AMC’S , spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad, “Better Call Saul” has been garnering wide attention for the popularity and the success of the preceding series Breaking Bad.Since its inception Better Call Saul received praise from critics and audience alike for its cast and plot.Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have fairly succeeded in offering the fans a decent prequel,but the Die Hard fans of breaking bad are still hoping for a magical twist or a flash back creating a scope for the return of the celebrated characters of Breaking Bad.
As the Series marched on to its Second Season this February , the protagonist Bob Odenkirk recently brushed away the rumours of the return of Walter White. “Stop Hoping for a Walter White Cameo on Better Call Saul”said Bob Odenkirk.
Its indeed a FALSE Hope that stems from the mind of a die hard “Breaking Bad” fan that somehow the Showrunners will bring back Walter White to Life, resurrecting him from the death of the Breaking Bad Franchise.In comparison with Breaking Bad ,Better Call Saul may not be as appealing as the preceding series.But I feel that it’s not fair to judge the success of something based on its past be it anything from a human being to a TV Spinoff.Breaking Bad was once in a lifetime TV experience and is often voted as the greatest drama series ever made according to many polls,but that does not imply that it is the superlative for the Best TV show ever aired in American Cable History,and at the same time its stupid to draw comparisons between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.First of all both of the series has a different cast and deals with the lives of different people/Though some of the characters makes an appearance in better Call Saul.
Walter White and Saul Goodman are two different individuals.The life of Mr.White is more dramatic and appealing to a middle class man,thanks to Bryan Cranston’s brilliant portrayal of the lead character.On the other hand Saul Goodman,who was a comic relief in Breaking Bad is altogether a different character in Better Call Saul,here he is portrayed as a struggling lawyer who tries to find an equilibrium between Crime and Success,Love and Sacrifice and lots more.
Bob Odenkirk’s acting skills may not be as good as Bryan Cranston’s,but at the same time Odenkirk is more of an entertainer than Bryan Cranston.Let’s not forget that there were times in Breaking Bad were the series was too melodramatic,maybe the light hearted people loved it,but everyone agrees that Saul Goodman was the only comic relief in the entire show,esp. for people who found it way too realistic.After all Breaking Bad was one of the most realistic painting of life on Television Screen….
Come on,even in real life scenarios “fun” or “pun” is something that is inevitable it also depends upon the way someone perceives it.For example in Roberto Benigni’s 1997 flick ‘Life is Beautiful’,Benigni blends Comedy and Drama at equal ratios to bring together an awesome Cinematic Reaction ,But in Breaking Bad, the Chemistry was altogether different.The Chemistry teacher only made dangerous Chemical products that often led to destruction and gave birth to Realistic Drama,maybe that’s the reason why the show runners added Bob Odenkirk to the show,just to add a bit of fun to the Chemistry.
Better Call Saul is a Black Comedy based on the life of Saul Goodman .The recent stats show that the number of viewers for the episodes of the series is inversely proportional to the critical appreciation of the episodes,In layman terms,Even though the show is getting better and better in terms of quality as every episode progresses,the same is not the case with the viewership,there is a “Visible Decline”.
At the end of the day it is not the critics that decides the success of a show,it is the audience.So I think we should stop expecting for a Walter White Cameo and accept Better Call Saul in its own Genre by not drawing comparisons with a preceding series.
Thomas Edison is credited with the invention of the electrical light bulb,but let’s not forget that he also invented phonograph.Both these devices have different uses, and one cannot say that electrical bulb is the greatest invention.Phonograph revolutionised the Sound and Music Industry.
So, let’s accept Better Call Saul in its right spirit and stop drawing vague comparisons to Breaking Bad.
Just like Edison, Vince Gilligan created both the shows with a different purpose.
PS:I hope that the fate of Better Call Saul won’t be like Firefly.