Preacher (S02E02) "Mumbai Sky Tower"

It doesn’t take very long for the maniacal calamities to start ripping up the scenes in this show. The cowboy from hell has tracked them down to the motel where they wanted to rest their weary feet, but if we know anything, there is no rest for the wicked. Fortunately for Jesse (Dominic Cooper), a bunch of gun enthusiasts have also flocked to the hotel, but they are no match for the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish).

In the midst of the wild shoot out, there is a sobering moment when the trio pause to take in the devastating news about Annville. It has finally caught up to them, but the time to mourn would have to wait, there was an angry cowboy that wanted them dead and they needed to find out why. That’s when Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) remembered seeing a certain angel on the television screen, if anyone could help them, Fiore (Tom Brooke) could.

They find Fiore at the Mumbai Sky Tower doing a “magic” act. He has been depressed since his best friend died, and nothing seems to be able to free him from that burden, not even the multiple times he’s tried to kill himself, unfortunately angel’s don’t have that luxury. Now he showcases his “magic” for everyone to see. There has always been tension between him and Jesse. Genesis didn’t want to go quietly into the night, and Jesse wasn’t willing to give the powers up. They were at an impasse, but Cassidy was convinced that he could make Fiore change his ways in 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Tulip (Ruth Negga) is struggling with the fact that Annville has been demolished, with no known survivors. The last of her family has been wiped off the earth, it’s a hard pill to swallow. Jesse tries to fill the void by suggesting they get married, family comes in many different forms. Nothing can be that easy, even when Tulip finally agrees to it, the past comes back to haunt her in the form of one of her former associates. Meddling in her affairs does not end well for said associate, she’s one person you don’t cross.

Cassidy introduces Fiore to his special brand of pain medication, copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. It seems to do the trick, and Fiore agrees to help them. He was the one who put the hit out on Jesse, so he is the only one who could call off the Saint of Killers. The saint was able to keep tracking them when Jesse pulled out Genesis and the questionable powers that come with it. Things were finally looking up for the trio, aside from Tulip no longer wanting to get married. Perhaps now they would finally be able to find god, following the music he loved so well, next stop? New Orleans. Exactly the place Tulip didn’t want to go.

This is Preacher, you can never expect things to go well for the characters involved. As Jesse summons the cowboy from hell, leaving Fiore to deal with him, things fall apart. There was never an intention of calling off the hit, Genesis needs to be destroyed and Jesse isn’t going to stop using it to his advantage. Why would the Saint of Killers care about any of this? If he gets the job done, he will be able to see his family again. The episode comes to a close on Fiore’s final act. He is released from his turmoil as the saint’s bullet rips through him.

Great writing and storytelling keep me coming back for more. The characters are diverse and the unexpected nature of the show keeps you enthralled. I can’t wait for the next episode, we finally get to see what has become of Eugene (Ian Coletti).

Rating: 8/10

Preacher airs on AMC, Monday’s at 9/8c.

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