EL CAMINO is a decent epilogue to BREAKING BAD, but is far from the essential viewing its forbear was. Essentially Vince Gilligan has crafted an indulgently extended episode that ties up what few loose ends remained from the rise and fall of Heisenberg’s empire, and you could quite happily watch two or three key scenes from this and leave it at that. Aaron Paul is reliable ballast to build a new story on, but the story itself is missing BB’s scope and thematic richness, though perhaps appropriately the whole thing is really about seeing how different, how much better a man Jesse Pinkman is than Walter White, even under the most trying of circumstances. Expect moving cameos in flashback, gallows humour and Badger and Skinny Pete (Matt Jones and Charles Baker) stealing the show all over again. SSP
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