Following in the footsteps of modern television classic Breaking Bad (2008-2013) could be seen as both a blessing and a curse. For although the prequel spin-off Better Call Saul (2015- ) might benefit from the enormous popularity of its predecessor starting out with a much wider potential audience, fans might be skeptical about major deviations from the atmosphere set by the AMC-original. And although Better Call Saul explores similar themes such as moral ambiguity, the value of family, the psychological transformation of the protagonist as he descends into the criminal milieu of Albuquerque, the story of con man lawyer Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman does differ from the story of Walter White in terms of its tone, pacing, and narration. The introduction will try to show how the series manages to stand on its own while at the same time playing with the viewers’ sense of familiarity with the world and aesthetics of Breaking Bad.
Raphael Morschett studied English, American, and Anglophone Studies as well as Philosophy at Saarland University. He is a PhD candidate in the DFG-funded Research Training Group »European Dream-Cultures« and works on a project that explores the phenomenology of dream experience in the films of David Lynch.
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