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  1. Le Cygne

    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    I think it's been a good season. Still worried about Kim, Nacho, and the goldfish making it out of this, though. I like the push and pull of these two characters, and was hoping something like this would bubble up to the surface: The character is not only layered and complex, Kim is someone who has dabbled in scammery with Jimmy — and proven herself to be rather adept at it. “She’s not a person who’s just there to be the voice of reason, or the voice of good, or the voice of balance,” continues Gould. “She is damn complicated in her own right, and these two people do things together that neither one of them would’ve done individually, and going back to Breaking Bad, there’s something about chemistry. These two elements mixed together make something new.” Season 4 of AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel just might show you another new side of Kim that is complicit in the illicit. (Notes Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan of one scheme that will be run later this season: “It’s one small slip for Jimmy, one big one for Kim.”) “Her lines in the sand are bizarre,” Seehorn hints to EW, adding: “Not only does it never seem like foreign territory to her, she seems to recognize that in others. It’s not like she loved Jimmy despite him being a con. There’s something to her backstory.” Odenkirk agrees, and he’s eager to explore her past. “The question is: is Jimmy this Svengali who’s making her do things she wouldn’t normally do? Or is it who she really is?” asks Odenkirk. “I believe she very much has this side of her. I’m always curious about her before we met her. What kind of crazy s— did she get up to? Because she was a natural and clicked into so quickly when Jimmy first came to her.” https://ew.com/tv/2018/09/17/better-call-saul-creator-jimmy-saul-goodman-kim/
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Yeah, they lost me on this. Doesn't seem very Kim, so I hope they revisit it.
  3. Le Cygne

    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Interesting the turn they had Kim take this week. Jimmy may not be honest with himself, but Kim is not being honest with herself, either. She has the Mesa Verde account because Jimmy broke the rules. Now she's using Mesa Verde to partner with the ones who defended the Sandpiper scammers of the elderly, and saying this gives her time to help people. It's a contradiction.
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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    Outlander trailer:
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    I don't think that's how she ends up. I think she's finding her way, to find out where she fits, and this is a step along that path. They are all reacting to the death of Chuck, in a way. Kim and Howard are working through their feelings, which is what Jimmy is avoiding.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Good points. She has gained insight into people who take a wrong turn, from her time with Jimmy. She tells the woman she defends that she's good at this, helping people this way (and she finds this more fulfilling than working for a bank). She also tells Jimmy he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, she's encouraging him to get past his wrong turn, too. And she tells the boy she defends to stay clean, but if he doesn't, she won't be there next time. This may be what happens with Jimmy, too.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Really worried for Nacho and his papa.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    This is a good interview with Michele MacLaren who directed the second episode (she did a great job): But it's still in contrast to the rack focus or pull focus from Jimmy and Kim making out on the couch to the goldfish tank in front of them? Exactly. That's a completely different thing. That's one of those situations where I like the power of suggestion. We all know what's happening next, but when you pull to the goldfish, it's that little subtle thing of saying, "OK. We know what's going on. We're giving them their privacy." It's a fun way to put an exclamation mark on that moment. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/better-call-saul-michelle-maclaren-breathe-interview-1134895 Neat way to use the change of focus. I worry about that goldfish. It's like Jimmy's humanity. They keep coming back to it, every episode so far.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    I just listened to the podcast, they said several times Chuck wrote the letter. Peter Gould said, "To be fair to Jimmy, he doesn't know what's in the letter. For all he knows, P.S., there's some kind of stinger in there, the kind Kim is expecting." Vince Gilligan said, "You can't take your eyes off her, because you know what she's going through. It's the horror of, I love someone who is damaged. He is emotionally stunted, there is something wrong with him, and just a few days or weeks ago, he had his issues, we all do, but he was more or less OK, and now he's not the same person he used to be. Something has been irrevocably broken inside of him emotionally, and you see the reaction... There's no cynicism, not a whiff of bitterness, he truly doesn't care."
