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Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul
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"Saul Goodman is… He’s the last line of defense for the little guy. Are you getting sold down the river? He’s a life raft. You getting stepped on, he’s a sharp stick. You got Goliath on your back, Saul’s the guy with the slingshot. He’s a righter of wrongs. He’s friend to the friendless. That’s Saul Goodman."
Genre: Crime drama
Serial drama
Legal Crime
Black comedy
Tragedy
Running Time: 41-60 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: February 8, 2015 – August 15, 2022
Network(s): AMC
Created by: Vince Gilligan
Peter Gould
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television
Starring: Bob Odenkirk
Jonathan Banks
Rhea Seehorn
Patrick Fabian
Michael Mando
Michael McKean
Giancarlo Esposito
Tony Dalton
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 63


Better Call Saul is an American crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is both a spin-off and a prequel of Gilligan's previous series, Breaking Bad.

Plot

Set in the early to mid-2000s in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series develops Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), an earnest lawyer and former con-man, into a greedy criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman. Also shown is the moral decline of retired police officer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), who becomes closely affiliated with the Juarez drug cartel to support his family. Jimmy and Mike's interactions remain sporadic until their respective storylines fully converge.

Why You Should Call Saul Goodman after Watching It

  1. The show explains the origin of Saul Goodman, showing us how he went from a bad lawyer but kind-hearted person who cares about justice to a good but corrupt lawyer who helps his client avoid jail even if they deserve it.
  2. Despite the name, the show explains the origins of many fan favorite characters such as Gus Fring, Hector Salamanca and Mike Ehrmantraut.
  3. Despite being a prequel to Breaking Bad, it sometimes show scenes set after Breaking Bad, exploring what happened to Saul Goodman.
    • Scenes/episodes set after Breaking Bad are filmed in black and white which differentiates it from the rest of the episodes and give them a unique look.
  4. It shows great character development such as Saul Goodman going from an honest but bad lawyer to a corrupt but good lawyer.
  5. Very sad scenes such as Marco's death and Kim breaking up with Jimmy.
  6. The show was made for people who've never seen Breaking Bad but at the same time people who saw Breaking Bad will enjoy it more.
  7. The cinematography, camera angles, and framing solidifies the shows’ connection.
  8. The cast is still absolutely phenomenal, especially their leads with Bob Odenkirk giving an arguably better performance than in Breaking Bad.
  9. Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael McKean, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian—have all given nuanced, memorable performances as strong as anything and it shows here.
  10. Extremely shocking moments like the death of Chuck, Nacho and Howard, the burial of Lalo and Howard's bodies and Kim resigning as a lawyer.
  11. The series finale, Saul Gone, has Jimmy redeem himself and gives one of the most wonderful endings for a show.
  12. It's one of the rare examples of a prequel story done right (unlike these), as it explains important origin stories, expands upon the story of Breaking Bad and doesn't make continuity errors.

Bad Qualities

  1. The pacing can be slow at times especially in the second season.
  2. Less action compared to Breaking Bad.
  3. The godawful "Slippin' Jimmy" animated spinoff that none of the original cast or crew were involved in and is connected to the show in name only.
  4. "Nippy", while good, is considered to be the weakest episode of the series.

Trivia

  • It spawned the "Saul Goodman 3D" meme.

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