Preacher (S02E01) "On The Road"

So you’ve decided to come along for the ride into the world of Preacher. If you have yet to watch the first season, stop now and do not go any further. This review will have spoilers.

Preacher is back, and you don’t have to wait long for the guts, gore and guns blazing to interrupt our trio’s search to find God. A car chase, reminiscent of a cheesy 70’s cop show brings the episode to life, complete with a sing along to “Come On Eileen” as they swerve through the many, comical obstacles. The chase runs its course in true Preacher fashion, Tulip’s (Ruth Negga) precious car runs out of gas.

It doesn’t take Jesse (Dominic Cooper) long to use Genesis to his advantage while the police officers swarm them. Someone else overshadows the festivities, as a bullet rips an officer’s head in two. That’s one thing the show is not lacking, there is a lot of gore and violence, but it works well with the storyline. If you weren’t hooked on this show yet, this episode will cement that love in place.

Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), is helpless with all the chaos going on, since this is the middle of the day in rural Texas, his search for shade is futile, luckily Jesse comes to the rescue before the cowboy from hell (Graham McTavish) could catch up to them. The car, now fueled up using some grotesque ingenuity from Tulip (Yes, that is an intestine hanging from the gas tank), they are able to escape the dangerous foe. For now.

There objective now is to make it to Preacher Mike (Glenn Morshower), who is an old family friend of Jesse’s parents, hoping he will have the answers they seek. Little do they know, they are being tailed by the saint of killers, and in his quest, he shows no mercy.

Preacher Mike is a gruff and straight to the point preacher, with an interesting approach to curing his parishioners of their sinful desires. Apparently a covered cage is the way to go to purge these evil impulses out of their system. Preacher Mike does not hold the answers they desire, instead he serves up whiskey as an answer to all of lives prayers. Not quite what they were looking for, but it works.

On a midnight stroll Jesse shows Preacher Mike just what kind of power is residing under the surface. This prompts Mike to share a vital piece of information with Jesse, one of his parishioners claims to have seen god, it may be a nonsense, but at this point they need to take what they can get. Onwards to a strip club.

There comes a price when one aids the “preacher”, you are next on the list of the saint of killers. It’s no surprise when the hospitality that Mike so graciously bestowed upon his guests, costs his life. It’s only a matter of time before the cowboy from hell catches up to the trio, unaware of any danger they keep moving on.

While all of this chaos has been going on, they just happen to keep missing news reports of their dear town of Annville has now been wiped off the face of the earth. It’s interesting to see how oblivious they are to the dire situation that is following them.
The chemistry between these actors is visible with every scene they do, they mesh so well together and it brings another level to the story telling. If you look closely, you will also notice a few easter eggs the creators have thrown in, it is certainly one hell of a ride, each and every episode.

The strip club seems to be coming up bust (I know, terrible pun.), until Jesse and Tulip get Tammy alone, she is hiding something, and they are struggling with whether to use Genesis to get the answer out of her. Tulip is struggling with the idea of what Genesis does to people, it goes into their minds and makes them do things, leaving all sense of control behind. It’s wrong, but it some cases, it works to their advantage.

Before they had a chance to get something solid from Tammy, a comedy of errors occurs. A stray bullet pierces the office wall and goes straight into the unsuspecting Tanmy, a critical hit. Jesse races to get any last bit of information from her before she expired. Apparently God likes jazz, and is so scary he will make you shit your pants. What have they gotten themselves into?
The episode leaves us with Jesse coming face to face with the saint of killers. Fortunately we don’t have long to find out what happens next.

Preacher airs on AMC, Monday June 26th at 9/8c

Rating: 9/10

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