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Better Call Saul

Post by pugchief » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:07 am

For all of you Breaking Bad fans, an FYI:

Better Call Saul premieres on Sunday Feb 8 at 10pm EST on AMC.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by MachineGhost » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:20 am

pugchief wrote: For all of you Breaking Bad fans, an FYI:

Better Call Saul premieres on Sunday Feb 8 at 10pm EST on AMC.
What is this?  A spinoff?
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by pugchief » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:24 am

Yes! A long awaited spinoff. Saul was arguably the best character on BB besides Walter and Jesse.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by MachineGhost » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:16 am

pugchief wrote: Yes! A long awaited spinoff. Saul was arguably the best character on BB besides Walter and Jesse.
Cool! I don't remember Saul, but I've only watched up to the fifth season.  How many seasons did it run for?  Netflix may not have 'em all up yet.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by pugchief » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:24 am

MachineGhost wrote:
pugchief wrote: Yes! A long awaited spinoff. Saul was arguably the best character on BB besides Walter and Jesse.
Cool! I don't remember Saul, but I've only watched up to the fifth season.  How many seasons did it run for?  Netflix may not have 'em all up yet.
Saul is the sleazy lawyer that Walt uses for all of his shenanigans played by Bob Odenkirk. Statue of Liberty on his rooftop. You can't have watched 5 seasons and not know Saul.  :o
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by MachineGhost » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:48 am

pugchief wrote: Saul is the sleazy lawyer that Walt uses for all of his shenanigans played by Bob Odenkirk. Statue of Liberty on his rooftop. You can't have watched 5 seasons and not know Saul.  :o
Oh yes!!!  Classic.  I'd say he tops even Sean Penn in Carlito's Way!
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by madbean » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:48 am

MachineGhost wrote: Cool! I don't remember Saul, but I've only watched up to the fifth season.  How many seasons did it run for?  Netflix may not have 'em all up yet.
I watched the whole series on Netflix while I was off during Christmas so I know it's all there. Don't remember how many seasons there were but keep watching until you see WW die (and I'm sure that's not a spoiler).
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Reub » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:53 pm

Better Call Saul is the prequel to Breaking Bad. It takes place 6 years prior to BB's origin. I saw a small clip where Mike, the tough guy that WW ends up whacking in Breaking Bad, is a toll collector and gets in an argument with Saul. It was good to see the both of them. This show should be a hit.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by dualstow » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:47 pm

Thanks for the heads up!
I hope it turns out to be a good show. It's been my screenname on weChat for a long time now. Wait, my screenname or my ID? I never can tell.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by dualstow » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:15 am

I quite enjoyed it. Another new episode is on tonight!
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Reub » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:50 am

The 2 skateboard guys reminded me of the 2 low brow drug dealers on BB. They made the show.
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Re: Better Call Saul

Post by Tortoise » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:58 am

I'm liking the show so far.

The show's overall story arc has a couple of interesting parallels with Breaking Bad. The protagonist:

- Starts out down on his luck, just getting by at a job that seems to be beneath his true capabilities
- Runs into financial difficulties that prompt him to start thinking more "creatively" about ways to make more money
- Becomes increasingly involved in illegal activities as he starts to realize how lucrative they can be
- Starts out in a humorously antagonistic relationship with someone who eventually becomes a close business associate

There may be other parallels I missed, but those were the main ones that jumped out at me. Although Better Call Saul is very different from Breaking Bad in many ways, there's definitely a thematic similarity between the two shows' "formulas."

I hope the show continues to throw in some unexpectedly tense and dangerous moments, because I think that's where Saul Goodman's fast-talking antics really shine as comic relief.
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