Clearly there are multiple SPOILERS ahead concerning the exploits of Jesse Custer, Cassidy, Tulip and Arseface. Episode 2 Recap and Review can be found here
Good God this is fun. After last week’s scene and character setting following the batshit weirdness of the opener, things are starting to fit together, it all begins to – maybe – make some sort of sense and we’re feeling at home in the Twin Peaks/Fargo-lite world of Preacher. Well, as much as a vampire, a possessed man of the cloth, a manchild with an ass for a mouth and two weird Brits who work for the Government aka Heaven will allow that is.
“Now, there’s three possible explanations here. Number one: John Travolta. You know the movie where he gets his power from a brain tumor. Number two: Jason Bourne. Gets his power from a secret government agency. Or, aye, it’s least likely, but it’s my favorite: you’re a Jedi.”
As was obvious from the off, Cassidy will get the best dialogue and scenes and this week we have him marking Jesse for a Jedi Knight and calmly accepting the presence and continued reincarnation of two angels, after a fashion. Before that fun though, we get to visit a screening at Houston’s 4th annual Snuff Film Festival and a mysterious man in a white suit. Who he? Dunno yet. It’s kudos to the skill of the storytelling and pacing that we’re perfectly happy to be kept in the dark. Just as long as some light is shone on the big questions.
Last week closed on the mysterious Fiore and Deblanc calmly explaining themselves as Government agents to the extremely trusting Sheriff Hugo Root (W. Earl Brown). This after they’d tried some sort of exorcism on a drunk and passed-out Jesse and been attacked, killed, dismembered and buried by a surprised Cassidy. Clearly in the world of weirdness that is Annville, even these two stand out. Now they’re getting tooled up – seriously – with plans to try again that night. You think they’re really after Cassidy? Think again. Jesse’s new powers are beginning to manifest themselves wholesale after all; the comatose girl who he commanded to open her eyes last week has done just that.
Which seriously freaks our Preacher out. Confiding in Cassidy he explains his predicament the best way he can, by commanding the church’s most recent employee to dance, sing, hop and admit a love of Justin Bieber. Don’t hold it against him. Cassidy thinks that Jesse is either Jason Bourne or a Jedi. Nope. Neither. As Fiore and Deblanc explain, Jesse has something inside him that really should be kept safe in the coffee tin and they are working for the ultimate Government – Heaven – in order to do so. So these two nutjobs are good guys? Cool!
Meanwhile Tulip (Ruth Negga) is still hanging around and still intent on getting Jesse back on the road to exact revenge on the third gang member who betrayed them both. Finally, thanks to her knowledge of ‘Danny’, he capitulates and they head off, only for Jesse to be threatened by Donnie in a gas station’s restroom. It’s incredibly serendipitous for Donnie to be there at that precise moment but we’ll overlook that for a great scene with Jesse using his powers and relenting only at the last moment. Donnie lives to weird-out another day. Jesse may live to regret that.
Earlier we see Donnie having some minimal interaction with the still WTF? character of Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley), the corporate CEO who gets his kicks listening live to the slaughterhouse floor of the abattoir. Who he? Still dunno.
If we’re being honest – and that’s why you’re here, right? – episode 3 didn’t manage to showcase much in it’s scant 41 minute runtime. For now that’s fine, as is leaving whole characters dangling with nary a clue to the uninitiated, for Preacher is so classy, full of imagery, characters and style that you’re prepared to wait and that’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. But we will need answers and possibly quicker than they’re going to be dealt for a truly satisfying experience. Follow it all here at XO.TV
- The cinematography is simply outstanding. Hats off to John Grillo
- Kudos to the graphics department as well. And those opening credits are the best for any series in a long time.
- We’ll put good money on Jesse not being the one to have shot that security guard in the Tulip/Danny flashback. Then again…..
- More Arseface please. Lots more.
- Cassidy, Fiore and Deblanc. That is all.