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THR Interviews Michael Mando; TheWrap on Saul/Bad Crossovers

This week, The Hollywood Reporter interviews Michael Mando, while TheWrap examines all the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul character crossovers. Plus, Ars Technica hails the show’s visual effects team. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter interviews Michael Mando, who says of Nacho, “I think to him what’s more important than surviving is seeing through his sense of moral justice, which is that his father and his family deserve to survive because they’re innocent. They deserve to be safe, and if it’s at the cost of his own life, then so be it.”

TheWrap spotlights “15 Breaking Bad characters we’ve already spotted in Better Call Saul.”

Ars Technica points out that Better Call Saul “happens to boast one of television’s most experienced and creative staff and crew. Even if Jimmy McGill doesn’t have hacker friends or carry a futuristic laser pistol, the show hides plenty of clever VFX work in relatively plain sight.”

Paste posits, “If Breaking Bad was the ultimate ‘genius dude has a midlife crisis’ show, Better Call Saul is what happens when the same crisis hits the rest of us: frustration, complacency, and failure.”

IndieWire is appalled that Better Call Saul has never received an Emmy nod for cinematography: “BCS’s deliberate compositions, use of light, color and shadows, angles and dimensions, and off-kilter framing are unparalleled.”

CinemaBlend speaks with Giancarlo Esposito, who says of his scene with Gale, “It was nice to have an opportunity to really have a light moment with Gale in regard to his singing and being in his own world and his being so eager.”

• Michael Mando tells Den of Geek, “Nacho is surrounded by predators in this criminal underworld and that requires you to grow and increase your degree of toughness to survive along the way.”

TVLine hails David Costabile’s return as Gale, observing that “his endearingly dorky performance just reminded us how much we’ve missed him. ”

CarterMatt spotlights a video where Gale sings an extended version of The Elements: “The thing that is easily the most impressive to us here is that David Costabile had to learn this entire song and get it down pat — while also acting as the character in the scene.”

GamesRadar+ calls Better Call Saul “a case study in how to construct the perfect prequel. Here’s how it’s done it – and what other shows, prequel or otherwise, can learn from it.”

• The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the city’s Venezia’s Pizzeria was name-checked in last week’s episode, after first becoming famous on Breaking Bad in 2010 when Walt “threw a Venezia’s pizza on the roof of his house.”

Paste‘s latest power ranking includes Better Call Saul, calling “Something Beautiful” an episode of “quiet tragedy, suspenseful slapstick, gory suffering, and the overwhelming sense that everyone in the show is about to make a series of huge, irreversible mistakes.”

• For recaps and reviews of Season 4, Episode 4, “Talk,” check out A.V. Club, Den of Geek, Forbes, IGN, Independent, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, TVLine and Vulture.

Watch Season 4, Episode 4 on amc.com and AMC apps for mobile, Fire TV, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

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