Preacher: On the Road & Mumbai Sky Tower
Original air dates: June 25th & 26th
I first watched the pilot of Preacher at Wonder-Con 2016. From the first moments when Tulip (Ruth Negga) taught the kids how to make homemade weapons, Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) jumped out of a plane and Jesse (Dominic Cooper) smiled as he served an ass-whooping, I knew this show was going to be bloody, absurd, and hilarious—in short completely awesome. If you are reading this without seeing season one, well keep reading and then go binge watch. Call in sick to work if you must, slip the kids some Benadryl and put them to bed; or be the best parent ever and let them watch. But go ahead and enjoy! (Don’t listen to me—work is important and I don’t have kids.)
Before I go further, I want to say I absolutely love how the show is filmed. Visually it is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. There is always so much going on and the attention to small background details is amazing. Usually we see one character in focus as the foregrounded character is out of focus. There are multiple scenes where both are in focus. Two or more stories are going on at the same time and it gives the feeling of a comic book coming to life. The shots are impressive and I must give props the directors (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, for S2E1&2) and to the production designer (David Blass).
The first two episodes of this season did not disappoint. As last season laid the groundwork for character development, we get straight into the action and this season’s main quest. Last time we saw our unlikely trio they just left town before the whole town exploded in one giant cow fart (Methane explosion, basically the same thing). Jesse, Tulip and Cass are looking for God, literally, in one hell of a road trip. (See what I did there.) So, what did we learn for these two episodes? That Come on Eileen is a great song, foreskin in face-cream makes us look young, a covered cage is the best way to stop someone’s urges, God loves Jazz, and there are some things guns can’t do. Fiore’s and Deblanc’s friendship was legendary and The Saint of Killers looks to be this season’s first big bad.
The Saint of Killers is like It Follows and The Terminator drawn to our group when Jesse uses The Word. Fiore and DeBlanc contracted him to kill Jesse and Genesis (the power inside him) at the end of last season. Once TSoK kills Jesse he can be reunited with his family. So he has some powerful motivation, and he is invincible—he is going to be hard to beat. I don’t think Jesse has any leverage to make a deal with TSoK, so I’m guessing he will need to find God and get some Divine-intervention.
I know TSoK is a repeat antagonist for Jesse in the comics, but I don’t know how long this can go on. I assume once he reappears Jesse will know Fiore didn’t call him off and will need to stop using The Word. I can see how the threat of TSoK is needed so Jesse isn’t all-powerful. I just hope there isn’t much more of the same thing over and over. Looking at the previews, TSoK isn’t the only one out to get Jesse– we see the white suits (The Grail), meaning Herr Starr will most likely be the bigger bad of the season.
In the second episode, we get to see what happened to Fiore after Deblanc’s death and the contract with TSoK was made—he just wasn’t the same angel. Going all Groundhog’s Day didn’t bring him closer to peace or happiness, but becoming The Amazing Ganesh helped pass the time. The irony of his stage name (Ganesh is the Hindu deity known as the remover of obstacles and patron of learning) fit the casino’s abundant perversion of Hindu and Buddhist culture. At least Fiore had an afternoon of fun with Cassidy before the TSoK gave him his final death. Maybe we will find out where angels go when they die.
Speaking of Cassidy—loved the scene where his is watching Tulip in slow motion as she picks bloody chunks out of her hair. I know at some point he is going to tell Jesse about having sex with Tulip—it will probably be at the worse time possible. Cassidy has a certain skill set, and timing isn’t one of them.
It looks like this season Tulip’s past is going to catch up with her. Some already has: RIP Gary. The gang is travelling to New Orleans and she doesn’t look happy to be going. I am sure we will hear more about or meet Victor in upcoming episodes. I guess time will tell, but I am sure this will be one more obstacle for them to overcome—time to start praying to Ganesh.