‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘50% Off’ Continues the Season 5 Seesaw of Doomed Fates

‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘50% Off’ Continues the Season 5 Seesaw of Doomed Fates
[Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 5, Episode 2, “50% Off.”]

Buying time has always been part of the fabric of “Better Call Saul.” Apprehended felons, contentious siblings, pleading attorneys: all of them are just trying to wring what time they can for themselves or the people they’re working for.

A fifth of the way into Season 5, it’s not that the show is necessarily doing the same thing, but as was evident from the season premiere, wrestling with the impending conclusion of the show’s handful of individual arcs is going to mean a week-by-week balance of shuttling certain characters to their fixed endpoints and drawing out the drama of seeing how/when/why others won’t be having a future in Albuquerque.

For the second straight episode, Kim is made to suffer each of Jimmy’s successive steps into Saul-land. Their early morning, getting-ready conversation (marred by Jimmy preparing to wear an
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