“It’s showtime, folks!”
In another world, a spin-off for what’s arguably the best TV show ever might be considered a bad idea. Of course, this is Vince Gilligan‘s world, and Better Call Saul has surpassed all expectations with its surprisingly touching first season, which might actually be even more addicting than its predecessor’s first offering.
Saul takes place a few years before Breaking Bad, back when the confident criminal lawyer was still Jimmy McGill – an insecure man with an office behind a nail salon, obviously still trying to find his place in the world. As it turns out, Jimmy had a brother (Chuck McGill, played by Michael McKean) causing him trouble long before Walter White ever entered his life.
It takes two amusing episodes featuring a surprising guest star until Better Call Saul manages to step out of the shadow of its own older brother and reveal its full potential. The show proves in one season that Gilligan’s Albuquerque franchise is far from over, when not just Saul, but even Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) gets to intrigue and break hearts all over again. For a story that already felt finished two years ago, that’s quite the accomplishment.