Preacher Turns in an Episode Thats Wacky Bloody Fun and a Complete

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History By its nature Preacher is a mess. Often, that’s what’s great about the show. Sometimes though, in its efforts to bring us wacky chaos, it can lose the plot. Three episodes from the end of the season, at least it isn’t wasting time anymore. It picks up right after Starr presented Jesse to the Allfather and gives us one hell of an action scene. A sophisticated orchestral score underneath brutal violence is a bit of an overused joke on the show, but it still works. It’s funny and it makes the blood ballet feel all the more stylish. It’s also not the fight scene’s only gag. There’s a funny bit with an office-worker waiting for an elevator, and it also does the thing where it cuts away to Starr and Allfather casually listening to the chaos. It’s great. Jesse ends the fight quickly by putting a bullet in Allfather’s chest. He’s not dead yet though, so Starr still can’t give the game up. The fight scene ends the way it began: With Starr’s gun in Jesse’s face.The bullet didn’t even pierce Allfather’s heart as there’s too much in the way. It’s soon taken out, and Jesse’s captured once again. They strap him to a gurney and hook him up to a device that will coax Genesis out. The idea is that they’ll tunnel it straight into Humperdoo. As if his very appearance in any episode isn’t blasphemous enough, this one goes the extra mile and spills his guts everywhere. Because that’s what happens when you try to force Genesis into a vessel it didn’t choose. After a cleanup crew power-washes all the blood and intestines off the walls and floor, the Allfather reveals his backup plan. This makes the whole idea of humperdoo, the severely inbred offspring of Christ, even more disturbing. It turns out they’ve been cloning him. His chromosomes must be held together with scotch tape at this point, right?Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter) (Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Oh boy, and if you thought the opening fight set to classical music was a bit much, it was just a warmup for what comes halfway through the episode. The flying guts, the slow motion splatter makes the scene a literal gore ballet. As Jesse learns from the Grail’s geneticist they really do have an endless supply of Humperdoos. It’s just a matter of finding the exact right genetic cocktail to inject into the tap-dancing Christ child to make him appeal to Genesis. Starr puts a gun in Jesse’s pocket, but his hands are tied. There’s no way he can use it, and Starr is too much of a coward to pull the trigger himself. I appreciate that even if Jesse seems to have begrudgingly warmed up to Starr, the show still won’t let him be cool. He’s gross, he’s sexist and he’s ineffective when it counts. For now though, it’s making me real tired of Jesse being so willing to work with him. I want their pure antagonism back. Like when Jesse was making Starr shove contracts up his own ass.Before long, they find a way to inject a Humperdoo with Genesis and not have him explode. They inject him with a genetic cocktail containing the DNA of President Thomas Jefferson and Wayne Brady. They call it the Tom/Brady (also the episode title). That’s probably the loudest guffaw this show has gotten out of me all season. It works, and for the first time, Genesis doesn’t force its way out of Humperdoo. Instead, the Grail scientist shoots him. This particular clone wasn’t the messiah they had in mind, I guess. The Allfather calls for the real deal, but we’re not shown what that is. Maybe it’s the tap dancing one? Either way, its at least an intriguing cliffhanger to leave us on after a whole episode’s worth of plot spent goofing around. Not that I mind that much. Goofing around is fun. I just wish it didn’t take until the final minutes to start going somewhere. And that the titular line of the episode was more than a one-off joke, funny though it was.Karen Strassman as Dr. Louis Slotnick (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Back at Angelville, Madame L’Angelle is having nightmares after learning that Jesse’s after Genesis. In a scene that feels just off enough to be unsettling, she wakes up to find that the heist party has returned. Featherstone is dead and Tulip claims her souls are outside. She’s then met by an army of the dead, ready to drag her to hell. And with them is Jesse all Genesis’ed up to send her there. That scares her enough to call up Satan and renegotiate the terms of their deal. I’m so happy we got to see the devil again. His chummy business bro attitude and fire-and-brimstone appearance make me laugh every time. L’Angelle offers up Jesse, and Genesis, in exchange for the devil dragging Tulip to Hell.It’s a good thing that, despite what Madame L’Angelle’s dream implied, we didn’t skip