The pilot of Preacher already told us that we were in for something new and entirely weird and this latest episode just solidified that idea.
Tonally, the episode jumps all over the place: from lynching to baptism to paedophilia. On paper, it is entirely insane but it makes for something that is exhilarating to watch. The episode starts with a flashback that never quite lines up with the rest of the show and I’m not convinced ever will but everything that follows is amazing.
As far as superheroes go, Jesse Custer is probably the most unwilling that has crossed our screens in recent years which gives the show an unpredictability that is rare for the genre.
At the end of this episode Jesse discovers his ability to compel people to follow his orders and whilst there are certain things that have to happen in this ten-episode season – e.g he’ll probably help Tulip with whatever it is that she’s trying to do – Jesse doesn’t seem the type to don a spandex suit and foil dastardly plots. So we’re dealing with an anti-hero, but where does he fall on the scale?
We saw more of everybody’s favourite functioning-alcoholic, 119-year old, Irish vampire: Cassidy. Fortunately, it looks like he’s not trying to kill anybody (think Twilight vampires but less sparkly and more violent) so this is a character that we can look forward to sticking around for a while.
At the moment it doesn’t feel like the story has come together – although there a lot of great elements flying around – so the characters are the glue right now. Scenes with Cassidy or Tulip immediately raise the energy of the show but the more subdued performances from Jesse and Arseface are just as valuable. Everything about this show, from the setting to the plot, is weird so it’s important that they have good enough actors to make it believable and they do.
Overall, if you discount the first four minutes then this was a great episode and it looks like this is going to be a brilliant first season for the show.
What did you think of this week’s Preacher? How will Jesse use his powers? Do you have any theories about how this will play out? Let me know in the comments.