Summary: A flashforward shows "Gene" working as a manager at Cinnabon. Jimmy initially considers working at Davis & Main but ultimately refuses and quits the law. Kim questions his decision and Jimmy introduces her to his life by having her help him with a con job. They enjoy it, but Kim has to go to work, leaving Jimmy feeling lonely. After some soul-searching, Jimmy accepts the job offer at Davis & Main. Pryce grows bold and buys a hummer prompting Mike to stop helping him. Without Mike's help, Pryce is easily ripped off by Nacho who robs his house. Pryce calls the cops for help and they immediately suspect him.
The Good: This was a very good, easy-to-enjoy premiere even if a whole lot didn't happen.
I liked the decision to show a quick flashforward to Gene. It's an interesting decision that adds some intrigue (see: The Unknown), but it was fun to watch. The music and cinematography is great, like the last one, and I liked what the scene explored about Gene. Though it didn't accomplish much, we are learning more about Gene from these cold opens in the premieres. This simple conflict of Gene getting trapped lets us understand how much he has changed, as he is too afraid to take an emergency exit for fear of alerting the cops.
The main Jimmy storyline was very good in this episode. Though I am a little disappointed to not have Saul right away this season (see: The Bad), I thought it was the right decision to keep Jimmy as Jimmy. Jimmy as a character has become really likeable and there is definitely a lot of story that can be taken out of him before he turns into Saul Goodman. It makes sense that Jimmy would have second thoughts and I like that his relationship with Kim is keeping him from being his eccentric self. Last season explored how Jimmy's relationship with Chuck kept him on the "right path" and it appears this season the same thing will be explored with Kim. But I'm sure there will be plenty of storyline twists to keep it interesting and not repetitive.
It was nice to see hints of Saul though. The con scene for one was splendid and it was just as fun as any of the Jimmy/Marco cons we saw last season. Kim's involvement was also a welcome little tough, but more on her a little later. As for Kim in the con scene, her presence was good as it added some tension before relief when she decides to go along with it instead of giving Jimmy away. The scene was hilarious fun and I loved the decision to bring back the ever so potty-mouthed "Ken" from Breaking Bad. It was a good showcase scene for Jimmy slowly becoming Saul, along with the other club scenes and the hilarious cucumber water scene. That little bit had me laughing hard.
Speaking of laughing hard, the Mike/Pryce/Nacho storyline was great in this episode. I was glad to see it get a fair amount of time and some very interesting headway was made into the plot. But first of all, it was very funny! Seeing Pryce (well Daniel actually since we learn that's his real name) pulling up in that cringey hummer was comedy gold and Mike's reaction was perfect. Daniel really stole the show with his hilarious lines and his blissful ignorance of the way the crime world works. His decision o call the cops about his precious baseball cards was hilariously stupid, but it fit with what we have seen of the character so far, so it didn't bother me in the slightest. It was nice to see Nacho ripping of Daniel, because we already know that he likes ripping off criminals due to having no recourse. It was a nice bit of continuity.
Kim was splendid in the story too. It's great to see her get a more significant role after her being in the background for much of season 1. I presume we may get to learn more about her character soon, as we get to learn some more about her and her relationship with Jimmy here. From what I've seen, she seems very likeable and I definitely care about her relationship with Jimmy. It definitely adds an element of tragedy since we know that this relationship will be doomed in the end. Now I'll just hope that Kim can make her way out of this show without anything "final" happening to her.
The ending scene was nice too. In just a couple minutes, the change is Jimmy's life was demonstrated and we got a good look at how Davis & Main works. The use of Jimmy's assistant Omar to help show how much better Jimmy's law career has gotten was brilliant as everything felt like an organic welcoming from him, while also serving as a way to show us the luxury that Jimmy is experiencing now. I also like the callback to the Cocobolo desk in "Bingo". The very last scene with the titular switch was very good too. Nice to see Jimmy exhibiting just a little bit of his inner Saul Goodman to let us know that he is still a different person from the Jimmy McGill we knew last season.
The Bad: Not too much other than some nitpicks.
It felt a little cheap to repeat the finale's last scene in a different light. It does improve the storytelling a little bit though, so I'm fine with it. It does hurt that we aren't getting Saul after it was seemingly promised with the last scene in "Marco". It feels like a cheap cop out for the writers to revert on that.
The door in the Gene flashforward felt a little unrealistic and inconvenient, but I'm willing to overlook that for the storytelling we got in that scene.
The Unknown: Will Better Call Saul also cover events post-Breaking Bad? The Gene scenes seem to hint at that which is very interesting.
We know that Jimmy won't last at Davis & Main. What happens that causes him to branch off on his own again?
How is Jimmy's relationship with Kim going to self-destruct?
Best Moment: Nothing really stood out, but I thoroughly enjoyed Kim and Jimmy coning Ken.
Character of the Episode: Jimmy as usual, though Daniel put up a good fight for being just so damn funny.
Conclusion: This was a perfectly solid premiere that makes me want to see more.
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