Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen the Season 2 finale of Better Call Saul, “Klick.”
“I miss the mail room.” — Ernie
As I was watching the season two finale of Better Call Saul, I began thinking about what I would write in this review. As the hour unfolded I settled on the thesis that we, the audience, are a bunch of jerks. All season we have seethed and railed against Chuck as he did everything in his power to sabotage Jimmy. It’s easy enough to vilify Chuck, but the man is mentally ill. At times his behavior is exhausting and other times downright despicable, but how much of that can be blamed on his illness? And, if it were any other sort of non-mental illness, would we hold him as accountable for his actions?
That was the direction I decided to go and I think that would have made a lovely review. Now, I’m not so sure.
Yes, Chuck is mentally ill and his illness plays a large part in some of his more villainous behavior, but he also just isn’t a very nice man. Whatever caused his mental break, the long-standing animosity he feels for his brother has only intensified along with it. The severity of his condition is constantly changing and practically disappears when he needs to participate in the world in order to put Jimmy back in his place. When he needs sympathy, the lights are too much. When he needs to win back a client from his brother’s girlfriend, the lights are just fine.
Now, he has used his illness and his brother’s good heart to manipulate Jimmy into confessing to a felony. I guess you can still be a dick and also be sick.
Elsewhere, Mike finally bought something from the world’s nicest arms dealer and came really close to killing Hector. Two things thwarted him, one, Nacho acting as an oblivious human shield and, two, an unseen guardian angel. Someone figured out his intentions, followed him to the desert and propped a stick onto his car horn to draw his attention to a simple directive—don’t.
Who could this mystery person be? Well, if you subscribe to crazy online theories (and I certainly do), the first letter of every episode this season form an anagram with a pretty blunt clue. Frings Back.
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