Blogging ‘Saul’: Everyone breaks bad in ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 (2020) (TV review)

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ith AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” set to air its sixth and final season later this year, we’re looking back at the first five seasons of Vince Gilligan’s second masterpiece series over five Thursdays. Next up is Season 5 (2020):

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First episode impressions: ‘Clarice’ (TV review)

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dding both cachet and pressure, “Clarice” (Thursdays, CBS) has the weight of “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) behind it as it chronicles Special Agent Starling’s 10-year period between the movie versions of “Lambs” and “Hannibal” (2001). If you watch the first episode, “The Silence is Over,” with a checklist in hand, it checks all the boxes, proving that creators Alex Kurtzman (recent “Star Trek” projects) and Jenny Lumet know those films and author Thomas Harris’ source material.

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I need a hug: The Joss Whedon abuse allegations, and how the Buffyverse provides its own silver lining (Commentary)

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his one hurts. Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp era began, my friend Mike and I have occasionally talked about which celebrity’s theoretical outing as a monstrous person would be most painful. He says Patton Oswalt – coincidentally, someone who has worked with Joss Whedon. I never had a serious answer, but judging by how unexpectedly heartbroken I am to hear that Whedon allegedly verbally abused Charisma Carpenter on the set of “Angel,” my answer might’ve always been the man whose inventions fill up numerous DVD racks, bookshelves and comics longboxes in my apartment.

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Blogging ‘Saul’: Jimmy and Mike finally reach their turning points in ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 (2018) (TV review)

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Blogging ‘Saul’: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 3 (2017) delivers compelling prequel stories for many ‘Breaking Bad’ characters (TV review)

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ith AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” set to air its sixth and final season later this year, we’re looking back at the first five seasons of Vince Gilligan’s second masterpiece series over five Thursdays. Next up is Season 3 (2017):

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ loses most of its magic in series-ending Part 4 (TV review)

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 gave decent marks to the previous seasons (which this series calls “parts”) of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” but in retrospect it was because I imagined its future upside. But now that the run is complete with the eight-episode Part 4 (December, Netflix), it’s clear that “Sabrina” doesn’t reach that upside. It’s always visually impressive – a simple Google Image search demonstrates that this looks like a good show – and Kiernan Shipka nails the self-centered-yet-likable lead character, but the scripts are never on par.

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Blogging ‘Saul’: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 2 (2016) examines the psychological, moral costs of doing business (TV review)

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ith AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” set to air its sixth and final season later this year, we’re looking back at the first five seasons of Vince Gilligan’s second masterpiece series over five Thursdays. Next up is Season 2 (2016):

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Superhero Saturday: ‘Superheroes Decoded’ (2017) is the definitive documentary on the subject (TV review)

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uperheroes Decoded,” a two-episode History Channel documentary from 2017, isn’t what I thought it would be. But it turns out to something good: The definitive analysis of the history of superheroes and how they bob and weave with American history over the past century. Adults will learn a little something – even if a lot of it is a fun refresher — and brainy younger viewers should be enthralled too. Its only major problem is that if you’ve just watched PBS’ “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle” (2013), the first episode will be redundant – although it does go deeper.

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Blogging ‘Saul’: S’all good, man, as ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1 (2015) chronicles rise and fall – and rise – of our favorite crooked lawyer (TV review)

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ith AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” set to air its sixth and final season later this year, we’re looking back at the first five seasons of Vince Gilligan’s second masterpiece series over five Thursdays. First up is Season 1 (2015):

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