If I ever have a child, I will name him or her Kettleman. On the other hand, Ehrmantraut has a nice ring to it…
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Better Call Saul might not be the best show ever aired, but that’s debatable. It must be the most purely entertaining. And though I indicated it was mere coincidence that Saul Goodman’s arrival on Breaking Bad heralded that series sweeping into the clip it would ride to the end, know now that it was more than coincidence.
As a spin-off, Better Call Saul could not be more different than Breaking Bad. Except, possibly, in those scenes with Saul, Breaking Bad is completely devoid of humor. Better Call Saul, on the other hand, deftly folds equal measures of comedy and taut drama.
Like its progenitor, Better Call Saul suffers from moments of incredulity — a Vince Gilligan trademark perhaps. An easy way the show could have greatly lessened this flaw: just throw out that first run-in with Tuco, and save him for later. It’s just one too many coincidences. Even so, this show is so fun that those few moments click by rapidly, and become even more inconsequential than in Breaking Bad. I only bring it up, really, as a point of comparison to Mad Men, which has no such instances.
As a counter-balance, Better Call Saul offers one of the most realistic depictions of the work lawyers actually do that I have ever seen on TV or film. Name another show that features — time and again — the grunt-work of sifting through stacks of paper. That essential bane of actual attorneys is rarely if ever included in courtroom dramas.
Oh and the relationships! Between Kim and her boss, between Jimmy and Chuck, between Jimmy and Kim… oh how I adore this show!
Season 1 is available on Netflix, and if past is precedent, you’ll have to wait a week before the Season 3 premiere (i.e. another year) before Season 2 comes on board. On that note: Vince Gilligan appeared on celebrity Jeopardy!, and was asked why there were not more episodes. The answer was that the network would love more, but he felt the quality would suffer. And he has a point — I think that’s another kink with Breaking Bad: things getting a little stretched out at times, something Better Call Saul never suffers from.