With episode two of Better Call Saul, the path that leads Jimmy McGill to becoming his alter ego Saul Goodman seems to be all laid out; the stage has been set. Though the show draws heavily on the style and aesthetic of Breaking Bad, it's become clear that while the characters of Jimmy and Walter might share some of the same acquaintances and locations in the story of how they became the anti-hero, this is where their paths diverge.
Taken by itself, "Mijo" might leave some a little underwhelmed, but watched together with the pilot, the two episodes form a cohesive whole and the perfect setup for Jimmy's journey. If you're looking for Breaking Bad: Part Two this might not be the show for you. However, if you're looking for great storytelling in the style of Breaking Bad, well, welcome to your new favorite show.
Hit the jump for the full review and recap. As always, ahead there be spoilers! You've been warned.
Since the finale of Breaking Bad and the announcement that Bob Odenkirk's character Saul Goodman would lead his own spin-off, Better Call Saul, I've been tweaking... uh... I mean... eagerly awaiting my next fix of Vince Gilligan.
From the black and white flash-forward open, full of wide angle and POV shots, revealing Saul, now Gene, as the manager of a Cinnabon, and then jumping back in time to the stark, almost depressingly bland scenes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, it's clear we are back in Vince Gilligan's world.
For anyone who hasn't seen Breaking Bad– I'm assuming there has to be a few people left –the show revolves around Saul Goodman, for now, simply known by his given name, Jimmy McGill.
Better Call Saul takes place in 2002, and Jimmy is hard up for clients; he's a criminal attorney who, despite trying to make it big, ends up defending the worst of the worst at the public defender's office. Low on cash, taking care of a brother with a mysterious illness, and basically painting the picture of an everyman loser with big dreams, you can't help but feel for the guy.
Sound familiar? I can already feel this show setting me up for a Walter White type of heartbreak.
And I can't wait!