Preacher S02E01 (Part 1)
Preacher Returns To Your Television Sets
On Thursday night, I attended a gathering in New York City’s South Street Seaport. We have come to have a religious experience like none other. Rejoice, for Preacher is back for a second season. Those attending were there for a sneak peek at the season first episode, which premiered last night, June 25th. Based on the acclaimed Vertigo comic by Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon, the show follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) as he gains powers from Genesis, a powerful being that Heaven wants to keep locked up. To make matters worse, at the end of Season 1, he finds out God has gone missing. Joined by his criminal ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire buddy Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), Jesse sets out to find the Almighty…after accidentally blowing up the entire town in his church in a burst of power. Unfortunately, a powerful being known as the Saint of Killers (Graham Mactavish) is in pursuit….
Search For The Lord In All The Wrong Places
Jesse and company are heading to a family friend who might be able to set them in the direction of God. A car chase with Texas state police results in Jesse using his powers, much to Tulip’s annoyance and consternation. This unfortunately, turns into a bloodbath as the Saint of Killers unleashed a hellish assault, covering the trio in guts and blood as they flee the scene. This opening sequence is both terrifying and hilarious in its gory glory. As they continue their journey and meet up with the family friend, it seems the hunt for God might end up being in places high and low.
The performances by the actors are phenomenal. Cooper gives Jesse plenty of charm, but also the right amount of intensity in a foreshadowing moment when he’s asked about his mother’s side of the family. Negga gives Tulip a hellraising hard edge, but also a vulnerability, as well as being the voice of reason about going too far with using the Voice. Gilgun as always steals the scene as Cassidy, either with a physical gag, or a line that will make you gasp in how terrible it is before cracking up. Mactavish is an elemental presence as the Saint of Killers. He doesn’t have many lines, but he captures your attention every time he enters the frame.
Preaching The Good Word
Executive Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg helm the season opener, while showrunner Sam Catlin pens the script. Rogen and Goldberg definitely bring their comedy chops to their direction and filming, while Catlin’s script is hilarious, suspenseful, and emotional. The trio definitely gets the feel of the comic from the get-go. However, Rogen and Goldberg may have overdone it with the gore in the opening shootout, with imagery that definitely pushes the TV-MA rating. For a show that’s been violent and gory, even next to the source material, this shootout, inspired by one of the first issues of the comic, pushes boundaries. It is not for the squeamish.
Preacher is definitely off to a strong start this season. The first part of the two-part premiere aired Sunday night on AMC, with the second half airing in the show’s new regular slot on Monday nights at 9/8c.
Images via AMC.