By Dr. Zaius
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 7:25 pm
Preacher Episode 2.7 “Pig”
Directed by Wayne Yip
Written by Olivia Dufault
Created by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Gianna LePera, Graham McTavish, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti, Julie Ann Emery AMC
Air date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 9pm
Last week on AMC’s Preacher, our trio of heroes solved, albeit temporarily I’m sure, their problem with The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish). After doing some good ol’ fashioned library research, Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) figured out why Genesis doesn’t work on the Saint”¦ he has no soul. After some liberal usage of Genesis, Jesse is able to take part of his own soul to give the Saint and suddenly, he is under Jesse’s control. Jesse takes no chances, imprisons the Saint in the back of a truck, and sinks him in the bayou. We also learned that Cassidy is more complex than once thought, as he revealed that crotchety old Denis (Ronald Guttman) is actually his son.
Check out my review for this week’s Preacher below:
Spoilers below for this week’s episode of Preacher!
We open in Vietnam where Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) has found a floating pig”¦ yep, it’s a giant pig that floats up and down like a balloon. Our heroes exit the last jazz club in New Orleans feeling depressed and up for anything. They immediately play a hilarious hustle on a bar full of gun toting bikers. Joseph Gilgun has amazing facial expressions and makes every scene better with the subtlest glance. He goes from confused to amused, to stern and depressed in the matter of moments all feeling totally natural.
We then delve into Herr Starr, the mysterious Blofeld type character behind the white-dressed thugs who Jesse beat up upon arrival in New Orleans. Pip Torrens’ line delivery has me rolling. “Like a 10-inch dick, I need to see it to believe it,” is just not the type of dialogue you’re accustomed to hearing on television! A man recruits him to lead a clandestine organization based on Christian piousness and obedience to order and discipline.
Back in Louisiana Tulip can’t shake the nightmares of her encounter with the Saint of Killers. For all the hard outer shell she shows off, Tulip was a second away from death and Cassidy was there for her when Jesse wasn’t and that fact isn’t helping their relationship. Cass meanwhile wakes up in the morgue after being collected as a corpse after blacking out drunk.
Herr Starr continues an MIB-style training session for a white suited group of men. My personal favorite is when he uses a “distraction” during the hand to hand combat to ensure victory. After one more “win,” Starr receives his suit and finds out the truth behind his new job with The Grail. Jesus lives! Not in the “in all our hearts” way like Starr assumes, but Christ actually did father a child and the Grail protects his lineage under machine gun guard. With armageddon coming, the Grail is poised to take over in the aftermath. Starr’s job will be to take out all the false prophets who may challenge Christ for the throne”¦ i.e., a floating pig being worshipped in Vietnam, and a Preacher possessed by Genesis in New Orleans.
Our three heroes meanwhile continue battling their inner demons. For a show about an powerful preacher, cowboys from Hell, and evil Jesus organization, etc., this season has felt like a long character study for our three leads. That is shockingly refreshing, in part because these characters are so interesting and acted so well. Jesse is 1% of his soul down. Tulip is finding new and strange ways to feel alive again. And Cassidy, an eternal vampire is feeling guilty as he watches his son die, knowing he can save him. Contrasting them is Pip Torrens who walks on screen and dominates every second in a phenomenal role.
We finally have officially met The Grail and now we have a pathway for the second half the season. If things keep going like this, Preacher shows no signs of slowing down and is providing one of the most consistently funny, poignant, and entertaining products on television. Preacher‘s second season continues on next Monday night at 9 only on AMC.
Preacher: ‘The Biggest One You Got’ Sneak Peek Ep. 207
Jesse and Tulip volunteer Cassidy for a dangerous bar bet. Don’t miss the next episode of Preacher, Monday, July 31 at 9/8c.