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Better Call Saul 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2015– )
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The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Jimmy turns the page on his reputation; Lalo tracks a loose end in Gus's operation; Mike is forced to make a difficult decision.


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Series cast summary:
Bob Odenkirk ...  Jimmy McGill 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Jonathan Banks ...  Mike Ehrmantraut 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Rhea Seehorn ...  Kim Wexler 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Patrick Fabian ...  Howard Hamlin 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Michael Mando ...  Nacho Varga 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Michael McKean ...  Chuck McGill 32 episodes, 2015-2018
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Gustavo 'Gus' Fring 19 episodes, 2017-2018
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Storyline

Before Saul Goodman, he was Jimmy McGill. And if you're calling Jimmy, you're in real trouble. The prequel to "Breaking Bad" follows small-time attorney Jimmy McGill as he transforms into Walter White's morally challenged lawyer, Saul Goodman. Written by zaahir1604

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8 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Abigail Zoe Lewis replaces Kaija Bales from Breaking Bad (2008) in the role of Kaylee, Mike's granddaughter due to the character being younger in this series. See more »

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Mike Ehrmentraut's granddaughter Kaylee is clearly the same age as she will be during the run of Breaking Bad. SInce Better Call Saul is a prequel to that series, this should not be the case. See more »

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Saul Goodman: I'm number one on your speed dial right next to your weed dealer.
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The Descent of Jimmy McGill
8 October 2018 | by mto10See all my reviews

I absolutely loved Breaking Bad. So when I finished binging it about 2 years ago, I started watching Better Call Saul immediately afterwards. Hoping to latch onto it as a way to keep Breaking Bad alive. In some ways, the show succeeds in doing that, but it is very much it's own thing too. Focusing on the story of how Saul Goodman came to be.

To be honest, spinoffs almost never work well. To give one example, The Walking Dead's spin-off, FTWD, was a decent show, that never lived up to its potential. That changed in season 4, as the reboot breathed new life into it, but the point remains, it started as a relative failure. I was nervous BCS would end up being the same, but was I wrong. Better Call Saul I find to be an actual good spinoff. This is rare. That being said, the show is still not of Breaking Bad quality. That is an unrealistic expectation, however, because spinoffs *never* live up to or exceed the original. Going back to my example of TWD and FTWD, or the Star Wars OT and the Sequel Trilogy, etc. This will even likely be the case for the MCU after Avengers 4. To get back on topic, even though it isn't equal to Breaking Bad, the show is still definitely worthwhile. If you loved Breaking Bad, you should at the very least be able to find something to like about this show.

The main problem I find with this series is the pacing. This is one of the slowest paced shows that I have ever watched. Slow pace is not always a bad thing, in fact I advocate for it because it gives us more time to connect with the characters, such as when it's used in the parent program, or TWD, etc. Better Call Saul lays it on a little too thick I feel. Sometimes, because of this slow pace, the show might feel a little aimless. If you can get past that, it tells a compelling story about the descent of a man. As well as offering interesting hints as to what happens to Saul after the events of Breaking Bad.

Bob Odenkirk portrays Jimmy McGill's descent to Saul Goodman spectacularly. It really is a treat to watch. All of the other main actors are great as well. And it's enjoyable to spot Breaking Bad Easter eggs, as well as to see characters from the show brought onto this one. Such as Mike, Gus, Hector, etc.

Overall, BCS is a good show that can stand on its own. But it is made even better if you watch Breaking Bad first.

My Rating: 8.0/10


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