James McGill’s transformation into a personalized virtue of manipulation – Saul Goodman – was only given its fundamentals in the first season of “Better Call Saul”, which has already ended. We all got to know Mike better, we all understood pretty well reasons to love Odenkirk in “Breaking Bad”. Nevertheless, there is an important question left behind: what is more to tell about those two in next season?
The first season of “Better Call Saul” did not leave me speechless. Although Bob Odenkirk’s performance is stunningly flawless and I reckon he deserves a lot more attention as a serious player in the business, the entire series is a bit too slowcoach in its action, too slowly evolving into something much more interesting than “Breaking Bad”. Vince Gilligan commented in one of the interviews, that the major difference in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” is the overall tone. Whilst Walter White’s story was a serious drama, which mainly presented the truth regarding our own confines – job, family – and how the sickness paradoxically made him alive again, Saul Goodman’s reality goes in a totally different direction. We see the cheap-jack lawyer and his struggle to reach the top – there is hope in this, contrary to “Breaking Bad”, where there was only sorrow.
What I absoultely adore in “Better Call Saul” is the dialogue writing. It’s just to the point, very casual on one hand, but also elaborative when it should be. The hilarious meanders of Jimmy in his endless monologues and his winning toppers (especially towards Hamlin) are a strong feature of the season one. Check the scene below – can you hate Jimmy at all?
I am kind of dissapointed by the soundtrack. The idea to use Deep Purple’s all-time classic in the end was a dissapointing cliche (although I love this song!), but this is only the tip of the iceberg. The entire series relies solely on Odenkirk’s acting, which despite being tremendous on its own, is not enough to make it to the best tv series in history. The background characters are all trademarks of Gilligan’s writing – all somehow zany, edgy and sarcastic, fit the struggle-filled existence of Jimmy McGill. Either way, it’s only a glimpse of something, which “better Call Saul” could – or should – be.
I can’t say I’m ovewhelmed, neither completely dissapointed. Every episode avoided being boring (as it inevitably happened in the 2 season of BB), pushing the story an inch forward, but overall perception is rather vague. But yet, I am quite certain, that “Better Call Saul” deserves to be given next chance in the second season. There is still a long journey for Jimmy to become Saul.