We could write entire books about what makes a good metaphor or allegory. “Better Call Saul”Is full of them, the series itself is the representation of the fall of a man hungry for approval but for whom that is not enough and, by wanting more, he becomes another person.
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The slow pace of change turns the fall of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into a tragic affair, in which we watch helplessly as a talented man goes down the path of his own destruction. “The Guy For This”, third episode of the fifth season, begins with a close-up of the ice cream that Jimmy drops at the end of “50% Off”, which becomes a feast for a single ant; after which others and others arrive until the ice cream becomes the most popular site of the arthropods.
But, As the shot is enlarged, we realize that we are talking about ants and ice cream; inconsequential elements in the panorama. The camera gave them prominence in their struggles and sugary lust, but they only occupy a small piece of street in Albuquerque. Like Jimmy, like Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), like Nacho Varga (Michael Mando); little pieces in a bigger world where they are not in control.
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In Jimmy’s case, he does not believe he is in control of the situation, although his own actions have put him in the crosshairs of the drug traffickers. After meeting Lalo Salamanca, Jimmy is ordered to represent Krazy-8 to get him out of prison; situation that puts the lawyer in collision with DEA agents Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Steve Gómez (Steve Michael Quezada). Beyond this “Breaking Bad” mini-meeting; The strategy executed by Jimmy, but fingered by Lalo, threatens to cause problems for Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
On the other hand, Kim Wexler’s work life conflicts: obligations to his biggest client, Mesa Verde, force him to put aside the charity he offers to Albuquerque citizens with fewer resources. But the task he must perform is to communicate to Everett Acker (Barry Corbin) a man who will be evicted from his home, before which it is confronted by the subject; who can see through all the masks that the lawyer uses to live with a clear conscience.
When the reasoning does not work, Kim opts for intimidation (something unusual for the character) without great results. At night, still worried about how bad things got, she returns to the old man’s house to show him that it is possible to leave home and live a dignified life; he even tells her a story where she didn’t have a home of her own growing up. Her interlocutor, who still does not accept the offer, looks at her and says “You would say anything to get away with it, right?” And closes the door.
Did Kim tell the truth or, in true Jimmy / Saul fashion, did he just try to manipulate the old man? Be that as it may, the result is the same for the viewer: the lawyer plunges more and more into a gray area.
A parenthesis before closing: what a great scene that of Nacho Varga and his father, where the drug dealer is confronted for trying to give dirty money. His father has the answer: surrender to the police, something that the Salamanca subordinate does not intend to do. Instead, he joins more of Fring’s fabric, revealing to him that Lalo has exposed the operations of the chicken man before the DEA. On the other hand, let’s not forget the fury of Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), which appears briefly in the chapter and should be focused on concrete actions later.
With the promise that his days could be united forever with the dangerous Lalo, Jimmy returns to town. There he runs into the ice cream he left on the ground, which from being a feast of bugs turned into a stain on the sidewalk, right in front of the courthouse. Another metaphor for the multiple ways Jimmy turns the law around. At home, both he and Kim experience another complicity moment by breaking bottles in the street. At least in that they are in control, although, faced with the danger of being discovered, they flee. But they cannot escape forever.
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