“Better Call Saul” doesn’t disappoint



Saul Goodman/James “Jimmy” McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, in a scene from “Better Call Saul.” Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Let me preface this by saying that I am obsessed with “Breaking Bad” and even more obsessed with the character Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer (emphasis on criminal) who helps out Walt and Jesse. Therefore, I had high hopes watching this show. And I wasn’t disappointed.

“Better Call Saul,” which premiered on Sunday, Feb. 8 and Monday Feb. 9, follows the character Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk (who is going by his real name on the show, James “Jimmy” McGill) before, during, and after the events of “Breaking Bad.”

The show, which, like “Breaking Bad,” has amazing cinematography,

chronicles how Saul Goodman became a criminal (emphasis on criminal) lawyer, helping out criminals in their schemes.

In the first episode, Jimmy (we’ll call him Jimmy for now, since that is his name in the show before his name change to Saul), wants to get business from a client and employs two idiot skateboarders to pull a car-crash scam so the client will want to hire Jimmy. This, however, goes awry and a major character from the first two seasons of “Breaking Bad,” a major character from “Breaking Bad” comes into play.

Odenkirk does not disappoint, delivering Jimmy’s lines in a funny, but convincing, and witty manner, especially in court and in dealing with the character from “Breaking Bad.”

The writers of “Better Call Saul” make the downfall of Jimmy, who went from a desperate, poor lawyer in the beginning of episode one to growing to the lovable, crooked lawyer viewers have known him to be, believable.

Even if you have not seen “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” is a show that shouldn’t be missed. With its funny and witty one-liners and amazing acting and cinematography, it will surely rise to be one of the best shows on TV.