TV Club: Jimmy reads, disobeys the signs in the Better Call Saul premiere

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind

Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?

In the cold open to this season two premiere—lyrically and brutally rendered, a midwestern symphony in concrete gray and flour white—the former Jimmy McGill finds himself trapped in a dumpster room after the mall where he works has shut down for the night. Unwilling to open the emergency exit because of a sign on the door warning that alarms will sound and the police will be called, he settles on an overturned milk crate and waits for a janitor to come along. Hours later, when he’s finally freed, the camera stays behind as he bolts through the door. Slowly our view zooms in on the graffiti-littered wall behind that crate. Scratched into the whitewashed concrete with a key: “SG WAS HERE.”

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