Brooke Nicholson | Arts & Entertainment Editor
Even though "Breaking Bad" has been over for a while and off the air for over ten years (TEN years!), we are still getting glimpses of the ever-growing crime-infested city of Albuquerque, Nm. with "Better Call Saul."
With the premiere of season four airing on Aug. 6 came new beginnings and situations compelling Jimmy McGill to completely turn a completely different, borderline sinister direction. Coming out of suffering through a terrible loss, that nobody still exactly knows how it happened, is still lingering in the back of the lawyer-but-can't-practice-law's mind, causing him to shut down, lack emotion and think outside the box in terms of supporting himself until he get practice law again.
As the season progresses and we are taken through the lives of not only Jimmy and his girlfriend, but not his girlfriend, Kim, and also of Gus Fring from previous seasons and "Breaking Bad" to the Salamanca twins, still bearing their snake toed cowboy boots. While previous seasons took us on a simple, mellow joyride through the past before "Breaking Bad" is born, season four takes it up a few notches, really amping up the action, death, criminal activity and in-between all that, puzzle pieces begin to come together.
One of the bigger surprises on the show this season was the appearance of Gal, Walter White's assigned (by Gus Fring) meth partner towards the end of "Breaking Bad" His appearance was brief, but incredibly important, as he tells Gus that none of the samples that he has tested from Gus were even close to being pure (most in the 40 to 60 percent range), and offers to cook the meth himself. This is a huge preamble to the Gal we see in "Breaking Bad" and how Gus' trust in him grows over time.
There is never an episode that went by that you could only watch once. Every single episode contained extremely small details that can barely be seen by the naked eye, or you'd be lost if you've never seen "Breaking Bad" first. Season four absolutely crushes the amount of details that seasons one through three had, and going back through them has been more rewarding than before.
The amount of details present in the show really omits Jimmy's fall from being a lawyer, to whatever he is in "Breaking Bad," and it never feels cartoon-ish or corny. From the short black-and-white future flash forwards, to listening in on everything that's said over a phone call and paying attention to the way characters react to certain situations.
It's really rare to say that a predecessor to a show will be just as successful, if not more successful than the original show, but Vince Gilligan is a master when it comes to figuring out people's strengths and taking them to all new, very dangerous heights and arguably goes beyond that.
"Better Call Saul" continues with season four on AMC every Monday at nine p.m..