Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Chemistry Lacking in This Bad Spin-Off; Square Eyes Jessica McKenzie

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Chemistry Lacking in This Bad Spin-Off; Square Eyes Jessica McKenzie

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IN THE DESERT: Saul Goodman crosses paths with a psychopath.

WHEN online streaming services burst on to the Australian scene earlier this year, American-owned Netflix held a number of drawcards.

As well as being cheaper than Australian-owned Stan, Netflix had exclusive rights to game-changing television shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

Stan's only big drawcard was Better Call Saul, the much-hyped spin-off to Vince Gilligan's extraordinary series Breaking Bad.

As a massive fan of Breaking Bad, I was somewhat perplexed by the decision to base a whole show on the backstory of bumbling lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

Saul provided comic relief and a seriously skewed moral compass but he didn't offer the hilarious and terrifying performance of Brian Cranston as Walter White.

Nor did he capture hearts the way wounded puppy Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) did.

Breaking Bad was a massive cult hit and a very tough act to follow. …

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