Jimmymcgill is back in Better Call Saul S2.
(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) Out Autumn
Echoing the first series of this Breaking Bad spinoff, Season 2 begins with a black-and-white clip of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman – now under the alias Gene – eking out a miserable living in Omaha. But this teaser aside, Better Call Saul remains all about his early days as Jimmy Mcgill. As with Series 1, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould show admirable restraint; there’s no rush to get to Saul – Jimmy is interesting enough.
A satisfying slow-burn, Series 2 is dominated by Jimmy’s feelings for fellow lawyer Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and his relations with Machiavellian older brother Chuck (Michael Mckean). Those expecting Walt or Jesse cameos will be disappointed, but Breaking Bad forever hovers in the periphery, via Saul’s ‘fixer’ Mike (Jonathan Banks, brilliant), whose tensionfilled S2 arc reunites us with a major character.
Even in this corporate world, violence and betrayal are never far away. By the season-ending cliffhanger, this snaps sharply into focus, with storm clouds gathering across those clearblue New Mexico skies. The balance – for Breaking Bad diehards and newcomers alike – is perfectly struck.
Signal is hard to come by in Newmexico.