Better Call Saul: 2015 – Ongoing
Created by: Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando
I’ve been writing an article about TV Spin offs and this show came instantly to mind. Not necessarily a spin off you would expect, but Better Call Saul is technically one of them. When Breaking Bad ended, fans immediately asked themselves and the creators one very important question.
To which, the creators of Breaking Bad responded with Better Call Saul. A prequel to the show of Breaking Bad. And it was reported it would follow everyone’s favourite sleazebag Saul Goodman. Or should I say, Jimmy McGill. Because before Saul Goodman, there was Jimmy McGill.
Now we all know I have problems with prequels, but the show ingeniously avoids all of the problems I have. They create new obstacles for the characters to overtake, obstacles that have no correlation with Breaking Bad but at the same time pose a threat.
Without spoiling anything, certain characters that are deceased in Breaking Bad return in Better Call Saul. It’s great to see familiar faces, and being a huge Breaking Bad fan it was amazing to see those faces.
Casting wise, there isn’t anything out of the ordinary. The cast all fit their roles perfectly. Breaking Bad cast members appear constantly. But like I always say, the cast can only work with a good writer. And does the show have good writing?
Of course it does! It’s Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it’s a masterpiece just like Breaking Bad was and anything they touch is a masterpiece.
Better Call Saul is almost as good as Breaking Bad and it rightly deserves a place on the list of 100 TV Shows. But did you notice how I said almost? It’s not as good as Breaking Bad, but only by 0.1% less.
It’s definitely worth watching if you want a new show to watch or are a fan of Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is a perfect show and it lives up to Breaking Bad expectations, but there’s something about it being a prequel that may deter some.