I talk to Chris Nicholson about Better Call Saul: S6E11, Breaking Bad. We discuss the role of nostalgia in art, and I bring up a recent Freddie deBoer essay on the topic. While in the past we disagreed on where Saul was going, this week we find ourselves mostly in agreement on this question but differing in our judgments of the artistic merits of what the producers are doing.
In the first season of the show, Jimmy wasn't nearly so bad. He was trying to be someone his brother Chuck could respect. But the show does seem to be suggesting that was the deviation, an unstable state that he got knocked loose from to reach his lowest-energy state.