Preacher Season 2 First Five Episodes Review: What to Expect this Season

Preacher Season 2 First Five Episodes Review:  What to Expect this Season

I was worried about Preacher at first. Even with no knowledge of the source material (something I’m rectifying due to the show), I didn’t trust Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen to handle the nuances of a bloody tale of with heavy religious themes. But halfway into the first season, I was hooked. Season 2 is poised to be an improvement in pretty much every sense.

At this point, the trio of Jesse Custer (a Preacher who now has the supernatural gift of command), Tulip (Jesse’s on-again off-again lover who has been gaining some agency of her own in season 2), and Cassidy (a vampire with questionable morals) have been established. We don’t really need many expositional scenes featuring their sordid past as we have a clear picture of who they are and where they’re headed, a natural progression given that the first season was more of a prologue. Now, we move on to the meat.

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Graham McTavish as The Saint of Killers – Preacher _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC

The key ingredient to Preacher‘s secret sauce is that our time isn’t wasted. Even when doing something as innocuous as searching for God in New Orleans jazz bars (well, innocuous in so much as this world will allow it), we have multiple threats looming and several plot threads closing up around us.

The showrunners have also been coming up with clever ways to combat Jesse’s all-powerful voice—his very own superpower. Solidifying Jesse as a formidable hand-to-hand fighter allows us to see him do more than just deus ex machina his way out of sticky situations, and adds depth to his character. While he can manipulate the mind of the average goon or state trooper, there are several characters that circumvent his gift or are straight-up immune to it. It might not sound like much, having this concession baked in, but it allows us to be surprised every so often and keeps us guessing.

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Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare – Preacher _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC

Even scenes without Jesse have a penchant to delve into the realm of the absurd. Seeing a sensitive, reformed Hitler in hell being bullied by a rich white kid? Priceless. Nearly every plot—even the “B” ones—begs for more screentime, and provides just enough mystery and intrigue to keep going. As silly as some of these ideas are, the humour doesn’t veer into juvenile or lazy territory, and Cassidy especially is on the level as a perfect balance of comic relief and drama. We’re also seeing some great set work, far greater than the overdone rural homes and deserts of the first season. New Orleans is as hypnotic as always, but the set design for the Indian Casino and Hell itself make those scenes so much more interesting.

At this point, I’m all-in with pretty much every cast member (the jury is still out on Graham McTavish’s Saint of Killers). Dominic Cooper is entrancing, and his chemistry with Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun has developed over the past year to a more believable level. I especially like what Negga is doing with the character in season 2, and most of that comes with restraint. While her scenes could have easily been over-the-top, she has a quiet dejectedness to her; she is also capable of slinging out one-liners with the best of them.

Preacher Season 2 First Five Episodes Review: What to Expect this Season 2
Preacher Season 2 (Ep. 1-5) (via AMC)

As for what’s next for Preacher in season 2? While I’m more than invested and watch week-to-week, I’m a little worried that they’ll drag out the principle plotline of “where is God?” longer than they need to. Preacher isn’t exactly ratings gold (one of the only on-air shows that’s worse is Halt and Catch Fire, which was renewed through a miracle for its last season), and I’m worried that we could be looking at a cancellation before major threads have been resolved. In the meantime, I’m anxious to see what happens to Eugene and Hitler in Hell and if the Saint of Killers is going to get a little more fleshed out than what we have so far.

Cassidy has also taken more of a backseat with the exception of one incredible episode (Mumbai Sky Tower) and I’d like to see more of him. But I do appreciate that we don’t have a major focus on any one character outside of the obvious choice of having Jesse facilitate the narrative. It’ll be exciting to see where they take it and how much of the source material will end up making it in, but for now, I’m enjoying the journey.

Preacher Book One (Graphic Novel) Review

Preacher Book One (Graphic Novel) Review

Preacher is one of those comics that I’ve seen and heard of hundreds of times, but never actually read. With the upcoming release of AMC’s live-action adaptation, I wanted to find out exactly how powerful the source material created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon really was, and if a comic book from the late 90’s could stand the test of time as one of the best to date.

Preacher Book One (Graphic Novel) Review 1Preacher follows the story of Jesse Custer, a Reverend to the people of Annville, Texas, who suddenly becomes possessed by the powerful entity, Genesis, resulting in his church and it’s members being blown up. Jesse runs away as the sole survivor of the event and begins to hallucinate, piecing together exactly what the spirit that entered him is. He eventually meets up with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare, and the nomad vampire, Cassidy. With the agents of Heaven afraid of the power Jesse now has in his possession, they unleash The Saint of Killers to kill him and collect his soul. It’s during these encounters with The Saint that Jesse learns of his power, the voice, which is equivalent in power to God and can compel anyone to do what Jesse says. After learning that God has gone missing from Heaven and feeling as if he abandoned everyone on Earth, Jesse sets out on his journey to find the Lord and give him a piece of his mind.

