Better Call Saul: Is It Worth Watching?


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We as humans are creatures of habit. Whether it’s for money, vices, or for our own pleasures, we humans are known to resort back to what we know most in our respective lives. Your passions always seem to follow you.

“Better Call Saul”, from the same minds as “Breaking Bad” creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, recently came to an end after a seven-year run (that spanned six seasons in total) started in 2015. The show primarily follows the life of Jimmy McGill, known to many fans of the Breaking Bad universe as Saul Goodman, before his legal guidance from Heisenberg and Jesse Pinkman helped to create their massive drug empire.

In the Breaking Bad TV series, we are introduced to the character of Saul Goodman, a “criminal” criminal defense attorney that has gained a reputation in the Alberqueue area as being a legal representative that can be trusted with even the most touchy legal situations. In the “Better Call Saul” series you get the explanation for how exactly Saul Goodman, who is played by the great actor Bob Odenkirk, became involved in the line of law work that he became involved in.

The show is considered a prequel to the Breaking Bad universe and shares many of the same cast members, with some newly added faces such as Howard Hamlin, Kimberly Wexler, and Ignacio “Nacho” Varga just to name a few of the new characters added to the “Breaking Bad” universe.

The show follows his life before he became a famous criminal defense lawyer, tying together many missing plot points from Breaking Bad in the process both post the show ending and also plot points that may have been a bit more vague during the duration of the “Breaking Bad” series.

Another major plot line throughout the show is the character Mike Ehrmantraut, who is played by Jonathan Banks, and how he goes from a former crooked cop working at a ticket stand outside a courthouse to the right-hand man of Gustavo Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito) and the most successful drug kingpin in New Mexico

Originally getting into the show took me some time, as like its predecessor the first couple of seasons of the show were a bit slow to watch at certain points in the progression of the show.​​ The show is not as reliant on the crazy gun battles and action that is often used in “Breaking Bad” but instead is more of a slow-running show that relies on plot and character development.

With an 8.9/10 rating on IMDB and a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critically acclaimed alone should show that this show is definitely not just your traditional spinoff of a popular TV show. All in all, “Better Call Saul” is a great watch and if you are a fan of the “Breaking Bad” series this show will definitely be a fresh breath of the same universe as well as learning some new background as well.