TV Review: Better Call Saul (Season 4)
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Season Four of Better Call Saul finished on a high with its tenth episode Winner. It was a welcome surprise to see Michael McKean reprising Chuck in a flashback at the beginning of the episode, which showcased the good points of his relationship with Jimmy.
Source: IMDbChuck endorsed his brother, and later celebrated him passing the bar by getting royally drunk. Bob Odenkirk’s has been exceptional in showing the persuasive and calculated side of Jimmy this season, and this is prevalent throughout the flashback as he wheedles his brother into staying out, resulting in a series highlight where the duo performs ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” at karaoke at the after-party. Chuck and Jimmy drunkenly help each other home, with Chuck getting a bucket for Jimmy in case he’s sick, before lying down next to him and reprising the song. Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is a producer who painstakingly choses elements and additions to the story, making it a compellingly tight narrative. True to form, the lyrics of “The Winner Takes It All” is especially poignant, as they foreshadow the stormy relationship of Jimmy and Chuck that perpetrates the show. A thematic aspect of the narrative of this season has been on running away: Nacho (played by Michael Mando) is troubled by the dangerous situation he is situated in between the cartels, and acquires forged passports for him and his father to leave. Kim (Rhea Seehorn) struggles with, and tries to ignore the gulf that widens between herself and Jimmy, only realising it when the prosecuting District Attorney on Huell’s case says she doesn’t know why Kim want’s “anything to do” with the case and unknowingly insults Jimmy, saying that the only witness is a “scumbag, disbarred lawyer who peddles drop phones to criminals”. Werner Ziegler, the German engineer hired to construct Gustavo’s lab, physically flees his confines to see his wife; and Jimmy ignores all moral sensibilities, as well as the impact his brother’s death must have had on him.
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