(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Better Call Saul

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: What if sleazy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) had his own tragic backstory? The prequel series to Breaking Bad takes on the impossible task of following up one of the most revered prestige dramas ever, and in the process, creates a rich and layered character drama about a man at war with his better self that even manages to outstrip its predecessor.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Better Call Saul is the best show on TV right now.” “You liked Breaking Bad? Well, Better Call Saul is even better.” “You would really like Better Call Saul.” I’ve been hearing some variation of these refrains for the past five years now, and I would respond with a tight smile and a, “I’ve heard! I’ll get around to it eventually.” But I had so many shows to watch and so little time — until quarantine hit and I suddenly found myself with no excuse: I needed to finally get around to Better Call Saul. I had watched the first episode when it premiered in 2015, and was intrigued, but not enough to keep watching. I had been enthralled with Breaking Bad throughout its five-season run, watching it live on-air since its beginning, but had somewhat soured on the whole property thanks to a toxic fanbase that idolized Walt’s criminal victories without reckoning with the moral quandaries that the show laid bare (yes, I’m still stinging a little about the hatred for Skyler and even, to an extent, Jesse). But as soon as I dug into Better Call Saul, which has enjoyed even more critical acclaim than Breaking Bad but has had a much quieter pop culture impact, it was abundantly clear that Vince Gilligan had evolved his ideas on morality and tragedy from Breaking Bad into something even more profound.

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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch early previsualization animation from Sonic the Hedgehog before the character was given a drastic makeover. Plus, watch as stuntmen react to action sequences from Kill Bill Vol. 1, Taken 3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and more. Finally, watch a roundtable discussion with this year’s buzzed about dramatic TV actors like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Stewart, Bob Odenkirk and others. Read More »

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Better Call Saul just ended its best season yet, and – sadly – there’s only one season left. With everything currently shut down due to the coronavirus, there was some concern that it would be a long time before we had a chance to see season 6. But the folks involved with the show are hoping to kick-off the final season in the fall of 2021. In addition to that, they have 13 episodes planned, as opposed to season 5, which consisted of 10 episodes total. Read More »

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This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Kim and Jimmy have a conversation!
  • Lalo has some folks over to his house!
  • Nacho is in deep trouble!
  • Everything is so tense that I want to scream!

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This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Jimmy returns!
  • Kim quits!
  • Lalo heads south of the border!
  • Mike and Gus have a talk!
  • Things get almost unbearably tense!

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better call saul bagman review

As good as – hell, maybe better – than any of the best of the best Breaking Bad episodes, the latest Better Call Saul is an all-timer. This is up there with “Ozymandias”, or “Crawlspace.” Or “Fly” (yes, “Fly” is one of the best Breaking Bad episodes, don’t @ me). “Bagman” seems to be a culmination of what this season is all about: destroying every last trace of Jimmy Mcgill and replacing him entirely with Saul Goodman. Like Jesus, or Moses, our hero wanders into the desert, and comes back changed.

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Better Call Saul JMM review

This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Kim and Jimmy get hitched!
  • Lalo gets bail!
  • Mike gets to work!
  • Saul Goodman comes out to play (and yell)!

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Better Call Saul Wexler v. Goodman review

This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Mike gets back to work!
  • Nacho is back, too!
  • Howard goes to lunch!
  • Jimmy plays Kim!
  • Kim makes a jaw-dropping suggestion!

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Better Call Saul Dedicado a Max review

This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Mike does some carpentry!
  • Kim and Jimmy hatch a plan!
  • No Nacho!
  • Meet Mr. X!

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This week on Better Call Saul:

  • Jimmy goes bowling!
  • Kim has a plan!
  • Mike takes a trip!
  • Gus has a problem with his fryer!

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