It’s a lot of material to take in for a beginning to a very long story, but Preacher Book One manages to keep you hooked from start to end because it is one of the most unique comics you’ll ever read. Preacher breaks down barriers with its traumatic content and powerful themes. It’s the first comic I’ve ever read that feels like it’s only meant for adults to read, something that today’s comic industry could never afford to try again.

Preacher Book One (Graphic Novel) Review 3The highlight pieces to Preacher are its characters. While I was frustrated with Jesse in the beginning because he felt so introverted and lacked any of the rich development I was enjoying with Cassidy and Tulip, the second half of Book One answers every question I ever had about his character and opens him up to be an incredibly compelling protagonist. Jesse has been through so much in his life that Batman would easily concede defeat to Jesse’s origin story; it’s just that dark and hopeless.

Preacher Book One (Graphic Novel) Review 2Cassidy is the driving force that keeps you hooked in the first part of the story. Even though he comes off as a vile and selfish vampire, Cassidy has an addictive personality and I naturally grew to like him because he was the most extroverted of the three main characters. He has seen and been a part of hundreds of events throughout history during the course of his immortal existence, but now he feels extremely bored of everyday mundane life. When he meets Jesse and discovers his power, Cassidy decides to join the reverend’s quest because he knows something thrilling and exciting is just on the horizon for him to experience and that’s the feeling that he lives for. The two men begin to develop a strong friendship during the course of the adventure, but I can’t help but feel their fun times aren’t meant to last and I look forward to reading how their bond will be tested in later volumes.

Tulip doesn’t have as strong of a backstory as either Jesse or Cassidy, but she’s still a character that I greatly enjoyed. Tulip gets into deep trouble after Jesse suddenly disappeared from her life. She was left with nowhere to go and decides to become a hitman for hire to make ends meet. Despite having incredible marksmanship skills, she immediately screws up her first hit by killing the wrong person and takes off from town with help from Cassidy. Most of Tulip’s past is still unknown at this point in the story because it’s so focused on her relationship with Jesse. While the story begins by pitting the ex-lovers against each other due to their mysterious break up, they begin to rekindle their lost spark towards the end of Book One and you feel greatly invested in their relationship.

Preacher isn’t a comic for the light hearted, the easily squeamish or the religious. The content in this graphic novel is incredibly dark and it will continue to surprise you every moment of the read. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel or a happily ever after in sight. This is a comic that is all about displaying the most depressing, sadistic and vile parts of humanity. Preacher is the only comic of it’s kind that I’ve ever read and while I understand that some people won’t enjoy it and settle for AMC’s toned down version, I’m addicted and need to read this series to the very end.

AMC Announces Pilot for Preacher TV Show

AMC Announces Pilot for Preacher TV Show

According to a press release released by AMC, the television network that brought us Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead has green lit a pilot for a television series based on the comic book Preacher.

The pilot is being co-produced by AMC Studios and Sony Pictures. Seth Rogan, his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, a writer and co-producer from The Walking Dead, are attached to the project as executive producers.

Rogen and Goldberg were quoted in the release saying “Preacher has been our favourite comic since it first came out,” and “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honour to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

Preacher was created in 1995 by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. It follow a preacher named Jesse Custer from a small town in Texas who gets possessed by a supernatural creature and gains the power to command the obedience of others. Jesse, his girlfriend Tulip and a drunk, Irish vampire named Cassidy then journey across the United States to, literally, find God.

In the release Ennis is quoted saying “Steve Dillon and I are extremely pleased to know AMC has taken ‘Preacher’ to pilot.  We have had an ongoing voice in the efforts of the writers whom Sony TV and Original Film entrusted with this project, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, and have been most gratified that they continue to include us, and that they have tackled the project with the type of unwavering commitment and courage needed to present the material as Steve and I intended.  This has been a long time coming, but that it continues apace, and with the chance to be delivered episodically, gives ‘Preacher’ an opportunity to be seen in its best possible medium, not previously possible.  And many thanks indeed to Ken Levin and Neal Moritz for their never flagging commitment to ‘Preacher,’ and for never giving up well past the point when I myself grew skeptical — we have principally gotten to where we are today because of Neal and Ken.”

Preacher comic series turning into TV show

Preacher comic series turning into TV show

Fans of the bloody comic book series Preacher will be happy to know a pilot based on the series is being filmed for AMC.

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen – who worked on This is the End together – will work alongside Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin to adapt Vertigo’s acclaimed series, which ran from 1995 to 2000, and was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

The book follows a preacher named Jesse Custer, who was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis during an incident which killed his entire congregation and demolished his church. His quest to find God is shard with his companions Tulip and Cassidy. Cassidy also happens to love drugs. Over the course of their journey, they run into many problems, and face several enemies, both sacred and profane.

Though there hasn’t been any promise for a series, a pilot is often a good sign of things to come.