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Better Call Saul Renewed for Season 4: What to Expect




Better Call Saul returns in 2018!

Jimmy McGill will be returning to television next year in the successful Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. AMC confirmed fans will get another 10 episodes to see the upstart lawyer’s evolution into Saul Goodman.

Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, the show stars Bob Odenkirk alongside new and returning members from the Bad cast. The plot revolves around Jimmy’s quest to become a lawyer, as well as what led up to the events of Breaking Bad, including the origins of Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring.

President of AMC Charlie Collier said of the renewal: “Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man.’”

According to AMC, the third season was the third highest-rated drama on cable among adults 25-54. It averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode. In looking ahead, let’s look at what we’ve seen and what we’re expecting to see.

What Happened:

Warning: Spoilers for Better Call Saul through season 3 below.

Season three doubled down on Jimmy’s descent into a full embrace of criminal activity. The last few episodes felt like the end of House of Cards season 4, in that the actions of the main character seem as terrible as they can possibly get. So, where do they go from where they left off?

Season three was a realization of relationships. In the world Jimmy lives in, you live based on the connections with the people around you. Much like finding clients as a lawyer is based on networking and connections (as we saw with Kim getting the Mesa Verde gig), those relationships character’s form quite literally keep them alive.


The audience saw this idea this season with Chuck. As a hermit, Chuck only has Jimmy. By cutting him out, Chuck got rid of a nuisance, but cut himself off as well. Without Jimmy, Chuck had no one to lord over from the moral high ground. He lost his only adversary. Chuck tried to ignite a rivalry in his own firm with Howard, but he was quickly given a victory and expelled from HHM. Without anyone, either friend or foe, Chuck was out of connections, and therefore dead.


This is why the audience worries for Jimmy. In Jimmy’s illegal behavior, he lost his relationship with his brother and his clients, but grounded himself in a strong relationship with Kim. In losing Chuck, Kim is Jimmy’s only last real relationship. Without her, he has no one. Their relationship, while strong, is tenuous due to Jimmy’s frequent law breaking, most of which Kim isn’t privy to. If Jimmy goes too far and Kim finds out, Jimmy will lose his last relationship, and go the way of Chuck.

Mike, Nacho & Hector:

This is also why the audience can speculate on other main characters. It’s why the audience doesn’t worry about Mike. Not simply because he’s in Breaking Bad, but because he has a solid support system with his daughter in law and granddaughter, as well as the church community they belong to. It’s also why Nacho has basically been sentenced to death (or exile). Nacho lost his father because of his connection to the cartel and Hector Salamanca. His efforts to kill Don Hector prove right in the way of vengeance, but in doing so he loses the last relationship he has. Even Don Hector himself shows this. Tuco is in prison, he lost Nacho’s loyalty, and his own loyalty to the cartel is all but gone. By losing these relationships, he suffers a heart attack (and is confined to the chair we see him in in Breaking Bad).

What To Expect:

Using this equation of relationships=life, we can guess what’s in the future of Better Call Saul.  Jimmy’s promised and eventual decay into Saul Goodman comes with a price– Jimmy McGill’s life. When Jimmy loses Kim, which will probably happen when she catches him going to far with some scheme, he loses his last connection. No brother, no clients, no partner. From this, Jimmy has only one real option– continue down the path of a criminal. Rather than die physically, Jimmy dies in name and practice– and finds himself in Albuquerque as Saul Goodman.

It’s no coincidence that Nacho doesn’t appear in Breaking Bad. With his relationship with his father broken and his attempted assassination of Hector, he is alone. If Nacho isn’t dead by the end of next season, he’ll be begging Jimmy for an out. Perhaps this is where Jimmy stumbles upon a certain Vacuum repair shop for the first time.

Mike will be the only one able to walk this tightrope and keep the people close to him there. Mike has always seemed the most morally-straight character on the show, even more than Chuck’s lawful-good persona. These morals won’t protect him, but they will maintain his relationships, which is all he needs to do.

Better Call Saul returns in 2018. Until then, we can only wait.

