“Dedicado a Max”.
|Posted: 16 March 2020 at 9:12pm | IP Logged | 12
Man, this one was a lot of fun, despite those unsettling undercurrents that keep popping up.
First things first—it’s great fun to see Jimmy going full-Saul Goodman with his constant schemes and scams to keep Mr. Acker from being evicted. The Jesus spraypaint gag was my favorite. Seeing Mr. X again (he was the guy easily disarmed by Mike in the parking garage waaaayyyyy back in the first season, when Pryce was looking for a bodyguard to go with him to meet Nacho) was also a pleasure. I’m just waiting for Bill Burr to pop up as Kuby.
I see that they’ve retained the BREAKING BAD trick of using that golden-yellow color grading for scenes set in Mexico. And, of course, we again get to see JB Blanc as Gus’ Doctor, which is always a pleasure. Mike’s recovery lends itself to a few good laughs, too, and we again see that he seems most at peace with himself when he’s doing home repair and construction work.
Of course, the title of the episode comes from the fountain/pool, which is obviously a reminder for Gus of how Max Arciniega (the character, not the actor) was murdered by Hector Salamanca. Another example of just how obsessed Gus is. And now it seems we’re finally headed toward the point where Mike will make his deal with the devil and seal his fate.
Speaking of which, it’s quite unsettling to see the direction Kim is headed in. Sure, the scene where Jimmy (as Kim) and Kim (as Kevin) play-ac is funny and sweet and genuine, but Jimmy gives her every chance to bow out and not enlist full-Saul Goodman. And yet she goes there. If Jimmy is serving as the voice of reason, here, that’s not at all a good sign for Kim’s judgment.
The scene where Schweikart confronts Kim—and then she confronts him, in full-view of their firm—is quite shocking. Kim almost looks to be on the verge of a panic attack after he leaves her office, and then she impulsively makes a public spectacle of herself by going after him, presumably to help lend credibility to her cover story of not colluding with Saul Goodman. Or is it because she’s literally losing emotional control of herself and making bad choice on top of bad choice, and not a mere attempt at maintaining her story?
That being said, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to it than what’s on the surface. That silent moment alone in her office after Schweikart walks out indicates that there’s a lot going on in her head. She could easily take Schweikart’s “suggestion” and bow out from the case. But she forces the matter, and very publicly. Is it about her desire to win, even at all costs? Is it about her guilt over Acker being evicted? Could it maybe, just maybe, be that she feels like Jimmy is slipping away, and her being quietly desperate to continue pulling this scam with him, just so they can stay close? Whatever the case may be, Rhea Seehorn is wonderful in this episode.
As with the address number transposition in season 2 (which snatched Mesa Verde away from Chuck, and managed to turn a meeting of the New Mexico Banking Commission—the most boring thing in the world—into high drama), I have the sinking feeling that this minor land dispute is going to have major consequences for our characters.
More importantly, the Mesa Verde subplot has been moseying along for FOUR seasons, now, seemingly without major import. Initially, it served as a storyline to explore Kim, and then Chuck and Jimmy became involved. After that, it’s just sort of been background noise which helped to illuminate Kim’s character and her relationship with Jimmy, as well as highlighting the fact that helping the “little guy” in her pro bono cases (the same sort of “little guy” Saul Goodman claims to want to help, but doesn’t actually care about) is what most satisfies her as a lawyer.
Now, however, it’s all slowly merging together with the story of Saul Goodman’s birth, and with whatever will become of Kim by the end of this series. When all is said and done, it may well be that Mesa Verde has been a sort of ticking time-bomb that we never knew about until it snuck up on us. We’ll see.