Friday, 10 Aug 2018

Is 'Better Call Saul' better than 'Breaking Bad'?

Mathew Olson from Digg takes a look at the current state of Better Call Saul as the first episode of season 4 airs. Considering Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad, its worth considering how the two shows compare, especially now that Better Call Saul is well into the story. Olson makes the point that Better Call Saul is slower paced and that's A Good Thing, It gives the characters more time to develop and more care is put into how the story develops.

By contrast, "Better Call Saul" has largely kept its life or death stakes at a background hum, instead landing its heaviest dramatic punches with each decision Jimmy makes in the slow-motion car wreck that is his life.

No episode better demonstrates "Saul's" perfectly-pitched storytelling than season 3's mid-season stand-out "Chicanery," which ends with Michael McKean's unforgettable performance as Chuck in full meltdown mode, obliterating his own credibility while savagely raking Jimmy over the coals to a stunned courtroom.

'Chicanery' is probably their standout episode in the first three seasons. Listening to the show's creators discussing the courtroom scene on the Insider Podcast (definitely worth listening to if you're a fan of the show) helps you appreciate the detail and careful planning that went into just that one scene.

I've really enjoyed the first three seasons and have been looking forward to season 4 for an eternity. The story definitely runs at a slower pace than Breaking Bad ever did and yet the episodes and character development is just as captivating.

Via digg

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