AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul shares something in common with Fox’s Gotham: when both shows were announced, fans instantly reacted with trepidation. The most common fear was that a prequel approach to some very hot properties would ruin successful stories already told, with on-the-nose winks and contrived path crossings between iconic characters at an earlier stage of life.
Well, Gotham‘s fall finale brought those fears to life with a young Batman and Catwoman adventure episode – but oddly enough, more than a few people seemed to like it. It will be interesting to see if the same holds true for Better Call Saul, which – as evidenced by the clip above – will be taking a very similar path through the exploration of how lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) evolved (devolved?) into the shady criminal legal counselor we met in Breaking Bad.
In the clip we see what is presumably the first – or one of the first – meetings between Saul and Gustavo Fring’s top enforcer, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). It’s unclear just where Mike is exactly in his career; the enforcer skill set and aggression are definitely there, but the guy is working in a garage ticket booth. No way to tell if that’s just a strategic vantage point, or a daily professional reality for ol’ Mike.
In either case, this clip seems designed to do what many hoped would not be done with this series: provide a hard wink at Breaking Bad fans with the inclusion of a fan-favorite character from the old show, to help rope viewers back with a half-promise that the BB experience is not yet over.
As stated, while this was initially a fear for both this show and Gotham, in the case of the latter a lot of fans are seeming to enjoy that sort of viewing experience. How do you feel about what you see above?
Better Call Saul premieres Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 10/9c on AMC.