When it ended, the hole left in our lives seemed infinite. Then a prequel was announced.
Better Call Saul is set pre-Breaking Bad, however the opening scenes reflect Saul Goodman's life after Walter White, AKA Heisenberg. (For those of you who haven't seen Breaking Bad, Heisenberg is the guy who knocks). Saul's life is now a Cinnabun commercial with a keep-one-eye-open undertone. He's no longer a lawyer, and it's quite bitter-sweet.
I know Saul isn't exactly the world's most 'by the books' lawyer, but I didn't want him to end up making pastries.
Uncannily similar to Walter White in appearance, a hairy Saul heads home and watches a raggedy old VHS of his own television commercials, and from here, we delve into a flash-back scenario - the beginning of a new - and hopefully favourite - show.
Saul, who isn't really Saul, but at this point 'Jimmy McGill', is in a rut. A financial, losing streak rut. During the episode, he enlists the help of two con-artist teenagers and pretends to be his own female secretary, confirming his life at the bottom of the food chain. We're introduced to Chuck, Jimmy's brother who may be a winning ticket for Jimmy, however his brother's polar opposite personality is obviously going to get in the way, later down the track.
Chuck seems to have some sort of disorder that is keeping him from his day job as a much more respected attorney that Jimmy.
There were two things I wanted from this series. The addictiveness of Breaking Bad, and cameos. Lots and lots of cameos. So far, we've already had two, Mike included, so I secretly have high hopes for this series.
For those die hard fans of Breaking Bad, and of our love-to-hate-him Saul, you won't be disappointed with our first look into what could possibly be, a pretty great spin-off series.