Many die hard Breaking Bad fans will have been eagerly awaiting the start of spinoff prequel Better Call Saul, and so far it has not disappointed its viewers.

The opening to the pilot was typical Vince Gilligan: quirky and tense from the very start. Bob Odenkirk gives a raw brilliance and desperation in his central role as Jimmy McGill in his pre-Saul days, a hapless lawyer with a seedy past who is dragged down a dark path, in which we find ourselves rooting for him as his character develops.

Odenkirk’s acting is next to none, he fills so many dimensions of his antihero character, sometimes just with a single sad look in his eye. He manages to bring us into a close relationship with Jimmy whilst being able to layer darkness and humour in one go, and from the start you really believe that his character could be real, a broke man trying to find his way in life any way he can.

Gilligan and Peter Gould manage to balance the right amount of comedy, obscurity and eccentricity in a show which manages to escape the massive shadow of Breaking Bad whilst still keeping those similar touches which made it so successful. The subtle references back to its predecessor make it equally exciting, such as the return of Mike and Tuco in their days previous to their encounters with Walt and Jesse.

Each episode ends with questions left unanswered, and the pace of this new drama never drops. Whether you’ve watched all five seasons of Breaking Bad from start to finish, or have never seen one episode, Better Call Saul is a standalone drama which revokes the reputation that prequels often have. It is an absolute must see.