Preacher - Season 2 Episode 1 Review

Preacher Review: Road Trip From Hell

I felt lost most of last season, as Preacher was clearly custom made for diehard comics fans. Yup, I wasn’t in on the joke as I wrote over at The TV Junkies. Still, it was a total mind-fuck that somehow reeled me in.

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After sticking with, and thoroughly enjoying the first season… I finally feel like one of the cool kids! Perhaps Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg realized (or AMC advised them) they needed to focus the storyline while maintaining the quirks that made Preacher it’s own unique thing. The first 10 minutes of Season 2 reassured us that the show’s weird/gory fun is still intact, however you quickly get a sense that Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy are on a survival mission with the vicious Saint of Killers hot on their trail.

The talk of circumcision was ridiculous, and though I’ve mentioned Joseph Gilgun isn’t a fave of mine there’s no denying he is perfection as Irish Vampire Cassidy. The guy has grown on me, what can I say? I absolutely loved the “Come on Eileen” gag, with everyone claiming the song sucks yet ultimately admitting it’s a’ight. I’m sure we’ve all felt exactly the same way when the song hits the radio, yet the Dexys Midnight Runners classic is one of those ear worms you end up singing along to. The old school music video vibe, complete with air drumming during the car chase was simply brilliant. If the first season’s intro was utterly confusing, this year the creative team gave us a good old fashioned chase sequence that ends in a massive shootout. It was thoroughly different from last year, but just as effective and by the time our trio runs out of gas… you knew the shit was about to hit the fan.

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Anyone else think Jesse took too damn long to use his powers? I mean, don’t get me wrong the umbrella stuff with Cassidy was a blast. However, had he used Genesis early on, the gang might have escaped the insane carnage that followed when the Saint of Killers showed up. Those poor damn cops never saw what hit them.

I recently reviewed Syfy’s new show Blood Drive, and felt like some goody-goody trashing the show’s nasty gory nature. Well, Preacher is proof that when you’ve got an interesting story to go along with all the blood and guts… I’m totally on board. It doesn’t get much more gross that siphoning gas via some guy’s intestine, you know? Hey, at least now we know Yoo-hoo can help with that after-taste. Ha!

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Anyway, so back to the Saint of Killers (aka killer cowboy). Part of the reason most of us were lost last year, was the cowboy’s completely separate arc. Naturally, all his scenes were simply meant to introduce the character who was stuck in some kind of groundhog day hell loop. I’d take the deal to kill the preacher too, shiiit! Graham McTavish is so good in the role, that even though we didn’t realize the characters importance he had us along for the ride. The bar sequence last season is not one I’ll forget anytime soon. Again, not being familiar with the comics I’m at a disadvantage when it comes to the cowboy. That said, I’m glad the two storylines have merged. Jeese and his friends are in a world of trouble.

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When Tulip mentioned visiting a “religious scholar” friend of Jesse’s, I can’t say Mike was what I was expecting. The dude had a girl locked in a cage for too much Twittering. The gang left her there too. You can say what you want about this series, but it’s definitely not predictable. The visit with Mike seemed like a total waste of time, though we did get a little insight into Jesse’s parents. The scene with our trio in bed was fun as well. Cozy to say the least, right? Mike eventually mentioned a parishioner who had seen God. I’m still not certain Tammy’s story was genuine, but poor Mike sacrificed himself for the greater good. Will anyone ever find that girl in the cage now?

At the strip club, we were led to believe God had fallen for a stripper. Talk about blasphemous. However, it turned out he was all about the Jazz. This turn of events was the one time during the hour I felt as lost as I had throughout the first season. What did all this mean? Had Tammy met God, or someone posing as the almighty? Will Jesse shit himself when he meets him?

Anyone catch the mention of a town blowing up on the news? Is that what happened to everyone Jesse left behind? A “Ganesh” spot on the TV also caught my attention. What’s that all about? Didn’t it seem like Cassidy recognized this mysterious person? I’m sure we’ll learn more in the second hour, which I can’t wait to watch. Luckily, AMC is airing Episode 2 “Mumbai Sky Tower” tomorrow night. Naturally, our heroes need to learn who The Cowboy is and why he’s trying to kill them. Does Jesse get shot this early in the season, or was it a dream?

Conclusion…

“On the Road” was an outstanding start to the season, which was pure Preacher yet cleaner and more focused. It seems like Season 2 is going to appeal to a wider audience, whereas the first season was a love letter to Preacher’s diehard comics fans. Dominic Cooper is once again the highlight here, but Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun turn in really solid performances. Anyone else miss Arseface? There’s still so much we don’t know about Eugene’s time in Hell. Will we flash back to that this year? I hope so. From what I understand, Season 2 is Preacher turned up to 11. We will be meeting several new comics characters and the road trip angle is going to help open the show up. It was a tad claustrophobic last season. It’s going to be another wild ride. I’m so in! Share your thoughts on the season premiere below…


Preacher airs Sundays at 10/9c on AMC