Now that the ten episode first season of Better Call Saul is finished, here are my thoughts....
1.) It is similar to Breaking Bad in that we are seeing the evolution of a person into their true nature....Jimmy McGill is as much Saul Goodman as Walter White was Heisenberg. The true meaning of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is one cannot deny their nature and to do so only leads to unhappiness and an unfulfilled self. Mike’s speech to the hesitant seller of illicit drugs in ep. 9 about the nature of a criminal applies to Jimmy/Saul as well.
2.) One of the biggest complaints I’ve read about BCS is that it is all over the place in terms of tone. I think this understandable - This is where the two shows are not alke. You are not going to get nonstop murder and mayhem like BB because that is not Saul’s story. He’s a criminal but so far as we’ve seen not a murderer. On Breaking Bad, he was often comedy relief and BCS definitely has more of sense of humor about it than BB.
3.) Bob Odenkirk’s acting as Saul throughout Season One but especially in the confrontation scene with his brother in ep.9 and the monologue during bingo in ep. 10 (Chicago sunroof) which rivals Walter White’s Tenerife monologue in BB. I hope he wins an Emmy. He clearly deserves it.
4.) A lot of chatter about who people want to see appear from BB. I am okay with a rationing of appearances by BB characters except as they figure into this story like Mike for example (and I have gained a new appreciation for this charcter). An appearance by Walter White would make no sense as he and Saul did not know each other prior to BB. An appearance by Jessie would only make sense if it happened in the present day which is possible. That would be interesting!
5.) As Saul’s brother Chuck and Tuco’s lieutenant Nacho do not appear in BB, I look forward to seeing their fates in BCS.