‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Review: This Isn’t a ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel — It’s an Evolution Into Something Greater

IndieWire | 7/22/2018 | Staff
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How many more times can it be said that “Better Call Saul” is one of the best shows on television? As many more times as they’re willing to make new episodes.

Because honestly, if th only reason you’re watching “Better Call Saul” is for a glimpse of Walter White, you’re doing it wrong. It’s been 10 years since “Breaking Bad” premiered (an anniversary we’re still celebrating), but four since the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould-created prequel premiered.

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And in that time, the same creative team (by and large) that changed television as we know it with the original series has only continued to up their game year after year. Watching the ways in which the “Better Call Saul” team challenges themselves to push beyond the expected, beyond the easy, beyond the mundane (especially when depicting the most mundane of events) has been one of the most fascinating experiences possible for a TV fan.

This review will be spoiler-free except for the well-established news that the house fire at the end of Season 3 was, in fact, fatal for Chuck (Michael McKean) — and as you might expect, this fact hovers over these early episodes. It’s just one facet of the story, though: Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) might be grieving, but he’s also a wounded animal in search of work following the loss of his law license in Season 3 and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) nursing a broken arm and other damages.

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Plus, dealing drugs in Albuquerque has become very complicated following Don Hector’s (Mark Margolis) stroke, especially given the fact that Nacho (Michael Mando) swapped Don Hector’s medications so that he could try to keep his father out of the business — and maybe even free himself. But Nacho might be screwed on that front, given how Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) is lurking in the shadows and...
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