Breaking Bad fans rejoice: Better Call Saul better than expected


Nabila Pranto

Sophomore Emmett Schindler channels his inner Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill, in AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul.

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Breaking Bad mega-fans and casual television enthusiasts alike will appreciate Better Call Saul, the latest quality show churned out by AMC.

The prequel to Vince Gilligan’s lauded Breaking Bad thrusts the terrific Bob Odenkirk as lawyer Jimmy McGill, into a starring role, one that his quick-talking, witty persona fits perfectly.  Breaking Bad fans know McGill by another name— Saul Goodman—which he will probably adopt at some point in the season.

Numerous nods to the original can be found in Better Call Saul, including the appearances of Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks), Saul’s trusted hitman, and Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), the psychotic methamphetamine dealer from early Breaking Bad episodes. Certain lines and scenarios conjure up uncanny recollections of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s exploits, to the delight of nostalgic fans.

Despite its ties to Breaking Bad, the prequel can stand on its own. Viewers learn that Saul, back when he was Jimmy, served time as a meager public defender before blossoming into the savvy criminal lawyer he eventually becomes. Money proves McGill’s biggest struggle, as the show emphasizes the somewhat nefarious means he takes to make a living. With twists in the storyline and continuous action in the plot, the intrigue seems infinite in Better Call Saul.

In the long run, this show will live and die with Odenkirk. Although early, few supporting characters have garnered much interest. However, with Odenkirk’s captivating talent, this problem is insubstantial, at least for now.

With a healthy blend of drama and humor, Better Call Saul appears to be AMC’s next mainstay.

The Chant’s grade: A