Season 2 - 10 episodes (2016)
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Created by: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean
Jimmy McGill is a former grifter who is now a lawyer. He wants to do the right thing, but at the same time, becoming a lawyer hasn't been the dream he imagined.
The second season of what may be one of the best spin offs succeeds because it doesn't try to be Breaking Bad. It's less of a spin off and more just a story set in the same universe.
We know where Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks) end up, but getting there is quite the journey. There are plenty of cameos from Breaking Bad, including Hector, Tuco, and Nacho among others.
Jimmy has a job in a legitimate law firm now, but following orders and rules isn't his strong suit. Mike wants to provide for his daughter in law, but the kind of high paying jobs he can get come with big consequences. We're beginning to see the foundations of story arcs that will eventually get them to Breaking Bad, and the writing in this is good. There are ample moments of humor, action, and victory for all of the characters.
The introduction of each episode deserves a mention. They often feel like short films, tangentially related to the episode and always well done.
This season starts like the first season did (read my season 1 review), with Jimmy's future alter ego Saul Goodman working in a Cinnabon under an assumed name after the events of Breaking Bad.
Jimmy does a few favors for Mike this season, the first one in episode two is extricating Mike from his wanna be drug dealing client with a "squat cobbler" admission on his client's behalf.
While you can't deny the charms of Jimmy, Mike's scenes are solid. I feel like this season is a bit more Mike, and that's a good thing. He's the older guy who can still play the game well, his wisdom making up for any loss in reflexes, and yet he'd rather be reading the newspaper.
He ventures deeper into the drug world, forging an alliance with Nacho. That breaks bad for Mike, and he ends up with Tuco and Hector as enemies.
The final episode ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. How far will Chuck go to knock Jimmy down a peg, and how far will Mike go in fighting Hector? Mike and Jimmy are both in precarious positions.