I recently started my third rewatch of BB on DVD, having found two BB virgin friends to watch it with me…We get together every Sunday evening for dinner and 3 or 4 episodes, and are well into the second season, having just watched “Better Call Saul.” As we go, I’m slightly revising my “scripts” of and comments on each episode, and have completed that to the end of Season 2. At the same time, I’m listening to Aron and Jim’s BaldMove rewatch (podcast), and enjoying their commentary.
I was inspired to do the rewatch by how much one of the friends and I enjoyed watching the first season of “True Detective” together. I couldn’t watch that show, which veered into the horror genre, without company, but couldn’t resist buying it on DVD as a staunch fan of both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. I asked her what else I might have that she’d like to watch, and we settled on BB.
Spoiler alert on this paragraph…I’m enjoying the rewatch, but not as much as the first two times, now that I know the ending, which, as readers of this blog know, I found somewhat disappointing in its tendency to glorify Walt (or at least not make him pay for his crimes with more than a death that was coming anyway) and its not letting us see Jesse get away with any more than his life.
When we get to the last 8 episodes — assuming we do — it’ll be my second time to watch them. We’ll have to see if my friends can take the progressive darkening of the show, as well as the sheer amount of time required to watch it.
It’s interesting that we watched “Better Call Saul” last night, considering that it was the debut evening of the new Vince Gilligan Series of that name, starring Bob Odenkirk. I haven’t watched the first episode yet — I’m waiting till tomorrow when I can watch both introductory episodes (the second one airs tonight) on Amazon. I’ll let you know…The New York Times reviewer loved it.