Did the finale correct course for you at all, or too little, too late? As much as I welcomed it, particularly some of the imagery, I'm not optimistic it could act as a panacea if the buildup essentially did nothing for you.
Didn’t end up watching it. But I should still have an appetite after dinner tonight.
Speaking of playing the game, you were 92% of the way through the show with the same name as this one:
I finished the first season and started the second, then stopped. Just didn’t do anything for me. It still feels like a slightly higher notched procedural.
In other news though I’m close to the end of season three of Better Call Saul. I was quarantined after I had Covid symptoms, so I had a solid 2 days of doing nothing but having a fever (test came back negative last night).
Once the show finds its groove, it really does feel like an earnest continuation of Breaking Bad. It fills in the gaps of some of the better side characters, there are a lot of call backs and cameos (some subtle, some definitely not) for fans, and the comedy slots into the same dramatic irony as Breaking Bad. The fundamental difference is the trajectory of the show. Where BB had Walt as the maniacal force unifying every element and ripping things apart every season, in this show Saul shares almost equal screen time with Mike. And because it's a prequel with a very defined finish line that the whole audience is intimate with, neither of those characters are in a hurry to be there anytime soon.
Well, I'm surprised you made it that far, I figured when you didn't write back that it just didn't happen. I can't say you didn't give it a fair shot. It's far more about exploitation and base entertainment than it is high brow themes (with perhaps one exception), so if you're not even getting fun out of that there's little point.
That's why the Jimmy show never hooked me despite the quality and fact that by the end Breaking Bad might have been the best experience watching a TV show I ever had. There was no urgency, inertia, or consistent dramatic action. It's all texture and no text, and was like seeing a model ship being built in a bottle; it might be beautiful and impressive craftsmanship, I even yearn to see it complete, but I sure don't want to watch it happen.
I've had my fill
That's what made it the perfect "trapped in a room" show for me. I had put off catching up for years because of the lack of a natural propellant in the story. But with so much time on my hands, that hardly mattered. Instead of anxiously watching the minutes tick by as Mike uses a metal detector out in the desert, catching up on the day-to-day of Saul and Mike was like a warm blanket, because it's a very familiar feeling show.
I do think you'd like it, because it's earnestly a continuation of what they started with Breaking Bad. You just have to get over the point you've already nailed — there is nearly nothing to gain or lose in the telling of this story, because these characters are in stasis.
One thing I didn't mention yet, mostly because it's been told to death, is that Michael McKean is at his career best in this show—particularly in Season 3. He outclasses everyone in his scenes to the extent that it's almost jarring (You... do realize this is a barely-watched prequel show, right Mike?).
Well, I finally fired up the season 3 premiere of Better Call Saul for the first time, years later, and I have to give it credit for consistency in its identity, as they immediately emphasize that Chuck's incriminating tape, the climatic cliffhanger of season 2, is of no legal value whatsoever (woo hoo, exciting =). I imagine he'll play it for enough people that it becomes public knowledge and get Jimmy in trouble that way, especially with Kim, or even get him to incriminate himself further. Anyway, I already don't remember what Jimmy did in this episode, more of him and Kim not clicking essentially because she's busy dealing with his misdeeds on her own. And the Mike stuff was cool, but again, dramatically speaking he couldn't just find the tracker, drain the battery, and then tail the guy the old fashioned way and find Gus halfway through the episode? This show is all about the means, not the end. =)