Saul’s got some big shoes to fill. Walter White’s. But then again, comparing the two shows isn’t really fair. Better Call Saul starts out immediately after Breaking Bad, at a Cinnabon in a mall in Omaha. We see the cinematic parallel between cooking meth and cooking cinnamon rolls, then we go back to 2002 to the origin of the story, when he was James “Jimmy” McGill.
Jimmy’s case as a public defender seems to go very well for three teenage trespassers, but then the prosecution plays a video tape of the teens engaged in some necrophilia while trespassing. Bob Odenkirk’s portrayal of Saul Goodman is fantastic, and we are now watching a hustler in the making. A lawyer who works from the back of a nail salon, drives a beater, and isn’t even on a bus bench yet. He’s not the confident, quick-talking scammer who’s atop his criminal game yet.
I have a feeling it will be a lot of fun watching Jimmy become Saul Goodman.