Better Call Saul centers on Saul Goodman, a character that made his first appearance in the groundbreaking series Breaking Bad. The makers of Breaking Bad have created a spin-off based on the life of the criminal lawyer before he meets Walter White, the protagonist of Breaking Bad.
The first season of Better Call Saul was a success with the public, and not just with fans of Breaking Bad. The series was nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmy Awards 2015 together with Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, two other hit series from Netflix.
Creating a spin-off from a popular TV series is always a risk. Very often, they are just watered-down versions of the original. Luckily, the scriptwriters of Better Call Saul have put their best foot forward. The slippery, dodgy lawyer is brilliant in this series, which is full of unexpected twists. Even the setting is surprising. Goodman runs his business from a stuffy office in a shopping mall in Albuquerque (New Mexico).
Saul Goodman takes on different guises in this top series. As a viewer, you are constantly wrong-footed and never know if Saul's intentions are good or bad. This just increases the suspense. One thing's for certain: Saul is always getting himself into a mess, and his methods for getting out of them are not exactly kosher. He's an anti-hero who’s out for himself and does everything he can to capitalize on his shady dealings. But you can't help sympathize with him.
The first season of Better Call Saul starts with a flashback to 2002, when Jimmy McGill (later known under the pseudonym Saul Goodman) worked as a pro-deo lawyer. While caring for his sick brother, Jimmy struggles to keep his career afloat. He sets his sights on a couple accused of embezzling 1.6 million dollars. However, his plan is sabotaged by Tuco Salamanca, a dangerous criminal who will be familiar to fans of Breaking Bad. What follows is a thrilling adventure that has you on the edge of your seat. Warning: high risk of binge watching.
In the second season, Jimmy returns with a new outlook on life. He no longer wants to be the good guy. Slowly but surely, he seems to be edging closer to his alter ego Saul Goodman. But then he gets offered a fantastic job. Will he stay on the straight and narrow?
We have a feeling it's all going to go horribly wrong. But exactly how, is yet to be seen. Just like in the first season, intelligent humor seeps through the story lines, with witty one-liners and hilarious characters.