Fans of Breaking Bad would remember the date September 29, 2013 very well, Don’t they? They all know that the last episode of the season finale was aired on TV on this day. They were thrilled (for the climax), sad (as it was the climax) and yearning for more as the epic drama series ended. But then came February 8, 2015 and Better Call Saul was released. It served as an extravaganza and a real treat not only for Breaking Bad fans but for TV series lovers as well.
Better Call Saul is a spin-off prequel which focuses on ‘Saul Goodman’ — a character from Breaking Bad played by marvelous actor/comedian Bob Odenkirk. Saul Goodman is the nucleus of the series as it gives an outlook into his life 6 years before he appeared in Breaking Bad. Intriguing isn’t it? After watching Season 1 of this series and scrutinizing his character from Breaking Bad, it definitely looks antipode from the characters point of view. Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad was a deceitful strip mall Lawyer and represented the lead characters, Walt and Jesse. Strip mall! Seems like a quirky place for a lawyers office? Yes, it is but it is totally justifiable and relevant to Saul’s character.
Better Call Saul is without a doubt obscure, a bit flimsy, and idiosyncratic. The entire series has numerous complicated situations and provides deep insight into each characters’ nuances.
Season 1 opens with a black and white sequence of Saul in present time working in a mall where he seems to have aged quite a bit. The connection is prevalent directly with Breaking Bad. As in the finale, he runs off to Nebraska in a sketchy process of identity change. The entire season after this focuses on Saul whose real name is James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill. Saul (Jimmy) is a struggling, beguiling, and jocular public defender in New Mexico. Interesting new characters and old recurring ones are added in this series. It definitely provides a substantial panorama of the plot throughout each and every episode. The deadly Mike Ehrmantraut (from Breaking Bad) played by Jonathan Banks is shown working as parking lot attendant who has an on/off verbal tussle with Saul throughout. Michael Mckean (a new addition) plays a rather compelling part as Chuck McGill, Saul’s older brother who suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity and is habitually covered in a space blanket.
The hyperactive Tuco Salamanca (from Breaking Bad) played by Raymond Cruz is introduced in an amusing manner. Saul arranges a skateboard accident scam with twins Lars and Cal in which they are supposed to get into an accident with Mrs. Kettleman. She is a client to whom Saul wants to offer her service. Coincidentally they target the wrong car which belongs to Tuco’s grandmother! The super bouncy Tuco is enraged and then unconventional events unfold. Rhea Seehorn plays Kim Wexler and is shown having propinquity towards Saul. Patrick Fabian and Michael Mondo are other new additions and are phenomenal in their performances.
Better Call Saul is without a doubt obscure, a bit flimsy, and idiosyncratic. The entire series has numerous complicated situations and provides deep insight into each characters’ nuances. There will be a comparison with Breaking Bad in terms of plot and characters but Better Call Saul stands on its own with remarkable direction and writing by Vince Gilligan who is the creator of both series.
Have you seen Season 1 of Better Call Saul? What’d you think about it in comparison with Breaking Bad? Do you think it improved on it? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to leave your rating for Season 1.
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