After a few weeks of relative calm, it’s been action stations this week, as DC has deployed the big guns: as well as the usual Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year Three (aka ‘International Superpunching Weekly’) and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #25 (aka ‘Let’s see if we can get by on Tumblr agitprop, rather than good writing’), we’ve had a brief cameo appearance in Futures End #42, we’ve seen Diana take on virtually the entire Justice League single-handed in (you guessed it) Justice League, an old enemy has come to break up the happy couple and make the Amazons look not quite as bad in Superman/Wonder Woman and over in Wonder Woman, Diana’s been having the same problems balancing her responsibilities as before – but thankfully, we have the return of a very important old friend to help her.
Phew. No wonder I’m late this week. I might have to take a holiday next week after all this…
Oh well, at least we’re still getting Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman every Thursday, despite the fact that it’s not on that schedule at all.
All the same, another quiet week for Diana with brand new appearances in just Injustice: Gods Among Year Three, in which Wonder Woman hits someone (who will it be this week?), and Sensation Comics, in which teenager Wonder Woman wins her dance-off and learns all about friendship in the outer world.
Of course, next week, with DC’s usual impeccable timing, we’ve got Justice League, Superman/Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman all at once in addition to the digital-only titles. I should probably enjoy the quiet while it lasts, shouldn’t I?
In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, AMC In the UK: Netflix. New episode every Tuesday
So before we start, let’s be clear what this isn’t. This isn’t a review for anyone who loved Breaking Bad, of which Better Call Saul is a spin-off. For starters, I didn’t love Breaking Bad, and I gave up midway through the second season. I didn’t mind it, I thought it was good, but it felt too much like hard work with not a huge amount of reward.
I don’t even really remember Saul Goodman in the original show either. All I know is what’s available in the Wikipedia article on him.
Already many of you will be getting ready to declare me “Unmutual”.
That’s fine. Because you’ll be watching Better Call Saul whatever I say and if you really need someone to tell you if the show's any good for a Breaking Bad lover or not, you can peruse any of the dozens of reviews on the Internet by people who’ve watched every single episode and have "Bitch” tattooed on each of their biceps.
No, this is a review for people who either didn't like Breaking Bad or never quite got round to watching it. Because there’s bound to be a whole bunch of you out there like me who are potentially interested in watching Better Call Saul but want to know if they’ll be lost and mystified and whether they’ll enjoy it or not. Those people need someone like me.
So with that out of the way, let’s go see if we’d Better Call Saul or not. I’d recommend reading that Wikipedia article I linked to first, though - it’ll help a lot.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.