Better Call Saul is an American television crime based drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of The Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call Saul recites the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan nicknamed as “Jimmy” McGill, six years before he first appeared on Breaking Bad as the witty lawyer that goes by the name Saul Goodman.
The much anticipated first season, which premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015,consists of 10 hour long episodes. The show’s following 10-episode second season premiered this year on February 15, 2016. The series was renewed for a 10-episode third season later in March this year.
Better Call Saul has received critical acclaim just as its predecessor and garnered several nominations in award functions. The series premier received an overall viewership of 6.9 million which set the record for highest-rated scripted series premiere in the basic cable history.
Better call Saul boasts of character actors
Bob Odenkirk stars as Saul Goodman, the hot-shot whip-smart lawyer, the eponymous character of the show. In January 2014, Jonathan Banks confirmed that he would reprise his Breaking Bad role as Mike Ehrmantraut to star as a series regular. Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also announced having had “serious talks” with Gilligan for possible guest appearances.
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This show merges the dark with the comedy successfully
The show centres around Saul and features the dark comedy he brings about the series. Given that Odenkirk is a comedian first, the show will likely marry both of his worlds.
Now, Breaking Bad ended with Saul disappearing into an entirely new life with his future uncertain and lying ahead of him. But the past he shared was pretty much clear and contained, and that’s the focus of Better Call Saul. The series is set up as more of a prequel to the Breaking Bad and about how Saul Goodman, the small-time lawyer went about becoming so quirky.
We got the first glimpse of Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad when one of his many seedy advertisements inspired Jesse to call him for legal assistance. And from there, the rest is history, as Goodman’s shady resourcefulness, connections and legal background assisted Walter White to stay away from being caught. The show is set up six years before Saul Goodman met Walter White. Saul Goodman goes by the name Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. But how did he turn out to be the man Walter White met in the “Better Call Saul” episode? That’s what this new series reveals.
The music and camera, as good as the Breaking Bad
One of the most highly anticipated shows of the decade, Better Call Saul was expected to deliver an even better quality and originality of entertainment than the show it originally spun-off. But one can judge right from its first few episodes that the show promises to be just as cult classic as Breaking Bad. As far as promises go, the first few episodes have made a good one but what remains to be seen is how will the show continue and keep up in the future.
The photography of the show is quite gorgeous along with the visual trademarks such as playful camera angles, the creativity to shoot simple scenes with unusual and interesting shots, and is just beautiful to look at. The background music of the show plays an integral part and helps establish the tone of certain scenes. The writing, directing and acting in the series is excellent and at par with its original show. The storyline of the show is firmly constructed by its writers giving us a bounding experience. Although we get some of our favourite characters back , the new ones that are introduced promise to be just as interesting.
We feel for Jimmy in his journey to being Saul Goodman
And then above all, there’s the magnificent Bob Odenkirk. Coming off as a slightly one-dimensional and comical character in Breaking Bad, the character we’ve loved as the sleazy, slick Saul Goodman has already shown more versatility in the first half of the first season of ‘Better Call Saul’ as compared to his entire run on BB. And many thanks to Odenkirk along with the fantastic writing, the actor absolutely relished the opportunity to show what he’s capable of. His character charms, skews and torments his way through his scenes, but somewhat unexpectedly also manages to move you during quiet intense moments.
Summing up overall impression of the show, ‘Better Call Saul’ is a delightful, ingenious, darkly comic, multilayered story that could possibly end up being just as unusual and exciting as we all want it to be. The show is right in line with its tone of originality and measures right up to the scale of its class. The writing, directing and acting – as well as the production values of the show are top notch, and if what we’ve seen so far is anything to go by, we’re in for a feast of entertainment.
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