After years of watching (and loving) Breaking Bad and other series, I took a break from watching multi-season shows. Call me too busy or too lazy, but I just couldn’t get into the binge-watch mode that streaming services like Hulu or Netflix allow.
Last week, I heard an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Bob Odenkirk (the jovially complex attorney Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul) and Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, a former cop and current “fixer”. So naturally, I had to at least check out this prequel, and what I found was pretty much perfect:
Better Call Saul uses the same type of delightfully awkward dialogue as Breaking Bad, as well as borrowing the (sadly) realistic points of daily life:
—The low pay of public defenders.
—A District Attorney ‘s obstinate behavior re: plea bargains.
—Crime can pay a hell of a lot better than honest hard work.
The background stories for Goodman and Ehrmantraut are pure genius, filled with the type of human interest factors (mourning a son’s death, the need for a brother’s approval) that instantly connect with a viewer.
Season 2 premiered yesterday, and I can’t wait for episodes to appear on either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Retracing Saul & Mike’s journeys are well worth the hour, or even the very occasional bingewatch…