Living up to expectations!
What a great first episode to a long awaited series, bringing back some old faces and also quite a few new ones too.
Better Call Saul, the new prequel series from co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, takes the Breaking Bad technique of premiere episodes starting with an eerie depiction of future events, rewinding time to bring us to the start of the story that leads up to that event.
We already know how Saul Goodman ends up: working behind the counter of a shopping-mall Cinnabon - We also know the end chapters of Saul's story which lead him to losing everything when Walter White steps into his office.
With the first five minutes in ominous grey-scale we are hit with a vivid set of colors and the ball starts rolling!
My favorite element throughout the whole episode was the framing and shots they got. There are some beautiful scenes where shadows and lighting are used with such vision that I hope will be a continuous theme through the series.
Pay attention to the details, I have a feeling that if we are not paying attention we are going to miss some great Easter eggs & references.
This would be adding another dimension to the Breaking Bad universe, with amazing characters - I am expecting a great plot with twists and turns, the use of angles and lighting will just bring a new beauty to a gritty show.
Mike Is Back - Happier than ever!
Mike Ehrmantraut makes a return to our screens, I won't spoil his role, but already he is causing trouble for Saul.
We only see Mike for a few minutes but I can guarantee we are going to see more from our favorite monosyllabic 'fall-guy.'
The Skateboarding Duo
I am hoping these two get some more screen time, there is a lot the show could do with this skateboarding duo. Throwing themselves in front of cars is one thing, but can they keep up with what Saul has planned for them?
We end the show with them getting into a bit of trouble which we can only assume doesn't exactly give Saul the pay out he was looking for.
We see Saul's brother
We see an interesting dynamic between Saul and his brother. We see that his brother was a great lawyer that built up 'Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill' with other partners (pictures below) but is out of work and suffering from an illness.
This shows the difference of brothers; one who is successful and well achieved while the other (Saul) has been struggling to make ends meet, complaining about working as a courts defense attorney earning $700 a case.
I'm sure we will see a lot of conflict between Saul and Howard Hamlin as we move forward in the series and discover more about the relationship between him and his brother.
“You can get so caught up in the idea of winning that you forget to listen to your heart” - Howard's words to Saul
To top it all off we end the episode with Tuco holding a gun up to Saul's head and without a word leading him into a house. Saul has been led right into the jaws of one of the most dangerous men we ever had the pleasure of seeing.
"It's interesting to compare how Walt handled Tuco versus how Jimmy McGill handles Tuco," Gould reflected.
"It's two very different styles of kung fu," Gilligan added.
- IGN interview with Gould & Gilligan
I can say that it has lived up to expectation and I can't wait to see who else gets brought into the mix and where Saul will end up next.