Better Call Saul is an American TV show on AMC, created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The show is a spin off of popular TV series Breaking Bad, which was also created by Vince Gilligan. It started airing in 2015, having 5 seasons. The final season of the series will air in 2021, bringing an end to the spin off series. Better Call Saul’s genre is described as crime drama and dark comedy, with subtle hints of drama and tragedy. The series is critically acclaimed, having a 98 per cent rating on the popular platform Rotten Tomatoes, also having received lots of interest due to its scenario and cinematography, as well as the inconceivable acting skills for its great actors and actresses.
Following the highly critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad, expectations were low, but Better Call Saul proved to be an amazing prequel and was even called one of the best prequels ever made. The show was nominated for countless awards, including Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. With intricate flash backs and flash forwards, we get to see Saul in a whole new angle. The audience gets to see how he has changed and evolved into the Saul Goodman character they had met before, in AMC’s successful series and acclaimed one of the best TV series ever created, Breaking Bad.
The series follows the lawyer Saul Goodman, who was introduced to the audience in the series that aired prior to it, Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is about Saul Goodman’s life and how he turned into the criminal we see in the popular series Breaking Bad.
Better Call Saul begins six years before the storyline of Breaking Bad, taking place in the early 2000s and it takes place in Albuquerque in New Mexico. In the year 2002, we see Saul Goodman (who was born with the name James McGill, but he was often referred to as “Jimmy”) who is an ex con artist who aspires to find a decent place for himself in life. He chooses to become a lawyer.
He finishes law school and gets an admission for the bar. He then plans on becoming an associate in a law firm where his older brother Charles McGill (often referred to as “Chuck”) works. Things don’t go as planned at the firm and Jimmy is obliged to take care of his older brother as he suffers from an illness. With all this going on, Jimmy tries to prove himself and tries to find his footing in the world, but as we find out, it is not as easy as it seems.
Alongside following Jimmy’s storyline, we also get to see his past with some of the characters from Breaking Bad, such as Mike Ehrmantraut, who is an ex police officer, Hector Salamanca and Gus Fring, who are involved in the distribution of drugs brought from Mexico. In season 4, the storyline starts to intertwine with Breaking Bad’s storyline and scenes and events get closer together.