Preacher (S02E10) "Dirty Little Secret"

With Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) in the picture, Jesse (Dominic Cooper) may be able to find the answers he has been desperately seeking, but nothing comes for free in this world.  Jesse reluctantly agrees to go to The Grail headquarters. At least the trust issues are mutual, in order to get answers Jesse must go along with their requests. Which means a bag over his head for an undetermined amount of time.

Tulip (Ruth Negga) is dealing with her demons alone. Her world is crumbling around her and there is nothing to chase away the nightmares that cloud her vision. Everyone is preoccupied with their own lives, no one notices just how bad off she is. The friendly neighborhood Grail agent decides to use this to her advantage. Tulip needs an outlet and Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) has what she needs, an ear to listen.

Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is making up for lost time, trying to earn the “father of the year” title. He is  dealing with a rebellious child, bent on destruction. Denis (Ronald Guttman) has a renewed lease on life and he is certainly taking advantage of his extended time and bursts of energy. Nothing seems to satisfy his carnal urges though. Women, booze, nothing seems to quench his thirst for blood. Cassidy needs to get a handle on the situation before Denis devours the city of New Orleans.

Everything about The Grail seems like one long, running joke. They are all aware that god has gone missing, perhaps he has moved on to create something new. Luckily Jesus fathered a child before he died, leaving behind a descendant to a holy line. They have been able to keep up this link till this day, and he shall be the one to step up in god’s place. Jesse uses Genesis to his advantage, he wants to meet the 25th great-grandson of Jesus. Herr Starr obliges, of course.

Tulip is teetering on the cusp of insanity. The way the writers have developed her story brings a seriousness to the show. She is slowly breaking from her trauma, and we get to see her very personal unraveling. Being vulnerable, the enemy is able to creep in and gain her trust. Although there were tense moments when Tulip snaps back to reality, something isn’t right. Before she could confront Featherstone with her fists, a well-timed commotion in the guise of the “abusive boyfriend” cloaks her from the truth. She was so close.

Due to inbreeding to keep the bloodline of Jesus pure, the meeting of the world’s last hope, proves to be underwhelming. This is not what Jesse had expected, there was no way that the man standing before him would be able to bring peace to the world, when he would rather piss all over our dear preacher. Humperdoo is not the fate of the world, perhaps they are doomed after all. Genesis only makes matters worse in this situation, causing the messiah to go into a mental breakdown.

Herr Starr wanted Jesse to see everything with his own eyes, it was his plan all along. There is no hope for the world, and no one to follow. The whole Grail organization is lost in their own delusions, but Herr Starr is done with the weak. Jesse is the one with real power, the one who could bring the world to its knees. When Herr suggest that Jesse become the new god, the blasphemous thought causes a quick rejection. He could be the new god, and with Herr at his side they would be unstoppable.

Jesse is the alternative, if only he could see his true potential. No is not an acceptable answer and this is just the beginning.

Things are about to get heavy, and there is no escaping the onslaught of emotions that are about to explode upon the world. Tulip has found the Saint’s weapons, and there is no way she is going to let Jesse out of this one easily.

There are three episodes left, anything can happen at this point.

Rating: 7//10

Preacher airs on AMC every Monday at 7/9c

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