It’s been well over a year since Breaking Bad left our screens, and many of us still aren’t over it. We can re-watch it and debate about it as much as we want, but the days of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are over. However, it’s not quite over for Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk’s fast talking lawyer who acted as the comic relief for the show. We finally get to see his spin off show, Better Call Saul, a series that acts as both a prequel and sequel to Breaking Bad, with apparently some parts even taking place during the show. The show aired its first two episodes at the start of this week, but were they any good?
Two episodes in and we’ve already been reacquainted with two characters from Breaking Bad: Mike Ermhantraut, a fan favourite who we already knew would be a main character in the show, and a surprise appearance from Tuco Salamanca, the psychotic drug dealer who gave Walt and Jesse grief in Seasons one and two. Jimmy scams the wrong person, leading him and his accomplices to Tuco’s house where they’re held hostage and taken out into the desert. Once again, we get a glimpse at Tuco’s childish nature, which is almost laughable but it’s nice to see that he doesn’t actually mature or change in the seven years leading up to Breaking Bad. He’s still crazy as fuck. It’s a nice guest appearance and a shocking twist for Breaking Bad fans, but the scene in which Saul bargains with Tuco for the lives of his accomplices has to be one of his best moments to date. Bear in mind, this only happened in episode two; we still have a entire season for Saul to be awesome and he’s already given us something brilliant in episode two.
Whilst these first two episodes have been impressive in certain ways, there’s a worrying possibility that the show will mainly rely on Bob Odenkirk to keep it entertaining. No doubt he will, but if the show just isn’t great beyond the performance, then we’ve got a problem.
Still, its early days and we shouldn’t judge too soon. Better Call Saul is here and it’ll hopefully fill the void that Breaking Bad has left.