To this day, Breaking Bad still is one of my favourite TV Shows. The story, the photography, the characters, the soundtrack, … That show brought TV Shows to a new level. I was thrilled when I learned that one of the characters, Saul Goodman, would get his own show, created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who also worked on Breaking Bad.
Saul Goodman was a fun character, acting as comic relief in Breaking Bad, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the spin off. Season 1 answered most of my questions: Better Call Saul wasn’t going to be a comedy, but Saul, aka Jimmy, still had his knack for delivering the best one-liners, something that was definitely needed in a vey dark show.
Better Call Saul takes its time. It can feel slow at times, but the camera work makes it worth it. Beautiful perspectives, long takes, a lot of work on colours, tons of hidden references, and great soundtracks make this show another U.F.O., much like Breaking Bad was.
Here is one of those “Blink and you’ll miss it” scenes, an obvious wink to The Beatles’ Abbey Road:
And here is a crazy long take I loved. The soundtrack puts it together very nicely, I think:
I hope I’ve convinced you to give Better Call Saul a try! :)