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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Xan » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:38 pm

It looks like Mike had (and tore apart) a Chevy Caprice wagon, which is almost exactly like the '85 Oldmobile Custom Cruiser we had when I was a kid. So many memories just from watching that scene. I know how that car smelled. The instrument panel was a little different, but everything else other than the front grill (and the badge) seemed to be the same.

So Mike then bought a gas cap for an "'87 Caprice". Which, if I followed everything correctly, was a duplicate one for his own, normal sedan. Does Mike drive an '87 Caprice Sedan normally, and then use (perhaps) an '87 Caprice Wagon for his assassination attempt? Use what you know, I guess...
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Post by dualstow » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:41 pm

Ha! Might be the case. I don't own a car and think of his regular car as "the black one." O0
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Post by Xan » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:07 pm

That's how I thought of his car too, until I tried to figure out which car the "gas cap for the '87 Caprice" was for. Plus my interest in his wagon. That's how I ended up concluding (well, pretty much) that they're both mid-late '80s Caprices.
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Post by dualstow » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:34 pm

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Post by farjean2 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:15 pm

dualstow wrote: Also, the pacing of 'Saul' is slower than that of B.B, which I'm fine with.
Sometimes the pacing is so slow I have to wonder what is the point? I can't think of a specific example right now but it's something I've been noticing lately in a few shows like this, including "The Americans". I mean something like 30 seconds of somebody doing something completely pointless like painting a wall or sitting on a park bench which ends up having no bearing whatsoever on the story line.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Xan » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:52 pm

Good call. So the gas cap was for the station wagon, not his daily driver. ...Except, why would he need a duplicate gas cap for the car he was abandoning?
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Post by dualstow » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:31 pm

That's a good question. Most people think both cars had beacons in their gas caps.
Maybe the writers made a mistake when they had Mike ask for a Caprice one. Did he?
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Xan » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:49 am

Definitely both cars did. I guess Mike was ascertaining whether or not the '87 Caprice cap was readily available when he asked whether the guy had one. Then he's shown running out to the wagon to check the cap. Perhaps, unseen, he then went back in and actually bought a different cap: the one for his '88 Chrysler.
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Post by dualstow » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:51 am

Makes sense. By the way, I was happy when I saw on Reddit last week that someone said they didn't understand Mike's plan until the final five minutes of the show. Same here.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by dualstow » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:26 pm

Xan wrote:Definitely both cars did. I guess Mike was ascertaining whether or not the '87 Caprice cap was readily available when he asked whether the guy had one. Then he's shown running out to the wagon to check the cap. Perhaps, unseen, he then went back in and actually bought a different cap: the one for his '88 Chrysler.
Just saw the replay. Maybe, since it's not his normal car, he was just realizing that the cap was different than the original. But you basically got it.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Tortoise » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:26 am

farjean2 wrote:
dualstow wrote: Also, the pacing of 'Saul' is slower than that of B.B, which I'm fine with.
Sometimes the pacing is so slow I have to wonder what is the point? I can't think of a specific example right now but it's something I've been noticing lately in a few shows like this, including "The Americans". I mean something like 30 seconds of somebody doing something completely pointless like painting a wall or sitting on a park bench which ends up having no bearing whatsoever on the story line.
Agreed. I think Better Call Saul's story, acting, and directing are all very good--as they were for Breaking Bad as well--but the slow pace is starting to become a little distracting. I think they could tell the same story in a more engaging way by cutting a lot of irrelevant fat from the episodes (long, drawn-out scenes without any dialogue, etc.).

What made Saul such a great character from Breaking Bad was his witty banter--his humorously sleazy, street-smart, and battle-hardened quips about the drama surrounding the criminals who sought his help and advice. He was the show's comic relief. His scenes in Breaking Bad were not slow and devoid of dialogue. So why is the spin-off show like that?

The heavy, emotional story of how Jimmy became Saul should have, and could have, been told completely in Season 1. The rest of the series should have been dedicated to chronicling the wacky adventures of Saul Goodman in the criminal underworld--a potentially endless source of engaging, fast-paced, hilarious storylines.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by dualstow » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:59 am

I get how Better Call Saul is not for everyone, not even all Breaking Bad (BB) fans, but
Tortoise wrote: the heavy, emotional story of how Jimmy became Saul could have, should have been told ...in Season 1

Noooo! This is exactly what I was worried would happen when I first heard an inkling of a possible spinoff. Do you know how quickly that would fizzle out?

BCS is a work of art, standing on its own and perhaps even better than BB. The quiet scenes are not "fat", but rather balance out what is already a talk heavy show. The character of Kim is a wonder, as is evil Chuck.

I won't gush further, just my opinion of course, but it is amazing to me that they didn't ruin this show by turning it into a parody of itself. Most spinoffs are the sprinkles without the ice cream and don't last. I'm afraid this could be the last season of Saul, but I'm going to relish it.
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