the heist. Even with all the gory symphonies, watching Featherstone and Tulip bicker and snap their way through a soul robbery was the most fun part of the episode. Though the fake sexual harassment seminar wasn’t as funny as it could have been, it at least it gave Tulip and Featherstone more opportunities to insult each other. Their back and forth is entertaining. Corny workplace training seminars (yes, even harassment ones) can be great fodder for comedy. So it was a little disappointing that this one played it safe. Tulip and Featherstone were great, but the workplace harassment jokes were oddly tame and by-the-numbers. Especially for Preacher. There was an opportunity here to lampoon corporate culture and punch up at men in power, and the show just missed it. We’ve never seen Hoover this happy! #Preacher— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) August 13, 2018 As much as I appreciate the spectacle of this episode, and it had a lot of it, the story got a little lost in it. I love Preacher for its over-the-top wacky violence, but at some point, the story has to move forward. The characters have to do something meaningful. It can’t all happen in once scene at the end as a next episode tease. Here, the story was all over the place. The episode couldn’t focus on any one of its plots long enough to make any impact. And the scene breaks weren’t strong enough to justify switching over to another story for a while. It felt like the episode was jingling its keys at us from three different directions. It’s entertaining, sure. It makes us laugh, but it doesn’t take us anywhere. I’d say hopefully the final two episodes will be more focused, but knowing this show, that won’t be the case. All I really hope for is that in all the inevitable chaos, the big moments are given enough room to feel like they matter. Because at this point, even the gore and blasphemy are losing their impact.Think other Vertigo books should be TV shows? We’ve got a list here. Stay on target We learned a lot from this HR demo. #Preacher— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) August 13, 2018The rest of the heist is great, though. It turns out Featherstone didn’t only want to make Tulip grab a man’s ass, she wanted her to steal his security card. It’s the only way they can get into the room with the Soul safe. The safe hacking scene is fun too. It’s always great to watch Tulip show up people who talk down to here, and it’s especially satisfying here. Featherstone and Hoover are about as likable as The Grail gets, but you still want to see them fail, ultimately.The cliffhanger for this story is a little contrived, but it’s a fine comedy of errors and sets up a potentially exciting story for next week. The Devil sent his assistant to capture Tulip, but failed to give her a photo or any explanation beyond “woman with dark hair.” Tulip sees an opportunity to ditch Featherstone and return the souls herself, and sends the Devil’s assistant after her. Only Featherstone switched the briefcases before getting taken. So yeah, the entire story strains credibility, but it’ll bring Jody and Tulip up against an agent of Hell, Hitler, Arseface and the Saint of Killers. Huh. Given Tulip’s history, that last one should be real interesting. If Preacher can pull it off, which… no guarantees.Malcolm Barrett as Hoover, Nathaniel Woolsey as Kevin, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Cassidy’s storyline was easily the best for a second week in a row. It was the only one that had a real emotional journey in addition to wacky hijinks and violence. There was plenty of that too, of course. The Children of the Blood capture Hoover just before he tries to storm the basement and their debate about how they’ll kill him is some great comedic back-and-fourth. With Wicker Man references and a surprise detail about a random background character, there were some great jokes here. What really makes this story is Cassidy’s eventual discovery of what’s really going on with Eccarius. More than at any other point in the season, we really get to root for Cassidy as he puts the pieces together. First, with the woman he turned not returning his calls, then with Eccarius forgetting where he supposedly sent her, then it all comes together when Cassidy finds her airplane pillow in the trash, covered in blood.He stops Eccarius from killing Hoover at the last second, which I’m so happy about. He and Featherstone are part of the Grail, but their fun to have around. They may only be here to act as punching bags, but they’re our punching bags. The rest of the episode set up some exciting stuff for the final two, but this is the story I’m most looking forward to watching play out. The others could easily be mishandled, but the show’s been nailing this arc since it started.last_img

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