-That didn't take long. I guess I really like it now when shows do only 10 episodes a season.
-Odenkirk and Banks are in top form, of course. The few moments of pathos both characters get are handled really well. The supporting cast?...well, we don't spend that much time with them. Michael McKean is pretty good, in spite of the bizarre plot device he's been saddled with. Michael Mando established menace but we got to spend so little time with him! I sort of like how they're working with Patrick Fabian's character, I worried we were going to get some "uptight well-groomed prick" character like on Sopranos or something but they've been handling him as an interesting grey area.
-Of the guest stars, Raymond Cruz aside, the one I liked best was whoever it was who played Mrs. Kettleman, the annoying mousy wife. She really nailed it!
-Don't spoil anything for me re: season 2 (or anything else you know about season 3) but I've got a sinking feeling some of the Hamlin Hamlin McGill people are going to die. I mean, since we never saw or heard anything about any of them on Breaking Bad and it's set in the same city...
-I figured the moment "Five-O" was over that I was going to go on the Internet and see that everyone picked it as the obvious peak of season 1, but the AV Club only gave it a B because they said it was a cliched plot (I guess it isn't that hard to see where any of it's going) and that it's kind of coasting on the fact that we all like Jonathan Banks playing Mike so much! I guess I can see their logic but it's still pretty much the peak.
-The weakest episode was the tenth and final episode, "Marco." Not bad by any means but I can't say I was all that moved by the death of (REDACTED). And I could sort of see it coming.
-What I didn't find quite as predictable: the "kidnapping the Kettlemans" episode--I thought it was going to be something far nastier than what actually happened just because it seemed like it was time to get into some darkness. The way they shot Jimmy/Saul talking on the phone through the toilet paper tube to warn the Kettlemans, and the Kettlemans seeing someone in the dark bushes around their house, had me thinking we were going to get some classic "Half Measures" style creepiness but that's not what happened.
-The biggest laughs in the show so far are all from Saul's clients: the talking toilet guy, the rich redneck guy who wanted to secede from the Union and the homemade video of the stupid kids who broke into a hospital to have sex with a cadaver. The scene where Mike kicked the guy's ass who called him Uncle Fester for not bringing a gun with him was a little too easy IMO, although I liked the dorky Dennis Rader-looking guy who Mike made the deal with. LOL.
-So I guess it's mostly old hands from the Breaking Bad crew doing this, then? Well....good! Gilligan directs the pilot, Michelle MacLaren does the crazy Tuco episode, some guy named Gordon Smith writes "Five-O" and I don't know him but I'll be watching for more!
-Back to Lost season 3 but I'm glad I took a little breather to knock this one out. I rank it over BrBa season 1 but not over season 5a. Will be looking forward to season 2.