Prequel to ‘Breaking Bad’ might measure up to iconic series

Staff Writer

Vince Gilligan, creator of the famous TV series “Breaking Bad,” is returning with a new show that will have fans on their toes.

“Better Call Saul” is essentially a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” except the focus is no longer on Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), or White’s trusted lawyer and partner, takes the spotlight this time.

The show will explore Goodman’s journey as far back as seven years before “Breaking Bad” takes place. It has also been rumored that the show will display events that happened before and after the original series.

It’s also rumored that main characters from “Breaking Bad” will make guest appearances on the show. These include Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) — but for now these are only rumors.

Different memorable characters from “Breaking Bad” have already guest-starred in the first episode. These characters include Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Goodman’s private investigator from the original series, and Tuco Salamanca, the crazy drug dealer from the first season.

Since the show is related to “Breaking Bad,” the standards are high.

Gilligan’s original show was filled with intense scenes that came from special effects and great acting. The characters had depth that the audience was able to relate to as well as hate throughout the series.

Goodman, the star of “Better Call Saul,” was a recurring character on the show, but the audience never learned a lot about his story.

The first episode premiered Feb. 8 and was quickly followed by a second episode the very next day.

Since the series just began, it’s hard to judge how good or bad the show will be. “Breaking Bad” took almost an entire season to build up the plot and to actually start getting interesting.

Will “Better Call Saul” follow a similar first-season arc?

The first episode was interesting since the audience finally learned more about Goodman, but it definitely did not match the pace and intensity seen in the better episodes of “Breaking Bad.”

This may drive viewers away, but true fans of Gilligan will know that the setup is worth it.

Hopefully, Gilligan and Odenkirk can prove that Goodman is a character that deserves to have his own show. Even though the majority of fans would love more “Breaking Bad,” it would be interesting to see “Better Call Saul” go in its own direction.