All The Details You Might Have Missed In This Week’s Episode Of ‘Better Call Saul’

02.18.15 4 years ago 67 Comments
If you’re the type who doesn’t care for symbolism, camera angles, cinematography, and subtle — and not so subtle — callbacks to Breaking Bad, this post might not be for you. You can file it under, “Reading Too Much Into Better Call Saul.” But it’s a tremendously fun show for film and Breaking Bad geeks, though I will concede that it’s possible that I climb too far down into the rabbit hole and see things that may not exist.

If they do exist, that’s what makes Vince Gilligan shows so satisfying to watch, and watch again. Slowly. Frame by frame. With a magnifying glass.

Here are some cool details I found about the third episode of Better Call Saul:

1. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, or if it was just one of those happy coincidences, but I found the background Halo effect in this shot somewhat striking. Given the reference to The Shining (“Heeeeere’s Johnny”), I couldn’t help but to associate it with Kubrick’s lighting style.

Here’s a less pronounced, but no less obvious, halo effect from Breaking Bad.

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2. The lighting here is also striking. Chuck’s face is half lit and half in shadow during the entire scene. It was very common in Breaking Bad to light Walt’s face this way.

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