Jon Hamm, Rhea Seehorn, and more talk “science” in this Stinker Lets Loose audiobook exclusive

A stellar cast gathers to narrate Stinker Lets Loose, the purportedly resurfaced novelization of a supposedly beloved ’70s trucker film of the same name. The story is part Smokey And The Bandit trilogy, part Every Which Way But Loose; the titular Stinker leads lawmen on a wild chase that apparently includes a chimp.…

Better Call Saul burns down one relationship and rebuilds another

In the centerpiece of tonight’s finale, Chuck McGill rips out paneling, punches holes in kitchen tile, and leaves piles of plaster, drywall, and insulation throughout his home, looking for whatever is still drawing current into his house. It’s a scene that immediately brings to mind the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s …

Slippin’ Jimmy is back as Better Call Saul hurtles toward rock bottom

Uncle Bryn, on the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, once described a colorful acquaintance with the memorable sentence: “He died whilst faking his own death.” As Jimmy lay on the floor in the Wexler-McGill offices, amusing himself with an extorted guitar, I thought about that line. Our hero went full Slippin’ Jimmy tonight,…

Families fracture as Better Call Saul debuts its title character

Last week’s episode was such a climactic moment for the series, so intense and elegantly delivered, that a return to Better Call Saul’s normal high quality is bound to seem like a bit of a letdown. But let’s pause for a second to appreciate how “Chicanery” delivered on the promise of this show. Remember when we all…

Tapes, trackers, and approaching storms on Better Call Saul’s season premiere

I love procedurals. Police procedurals, sure—Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books are my favorites. But really any kind of stepwise, methodical portrayal of how something gets done. How It’s Made. Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Journalistic “tick-tocks.” Rube Goldberg comics. Song Exploder. This video about Wilson…

Breaking down this week’s brilliant, beautiful Better Call Saul montage

This installment of Polite Fight tackles “Rebecca,” which might be Better Call Saul’s best episode so far. Kim Wexler steals the episode, and most of Gus and John’s discussion focuses on her, with an in-depth look at her show-stopping montage and the meaning we drew from the (literal) signs we saw in the sequence’s…

AMC’s Better Call Saul stays the course in its confident second season

Television spinoffs are born holding an awkward pose, caught between embracing nostalgia and declaring independence. The stakes were even higher for AMC’s Better Call Saul, which carried with it the blessing and the curse of spiritually succeeding Breaking Bad, among the most ballyhooed television dramas of the past…