The first footage of “Better Call Saul” has arrived, and, well, there’s not much to it.
It’s 10 seconds of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill pitching his services to an unseen person, presumably a potential client. Here’s the entirety of what he says:
“Lawyers — we’re like health insurance. You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not havin’ it? No. [Chuckle] Phew.”
So what can we learn from those 10 seconds, aside from the fact that AMC says the show will premiere in February 2015 (presumably paired with the back half of “The Walking Dead” Season 5)? Let’s look way more closely than we need to at the teaser.
The hair: “Better Call Saul” is initially set in 2002, and you can see some evidence of the earlier time period in Jimmy’s hairline. It hasn’t yet retreated halfway up his head, where it sat in the later episodes of “Breaking Bad.” He’s also sporting heavier sideburns than latter-day Saul did.
The look: Jimmy is dressed in a gray suit with matching shirt and tie. It’s a far cry from the brightly colored combinations we came to know from Saul.
The demeanor: It’s very aw-shucks, and again pretty much a 180 from the Saul Goodman of “Breaking Bad.” That could either be a boon or a burden to the show — it could be quite interesting to see what turns the relatively earnest Jimmy into the utter cynic that is Saul. But if the initial iteration of Jimmy doesn’t at least partly conform to pre-existing opinions of the character Odenkirk played, will that turn audiences off?
We’ll see when “Better Call Saul” premieres in February. What do you think of this first glimpse at the show?