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    Higher Name Saul Season 6 Episode 8 Recap/Overview: Prequel Perfection

    [Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Better Call Saul, Season 4 Episode 8, “Point and Shoot.”]

    After tonight, the variety of remaining Higher Name Saul episodes might be counted on one hand, and “Level and Shoot” does an beautiful job of constructing clear why that’s so concurrently thrilling and unhappy. Whereas it’s but to be seen if one in every of TV’s nice creative achievements will absolutely stick the touchdown, the start of the present’s ultimate run of latest episodes packs a whole season’s price of stress into its barely prolonged runtime, whereas additionally persevering with to ship the sort of nuanced, character-driven moments which make the present so unforgettable.

    It’s a reasonably outstanding achievement given the character of the sequence, which jumps backwards and forwards often in its timeline however for the majority of this season has remained fairly firmly a prequel for Breaking Dangerous. Lately, prequels have been an more and more standard manner for main franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars to proceed increasing the scope of their storytelling universes. However what’s been revealed by these tasks, most just lately with Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, is that it may be extremely troublesome to construct pressure inside these sequence, as a result of the fates of so many characters are already pre-determined — onerous to get scared about what is going to occur to 10-year-old Luke Skywalker once we know he’s received much more life to dwell in a galaxy far distant.

    Higher Name Saul might have fallen into related traps over the course of its run. Actually, there was skepticism early on as as to whether the present might maintain curiosity within the story of how a small-time lawyer named Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) might grow to be Albuquerque’s pre-eminent prison lawyer. Nevertheless it’s episodes like “Level and Shoot” which reveal do a prequel excellent.

    “Level and Shoot” is such an evocative title, virtually as chilling because the episode title which got here earlier than it. Episode 7, “Plan and Execution,” ended with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy’s plan to tear down Howard Hamlin’s (Patrick Fabian) popularity succeeding… in addition to Lalo’s (Tony Dalton) informal execution of Howard in entrance of Kim and Jimmy — the true starting of the top for the sequence.

    Naturally, Episode 8 picks up proper afterwards, although not earlier than a usually mysterious chilly open that additionally serves because the embodiment of Don Draper’s failed Sheraton Hawaii pitch — although, by the top of that sluggish pan away from the gorgeous blue ocean, it’s clear that we’re wanting on the proof of Howard Hamlin’s staged suicide. However to get there, it’s an intense cat-and-mouse recreation — or cat versus cat? No matter you name it when two extremely intelligent and ruthless males face off finally.

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