Preacher (S04E05) “Bleak City”

Just like the title suggests, things are looking rather dire for the beloved characters of Preacher. The time is near, and there may be no stopping it. Especially when God himself is working against their strides forward. Don’t count Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and the crew out just yet though. (Spoilers Ahead)

Hell is coming

There is no way to outrun The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), especially when he has a job to finish. Every-time Jesse uses his power, it brings the threat closer. If he wants to make it to the end of this without being ripped to shreds, the constraint must be adhered to. Let’s face it, the power is too great and too enchanting to be ignored for long.

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“Arseface” isn’t so innocent anymore. (Photo: IMDB)

Arseface (Ian Colletti), has literally been to hell and back. How he has maintained his kind, calm and level-headed demeanor is a miracle in itself. It comes as no surprise when they finally catch up with Jesse, that instead of giving the death dealer what he wants, he gives Jesse a heads up of his almost certain death. Can Jesse leave Eugene behind again?

The answer is no. No, he cannot in good conscious (who knew he had one?), do it to the poor boy again. It takes some out of the box thinking, and a wrecking ball to give them both a chance at escape and survival. Too bad it’s too little, too late. No apology and begging for forgiveness can take them back to how it used to be. Eugene really has changed, and he’s out for blood. Jesse’s blood.

Love is all you need?

Life in Masada has taken its toll on Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). He was bitter for so long, but something in him has shifted. Now that he is no longer being tortured, there is clarity in his thoughts. Jesse was only trying to help him, but he couldn’t get over his own circumstances to see that. A new kind of guilt presents itself, the guilt of being a crappy friend. Something they all seem to be really good at.

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Another heart-felt reunion. (Photo: IMDB)

Tulip (Ruth Negga) is digging in her heels, her stubbornness is quite endearing. When news of Jesse’s trouble reaches them, surely they must run to his aid? Cassidy is all in, while Tulip has other plans. A life, walking the earth, with her new counterpart, Jesus Christ (Tyson Ritter). The thought of living freely, without limitations or rules is great in theory, but actually committing to it is another story. There are larger issues at hand though, bringing them both back to “reality”.

The end is near

If we know anything about Herr Starr (Pip Torrens), is that he has no patience for frivolous things. He’s all about business, and nothing is going to keep the end of the world from happening, not on his watch. Even when it comes to giving Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) a bullet to her head, which she has definitely earned, he is inundated with more pressing matters. There is no way Hoover Two (Aleks Mikic) is going to get an edge over Featherstone, good thing she is equipped with her “flying suit”.

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Here comes the end… (Photo: IMDB)

Now that Jesus has come to his senses and Hitler (Noah Taylor) is finished wasting precious time, the end can begin. They all have a role to play, but it feels as though something is going to give at any moment. “Fake” Humperdoo will not fool outsiders for long, it’s only a matter of time before their key becomes obsolete. With a deadline looming, it’s going to surely spell trouble in the episodes to come.

Just like old times

It’s time to leave, get on with the tasks at hand and kick some ass along the way. Besides, their hovel of “safety” has been nearly destroyed by quarreling lovers. Archangel (David Field) and his beloved, demon bride. No wonder why he was exiled, but as Cassidy has learned, matters of the heart can be rather complicated.

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Time for a change. (Photo: IMDB)

Cassidy and Tulip, off to save the world or at least try to. Jesse needs all the help he can get too. After all, he has been shot by an angry Arseface and now has to contend with The Saint as well. It doesn’t look good for anyone. That’s what makes it worth watching. Preacher seems to be a show filled with one catastrophe after another, and you just can’t look away.

You can catch a new episode of Preacher, Sunday, September 1st on AMC at 10/9c.

You can read previous Preacher reviews here.

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