"Better Call Saul" is a welcome return to the world of "Breaking Bad," telling the backstory of slick lawyer Saul Goodman, aka James "Jimmy" McGill.
In "Bad," Goodman (played perfectly by Bob Odenkirk) was the comic relief in a dark show.
In "Saul," we get to see how this immoral attorney literally evolved into Saul Goodman from low-rent lawyer Jimmy McGill.
I don't see any value in providing spoilers for a series this good. Watch the show. So let's avoid discussing plot and talk about what the show is and isn't.
This is a smartly written, beautifully filmed production made by the creative "Bad" team of creator Vince Gilligan and writer Peter Gould. It feels like a different, lighter show, yet very familiar, as it utilizes the same dark humor and long vista shots.
It's a lawyer show that doesn't often utilize a courtroom, though you do get some fun scenes of McGill in the courthouse.
"Bad" characters are here -- there's Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and maybe you'll see other people you know -- but it's built around new dynamics, including McGill's brother Chuck (Michael McKean).
"Better Call Saul" is a great show with a strong premiere. And, like "Bad," it will have people talking. Just wait till you see what happens in the last minute of Sunday's debut.