AMC‘s “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” is back, though slightly delayed. It’s been more than a year since season three ended in June 2017. The series, which was nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys three years running (2015-2017), missed the eligibility window for this year’s awards. But will it be back at next year’s Emmys? It certainly deserves to, according to most critics.
The new season has a MetaCritic score of 85 based on 8 reviews, and 100% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews. The Tomatometer consensus says the show is as “well-crafted and compelling as ever.” It has been called “one of the best shows on television,” whose star Bob Odenkirk “conveys so much with so little.” And of the supporting cast Michael Mando is “deeper and more layered” and Rhea Seehorn is “vital.” Though some think Odenkirk’s character was better served in “small doses” on “Breaking Bad” and the character hasn’t yet come “into focus” in this prequel series.
But the raves outweigh the mixed reviews. Are you excited for “Better Call Saul” returning tonight? Check out some of the reviews below, and join the discussion on this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.
Liz Shannon Miller (IndieWire): “How many more times can it be said that ‘Better Call Saul’ is one of the best shows on television? As many more times as they’re willing to make new episodes … The reflection of life seen in ‘Better Call Saul’s’ mirror isn’t terribly flattering, but perhaps more than any other TV show on the air, it stands out as true.”
Kristen Baldwin (Entertainment Weekly): “Odenkirk conveys so much with so little — a furrowed brow, an aimless stare into space — that he’s made the inner life of Jimmy McGill as rich and expressive as the outer bombast of Saul Goodman. So with each additional scene devoted to the Salamanca-Fring drug feud, I’m beginning to feel robbed.”
Verne Gay (Newsday): “The power and glory fans have come to expect is all here, with some added bonuses, including a richer, deeper and more layered Nacho Varga, the Salamanca heavy played brilliantly by Canadian actor Michael Mando. But of all these bonuses, Seehorn’s performance merits the most prominent mention. Kim was always vital to the success of this series.”
Mike Hale (New York Times): “Jimmy McGill the character, placed at the center of a show, has never been as entertaining or interesting as Saul Goodman was, in relatively small doses, in ‘Breaking Bad’ … Jimmy bobs and weaves, moving between naked opportunism and glimmers of nobility, on an endless cycle of glee and guilt, without ever coming into focus.”