'Better Call Saul' review: Born to be 'Bad'?

February 8, 2015 6:03 PM

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I expected a lot of things from AMC's "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" -- fast talk, cheap suits, more than a whiff of desperation -- but not among them was a black-and-white opening sequence that culminates in a silent, extended, Emmy-worthy take on once motor-mouthed legal kingpin Saul Goodman as he revisits his glory days, subtly cycling through pride, regret, wistfulness and despair.

Then again, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and co-producer Peter Gould proved themselves masters at exploding our expectations (a few times, quite literally) during Walter White's devastating descent into meth-dealing, mayhem and murder. The hour-long dramedy "Better Call Saul" is a deep dive...

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