In 2009, season two of the critically acclaimed TV drama “Breaking Bad” introduced the world to the supporting character of Saul Goodman, a scumbag criminal lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk’s comedic take on the lawyer made him an instant fan favorite. Whenever “Breaking Bad” reached its conclusion in 2013, it did not take long for creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, to decide what spin-off show was necessary for their universe: “Better Call Saul.”
On Aug. 15, the final episode of “Better Call Saul” aired on AMC, concluding the sixth season, a 63-episode spectacle that began in 2015. Now that it's done, I do not think it is an egregious stretch to have the opinion that “Better Call Saul” is the greatest piece of drama that's been on TV. With “Breaking Bad” regarded as a favorite show for some, including myself, it was a tall order for “Better Call Saul” to meet the expectations of its predecessor. Although, I can comfortably say that it has not only reached those expectations but surpassed them.
“Better Call Saul” boasts writing, acting, and cinematography that is far beyond anything else. The show manages to give the audience characters that, even when it is blatantly obvious that they are not good people and the choices they make are wrong, you still care about them and can understand their motivations. The depth given to each character, even those that seem insignificant, is unmatched in the TV medium. In addition to the excellence that is the writing, every performance in the show is layered with complexity and nuance that is a gift to watch. Most notably, Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn, are the standouts, but I would be lying if I said there is a bad performance in the series.
“Better Call Saul” also thrives in the visual and editing departments, as Gilligan and Gould managed to craft a show that is visually stunning at times, creative, and filled with passion and meaning in each shot. Montages are also quite a common occurrence throughout the series, and while it's easy to screw up montages and make them cringe-worthy, “Better Call Saul '' uses them perfectly.
Adding even more depth to characters that previously appeared in “Breaking Bad” and still telling its own story about the transformation of James M. McGill into Goodman is not an easy project to handle, but “Better Call Saul” simply manages to do it in what I believe was the best way possible.
A gripping, emotional, and funny story throughout with a conclusion that is a satisfying and fitting end to not only “Better Call Saul,” but the “Breaking Bad” universe as a whole, proved AMC has yet another historic show.