Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’ve been watching AMC’s Better Call Saul, a new gag reel has arrived online to remind you that the second season of the acclaimed Breaking Bad spin-off is now on Blu-ray and DVD. If you haven’t been watching Better Call Saul, use this space to realize that you’ve been missing out on one of the best shows on television and a more-than-worthy heir to the Breaking Bad crown.
First of all, here’s that gag reel, which finds scenery collapsing in the middle of carefully composed shots and series star Bob Odenkirk, a revelation as a dramatic presence, reminding us that he’s one of the funniest men alive. Unfortunately the video itself is not embeddable, but you can click on the image below to watch.
And if you’ve seen the show, you can stop right there. For everyone else, let’s talk about why you need to watch this show.
Taking place years before Walter White’s cancer diagnosis (and subsequent career as a master crime kingpin), Better Call Saul follows the exploits of Jimmy McGill, the lawyer who will eventually shed his moral scruples and transform himself in Saul Goodman, a literal criminal attorney. Although the series takes place almost entirely in the past and tracks Jimmy’s slow descent into bad suits and worse ethics, we also bear witness to flash-forwards that take place after Breaking Bad, revealing the grimmest possible future for our anti-hero.
Like the show it’s spun off from, Better Call Saul is gripping stuff that is as paralyzing as it is addictive. Breaking Bad fans who watched that show for its violence and to see Walter White crush his enemies won’t find as much to admire here. This is a series who for those who viewed Breaking Bad as the tragedy it was and recognized Walter’s rise to power as a deeply disturbing fall from grace. But while Walter was a villain in sheep’s clothing from the first scene of the first episode, Jimmy McGill is a more sympathetic guy, a down-on-his luck former con man who spends every second of every day trying to do the right thing and trying to turn his life around, only to find that no one has an interest in him being the “good” guy. If Breaking Bad was the story of a monster achieving the power he’s always coveted, Better Call Saul is the story of a flawed man succumbing to his dark side when the path of goodness always steers him into a brick wall.
It’s not as monumental of an achievement as Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul is more humane and low-key, treading on very different ground than its predecessor and making itself feel necessary within its first few episodes. What are you waiting for?Cool Posts From Around the Web: