Better Call Saul: “Klick” Season 2 Finale Review

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Considering last week’s jaw-dropping cliffhanger, “Klick” is a pretty modest finale in terms of how much actually happens. A lot of the episode is Jimmy standing over Chuck’s hospital bed as his brother disparages him. But how this plays into the themes of the season, especially following the remarkable flashback scene that opens the episode, makes it feel immensely satisfying nonetheless.

Learning the circumstances of the brothers’ mother’s death is crucial to understanding how little Chuck respects his little brother. The very moment Jimmy goes to do something as simple as grabbing a quick snack, Chuck watches his mother suddenly wake, call out Jimmy’s name without even acknowledging the son who’s actually there, and then suddenly dies. We’ve learned previously how their father always bought Jimmy’s schemes, even when they were destroying the family business. Now we see how Chuck felt rejected by both parents, detesting Jimmy for it all the way through. It adds a significant layer to how much Chuck hated seeing Jimmy succeed early in the season, even inspiring him to start going back to work. But maybe that all ended with a blow to the head.

As for Jimmy, he sealed his fate the second he decided to run into the copy store and help his brother. Chuck is too smart to let that slide, even when his temple is bleeding out. How much of what follows is an act may be up for debate. The long upside down shot of Chuck being treated was horrific. With lights close to his eyes and the doctors talking about CAT cans and EKGs, Michael McKean puts genuine fear in Chuck’s eyes.

The pacing and editing was a bit too quick for when Jimmy took Chuck home. For a while, I was convinced it was a dream. Perhaps that was on purpose to give Howard’s call toward the end of the episode some extra tension. But it’s a bit of an annoying misdirection when what we were shown earlier ends up being completely true. That said, Chuck really seems to have gone off the rails at this point. Retiring from HHM and covering the entire living room in material supposedly better than wood and plaster for blocking sunlight, it initially looks like Jimmy made a mistake not committing his brother to psychiatric care. But as Chuck makes himself out to be more pathetic, Jimmy’s love for his brother ends up being what will do him in. He gives a full verbal confession to switching the address of Mesa Verde to make them switch from HHM to Kim’s new firm. In one of those cliffhangers that really makes you just want to throw something at your TV, the season ends on a shot of Chuck pressing “stop” on a tape recorder that was going during Jimmy’s entire speech. For a scene that highlights Jimmy’s best qualities, it also brought out Chuck’s worst. Jimmy’s compassion is Chuck’s weapon to bring him down. However, we’ll have to wait until season three to see how that goes.

As for Mike, his war with the Salamancas doesn’t quite come to a satisfying conclusion, but it does feature the most intense scene of the entire season. Mike’s story this season has always felt closer to Breaking Bad than Jimmy’s, and with good reason. But that was never more true than when Mike sat in the desert and patiently waited for Nacho to get out of the way so he could take down Hector Salamanca. The scene is long and sound plays a terrific part in it. The silent gunshot in the distance, followed by the wildlife all suddenly shutting up at once. Then the faint sound of the car horn. If you weren’t sweating on the edge of your seat here, TV may not be the art form for you. But a note on the car reading “Don’t” doesn’t solve anything. It points to a future, one that probably involves Gus Fring. But the big bad himself doesn’t show up. The scene and Mike’s moments throughout the season before this all pointed to Hector getting a gunshot wound that would cripple both his body and his voice. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Besides that slight letdown, “Klick” was a pretty excellent finale for Better Call Saul, far surpassing last year’s. It all points to a bigger season three, one that looks to take Jimmy down and push Mike toward his Bad future. But as an individual episode, “Klick” was filled to the brim with great character work and nail-biting tension. Mike’s story didn’t end as satisfyingly as Jimmy or Chuck’s, but that’s hardly enough to take down the superb storytelling that came out of this show in season two. It’s going to be a long wait for the next episode. Finale Grade: A- / Season Grade: A-

Some Other Notes:

  • So wraps season two of Better Call Saul. A better thought out season than the first, Saul‘s second year built on memorable character arcs and relationships. The supporting cast really came into their own this year, with the already great Chuck and Kim getting meatier roles and never disappointing. There was some really poignant stuff throughout these ten episodes that makes great statements about characters we knew both before and after this spinoff series began. Of course, even as great as it is, the show still doesn’t hold a candle to Breaking Bad, which pulled off all of the above in the midst of stirring action and a rip-roaring narrative. Better Call Saul doesn’t ever need to be as good as its predecessor, but it’s close enough that it doesn’t disappoint. Plus, the future only points to more excitement down the road.
  • The look on Kim’s face when Jimmy asked her to get all the senior citizens coffee was classic.
  • Who else could have written the note on Mike’s window other than Gus? Seriously, I’m at a loss at coming up with another name. Maybe the DEA for some reason? The second I typed that it sounded like even more of a long-shot than it already was.
  • Thanks for reading our Better Call Saul reviews this season! We’ll be back next year to cover season three!

By Matt Dougherty

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