Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul

Season One

DVD - 2015
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The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A spinoff from the Breaking Bad television show, it takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and follows small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill and the circumstances that lead to his metamorphosis into criminal-minded lawyer Saul Goodman.

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maipenrai
Jul 01, 2017

Better Call Saul

If you loved Breaking Bad, you'll probably love this show, too. It's brilliant. This prequel series has a lot of the same vibe as its progenitor series (same creative team for both). Not quite the whacked-out insanity of Walter and Jesse but certainly a lot of the bizarro elements of the underworld and not-so-underworld where Breaking Bad's secondary characters operated (or, technically, will operate). Bob Odenkirk is brilliant as the sad-sack lawyer who tries to do good by breaking with his dodgy past with mixed success. Fantastic writing, acting, and direction. Its pace is relaxed and there is a lot said in the silences. Subtle nuances abound and there are plenty of nods to Breaking Bad: everything from minor characters and guests to locations to objects hiding in plain sight or referenced in conversation. The show really starts getting its groove early on but the various subplots begin to coalesce about two-thirds the way through. Stick with it, Better Call Saul is a delight.

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amoby
Feb 22, 2017

This show moves a little slower than I thought it would but It is only the first season.
The characters are better than Breaking Bad but the action is not.

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redfrog1
Feb 10, 2017

I didn't know what to expect when I started watching Better Call Saul and was not really expecting much. I figured it would be a tough act to follow from B.B. However, I was hooked on the very opening scene in the Cinnabon- the frosting, the slicing and making of the buns, the music, the setting. I know it sounds silly, but it was true. So much was said with so little dialogue. The look, the lighting, the feel of the show, the first rate acting and development of the characters couldn't be better. From laughter to tears, the show is first rate and I can hardly wait to see where it goes in Season 2. Here's to many more seasons of Better Call Saul. A total 5. Get ready to binge watch.

Radharc Jan 23, 2017

Super-solid spin-off series that serves as a prequel for "Breaking Bad". As with the first season of "Breaking Bad", "Better Call Saul" blends comedy with dark drama, and we get to see origins for both "SaulS and Mike. Excellent characterizations from Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKeon, Michael Mando and Jonathan Banks make viewing a treat.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2016

See JoeWhite_1's comment. Always liked the sentimental street lawyer Saul Goodman and the enigmatic strong man Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad. Now we know more about them and ready for season 2. Origin of Saul Goodman:
-Bro, I never did catch your name.
--Saul.
- Saul?
--"S'all good, man."
And from special features "Day One:" Breaking Bad fans really didn't see a lot of Saul Goodman. Most of what they saw with Saul Goodman was, him working with Walt and Jesse. It raises a lot of interesting questions. How do you get the idea of becoming not just a lawyer, but a criminal lawyer. On Breaking Bad, we never really got to delve into who he was. He was a part of everybody else's life, and now we get to be a part of his life, and that's what's really exciting. He's a man with his foot in both worlds: the criminal world and the legitimate world. ...

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tippytoe
Jul 08, 2016

It took me a while to like Breaking Bad, but I liked this spin-off instantly. (and we all know that spinoffs usually aren't half as good as the original) I was pleasantly surprised at how they are taking their time introducing complexity and depth into the character of Jimmy and one becomes highly sympathetic to him... unlike in the BB series. Looking forward to seeing #2

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Monolith
Mar 20, 2016

I was initially skeptical of "Breaking Bad" when I first watched it, but I eventually became completely rapt in Walter White's nightmare, and binge watched most of the series. This prequel to the above is also from the same creative mastermind, Vince Gilligan, and it shows. "Better Call Saul" is structured with a similar style of humor, drama, humility, empathy... I thoroughly enjoyed it . FIVE STARS.

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DoctorVine
Mar 18, 2016

The roots to Breaking Bad (BB) are there but don't make this a mess like I thought it might be. Instead, Jimmy McGill and Mike are interesting and engaging - just not as violent as the situation(s) in BB. I will look forward to Season 2 - that is quite often a test as to whether the writing could keep up...or not...

