In the opening scenes of “Better Call Saul,” the spinoff of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” series, viewers don’t see the familiar harsh desert and azure sky of Albuquerque.
Instead, the pilot episode’s black-and-white images depict snowy Nebraska, where criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) hides out following the demise of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his methamphetamine empire.
Saul is the skittish manager of a Cinnabon franchise at an Omaha shopping mall. At home in his small apartment, he watches a VHS tape of cheesy “Better Call Saul” commercials and reminisces about better days.
Before long, Episode...