Better Call Saul is wrapping up its second season. If you have never watched it before I’m here to testify, it’s a thing of pure genius. It’s a show about a scam artist who becomes a succesful but dirty lawyer then ends up a nobody working in a mall pastry shop. This is a show born from another show and like it’s parent, it explores the triggers which shape us into something positive, or positively criminal.
Better Call Saul is written and produced by the same man responsible for AMC’s Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan.
Breaking Bad was an award-winning tv series, about a chemistry teacher who became a crystal meth Kingpin behind his wife’s back. The teacher, Walter White, employs ex-student Jesse Pinkman to help him cook and distribute his chemically superior drug around New Mexico.
In their descent into criminality, they wind up with a lot more cash than they could manage. Pinkman tells Walter that they need a criminal lawyer. Not just a criminal lawyer but a lawyer who is himself a criminal. A lawyer they can trust. Enter Saul Goodman.
Saul is the kind of sleaze ball lawyer that we’ve all seen advertising on our local television stations. Its ambulance chasing for our modern times.
Saul helps Walter evade law enforcement, launder money and even get away with murder.
The last time we see Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, he and Walter are waiting for a guy they’ve paid to make them disappear and give them new lives. In the final conversation he shares with Walter White, he says he’ll probably end up managing a Cinnabon store somewhere.
In the pilot episode of BCS, we find that Saul wasn’t joking. He is now living as a Cinnabon manager named Gene in Omaha, Nebraska. After he closes the store for the day, he relaxes at his home and cries while he watches video tapes of his old commercials. Showing us the ending first, the series then focuses on how he becomes Saul.
Saul begins as Jimmy, a fun-loving con man. He’s known around town as Slippin’ Jimmy, named for purposely slipping in public places in an effort to make money. He also uses the alias Saul Goodman, a play on “It’s all good, man”.
His brother Chuck is an overachiever. He worked hard to get through law school and built a law firm on his good name. Jimmy winds up in trouble with the law and facing serious time, begs Chuck to help him out. Chuck agrees and helps Jimmy out of his jam.
In an effort to show his brother that he’s grown up, Jimmy gets an online law degree and starts practicing law. Chuck works behind Jimmy’s back to keep him down, secretly Chuck feels that Jimmy’s degree is a joke.
This sibling rivalry seems to be the driving force that’s pushing Jimmy to the dark side of lawyering. Fans are still waiting to see the moment that Jimmy makes his decision to practice law as Saul.
Will he snap when his recent act of revenge against his brother blows up in his face? Will he lose his love interest Kim, his moral compass? She is absent from his life in both of the futures we have already seen. What do you think will happen? Will the season finale wrap up Jimmy’s transformation or will we be left waiting patiently for the beginning of season 3?
Better call Saul airs Monday nights at 9.
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