When it was announced back in 2013 that Breaking Bad fans would be getting another dose of Vince Gilligan’s creative spark with Better Call Saul, there was trepidation. Would people just be viewing a re-tread of Breaking Bad’s best elements, would this be like the dreaded Muppet Babies or perhaps we might be getting something original, a spin-off that works? Yeah, I understand Fraiser was a success, almost as successful as Cheers but for every Fraiser there’s a Beverly Hills Buntz.
Better Call Saul’s first season debuted on AMC and Netflix February 8, 2015, incorporating the dark humour and unexpected emotional punch of its forbearer Breaking Bad, BCS was what people wanted.
Currently in its second season, set in the early noughties, approximately 5-6 years before the events of Breaking Bad, the series displays a slow-burning devolution of a central character, attorney-at-law, Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and his effect upon the people in his life. The secondary characters include Breaking Bad favourite Mike (Jonathan Banks) as well as new characters, Saul’s brother Chuck (Michael McKean) and series highlight Kim (Rhea Seehorn).
It has been argued that people should view Better Call Saul before enjoying Breaking Bad but seeing as those who haven’t seen Breaking Bad is a very small camp compared to those who have, maybe people should just go ahead and watch it.
Providing viewers with a reminder of what made Breaking Bad so compulsive while adding a fresh perspective upon how an individual comes to terms with their attributes to life, however unsavoury they may be.
Airing Tuesdays on Netflix, Better Call Saul is not to be missed.