Preacher (S04E03) “Deviant”

It’s time to go and save the world, or at least try to anyway. In the latest episode of Preacher, we get perspective and a few gruesome surprises along the way. Who knew torturing a vampire could fill such a lucrative business hole? (Spoilers Ahead)

Every time is like the first time

Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is lost in an endless fog of depression, mutilation, and unfortunate outcomes. Despite his boisterous roommate, Archangel (David Field), there has been no way to rouse him from the darkness. It hasn’t been easy for him, but the same can be said for anyone else on this show. You know what that means, origin storytime! Fighting for Ireland in 1916, he got more than he bargained for. Not only did he watch his best friend die, but he also ran, scared and alone. This is where it all takes a turn for the worst when a vampire drags him into a bog and gives him a second crack at life. Is he still being punished for all his wrongdoings? Well, he sure thinks so.

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War. It changes people. (Photo: IMDB)

Somewhere else in the depths of Masada, Tulip (Ruth Negga) is so close to her end goal. If only they would release her from the infirmary. Policies be damned, she has more important matters to attend to, if only they saw things her way. It seems that she has bitten off much more than she can chew, even when she fights back. Clearly, her mind isn’t in the right spot, but it hasn’t been for a while, with a psych evaluation her only means of escaping, she must go down that unwanted rabbit hole.

Closer and closer, the threat looms

With so many stories going on at once, it can be hard to keep up. The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) is hot on Jesse’s (Domonic Cooper) heels, with Arseface (Ian Colletti) in tow. It seems like such an unlikely team-up, but it works. While Arseface abhors any type of violence, The Saint knows of nothing else. Talk about being on the opposite side of the spectrum, but it could be a good thing. There seem to be so many “unfortunate” events that follow them, but it’s good to know that The Saint has Eugene’s back when the situation goes sideways. I would watch a spin-off with just the two of them, it would be quite entertaining!

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Can anyone say “Bromance”? (Photo: Lachlan Moore/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) has a constant bee in her bonnet, especially when she uncovers that Tulip has been right under their noses the whole time. Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) shows a bit of his vulnerable side when he confides in “Hoover Two” (Aleks Mikic). His appearance has degraded over time, but that is the price he has had to pay to be in his position of power. Tulip may not be at the top of his list currently, but she is a threat to them all in that facility. If only they could find her, but that seems to be a story for another episode.

The darkness is coming

Where is Jesse? That seems to be a loaded question lately. While his intentions start off in a positive direction, they end in turmoil and death. This latest conquest boasts the same qualities. It always ends up the same, and death touches everyone he tries to help. Although in this circumstance, God (Mark Harelik) has a lot to do with the massacre that follows his “rescue”. There is something about a child being in possible danger that makes him throw caution to the wind.

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Good doesn’t exist. Not in Jesse ‘Preacher’ Custer’s world. (Photo: Google)

There are times when watching this show you question your own sanity, the way they have pieced together these deranged puzzle pieces is brilliant. If it leaves you questioning everything you thought to be “sane” with the world, then they must be doing something right. The endless fight scene between the bizarre and abnormal foes escalates in such a way that it is almost comical. No one makes it out of this one though, not even the innocent.

Jesse isn’t going to get away so easily this time. Not only does Hitler (Noah Taylor) come to seek him out, asking him to join him in hell, the world is now looking for him. Even escape, thousands of feet up in the air, cannot save him from his fate. Is his time nearly done? We will soon find out.

A new episode of Preacher airs Sunday, August 18 on AMC at 9/8c.

Previous reviews for Preacher can be found here.