Michael McKean and the American Escape Hatch

Michael McKean: Better Call Saul is About the American Escape Hatch

Here is an interesting interview with Michael McKean about his latest project, Better Call Saul.  As a huge Breaking Bad fan I admit that I am still on the fence about Better Call Saul.  I am still waiting to find a way to connect with it.  There are definitely moments of brilliance as it examines the American legal system and asks bigger questions about the American dream.  However, I find the show to be a bit slow to find its rhythm.  I am a few episodes behind at this point.  I don’t really want to judge it until I have seen all of the first season.  I think creator Vince Gilligan, who also created Breaking Bad, has earned that from TV viewers after creating one of the best TV shows of all time.  Here is a snippet from the interview:

Everything that happens to you in your life can sometimes find the way to make all the difference down the line. But when you’ve got a confluence of stuff here, Jimmy getting involved in these bigger cases, these bigger money cases, getting a whiff of the money anyway — if you’re going to be cheated of the attention and prestige you feel you should have, if you feel cheated of that, you’ll find a way to settle for the money. That’s the American way. If everything else goes off in your face, if your family can’t stand the sight of you, if you can’t hold a job, if you can’t stay away from drugs and booze, well, at least you can make a lot of money and have all this f-you money stacked up. It really is the American escape hatch instead of the American dream.

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