'Better Call Saul' Recap: Room With a View

March 17, 2015 3:07 AM

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'Better Call Saul' Recap: Room With a View

Move over, Sesame Street: Better Call Saul just taught us more about the power of shapes than Elmo ever could. Scan tonight's episode with your DVR's fast-forward feature and just check out the geometric variety on display. Look at Jimmy and Mike in the police precinct, dwarfed by a massive block of square most-wanted mugshots. Check out the big rectangular picture windows of Jimmy's expensive new office, quite literally granting him a new view of the world. Watch Kim desperately try to talk her clients Craig and Betsy Kettleman into taking a deal amid the disorienting triangles and trapezoids of her over-designed high-class conference room. And bear witness as otherwise innocuous structures become prison cell bars, trapping their inhabitants in their own failure. Even if you muted your TV and watched tonight's episode "Bingo" without the sound on, you'd still come away with a clear message: "Jesus, this show is beautifully made."

But TV cannot live on meticulous mise en scène alone — you've got to tell a story, and that's where Saul falters this week. Take Mike's plotline, which starts the proceedings with the same somber tone as last week's fantastic spotlight episode. In theory, he's doing the kind of stuff that made us li...

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