The first two episodes sent to critics, at least, continue to reflect a confident drama that’s firing on all cylinders, and that shows every indication of going out as brilliantly as it came in. ... Its performances haven’t missed a beat, and neither has its writing — if anything, these characters and the world they inhabit have only grown richer and more complex with time.
The characters are so engaging that I find myself talking to them in my mind while I'm bingeing (for the fourth or fifth time). It makes me want to launch straight into Breaking Bad again, but I've already seen the latter about 6 times, and the last time was too recent. Can't wait until I forget everything. As Margaret Lyons said over at the NY Times, the small details are great, too. The ice cream ant hill: metaphor. Okay, so what's up with the fish tanks metaphor? Slippin' Jimmy's whole adult life has been a fishbowl.
The two episodes of Season 6 sent for review are so far from where the series was in Season 1 that they might as well be a different show. And yet, it remains easy to trace the narrative throughline to see how every move, every decision has brought us to this moment in time. ... Better Call Saul is, and remains, one of TV’s very best shows, not just of the last decade, but possibly of all time.
The good news for viewers who are interested in the storyline about Jimmy McGill’s slippage into the amoral Saul Goodman, and his dragging of Kim Wexler with him, is that that half of the series is as strong as ever. ... The more mixed result is that this series feels more bound up than ever in trying to draw out connections to “Breaking Bad.” The result is that even as the show moves toward its endgame, it can feel as if it’s looking over its shoulder.
Great start, very boring ending. We don't want Saul to change and it's not believable that he would do what he did for the sake of a woman. The series relies to heavily on minor actors from Breaking Bad, too.
This last half-season is not as compelling as what made BCS so refreshing in the first place: The need to further the plot and reach that final "explanation" has killed all the artistic qualities the show demonstrated before (be it smartly angled shots, continuous takes, telescoping used in action scenes). The only fantastic episode was the killing of Howards.
Lalo's death was executed as expected and the Omaha/Takavic story line is as boring as they come. Black and white? This is isn't a Bela Tarr film, thank god!