Better Call Saul
A few weeks ago on a return ferry trip from France with my brother, the discussion of what Television series we have being watching came up. I was mentioning the old British sit-coms which I enjoy watching, such as ‘Only Fools & Horses’ and ‘Dad’s Army.’ Naturally the topic of conversation moved onto American dramas, and that is where my brother enthusiastically mentioned about a series which he was currently watching called Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad has being on air for quite a few years now (in fact the most recent, final series) has just finished airing on American TV. For those of you who don’t know this series, it stars Bryan Cranston (for those of you who don’t know him, was the father in Malcolm in the Middle) as Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who works part-time at a car wash. Anyhow after a severe coughing fit, he collapses whilst on shift at the car wash. Whizzed away to hospital, it is uncovered that he has Lung Cancer and potentially days left to live.
This causes Walter to question his life’s purpose, as well as how he is going to support his family when he is gone. Teaming up with an ex-slacker pupil of his, Jessie (played by Arron Paul) the two of them decide to cook Crystal Meth, Walter using his knowledge in chemistry to make pure crystal meth.
Anyhow, the series follows on and introduces many new characters. And out of these characters, one of my favourite is a Saul Goodwin, Walter’s lawyer. And I’m glad to say that whilst Breaking Bad has come to a close, Saul Goodwin (played by Bob Odenkirk) has now got his own series, called ‘Better Called Saul.’
This series is a prequel to Breaking Bad, where Saul Goodwin is a struggling lawyer trying to live by the right way – helping the elderly with elderly law (sort out wills, etc.) Unfortunately he is not able to reconcile his moral compass for right and wrong with the way laws and legality is practised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For those of us who have seen Breaking Bad, Saul Goodwin is in no way a moral lawyer, though he does have the tinges of a conscience.
To make matters worse, Jimmy has an older brother called Chuck who is a highly successful lawyer, a massive partner of a major lawyer firm – the only problem is that his brother has psychological disorder – in other words he believes that he cannot go near anything magnetic or electrical or he’d suffer from nervousness. Despite this, Jimmy still lives in this guy’s shadow!
This series is a Netflix Original – I don’t believe that you can purchase or watch it anywhere else as of this point in time, though in the future who knows what agreements Netflix will come up with. I particularly like this series as it portrays the deeper characters of its cast, showing what drives them, how they got there, etc. A great series, one which I’m hoping Netflix will go on to create a second series from.