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TV Review: Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 1: Uno (SPOILERS)

02.08.2015

This recap/review of BETTER CALL SAUL is written with the expectation that everyone who reads this and comments below will have seen the episode already. Thus, if you've yet to see the episode in question, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. SPOILERS!

EPISODE: Season 1, Episode 1: Uno

PLOT: Years before he meets Walter White, Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is a struggling lawyer eking out a living in New Mexico.

REVIEW: BETTER CALL SAUL opens very similar to the way BREAKING BAD used to, in media res, with the interesting part being that the bit depicts Saul after his dealings with Walt, doing exactly what he always said his best option at this point would be, managing a Cinnabon in Omaha. There's something fitting about showing Saul trying to make a go of things, a shadow of his former self (even his comb-over has gone to seed). While it seems that the majority of the show will be a prequel, scenes like this suggest that Saul's eventual fate will play a major part in how the show plays out.

However, as advertised most of BETTER CALL SAUL will likely focus on Saul, or rather Jimmy McGill's early career. We pick up on Jimmy circa 2001, as he defends necrophiliac teens for the princely sum of $700, before following him around as he tries to keep his practice afloat. For all of his later shady dealings, here Jimmy seems to about about 70% or so honest. Much of the pilot focuses on him trying to negotiate a buy-out for his more successful lawyer brother Chuck (Michael McKean) who suffers from a little understood (but apparently real) disease called EMF in which suffers are hyper-sensitive to electromagnetic energy (he'd likely fare much worse in our current wi-fi world). Anyways, his brother helped set up the law firm which is trying to keep him on the books to keep from paying him the millions they'd owe him, and Jimmy's trying to get him a big pay day, even though his brother can't admit his days of lawyering may be behind him.

For the most part, this first episode is all about establishing McGill, who's yet to embrace his criminal side. Yet, there is that patented swagger that comes out at times, such as him bursting into his brother's firm quoting Ned Beatty in NETWORK, or his obvious offense when politely asked by his brother to consider using another name other than McGill for his firm. We also see a little of the old (or rather, new) Saul as his almost gets suckered by some scammy skate-kids, only to turn the tables on them and making them his errand boys after telling them a story about his old pal “Slippin' Jimmy”, and elevating their game to a higher level. It all ends with McGill, who was trying to get hired by the wife of a possibly dirty county treasurer, in the hands of BREAKING BAD drug kinpin, Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) – one of Walter White's early victims. Clearly this will be Jimmy's entree into the underworld, which, as we've seen, is just below the surface of the presumably sleepy New Mexico world Jimmy's found himself a cog in.

While this first episode of BETTER CALL SAUL is a bit uneventful, it does a good job of introducing us to this earlier incarnation of Saul Goodman. If you think back to how BREAKING BAD started, it's not really all that different, and certainly Vince Gilligan (who directed the episode) and showrunner Peter Gould have something very special, and very dark in store for us.Much of the show has that classic BREAKING BAD feel, with the visual style being similar, and composer Dave Porter's music very much in the mold of what he added to that show (although it's slightly more upbeat and energetic here). Still, even early on it feels like BETTER CALL SAUL is gonna be the rare spin-off that works. Odenkirk hasn't lost a beat and believably plays the younger Saul. Michael McKean also seems like an ideal addition to the cast. It's a promising start, and I for one am very eager to see episode two (which airs in the regular Monday night timeslot).

BREAKING BAD crossover: The brilliant teaser, set to an old 'Ink Spots' song is a direct sequel, showing us the now down-and-out Saul. Otherwise, Mike (Jonathan Banks) makes a short appearance as an overly efficient toll booth operator (he's a regular although that's his only scene in the pilot). The ending also shows old Tuco. Could Hector or even Gus Fring be part of future episodes?

