Monday night, the latest installment in Better Call Saul, Episode 106: Five-O, aired on AMC, and wow – what a revealing episode! The further we go into the season, the more we start to learn about the cast, which is great for fans of the show, as well as fans of Breaking Bad. Last week we got a deeper look into the character of Chuck, and this week we learn a lot about what makes Mike, Mike.
I don’t want to go into as much detail as the last Better Call Saul review when it comes to the plot, because I strongly encourage you to watch the episode to get all the details that can’t come through in a blog post. But, to get an idea of what went down, here is a synopsis.
The show starts off with Mike meeting a lady at a train station who we soon figure out is his daughter-in-law. Throughout conversation at the station and later at the lady’s house, someone named Matty (Matt) is brought up. The episode gives us clues along the way that Matt is actually Mike’s son and has been killed in the line of duty as a police officer in Philadelphia – following in the foot steps of his father.
We learn after the opening few scenes that the officers who arrived at Mike’s door at the end of last week’s episode are wanting to talk to him to see if he has information about his son’s murder, and the murder of his son’s partner. Mike insists on having a lawyer present for his interrogation, and guess who he calls? Mr. Jimmy McGill himself. The rest of the episode is spent slowly discovering more details about the murder of Mike’s son.
From here I will let you see the real surprises for yourself.
Just like last week’s episode, and episodes before that, I was truly hooked (no pun intended) and intrigued by the details that were unfolding. Being that I only recently finished watching all seasons of Breaking Bad, being able to learn about the characters that we’ve somehow grown to feel a connection with, has been awesome. Mike was/is one of the most mysterious characters of the two different series, so this episode was even more interesting.
I think creator, writer and producer, Vince Gilligan, has taken a huge opportunity when it comes to exploring some of the smaller roles from Breaking Bad, and it works perfect! Taking a show that could be considered a Breaking Bad spinoff and using it to not only evolve a whole new story in itself, while at the same time, diving deeper into the stories of some of the cast members that we didn’t get to completely understand, is brilliant.
Another thing that has truly impressed me with this episode and those of the past, is the superb management of shots from different time frames. From the start of the season when we found Saul in a gloomy, post Breaking Bad world, and then transitioning to a seemingly brighter past, to this episode that balanced multiple stories taking place at different times, the writing and production has made it all easy to understand and follow.
At this point in the season, I’ve been thoroughly pleased. My only complaint is that we haven’t had any flashbacks to the present day Saul in his post Breaking Bad life. After the first episode, I thought the season would balance the present and the past, but nonetheless I’m excited to see what next week has in store.