Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Preacher - Gonna Hurt

Despite their wishes to leave, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and his friends remain trapped in Angelville for another episode as Jesse begins to work off the cost of Tulip's (Ruth Negga) resurrection. Despite warnings to Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) about hiding his true nature, the vampire is discovered by Jesse's family leading to the re-opening of the Tombs (yet another comprise Jesse promised never to make). Tulip's attempts to find a way out for Jesse lead her to make a dangerous choice with an unlikely new frenemy. While it's likely best for everyone if Madam Boyd (Prema Cruz) helps Tulip, it looks like she's going to need a little convincing

While it doesn't appear the show plans to get back on the road anytime soon, "Gonna Hurt" does continue to develop the bizarre family dynamic taking place under the roof of Jesse's grandmother (Betty Buckley). The episode is also notable (and not in a good way) for an appearance by God who, not surprisingly, turns out to be a complete dick. Despite his boasts about a plan and test for humanity, there's certainly nothing divine (or even interesting) about the character once unmasked. As for the Grail and Jesse's hope of reclaiming the lost piece of his soul and control of Genesis (i.e. the interesting plot threads of a show that too often gets stuck in neutral and sophomoric nihilism), that, sadly, appears to be getting further away with every episode.

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