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Yeah, that's what I thought, too. It's not like these writers to overly complicate things. Her feelings are quite understandable as it is, she's overwhelmed, and the person she loves is very troubled, and not talking to her about it. Chuck is still messing with Jimmy's head from the grave, she knows that, but she doesn't know what he told Jimmy that set him off before he died.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Hmmm, not sure about that, either. I didn't think so, and I still don't think so after listening to this, but I suppose it's possible. https://www.amc.com/shows/better-call-saul/video-extras/season-04/episode-03/inside-better-call-saul-season-4-episode-3
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    Wow, that episode. I think Kim wants Jimmy to cry, but he's walled Chuck off, and he won't tell her why (what Chuck said to him that last time). And then he's doing the thing with his father with the man at the copier company. Mike knows this has to do with his brother, and Mike has a code, only mess with the bad guys. And poor Nacho is trapped, but he trapped his father, that weighs on him, and he can't turn to him. Something's gotta give with all of this. Great show.
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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    It could be they make up a new role for him, the more the show character is around the better, I think. I agree, the show would be better taking more liberties, she gets very repetitive, as you noted. Oh, this, too. And her go-to plot device that's back this season makes the "why did this even happen?" stuff worse. The show would be better for addressing the implausible and repetitive stuff in the books.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    This is great, Vince Gilligan on how to not write a character: https://twitter.com/BetterCallSaul/status/1029835185326645251 Here's the full podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-call-saul-insider-podcast/id966297954
  15. Good points, and definitely! There's another book on romance you might find interesting. I recently read Pride and Prejudice: the Story Grid Edition annotated by Shawn Coyne, and he discusses a similar narrative structure that is common to good romances (there's commonality with Sansa and Sandor, too): Lovers Meet Scene Confession of Love Scene First Kiss/Intimate Connection Scene Lovers Break Up Proof of Love Scene The Lovers Reunite Scene More on the Proof of Love scene: The key component in the Proof of Love scene is that one of the lovers must sacrifice for the other's happiness without hope that the sacrificial act will do them any good whatsoever. Also there are conventions (distinct add-on elements that give the story context): The Rival (without rivals, there is no possibility for crisis) Moral Weight (if the lovers cannot elevate themselves morally, they will not be able to find authentic love; that is, they must have a worldview shift that raises their moral fiber) Helpers, Hinderers (those who help the two come together, those who work to destroy the match) Gender Divide (distinct differences in the ways the two lovers view love must be in play) External Need (external pressures to find a mate) Forces At Play Beyond the Couple's Control (social convention) Forces At Play in the Couple's Control (one or both lovers has to get out of their own way to change their behavior and worldview) Rituals (the lovers develop little things they only do with one another) Secrets Secrets society keeps from the couple Secrets the couple keeps from society Secrets the couple keeps from one another Secrets one of the couple keeps from himself/herself Some quotes from the annotations: These run-ins [they keep running into each other] are very important as setup for Darcy's proposal... Austen needed to make sure the signs of Darcy's fascination were actively on the page... Their verbal teasing is the stuff of intimate connection, which becomes a ritual between them... These two are not afraid of conflict... in fact, it excites them... Darcy thinks they're doing their usual verbal par and thrust and is enjoying it... Darcy is hitting the truth, the nerve of her internal problems that are preventing her from seeing that this guy is absolutely the one for her... I could have bullshitted you and given you the standard crap guys tell girls in order to get you to accept me. Instead I told you the truth out of respect.... THIS [the rejection of his proposal] IS DARCY'S ALL IS LOST MOMENT... Austen wants to leave the readers terribly upset by this exchange, but also hopeful that both Darcy and Elizabeth will change and come to realize their roles in keeping themselves apart... Mr. Darcy's proof of love turns the global story and convinces Elizabeth to devote herself to him without reservation. By the way, Elizabeth proves her love for Darcy in an earlier scene (the confrontation with Lady Catherine)... Also here's a good quote from the book, the proof of love, he did it for her: "If you will thank me," he replied, "let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you."
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