Why hello and welcome once again to You Should Be Watching. The series where we let you know what shows you should keep your eye on. This week, we’ve entered the territory of prequel TV shows because I think you should be watching Better Call Saul.
Whose Saul and why do I need to call him?
Better Call Saul is a crime drama series that started airing in 2015. Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, this series serves as a prequel to the show Breaking Bad. This prequel focuses on the character of Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk from the original series) and the path he takes to get to the events of the original series. With a cast of colourful characters and gripping drama, Better Call Saul has it all. And seeing as the show is in its 6th and final season, it’s no surprise that it has been deemed a great follow up to the universally loved Breaking Bad (even if I’ve never seen it).
Why a prequel?
As I said before, Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad. A question you might have right now is probably why didn’t they make a sequel instead? If you’ve seen the end of the original or have been on social media at all, you might see why that would be a bit difficult. Regardless, this prequel series still has all the same corrupted, drug filled charm as the original. So old fans can get that nostalgia hit whilst learning more about known characters and newcomers can get a new engaging crime story. The prequel format also allows for crazier stories, without being tied down to THAT ending.
Do I need to also watch Breaking Bad?
Seeing as Better Call Saul is a prequel, you don’t need to know anything about the original. The story takes place six years before the original, everyone is in the same boat. Fans will recognise a few faces and locations, but nothing major. Characters from the original do make appearances but their inclusion also serves as an introduction to these characters for newcomers. I might even argue that this could be a better way to experience the series. Seeing the characters grow in a chronological way instead of jumping back would definitely make for a fun perspective. All of this means that whether you are a long-time fan of Breaking Bad or you just happened to come across the series on Stan, you’ll find something to enjoy.
And that’s that, you should definitely give Better Call Saul a chance. Whether you’re a long-time fan or someone who knows nothing about the series, you’ll find yourself clicking that next episode button every time.
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