Yeeesh, is this my first Better Call Saul post? Well let me go on the record and say that I’m cautiously optimistic for this new show. We’ll never get another Breaking Bad but, while playing in the same sandbox may seem like a bad idea, I’m fairly sure Vince Gilligan and company know that lightning never strikes twice and won’t be 100% repeating themselves. If the show has a different tone and objective, hopefully it avoids becoming the Joey of the Breaking Bad legacy.
The new tone seems to be fairly evident in this 30-second teaser, which definitely operates under the assumption that we’ve seen Breaking Bad and know Bob Odenkirk‘s character since it consists primarily of people telling Saul things we already know run counter to his moral compass. Hit the jump for the new Better Call Saul teaser. The two-night series premiere begins on February 8th at 10/9c.
Teaser via AMC:
Here’s the official synopsis for Better Call Saul:
Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.”
The series also stars Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho — characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes. The debut season will consist of 10 episodes.