Breaking Bad v. Better Call Saul

I’m finally watching Breaking Bad, which I resisted for a long time even after acquiring Netflix and being introduced to the concept of binge watching, which I took to as a duck to water, as the saying goes, because I really do have an easily addicted personality. I guess part of the reason I was so resistant is because so many people raved about it, which is kind of twisted logic, but there’s another flaw in my personality.
Most people either like a show or they don’t. I’m the kind of person who is either ‘for’ or ‘against.’ Same with art, music, and literature.
But, I came to it through the back door (after watching Better Call Saul) and, I must admit, it’s a pretty good show. Not as good as Better Call Saul, actually, but still compelling viewing.
The reason I liked Better Call Saul better is that there’s a bit more comic relief, and a few more likable characters who’ve never killed anybody. Jimmie, of course. Kim. Francesca. The lady who owns the nail salon. Ernesto from the mail room. The UNM film students.
Breaking Bad doesn’t have that. Walter White is kind of a loser, a wimpy science teacher who nobody respects (maybe I identify with him a bit too much), and he really is a dick to Jesse Pinkman, and that is the root cause of a lot of their problems. Jesse really is a moron, though. But the characters I particularly dislike are Skyler and her sister. People who think marijuana is absolutely a tool of the devil.
Strangely, though, I kind of like Hank, although we would be sworn enemies in real life.
But there’s nobody I can latch on to and say “That’s a character I really like. I hope he (or she) comes out on top.” There is no character on the show who I hope doesn’t die (except for Jane, who did).
Anyway, it’s still a pretty good show, I’m on season 3 and will watch all the way through, no doubt. But I’m looking forward more to 2021 and season 6 of Better Call Saul.

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