Better Call Saul: Valentine’s Day gift for Breaking Bad fans
I have to admit it, it wasn’t love at first sight. When AMC announced a Better Call Saul sequel to Breaking Bad, I thought it was a bad idea.
But, I was wise to tread lightly and hold off on a premature judgment. After the premiere episode, I have a great appreciation for the one who knocks over trash cans, and IS the hapless danger — Jimmy, before he was called Saul (hilarious, yet endearing Bob Odenkirk).
Thank you Vince Gilligan! Better Call Saul is a wonderful Valentine Day’s present for us diehard Breaking Bad fans who still choke up when we hear the strains of Baby Blue on the radio.
The writing on Better Call Saul is crisp and funny, with the same suspenseful setups Gilligan and crew pulled off in Breaking Bad. The audience feels we are right there with Saul during his trials and tribulations, going along for a crazy ride, and wondering what the heck is going to happen next. Or who may pop up.
After getting to know Saul on Breaking Bad, we knew we were in for some fun in the initial courtroom scene, as Jimmy gives his closing remarks for three teen boys he is defending. “Keep in mind,” he tells the jury, “no one died.”
Oh boy! As the prosecutor wheels out a TV, we just know a wild tape is going to be played — and sure enough it is. But, it’s something so off the wall deplorable, there’s no way any of us could have seen it coming. The laughs are on us.
That’s the brilliance of Vince Gilligan. He plays with the audience, reels us in, and then delivers a POW payoff. It’s all about respect, and I hope Mr. Gilligan knows his audience respects him as much he respects us.
Lately, I’ve been watching Monday night reruns of Breaking Bad on AMC (they’re into the final season now), and it still just blows me away how good that show was. I still miss it. It’s like a long lost friend is gone. But I’m in the honeymoon stage now with Better Call Saul, and loving it.