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:28AM on 02/10/2015
I loved it too!
I loved it too!
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2:50PM on 02/09/2015
I liked it. Had some nostalgia for the Breaking Bad fans but enough originality to be its own entity. Now I have a question for anyone who watched B.B. in it's entirety... Was Saul left with any money when he called the cleaner to be extracted? If so... Why end up in Nebraska? Why not just take the money and go to Mexico or... Belize... Or anywhere you can't be extradited for that matter?
I liked it. Had some nostalgia for the Breaking Bad fans but enough originality to be its own entity. Now I have a question for anyone who watched B.B. in it's entirety... Was Saul left with any money when he called the cleaner to be extracted? If so... Why end up in Nebraska? Why not just take the money and go to Mexico or... Belize... Or anywhere you can't be extradited for that matter?
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3:49PM on 02/09/2015
I don't think he had much cash left. If you remember when WW went on the run, it cost A FORTUNE just to disappear. Getting a new identity and staying hidden probably wiped him out. And he never had THAT much cash compared to WW. He was only getting a percentage.
I don't think he had much cash left. If you remember when WW went on the run, it cost A FORTUNE just to disappear. Getting a new identity and staying hidden probably wiped him out. And he never had THAT much cash compared to WW. He was only getting a percentage.
2:47PM on 02/09/2015
i know many people are gonna compare the pilot episode to Breaking Bad's, but as a fan i was hooked from the moment i saw Saul working at Cinnabon. It's great to see Bob Odenkirk do something serious with this role cause this could be his Emmy ticket. And the return of TUCCO..? Great writing Gilligan. Can't wait for tonight's episode.
i know many people are gonna compare the pilot episode to Breaking Bad's, but as a fan i was hooked from the moment i saw Saul working at Cinnabon. It's great to see Bob Odenkirk do something serious with this role cause this could be his Emmy ticket. And the return of TUCCO..? Great writing Gilligan. Can't wait for tonight's episode.
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2:23PM on 02/09/2015
Great pilot episode. Looks like we could have some more top-tier TV on the way. What else should we expect from Gilligan and company?
Great pilot episode. Looks like we could have some more top-tier TV on the way. What else should we expect from Gilligan and company?
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1:37PM on 02/09/2015
Only reason I had it on was because I was waiting for Talking Dead to come on. It was, ehhh. Not something I will seek out to watch.
Only reason I had it on was because I was waiting for Talking Dead to come on. It was, ehhh. Not something I will seek out to watch.
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12:31PM on 02/09/2015

oh boy, here we go!

I am so happy for this. This was a great way to kick it off. I got into Breaking Bad during their 4th season. I am glad that there is a new show, with similar characters, that I can start from the beginning and talk about it all here on Joblo.
I am so happy for this. This was a great way to kick it off. I got into Breaking Bad during their 4th season. I am glad that there is a new show, with similar characters, that I can start from the beginning and talk about it all here on Joblo.
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11:35AM on 02/09/2015
Had a huge smile on my face throughout. Love Saul and returning to the BB world was euphoric.
Had a huge smile on my face throughout. Love Saul and returning to the BB world was euphoric.
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11:18AM on 02/09/2015

really enjoyed it

wasn't sure if Odenkirk's character could work center stage but he really did, plus its great to return to this world as well as Gilligan's skillful writing.
wasn't sure if Odenkirk's character could work center stage but he really did, plus its great to return to this world as well as Gilligan's skillful writing.
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8:22AM on 02/09/2015
I liked it. A little slow in parts, but I'm sure it'll pick up the pace like Breaking Bad did.
I liked it. A little slow in parts, but I'm sure it'll pick up the pace like Breaking Bad did.
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7:58AM on 02/09/2015
I loved it too!
I loved it too!
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7:04AM on 02/09/2015
Loved it. The cameos were great, especially Tuco showing up at the end. It did feel a lot like BB in many ways, which is comforting, but I like that the show stands on it's own and is something different. I feel like, despite the more serious elements of the show, it's going to be fun. Fun isn't a word I would have normally used for BB, though it did have some fun moments, but this has the feel of something a little more comedic. Which I suppose is appropriate considering part of Saul's role on
Loved it. The cameos were great, especially Tuco showing up at the end. It did feel a lot like BB in many ways, which is comforting, but I like that the show stands on it's own and is something different. I feel like, despite the more serious elements of the show, it's going to be fun. Fun isn't a word I would have normally used for BB, though it did have some fun moments, but this has the feel of something a little more comedic. Which I suppose is appropriate considering part of Saul's role on BB was as comic relief.
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12:00AM on 02/09/2015
i loved it I'm ready for more
i loved it I'm ready for more
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