If you know me at all then you know that I am a big fan of Better Call Saul.
It is without a doubt one of the best shows on television right now, and I would even argue that it is better than it’s predecessor, Breaking Bad.
But Better Call Saul isn’t a show that you can just turn on and watch while you are doing something else.
One of the greatest things about Better Call Saul is that the show does not spoon feed viewers information. If you want to know what is going on in a scene you have to pay attention to the scene. Sometimes you have to pick up clues from dialogue and action to put together what is going on.
For instance, in the first season, people weren’t sure what the relationship between Chuck and Jimmy was. When the Chuck was introduced there was no conversation or forced dialogue to tell the viewer, “hey, this is Jimmy’s brother over here.”
There is also a slow burn when it comes to some major plot points.
Season two ended with a pretty big problem for Jimmy. A problem that Jimmy did not even find out about until the second episode of the third season. We then have a slow build to a resolution that does not fully come until the sixth episode of the season.
And this is not something that is dragged out with filler episodes and stuff that does’t even need to be seen. Every single episode keeps you on edge of your seat. It keeps you asking what is going to happen next or why is he doing that?
Characters make plans that are not immediately apparent to the viewer and you have to pay attention to piece together what that plan actually is. Sometimes you have to pay attention for three or four episodes before you get you answers.
I like to talk about shows and movies. So of course I subscribe to sub-reddits of my favorite shows and I even found a Facebook group for Better Call Saul that has tens of thousands of people.
But with that many people it can get frustrating.
Everyone is speculating about what will happen, or why someone did something, or what it meant when someone said something.
Or there are questions about something that wasn’t obvious in the show. Something that seemed like a throwaway line or a simple act that later turned out to be significant. But the questions arise because they did not pick up the action or dialogue that led to the payoff.
The best way to watch Better Call Saul is with patience and a sharp attention.
Little details that feel like nothing at all can later turn out to hold the answers to something. But we might not get those answers for another three episodes.
So be patient and pay attention.