Geek Culture

In the TV show Fallout, would the “rule of thumb” really work?





Walton Goggins’ character, who plays someone in the first episode of the new TV series Fallout on Amazon, mentions a “rule of thumb” when it comes to nuclear explosions.

According to the character known as “The Ghoul,” he learned in military school that if you raise your thumb and extend your arm toward the blast, you can tell if you are going to live or die. According to the rule, some Americans will be safe from the radioactive fallout if the mushroom cloud is smaller than their thumb. If the mushroom cloud is bigger than their thumb, they won’t be as lucky.

Many other survivors will probably ask you why you’re giving a mushroom cloud the big thumbs up. Is it worth it?

The idea has been looked into a bit thanks to the Fallout video game series, which caught the attention of physicists in their first year at the University of Leicester. They had heard a false rumor that the show’s mascot, Vault Boy, was giving a happy thumbs up to show support for the thumb rule. They wanted to find out if the rule was true.

The team looked at smaller blasts that would fit with the setting of the show and chose a 15-kiloton blast, which is the same size as the blast that happened when the US dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. The first thing the team did was figure out how far away you would have to be from the mushroom cloud for your thumb to cover the blast. They came up with a number that was about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles).

“Assuming the detonation occurred on the ground, the radius for avoiding all burns is 4.67 km [2.9 miles] away from the blast center, and the radius for radiation sickness symptoms is 1.56 km [0.97 miles],” the team said in their paper. “This would mean that you would be safe from the initial blast effects of radiation and burns.”

Even though you just saw a nuclear explosion nearby, that doesn’t mean you are safe. And that’s before you worry about nuclear winter. The radiation coming at you from the wind should be your main concern.

“Assuming an average wind speed of 24 km/h, the fallout would reach you within approximately half an hour if you were to be standing directly upwind.”

Getting caught in this wind will give you enough rads to make you sick. One more rule, though: run like hell. This might help you lower your dose.

“This investigation showed that if a 15-kiloton nuclear bomb was to detonate and your thumb extended at an arm’s length just covered the blast, you could survive most negative radiation effects by running laterally in the direction of the wind for a minimum of 1.65 km [1 mile] in half an hour, given that you are standing directly upwind from the blast,” the team said.

But this only works for a blast much smaller than the weapons the world has now. And even for smaller blasts, the rule probably won’t help because of the radiation that is released into the air and the fact that the wind can change quickly. Ruth McBurney, who is the executive director of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky, told Inverse that “shelter is the best thing to do if you think you might be in a place where fallout might be present or coming.”

More plans call for temporarily taking refuge in whatever is available, and then moving to better nearby shelters about 30 minutes after the blast. There are, of course, official rules about what to do during a blast. In short, you should stay inside and away from windows, wash your hands, and wait for more instructions. Please don’t condition your hair while you’re doing that.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount





There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fallout Season 2 has been confirmed as the show continues to captivate audiences, making it one of Amazon’s most-watched series





Amazon has just made the exciting announcement that a second season of the highly acclaimed Fallout TV adaptation is in the works. Fans can look forward to another thrilling installment of the series, which will be exclusively available on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Confirmation has arrived regarding the second batch of episodes for the series, following the acquisition of $25 million in Californian tax credits.

In just four days after its release, Fallout has already captivated audiences, quickly becoming one of Amazon Prime’s most-watched TV shows of all time. It has garnered immense popularity, rivaling even the acclaimed season of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

The Fallout TV show has caused a massive surge in sales for the newer games, resulting in a staggering 7,500% increase in purchases of Fallout 4 in Europe. Fallout 76, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas were also among the top 10 best-selling games across the continent last week. Next week, the highly anticipated PS5 version of Fallout 4 will be released, offering players an enhanced visual experience with new graphical modes. Additionally, players can look forward to exciting new content from the Creation Club.

Considering the potential for character development and narrative arcs, it would be intriguing to see where season two takes Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s exciting to speculate on the possible directions their stories could go. We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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