Feelin’ TV: June 19-25

There’s a reason that only kids repeat the little rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It’s because It’s complete garbage. While many have experienced physical pain, careless words are what often leave the most lasting scars. Through three seasons of Better Call Saul, we’ve watched as Jimmy McGill slowly but surely transforms into Saul Goodman. While the show has taken its time to get there, this week’s season finale moved the transition along with a jolt. And it did so with one sentence, spoken to Jimmy by his brother Charles. “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but the truth is, you never mattered much to me.” With these words, Charles, whose approval and respect was the motivation behind Jimmy’s quest to be a lawyer, paves the way for Slippin’ Jimmy’s rebirth Saul. And if it ends up that we don’t hear from Chuck again, it was one crushing final blow to our main character. I can’t imagine that Jimmy recovers from this. Occasionally, because of the likeable and charming way in which Jimmy is portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, it can be easy to forget that Saul Goodman doesn’t end up the good guy. He’s not the hero of this story. But until this point, he’s meant well. I’m not sure that will be the case anymore heading into season four. Previous seasons of AMC’s Better Call Saul can be found on Netflix.

It takes a lot of confidence for writers to do what they did on this season of Fargo. There were a lot of threads dangling from the season that one might assume would be wrapped into a little bow in an anthology series like this, but they would be wrong. Instead what we got was an open-ended finale that allows the viewer to decide how they want it to end. It was a wonderful twist to a season that has really played with the idea of the nature of truth. Does it matter what really happened if everyone believes something else? Do you believe that justice will be served like Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle does? Or will David Thewlis’ Varga be let off the hook due to the strength of the alternate story he’s created? You choose. It’s bold and I think it’s a perfect ending to this season. Prior seasons of FX’s Fargo can be found on Hulu Plus.

GLOW, which dropped on Netflix this week, is a fictionalized take on the beginnings of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling television show from the mid-1980’s. It stars Alison Brie as Ruth, a struggling actress who stumbles into an audition for the show and Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, the B movie creator who they hired to direct it. It’s a fun take on an origin story as the wrestlers live and train together, getting ready for the filming of the pilot episode. We get to see them adopt and hone their personas as they learn about the world of fake wrestling. It’s only 10 episodes that are about a half an hour a piece, so it’s not a huge commitment. If you’ve ever been a fan of wrestling, I’d assume that you’ll enjoy this fictionalized peek behind the curtain. Thanks to Steve Clifton for giving me a heads up about the show. All 10 episodes can be streamed on Netflix. 

As always, if there’s anything you’d like to have covered, leave it in the comments or on the Facebook page. There will be no Feelin’ TV next week on Independence Day. Turn off the TV, enjoy your family and practice fire safety.

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