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Better than Breaking Bad? Better Call Saul is a smashing hit right now!
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Better than Breaking Bad? Better Call Saul is a smashing hit right now!

by February 21, 2015
Positives:

Better Call Saul is already well-received not just by critics, but also by viewers, who are more than excited for the show. People have already analyzed in depth the first three episodes and they are more than eager to receive more. Vince Gilligan has a tough task ahead of him, but if we take a retrospective look at Breaking Bad, he knows what and how to deliver.

Negatives:

Fans should tread carefully when it comes to the show. The bar has been set really high by Breaking Bad and the first three episodes of Better Call Saul are right at the top, but this doesn’t mean ups and downs are not possible. However, when you have slightly “slower” episodes like the “Fly” of Breaking Bad, fans might actually be really disappointed.

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Worldwide fans of Breaking Bad have waited for a year until they could see their favorite criminal lawyer back on TV. Bob Odenkirk was a bit busy with Fargo, but this time he’s in to score bigger than ever before. Breaking Bad was there to give us an insight into the business of Saul Goodman, an apparently average lawyer with cheesy ads and an office in a strip mall. However, there’s more than meets the eye in the universes created by Vince Gilligan and Saul Goodman is one of the best people to show you this.

Saul wasn’t always Saul

Although the character of Breaking Bad advertises himself as Saul Goodman, he wasn’t always this person. He started from a low point and ended up at a slightly higher one, at least officially. The side businesses done in Breaking Bad proved to be very profitable, even though he had to deal with average Joes on a daily basis to prove himself a “Goodman”.

Who is Saul Goodman? Saul is actually Jimmy McGill, an attorney that really struggles to make ends meet – when you earn $700 while battling in court for three defendants, it’s quite hard to stay afloat. When you have to provide for more than yourself, it’s even more difficult and you need to find an alternative of making money. That’s what Jimmy tries to do, but he doesn’t want to aim high, or at least he doesn’t want to show others that he wants to score big.

Better than Breaking Bad?

Vince Gilligan is already an accomplished man, but Better Call Saul could be the pearl of his crown. Breaking Bad’s seasons received worldwide praise and one of its episodes boasts a perfect 10 on IMDB. Will we see such a mark for Better Call Saul, as well? More than probably, given the fact that the first three episodes already feature an average of 9 out of 10 points. These numbers are much higher than those of the first three episodes of Breaking Bad. However, the value of a movie is not given by IMDB ratings. You need a lot more to get to the top and it’s crucial to see if the show does truly have what it takes.

Will the two worlds clash at one point?

Probably the most speculated idea about Better Call Saul is whether or not Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will show up in the show, whether as cameos or as characters with a word to say. There is no official word on this and we can be pretty sure it won’t be until those episodes are aired. The surprise character that appears at the end of the first Better Call Saul episode has been kept a secret until the very second of him appearing on TV, so Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will be probably more hidden than Area 51 when filming their scenes. The worlds have already clashed, so we might assume it’s just a matter of time until other characters show up.
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