"Breaking Bad" has been and gone but that doesn't mean we have to abandon the entire thing. Vince Gilligan is back with his spin off series "Better Call Saul", which puts the spotlight on Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer.
This spin off series is set before the events of "Breaking Bad", focusing on Saul Goodman, the public defender who certainly knows how to put on a good show. Moving around from his office at the back of a salon, the courthouse, a diner and his brothers shambled house, this pilot episode shows us a day in the life of Jimmy McGill who later becomes the character we know and love, Saul Goodman.
The episode begins with a black and white vision of what Saul has become after the events of "Breaking Bad", with a new identity and a new profession, Saul works in a Cinnabon, which you'll remember he predicted back in the final season of the main show; "The fun's over. From here on out, I'm Mr. Low Profile, just another douchebag with a job and three pairs of Dockers. If I'm lucky, a month from now – best case scenario – I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.". These vague and mostly silent opening sequences aren't unfamiliar to fans of "Breaking Bad", and I'm sure that this one will lead somewhere eventually. This ordinary life is one filled with fear for Saul, expecting a familiar face from his past life to pop around the corner at any minute.
In the episode we see how Saul first met Mike, in a short and humorous scene, the two get off to a rough start, but I'm sure this relationship will flourish in later episodes.
In the pilot episode we see the glimpses of how Jimmy McGill makes the transition to Saul Goodman, even though he's in the same place with the same profession, Saul Goodman always had an overbearing confidence that we start to see in the latter half of this episode. Jimmy however is a desperate soul, scrambling for anything that will better his living. We see why Jimmy changes his name, due to his old law partner having an association with the McGill name. Chuck Hamlin calls it "professional courtesy" when requesting that Jimmy change his name, to consider a new identity.
"Uno" is a solid introduction back into this world and what better way to be re-introduced than with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan directing the pilot episode. Bob Odenkirk is on top comedic form back as Saul Goodman, whilst his character may not seem as complex as Walter White, I'm sure the creative team behind the show have many surprises up their sleeve for us. There is plenty here for old fans to relish at, especially a surprising conclusion to the episode, but also if you've never seen "Breaking Bad" (although, why haven't you?!), this is a thoroughly entertaining episode that will leave you wanting more.
"Better Call Saul" is showing on Netflix, I recommend you check it out!
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