Better Call Saul Season 5: Review and Its Evolution Thus Far

Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul just wrapped up its season 5. In what can be described as the most impactful season and the most impactful Saul Goodman moment, this season did not disappoint. One of the things seen with both the shows is the gratuitous ability to drag on. Breaking Bad fans might not like it, but it is true. Somewhere between season 3 and 4 of Breaking Bad, unnecessary plot-dragging wasn’t uncommon. The same was seen with Better Call Saul.

Jimmy finally made the leap into the world of criminal law by changing his name to Saul Goodman, Wexler as always had his bad. Saul Goodman was what viewers would know as the sordid, corrupt, immoral lawyer from Breaking Bad. As for Salamanca, he embraced his malicious nature wholeheartedly. Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) has played him false-so his baying for his blood. The final season of Better Call Saul will be a play between a morally corrupt lawyer, a frightening villain, and a head-over-heel and irredeemable woman.

Marred with tragedies and adversities of life, Better Call Saul is now growing to be a highly-nuanced show. Some would even agree that it is becoming a tragic love story of Saul and Kim. Season 5 of the show was at it’s glorious best–there wasn’t a single Saul Goodman moment on the screen when we felt we were being led down by the criminal lawyer. Travesty of justice, adversity of life, personal tragedies are what describe the 5 seasons of Better Call Saul so far. Thanks to COVID-19’s interruption with our TV schedule, Better Call Saul just got better and better. Since there isn’t a real competition on TV as of yet. We’ve said what we feel is true.

Season 5 was the penultimate season of the show. As it wrapped up with ten highly impactful episodes, we thought Breaking Bad had finally met its match. For a show as great as Breaking Bad, everyone wondered whether Better Call Saul was going to measure up to that, And measure up it did. Call it delayed gratification, whatever–Better Call Saul exceeded its predecessor. Under the wing of showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul Season 5 has scored 99% critic ratings on Tomatometer. We may go out on a limb here and say the show solely belongs to Bob Odenkirk. And why ever not? Did you see his subtle shades of expression change throughout the season? Man oh, man! He sent shockwaves through Alberquerques’s legal system (or the illegal system) when Jimmy McGill’s made the decision to practice law as Saul Goodman. None in the expected this sudden announcement, and of course, that added to the element of drama on screen. Once again we say, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould truly and really outdid themselves this time around. Credit where it’s due–they are terrific tragic storytellers.

Better Call Saul Season 5: Review.

As Jimmy and Kim’s bond strengthened and deepened, Kim was at a critical juncture. What was she going to do after all? Sorry to spoil it so early, in the end, Kim proved once again that she was loyal to Jimmy. The result of it? Jimmy McGill and his partner in crime Kim Wexler were involved in a skirmish with cartel boss Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton). We’ll go as far as to say that it is solely because of Kim Wexler that Jimmy decided to break bad like no other. The fact that she was always going to have his back, gave Jimmy an extra boost. And might we appreciate Kim’s ability to keep with Jimmy! That isn’t to say the woman that has been Saul Goodman’s saving grace isn’t morally contrived. She too desires to thrive into a life of crime. Hungry for $2 million, Wexler goes as far as to Howard Hamlin. And finally the–“this is not you” narrative.

Saul rose from lying, thuggery, scamming and cheating. So who was Saul going to fight for in the next phase of his career? But of course, the man has to start from scratch before his clientele includes Walter White Sr. Saul took off with druggie burnouts, street thugs, throwaways, street urchins, and such. He’s going to play the Pied Piper in the hamlet of Alberquerque, he is going to be a savior to these lowlifes. Gradually his clientele base will expand to accommodate the high criminals. Saul and Walter’s breaking bad moment is almost similar–victims of the same morally corrupt and reprehensible system, having finally had enough–the men knew sleaze bag life was what would suit them the best.

Don’t even get us started on the similarities between Saul and Walter’s adventures. Desert, hello? In the critically acclaimed episode, Bagman, Saul, and Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) were man hunted in the desert with $7 million in cash. This same road that Walt took before he thought everything was over for him–he had just begun.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill – Better Call Saul _ Season 5, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Saul Goodman will make it as successful and rich and shamelessly sleazy–we know it from Breaking Bad. We are curious to know how he got there, but we aren’t terrified of what shall happen to him in season 6. But it is Varga and Kim that scare us the most. Both these characters were absent in Breaking Bad. We wouldn’t expect either of the three characters to unscathed. Maybe it was Kim’s fate that compelled Saul to rise above the rest and support anti-heroes such as himself. The moment Saul Goodman appeared on-screen with his advertisement, billboard, and scheming, fans were rife with intrigue.

We’d strongly hope that Wexler has a fantastic run till her very end. If she’s going to go, she must depart like an anti-heroine. We talk about damsels and wives in distress, women who need saving, characters who failed to free themselves from the gender antiquated roles of the bygone era–amidst all of this we forgot to write characters such as Wexler. Her fate would make Saul the perfect archetype for a morally-unsound-because-they-harmed-the-woman-I-love character.

Here’s hoping for a fantastic Kim Wexler departure. May Saul Goodman find his voice in his personal tragedy.

Ayman Nazir
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