Better Call Lightbox

One of 2015’s most anticipated TV series, Better Call Saul, will be available exclusively to Lightbox subscribers from 8.00 on February 9.

The Breaking Bad prequel opens with a two-night premiere express from the US, where a second series has been commissioned even before its February 8 premiere.

Lightbox will fast-track each episode and CEO Kym Niblock predicts Kiwis “are going to love what they see. 

“I’ve seen a few episodes and let’s just say Better Call Saul is the definition of what we mean when we say ‘Lightbox is bringing insanely good TV to New Zealanders.'”

Saul is an amazing coup for the fledgling streaming service given Sky did a deal only last year with Sony Pictures Television for all five-seasons of Breaking Bad as part of a bundle of SPT shows.

But while critics have been quick to praise the initial episodes of a series, advance reviews haven’t been effusive.

The Hollywood Reporter reckons it’s “full of promise and potential” but warns: “The first hour moves slower than people might be expecting, but builds to and ends on a wonderful cliffhanger that is partly but not fully solved in the second episode (luckily airing only a day after the pilot).”

And Entertainment Weekly calls it a “work in progress. The energetic visual storytelling engages, but the deliberate pacing left me restless.”

The prequel follows the trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) six years before he meets Walter White.

The man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and more immediately, hustling to make ends meet.

Working alongside – and often against – Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). 

The series, which is dramatic in tone with dark humour woven through, follows Jimmy’s transformation in to Saul, the man who puts the “criminal” in criminal lawyer.

Better Call Saul was created by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who executive produce with another series alumnus, Mark Johnson, while a fourth, star Bryan Cranston, directs an episode. 

To find out more about Better Call Saul, visit preview.lightbox.co.nz/bettercallsaul/#/.

For a free 30-day trial of Lightbox register at www.lightbox.co.nz; Lightbox also is offering year-long free access to Spark subscribers.

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One Response to “Better Call Lightbox”

  1. So I pay for Sky Basic, Sky Movies, SoHo and the HD ticket, now I have to pay for Lightbox (Better Call Saul) and Netflix (House of Cards S3) as well to see all the quality TV I need to? If I’m prepared to pay for premium content I should be able to see it all!!! It’s no wonder some people stream shows of questionable legality.

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