All the Pieces are Coming Together for #Preacher Review: S2E9: Puzzle Piece

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Preacher: Puzzle Piece
Original air date: August 14th, 2017
Warning: Spoilers

While I have enjoyed the last few episodes, I have felt frustrated with Preacher—there has plenty of action, but very little movement. I believe the frustration invoked was intentional.  It’s like a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle was finished but the last piece was missing. Jesse needed to meet Herr Starr and Herr Starr needed to meet Jesse. The partnering will be mutually beneficial—until it is not.

Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer – Preacher _ Season 2, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Jesse has been at a loss as to how to find God. Since he found out God was missing he has felt the need to find Him. He thinks there is no order without God and that chaos will reign supreme. My question: how long has He been gone? I mean look at the world of Preacher—it seems rather chaotic. We know the Grail hired and killed the one actor to portray Him, but that could have happened sometime after God went missing. And that is only one actor we know of– I could believe they cast multiple God (of various race, sex and nationality) to appease whoever calls.

Jesse has been hitting dead end after dead end with his God search; I think he will eagerly team up with Starr because he is out of options, and I think Starr knows that. As the head of the Grail, I assume he knew God was missing, I think he just realized this meant the ultimate power is open for new leadership. God help us if that happened. We saw how he gained his power in the Grail, setting his sights on God’s job doesn’t seem a stretch. Herr Starr thinks Jesse is the key to gaining that power. It may be his aspirations aren’t quite as “supreme being”, as they are bringing his order to the world. But maybe his sights are set on the Holy Child–Jesse was tagged as a direct threat to the Holy Child, so maybe that is Herr’s angle. I’m curious to see who (or what) this Holy Child turns out to be, I’m guessing the last descendant of Christ (hence the company’s name) and it looks like maybe next week we will see.

Jesse’s been so hyper-focused on his quest, he is missing that life is still happening around him. Tulip and Cassidy are floundering just as much as he is, but I think he is only vaguely aware it. Jesse is not the most considerate of people. I’m not saying he is intentionally a horrible friend, but he is kind of a horrible friend. Yes, the quest for God is important to him, but helping the people he loves should be equally so– because Cassidy and Tulip are going through some heavy stuff.

Cassidy needed help with his son—Denis was about to die and Cassidy was on the fence on whether to change him. He did, and it worked out okay for them when the Grail attacks, but looking forward, will it be how I feared? Will Denis not be able to control his urges, and will Cassidy be forced to kill him?  If Jesse just took a little time out and helped Cassidy grieve, then maybe they would be better off in the long run.

Tulip is suffering from PTSD; she is trying to deal, but that isn’t something that just goes away. I think if Jesse just listened, rather than trying to quickly fix the situation, it would go a long way in helping her. Jesse is not a patient person—but he needs to take a step back and reevaluate how he is approaching things and fast (I’m not patient either). I just think there will be a short life-span on his partnership with Starr and he is going to need some true friends sooner rather than later.


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