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dthomas6
Mar 12, 2016

Episode 6, "Five-o," written by Gordon Smith, is fantastic -- as gritty and tense as anything in the Breaking Bad series. It explains Mike's wounded character. Jonathan Banks says more with fewer words than any actor alive.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some people get severely beaten, others killed, in Season 1.

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit in Season 1.

Violence: This is a mature-themed show and deals with underworld characters. Killings and beatings happen but not often. Some people get severely beaten (broken bones), others get murdered, in Season 1.

Coarse Language: Swearing is infrequent. The f-word is used twice in Season 1.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2016

Wikiquote has extensive Seasons 1 & 2 quotes: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Better_Call_Saul#Marco_.5B1.10.5D
Jimmy: Oh, to be nineteen again! You with me, ladies and gentlemen? Do you remember nineteen? Let me tell you, the juices are flowing. The red corpuscles are corpuscling, the grass is green, and it's soft, and summer's gonna last forever. Now, do you remember? Yeah, you do. But if you're being honest...I mean, well, really honest, you'll recall that you also had an underdeveloped nineteen-year-old brain. Me, personally, I ... it ... If I were held accountable for some of the stupid decisions I made when I was nineteen ...
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It was slip-and-fall season. Soon as it was cold enough, he'd find a nice smooth patch of ice. State Street was good, Michigan Avenue was better. He'd pick a spot, wait for it to get busy, and he'd walk out on the ice and boom! He would diff it so hard, people would come running from five blocks away.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2016

Mike: You know what a cop fears most? More than getting shot, more than anything? Prison. Getting locked up with everybody you put away. You threaten a cop with that, you make him dangerous.
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Man: I created this for children...children, understand?
Jimmy: Well, hey, Viagra was originally invented to treat hypertension. Look how that turned out.
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I want to secede from the United States. Now, I got 1,100 acres of property here, self-sustaining with solar power and wells, a sovereign state immune to the business-killing regulations of the country in which it geographically lies. We are going to be America's Vatican City.
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Jimmy: Hey, hold up. How come you let me off the hook back there?
Mike: I'm going back to work. Why don't you quit while you're ahead and go on your way?
Jimmy: No, I refuse to believe it's because you have something resembling a heart inside your body.
Mike: You're not gonna have a heart inside your body in about five seconds.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2016

Mike: I've known good criminals and bad cops. Bad priests. Honorable thieves. You can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody, you keep your word. You can go home today with your money and never do this again. But you took something that wasn't yours. And you sold it for a profit. You're now a criminal. Good one, bad one? That's up to you.
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Thug: So, what you packing?
Mike: A pimento.
Thug: Sorry, what?
Mike: Pimento sandwich.
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Betsy: You're telling us there are drug dealers and murderers walking the streets, but instead of going after them, they want to put an innocent man in jail.
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Betsy: A deal? I hate that terminology. A deal is what they got O.J.
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Betsy: But we came to you people because we were told you win cases.
Kim: Winning doesn't always mean "getting a favorable verdict at trial". We try to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, given each individual case.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2016

Mike: You want to know why I didn't take that money? Is that what you're asking?
Jimmy: Yeah, that's what I'm asking.
Mike: Me, personally—I was hired to do a job. I did it. That's as far as it goes.
Jimmy: Yeah. Well, I know what stopped me. And you know what? It's never stopping me again.
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Jimmy: I mean, what is it with this place? It's, it's like living inside an easy-bake oven. I mean, look out that window. It's, it's like a soulless, radioactive Georgia Oâ'Keefe hellscape out there, crawling with coral snakes and scorpions and - You ever see the movie "The Hills Have Eyes"? It's a documentary! God forbid your car breaks down.
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Chuck: I know you. I know what you were, what you are. People don't change. You're Slippin' xyzz. And Slippin' xyzz I can handle just fine. But Slippin' xyzz with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun.

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