The show's slow style isn’t for everyone -- another reason Gus’s comeback is a boon for Better Call Saul
Let’s say you’ve found BCS a bit of a slog, not on any principled objection to prequels or sequels or anything like that, but simply because it’s not delivering the high-octane thrills of its predecessor. Gus’s presence isn’t likely to suddenly convert the show into Breaking Bad’s freight rain robbery or ricin-and-bomb assassination attempts anytime soon, which is no bad thing.
But it is likely to restore many of the character dynamics that made the original show so appealing. At this point, "Saul," Mike, Gus, Tuco, and Hector are all floating around, waiting to bump into each other. That should provide Breaking Bad fans plenty of bang for your TV-watching buck.
To grab an analogy from a different fleshed-out universe, it's quickly becoming the case that Better Call Saul is to Breaking Bad what Rogue One is to the original Star Wars trilogy. Tonally, it’s not the same thing, and it’s not trying to be. It’s subdued and small-scale instead of boisterous and universe-spanning. The lighstaber-duel-style action set pieces are deliberately absent. Hell, you even know how it’s going to end.
But just as seeing old favorites like Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Mon Mothma, and Grand Moff Tarkin in a new and unusual context managed to provide a familiar thrill without feeling like a retread, so does watching friends and foes from Vince Gilligan’s meth masterpiece pop up on BCS. It’s familiar, yes, but the familiarity serves, somewhat counterintuitively, to keep the show fresh and distinct.
As it’s done with Saul and Mike before, throwing Gus Fring into the mix will allow us to see him from a whole new angle. And we all know the kind of payoff seeing Gus Fring from a new angle can deliver, don’t we? Ding ding ding ding ding!