After only five episodes, it’s too soon to say this show is as good as Breaking Bad, but they’re so good it’s also too soon to say that it’s not. Bob Odenkirk is adding more and more shades to the character of Jimmy McGill – who we know will one day change his name – giving flashes of the character we knew and loved on Breaking Bad but keeping it mostly under wraps, like he’s still wriggling out of his cocoon.
The knock on a show like this is that since it’s a prequel, we know that Saul is never going to get killed or even seriously injured, so there’s no way the show can truly be surprising or unpredictable in the way that Breaking Bad was. That makes perfect sense, but I can tell you that each and every one of the first five episodes has genuinely surprised me in one way or another, and I am looking forward to the next surprise.
New episodes of Better Call Saul air Monday nights at 10pm on AMC.