Bad.
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Of all the bad things Walt did in Breaking Bad, killing Mike, especially over something so petty, was his most unforgivable action.
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Cmon man Larry just said he hadn't seen Breaking Bad lol
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quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
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Originally posted by Daddy Dewdrop:
Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

How do "we" know most of the characters fates? And no spoilers about what you might know will happen. I've never watch Breaking Bad so if the characters here are later in that series and their fates revealed, please don't tell me here.
Dude, go watch Breaking Bad immediately.
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quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
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Originally posted by Daddy Dewdrop:
Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

How do "we" know most of the characters fates? And no spoilers about what you might know will happen. I've never watch Breaking Bad so if the characters here are later in that series and their fates revealed, please don't tell me here.
Well Larry, if you haven't seen the past few posts, don't. I find it interesting that someone's watching Better Call Saul without knowing what happens in Breaking Bad. Must be a different experience without BCS having the "prequel" quality of the known future casting a shadow over everything. So yeah, don't read above this post if you haven't already, because someone had to ruin it.
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btw - thanks everyone who referred to Jonathan Banks's acting history, it hadn't occurred to me that he was so well-traveled. Haven't watched Gremlins or Beverly Hills Cop since the 1980s but I'm going to check them out now.
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quote:
Originally posted by Rock-Hunter Kurt Austin from CHI:
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Originally posted by Larry:
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Originally posted by Daddy Dewdrop:
Great show! Even though we already know most of the characters fates, it's still engrossing. Says a lot for the writing and acting.

How do "we" know most of the characters fates? And no spoilers about what you might know will happen. I've never watch Breaking Bad so if the characters here are later in that series and their fates revealed, please don't tell me here.
Dude, go watch Breaking Bad immediately.
I'd say, no, don't go watch Breaking Bad immediately. How awesome would it be to be able to watch this show and then follow it up with Breaking Bad cold? If possible, I'd say finish out this series then binge Breaking Bad.

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I just assumed everybody that watches BCS already watched BB...guess not!
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I have absolutely *NO* interest in watching Breaking Bad. I've watched all of Better Call Saul and enjoy it based on it's own merits.

I have had a few people tell me I need to see BB because there are subtle (and maybe not so subtle) references to BB in BCS, but I'm not going to go watch however many seasons of BB just to possibly pick up on some small references in a show I enjoy on it's own.

Carry on.....

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quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
I have absolutely *NO* interest in watching Breaking Bad. I've watched all of Better Call Saul and enjoy it based on it's own merits.

Just curious as to why no interest in BB?
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quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
I have absolutely *NO* interest in watching Breaking Bad. I've watched all of Better Call Saul and enjoy it based on it's own merits.

I have had a few people tell me I need to see BB because there are subtle (and maybe not so subtle) references to BB in BCS, but I'm not going to go watch however many seasons of BB just to possibly pick up on some small references in a show I enjoy on it's own.

Carry on.....

Is this a rib?
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This week's Better Call Saul "Sabrosito" episode was the Breaking Baddiest of the episodes so far.
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Larry, all I can say is that you're in a fairly unique position of watching this before Breaking Bad. I've thought about it and the show can easily be enjoyed without seeing Breaking Bad. There are lovely little nods here and there to BB but it's not essential to understanding what's going on.

By the way, Breaking Bad is a good, if not better than Saul. Hard to say while Saul is still ongoing.

There's 5 seasons of Breaking Bad. There's 3 so far of Saul, and I think they can do at least 1, if not 2 more (though it's getting places this season so maybe only1 more), so there's not going to be a huge amount in the difference in terms of episodes. I can only recommend BB, one of the best shows I've seen. It's a testament to Better Call Saul that they have been able to successfully follow up BB.

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quote:
Originally posted by Someone from Rwanda:
Of all the bad things Walt did in Breaking Bad, killing Mike, especially over something so petty, was his most unforgivable action.

You should tag this as a spoiler.
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My viewing of Breaking Bad was minimal, but I have been watching Better Call Saul since the beginning. I've always been a big fan of Bob Odenkirk, so with him in the staring role I got into this from the start.

Certainly one doesn't need to have been a Breaking Bad devote to enjoy this show. To me, the Breaking Bad character debuts or cameos all make sense. It doesn't feel like they are trying to fit some old/new person into a situation just for the "pop."

I can see where this would be a great show to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Being able to watch a season in a quicker fashion.

It will be interesting to see how close they take this up to Saul meeting Walter White. If the direction is more about it being a Breaking Bad prequel, that would probably be the place to end with, as the final impression.

But if they have made it more about Jimmy/Saul/Gene, the final payoff may be in the post Breaking Bad time-frame. Perhaps with Gene taking stock for the past years with whomever is left in his life from back then. Or maybe reverting back into being Jimmy or Saul.

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It's heating up

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I wonder how many times Hector pissed in Eladio's pool over the years?
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