Preacher (S02E09) "Puzzle Piece"

Tensions are running high within the tight-knit trio. Each are wrapped up in their own little world. Jesse (Dominic Cooper) is still on his never-ending quest for god. Tulip (Ruth Negga) refuses to sleep and has become obsessed with getting shot, while Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) dotes over Denis (Ronald Guttman) who seems to be making a recovery from his ailments. It’s all about to come crashing down around them, will they implode or embrace the oncoming storm?

The Grail has called in their top people to take care of Jesse and the threat of Genesis destroying them all. We are transported into the world of a first person shooter. These specialists may be highly trained, but they are no match for Jesse and two vampires. That’s right, you read that right. Denis is undead and well, it seems Cassidy has a heart after all. The bloodbath that follows is like something out of a nightmare. Where is Tulip in all of this? Sleeping, thanks to Genesis.

The paranoia of a bigger threat consumes Jesse. He uses his powers to create his own personal security team, starring the police officers of New Orleans. While Jesse descends into the insanity of his plan, Tulip wakes to find the unsettling scene. She may be in a delicate mental state, but there is no way she is going to back out of a good fight. Desperate for a gun, she visits her friendly neighbor who readily gives it up. If only she knew how close to the enemy she really ways.

Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) is a fearless force to be reckoned with. Even Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) can not deny her tenacity and intelligence, sparing their lives for the time being. With a promise of unlimited prostitutes, Herr sends them out to take care of business. Nothing seems to phase his stoic resolve, even when he is getting pounded in the back door by three gentlemen callers. In fact it causes him to have an epiphany.

Jesse has barricaded himself in the apartment, waiting for an unknown threat. The writers did an excellent job of transferring the paranoia to the viewers as well. It was hard to comprehend who was a threat and who was not. But you couldn’t help but wonder what else they had planned for them. That’s when B.R.A.D was introduced. A tactical device that was going to wipe

Jesse and everyone else in the vicinity off the face of the earth. Even Genesis couldn’t compete with something like that.
In a uncharcteristc move, Herr Starr calls off Jesse’s demise, well for the time being. B.R.A.D is diverted elsewhere, but the threat is still imminent. Jesse dismisses his personal body guards a week after the inital incident. Madness is driving him to places he dare not go, but he’s right to be on edge. Something big is coming. While Jesse is having a stiff drink at the bar, trouble walks in and sits beside him.

Herr Starr just may have the answers Jesse is looking for.

Rating: 7/10

Preacher airs in AMC at 7/9c on Monday’s.