by Sherry LippEpisode six, “Five-O,” of Better Call Saul makes me wish the Breaking Bad prequel had focused on Mike (Jonathan Banks) rather than Saul/Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Don’t get me wrong, I like the character of Saul, but I’m not sure there’s enough there to sustain this show long term. Mike, however, is a different story. From Breaking Bad we know he dotes on his young granddaughter Kaylee. It’s one of those little character things that lets us know Mike is not such a bad guy.
Even before the granddaughter popped into the story I always like Mike’s straightforwardness. He always knew how
to get things done and he never wasted time fretting about it. He just did what he needed to do and moved on. So getting a chance to crack his cool and calm exterior is a welcome opportunity. In this episode we finally get some pieces to the puzzle.
This episode, in which Saul was pretty much absent except a couple of scenes, humanized Mike more than ever. We learn he is racked with guilt over the death of his son, whom he worked with in the Philadelphia police department. We also learn, though it is no surprise given what we already know about Mike, that he ended up in Albuquerque after taking the law into his own hands back there.
Just like with Breaking Bad, I feel a tinge of excitement when Mike appears because I know something interesting is going to happen. I have to wonder if he moved to New Mexico thinking he would live a quiet life and be near his granddaughter, or if he knew he would eventually seek out something of his old life. We know how it ends up for Mike, but it’s interesting to see how his relationship with Saul spun him in that direction.