This week’s latest episode of Better Call Saul, “Rico,” was yet another exceptionally entertaining 40 minutes from Vince Gilligan.
Gilligan knows how to deliver scenics and silence, all while still telling the story without the words. It’s almost magical. And the whether the scenics are in a room, looking through some parking lot posts and a parking attendant’s booth or just looking out over the desert or the city, Gilligan always has something to say with those vistas.
I wasn’t sure how the story was going to go with Better Call Saul (Bob Odenkirk). I was worried about old characters looking young in a bad way or how much evil lawyer we were going to have to put up with. Yet Gilligan has pulled one out with his portrayal of Jimmy and his good days.
We learned last night how Jimmy got his law degree. We’ve learned about his brother, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) and his unique medical condition. I love how he recognizes his issues and how Jimmy is dedicated to his brother and getting him involved so much that sometimes he forgets about his “allergies!” I loved Gilligan’s portrayal of Chuck’s experience a few episodes ago of how he must have felt when he woke up in the hospital surrounded by electronics. And did anyone take note that despite his curious ailment, he was able to distinctly identify that his doctor had a small electronic device in her pocket? Yep… just enough doubt was delivered to the television viewer to make you wonder just how real his condition might be.
Along this short journey, we also learned that despite being a shoe box lawyer living out of a back room of a nail salon, he has balls and steps up when needed.
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Yes, it is a confusing headline, but it goes like this:
A company we never heard of is looking to sue Fox for the use of the name Empire because this CA corporation worries that the make believe story about make believe people on your television will tarnish their perceived trademark. But then I ask, who?
I have to wonder about this public move by a little known company while Empire is helping keep Fox at the top of the TV ratings charts and records.
This company will “come forward asserting rights to “Empire,” “Empire Distribution” and “Empire Recordings” but has also in a demand letter claimed trademark dilution by tarnishment via a series that features “a label run by a homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.””
Of course they are looking to assert their rights AFTER the show has dominated the small screen, and not during. Empire is doing so well, along with a few other “minority” or “diversity” cast shows that networks are responding with more “diverse” programming in the upcoming season, even to the point at times, of recasting leads in some shows to appeal to the new advertising demographic. (I put some words in quotes because until online pieces pointed it out, it just was not on my radar as something that stood out. I enjoy shows with people in it. Now “what” is in it. I see this dual edged sword of why do we need to make this a special focus, while still understanding the need to make clarity known.)
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