Updated: Nov 4
Better Call Saul is in its 6th and final season. And if you've failed to participate in it at this point then I instruct you to take a long, hard look in the mirror at yourself. You are not to be trusted.
However, I'm also slightly envious of you.
Seasons 1-5 are currently on Netflix and while you can certainly binge the living hell out of this show I'd advise you to take your time with it. Enjoy it. Soak it in. Digest it. Better Call Saul isn't a last-minute stop at a Wendy's drive-thru for a double stack and frosty on a whim, it's a multi-course Omakase-style meal where your very livelihood is in the hands of the creator. An experience you savor, and best enjoyed with others.
I'm envious because you get to watch it for the first time while millions of viewers like myself are facing the harsh reality that, like most good things in life, the end is nigh.
Now while I firmly acknowledge that the world that Better Call Saul exists in wouldn't be a possibility without Breaking Bad, I will also say this:
Breaking Bad walked so Better Call Saul could run.
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (Creators) were still figuring it all out when they launched BB onto our television screens. The talent and the vision were there but they had to learn how to navigate the forest. Now, they have mastered their craft. Seamlessly weaving intricate story-telling and character arcs into a world within a world in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Oftentimes writing themselves into a corner as a means to ensure their skills stay sharp while delivering some of the most breathtaking moments in television history while also, yes, perhaps flexing a little.
What I love most about BCS is that you fucking KNOW there are characters that don't make it out of this world into the realm of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. There is no Kim Wexler, no Nacho, no Lalo Salamanca. Conversely, characters that you know advance past the series are put in harrowing situations where it appears as if the road is coming to an end. Yet, despite knowing all of this, they have you completely. You're enthralled. All the way in.
THAT is the magic behind the show. Everything and everyone behind the scenes is operating as one well-oiled machine. From the Directors to Cinematography. Hell, I'm sure even craft services have their shit on lock, with every set having the highest quality fruit, snacks, and refreshing beverages on hand. And don't even get me started on the cast. Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Dalton...give them all of the awards.
I suppose this is more of a love letter than it is a PSA. Odds are, if you watch it as I do, we share a similar sentiment. And if you don't partake, well, you're just missing out.