A prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul breaks in the right direction in many ways. For one, it’s a character piece. That said, it’s not the best show on TV, and it might not be for everyone. While I enjoyed the first two episodes of the series, I was left disappointed by the last two. However, I’m glad I stuck around to watch the third season.
Better Call Saul is a character piece
If Breaking Bad was an ensemble piece, Better Call Saul is a character piece, with well-developed characters, logical storylines and satisfying resolutions. But like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is a character piece, too, and that is one of the reasons it has managed to stick around for so long. Whether you’re watching it on Netflix or AMC+, you’ll want to check out the final episodes, which air July 11!
As a character piece, Better Call Saul excels at maintaining a sense of tragedy. The show is largely about the lives of Jimmy McGill and Kim, and it does a superb job at maintaining an atmosphere of sadness. Yet while the show is essentially a character piece, there is a deeper theme at work here as well. Jimmy’s character, his relationship with Kim, and the underlying theme of the series all feel very real.
The show’s female characters are generally under-developed, and few are prominent. There is one exception: Kim Wexler, a young and ambitious lawyer who is a love interest for Jimmy. The marriage is solely for the sake of legal convenience, but Kim is in danger due to Jimmy’s involvement with the drug cartel and his new identity. In addition to the conflict with his wife, Kim also struggles to maintain meaningful relationships.
The sex-based characters are also a major factor, with the recurring role of Mike Lawson playing a crucial role. Mike and Jimmy are best friends in the first series, but their relationship is far from perfect. Mike Lawson and Gus Fring’s relationship is fraught with complications, including the marriage of the two best friends. Their rocky relationship is another key element of both series.
The first episode of the fourth season begins with a flashback to an episode from the beginning of “Breaking Bad.” A crooked politician, Saul Goodman makes a cash pickpocket in the crawl spaces of his home and instructs his secretary to shred all documents. He promises to take a phone call from Gene Takovic on November 12 at 3pm. And the next episode, “A Better Call Saul,” follows that same path. Gene Takovic calls from a truck stop payphone, and Francesca Goodman answers the phone at an abandoned gas station.
“Better Call Saul” is also a character piece, with the plot filling in the gaps surrounding the threat that Saul faces. For example, we learn that the drug lab he is working on is a shady ring that wants to recruit Skyler to help build a case. However, this isn’t the only time Saul gets a chance to show his skills and abilities.
It’s a prequel to Breaking Bad
The better Call Saul is a prequel to the popular series that launched in 2008 and focused on Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. It has occasionally dipped into Breaking Bad territory, but has largely avoided the prequel trap. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cranston opened up about the intense secrecy surrounding his roles. The actor even joked that he and Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk would switch roles!
The Better Call Saul prequel to Breaking Bad tells the origin story of the former Jimmy McGill, who later became Saul Goodman. The show also briefly touches on the life of Saul after Breaking Bad. Nevertheless, “Better Call Saul” is a solid watch for fans of both series. Here are some of the things you need to know about this upcoming prequel to Breaking Bad:
Set six years prior to the events of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has followed Jimmy McGill’s path to become Walter White’s consigliere. This prequel will wrap up Jimmy’s complicated journey to the ultimate goal of becoming the infamous drug lord. It will also provide conclusive answers to some of the no-shows from Breaking Bad. Aside from the protagonist Jimmy, the other characters in the series will be Tony Dalton and Michael Mando. Moreover, the new series will feature Kim Wexler, Jimmy’s love interest.
In order to create a story based on Saul’s character, the writers drew inspiration from an episode in Breaking Bad. Gould’s throwaways on the characters of Walter and Saul Goodman were used by the writers for the Better Call Saul prequel. The show has an excellent relationship with Breaking Bad, and fans will certainly enjoy the upcoming prequel to the critically acclaimed series.
The plot of Better Call Saul is similar to the show’s, but it differs slightly in some aspects. While the characters are similar in many ways, the show is largely focused on the contrasting pasts of the two main characters. The prequel to Breaking Bad follows a similar plot arc. The two brothers, Chuck and Jimmy, are still involved in the drug business, but now they are pursuing their dreams of building an empire. The show is a must-watch for fans of the popular series.
It’s a character piece
Though it debuted seven years ago, Better Call Saul has already made a name for itself. It’s the perfect prequel to Breaking Bad, as well as a stand-alone show in its own right. It follows a mild-mannered man who ends up in the underworld of the drug business in New Mexico. However, the series is more of a character piece than a plot device.
Season one opened with a climactic scene involving Jimmy McGill’s confrontation with an ominous cartel kingpin. It is a classic case of a bad guy playing a role in a good story. Fortunately, Better Call Saul goes beyond that to build a believable ensemble of Albuquerque criminals. The series’ first major bad guy, deranged cartel kingpin Tuco Salamanca, drags Jimmy McGill into the “game” in the pilot. Jimmy McGill’s negotiating skills and persuasion skills are the most satisfying parts of Better Call Saul.
Despite its relatively low ratings, Better Call Saul is a hit. Season two, in particular, surpassed expectations with a satisfying series finale. Its creators were able to make good use of the backstory of Jimmy McGill, which gave them more latitude in the plot development process. The show’s climax has become a popular Internet sensation in recent months. This success is a testament to the show’s ability to build a memorable character.
The Better Call Saul finale was much more subdued than the Breaking Bad finale, with a quieter mood that focused on time travel, regret, and personal sacrifice. This final episode was a satisfying conclusion for this fantastically crafted series. The series’ characters have been brought to life in this manner, and it is a triumphant ending for this ensemble cast. So much so, that it’s hard to choose a better call than the previous two seasons.
The show’s climax is a fitting way to cap off Season 2. After introducing the world to Jimmy and his wife, Kim Wexler, the show finally brought their romance to the fore. After all, they were both involved in a scam on a shady day trader, and their mutual love language is con-artistry. When Kim finally committed to Jimmy, Odenkirk’s performance gave us a hint of his subtle elation.
The writers of Better Call Saul recognize that the show’s plot and characters intersect with Breaking Bad. They had no set timetable when they began developing the series, but they knew they had ideas for characters that would make it stand out. Their writing style was like that of two separate shows, with each character playing a pivotal role in the story. Despite its similarities with the popular drama Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul breaks in the right direction with its satisfying series finale.