Whatever comic service could be found in a dour universe of “Breaking Bad” customarily emanated from cheap counsel Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), he of a cheesy late-night commercials (“Better Call Saul!”), bad comb-over and incompatible suits.
“If I’m lucky, a month from now — best-case unfolding — I’m handling a Cinnabon in Omaha,” Saul joked nervously to meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as “Breaking Bad’s” disfigured and rapist universe imploded.
Turns out he wasn’t kidding.
When we initial accommodate Saul in “Better Call Saul” — a “Breaking Bad” prequel premiering Sunday on AMC — that’s accurately what he’s doing: handling a Cinnabon in Omaha, wearing eyeglasses and a droopy mustache to deception his law-breaking past.
Before too long, we peep behind a decade earlier, when Saul Goodman was still famous as Jimmy McGill, a down-on-his fitness counsel saddled with rude public-defender work, a brilliant-yet-emotionally shop-worn hermit (played by Michael McKean), even rattier suits and a grubby bureau in a back of a salon.
That salon — and several other wily surprises ingrained into Sunday’s “Better Call Saul” premiere — will be welcomed by fans of “Breaking Bad.”
But for those unknown with “BB,” this new array manages to emanate a possess standalone world, no easy attainment deliberation a successful TV predecessor.
The Jimmy we accommodate in a initial part of “Better Call Saul” is indeed a nice(r) guy, not nonetheless a hardened and asocial Saul of after years.
That doesn’t meant a seeds of Jimmy’s destiny filth aren’t tangible. They are, though they’re malleable by his attribute with his brother, Chuck — a (wealthy) counsel on leave who’s battling a paranoid fear of electromagnetic frequencies and lives as a shut-in (sans electricity).
And Jimmy’s universe doesn’t (yet) embody a “Breaking Bad” rogues gallery of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Gus Fring et al. So there’s that.
One “BB” impression who is present-and-accounted for is Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks), whose destiny resume includes a army as Saul Goodman’s ruthless fixer (and Walt’s ephemeral business partner).
The Mike we initial accommodate in “Better Call Saul” is a building parking lot attendant badgering Jimmy on a daily basis.
If he satisfied what lies ahead, maybe he would have stayed in that potion booth.
Sunday’s premiere part moves along during a sprightly clip, with capricious cinematography that, like “Breaking Bad,” somehow creates a splendid New Mexico sunlight, set opposite a shining cerulean sky, seem like inclement foresight — carried by Odenkirk’s assured opening and Jimmy’s poignant discourse (“Use your words, OK?” he says to a ominous bad guy).
I’m always meddlesome to see how/if a new uncover carries a premiere movement forward, generally with a uncover like “Better Call Saul,” that was hyped so relentlessly by AMC that we began to wonder.
But Monday night’s second part does a good pursuit of progressing a mojo, as Jimmy has an epiphany that will change a march of his life, and we’re in for several some-more surprises.
It’s a good start for a array that’s already been renewed for a second deteriorate — and will have time to grow.