Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Preacher - On the Road

After a First Season which was mostly a prequel to the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher returns with Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) hitting the road in search of the missing God. More in-tune with the nihilistic 90s comic series which spawned it, which is both good and potentially bad for the series going forward, the season premiere begins the long road trip for our unlikely threesome while also introduces a new threat in the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) who hunts down the preacher and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

There are a few important points in the season opener. One, Jesse is becoming increasingly reliant on the power of Genesis to bend people to his will (even becoming lazy, as Tulip points out). Two, it's obvious Heaven isn't done with the preacher. And three, the Saint of Killers is willing to torture, kill, and destroy any obstacle in his path (although doing so when it serves no purpose, such as pulling out a man's tongue in the season premiere, doesn't enhance the character's mystique). The fact that Jesse still doesn't know about Tulip and Cassidy sleeping together is brought up again suggesting the revelation should hit the preacher when he least expects it and when it can do the most damage. There are plenty of highlight moments including the opening standoff with the police which leads directly into the first appearance of our murderous antagonist. Even with the disappointment last season's finale, I'm looking forward to seeing where the show leads Jesse now.

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