Gilligan and Gould were no mistake, no fluke, no exception, and this is a fine example for it. The creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, are pulling off something I have never seen happen and work, certainly not to this scale. One of the rare and some might even argue only spin off that triumphs, this series runs on merit, not resuming the clock but starting where it should, where all should, from the very beginning. Intertextuality, something that every spin off has dipped its toe in, is not even touched in here. And that's a fair conclusion considering whenever it is used, it was never commercial or a campaigning strategy but a part of narrative.
Among many things that this series will zap you with, if you are coming from Breaking Bad, the major one, is the body count. To a show that was built on gradually showcasing the skills, the finesse, the threat and the terror, step by step, the creators have wiped out the entire history- or future to be precise- from the memory. Yes, the structure is similar but that's not a signature mark that they are clinging on but an ingenious way of storytelling.
Also, what's to be noted and learned, equally, is the way they glorify the character's habit or behavior as a sign of communication that latter turns out to be the headline of the news. In the previous show this was done, since the cinematic aspect of the plot called for it, but this drama is treated with those same morales, thought provoking tantalizing elements that grows on you even after you leave the screen. Plus, they aren't obsessed on connecting the dots, the makers are well satisfied, busy and competent with their own world, where Odenkirk hails charge on others after being properly challenged by each supporting cast who would yell out any advice other than suggesting that you Better Call Saul.
A betrayal that makes everything clear. It took me a while to understand where or how the creators are going with this character that they dare to spin off from the original. And now that you can see the trajectory and the crux of the relationship that it follows, I have the utmost respect to the creator of this world. For unlike any other series, the creators work on each and every chapter as a part of narrative and not some celebratory or even commercial detours, this is good quality television.
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