Since more than 10 million people tuned in to watch the “Breaking Bad” finale last September, the rabid fan base has been clamoring for “Better Call Saul.” The AMC spinoff, centered around Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Walter White’s sleazy comic-relief lawyer, is set to premiere in early 2015 and has already been picked up for a second season. Now fans finally have a short teaser to wet their whistles for next year’s series premiere.
The new teaser features only Odenkirk, as the titular character, in a short, sarcastic monologue. He says, sounding very much like the character of old, “Lawyers: We’re like health insurance. You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not having it? No, phew.”
Creator Vince Gilligan has been vocal about the need for the series to be more than just a generic spinoff of “Breaking Bad.” The teaser gives fans their first insight into what that might mean. Here are four things we learned from the short “Better Call Saul” teaser trailer:
1. Saul is much, much younger.
“Better Call Saul” is a prequel and will take place years before Saul ever meets Walter White, meaning the Saul of the spinoff will be a much younger Saul -- and he looks it. Kudos to the makeup team for taking a decade off Odenkirk’s face to transform him into the character’s younger self.
2. Saul is up to his old tricks.
The Saul of “Better Call Saul” seems just as sleazy and unscrupulous as the one “Breaking Bad” fans have all come to know and love. His tongue-in-cheek rant in the teaser trailer reminds us of Saul’s first sarcastic meetings with Walter and Jesse, before things got too heavy. Fans should not expect a different or more morally upstanding Saul in the new series.
3. The show will look a lot like "Breaking Bad."
Gilligan told Rolling Stone that after toying with the idea of a half-hour comedy format for “Better Call Saul,” they decided to stick with what they know, bringing in the same crew, using an hour format, and returning to the same Albuquerque, New Mexico, locations as “Breaking Bad.” The short teaser looks like it could have been taken right out of a “Breaking Bad” episode, and fans shouldn’t expect the show to diverge much stylistically from the original.
4. The show will be funny!
Saul was always the comic relief in “Breaking Bad,” and “Better Call Saul” is not about to change anything. Gilligan has said the show will reverse the dynamic of “Breaking Bad” and be 75 percent comedy and 25 percent drama. The teaser is basically a classic, 10-second Saul one-liner and it gives fans some assurance that the tone of the show will stay true to the goofball character who inspired it.
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