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The Second Season of Preacher wraps up with more of a whimper than a bang. After being stuck in neutral for most of this season, the show moves microscopically forward with Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) admitting the hard truth to himself about his son, albeit in a completely selfish way, providing the beginning of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) working as Klaus Starr‘s (Pip Torrens) new messiah, and offering a pair of deaths which should finally force the show to move out of the rut it has gotten stuck in since landing in New Orleans.

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Preacher is about a fallen preacher lost in the world searching for a God who has abandoned humanity. “Dirty Little Secret” fills in a bit more about the Grail Corporation which is, like everything else divine we’ve seen, pretty fucked up. Keeping the inbred descendants of Jesus Christ secluded from the world so that one might someday rise to power is an oddball plan, particularly after Jesse (Dominic Cooper) discovers just how inbred the latest descendent turns out to be. The episode also lets us in on why Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) is all the sudden less murdery towards Jesse and his friends as he sees in the preacher an alternative to the organization’s flawed plans. Much like the source material of comic writer Garth Ennis’ original work, the themes of AMC’s TV-series of the same name is anything but subtle.

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Initially seeing Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) as nothing more than other false idol for Grail Industries to kill and bury, Klaus Starr (Pip Torrens) sends a team to do just that. While the preacher’s survival infuriates Starr, and causes him to call for a drone strike on Jesse and his friends, something found in the surveillance footage of the apartment will give the man an entirely different perspective on the matter and give him the puzzle piece he has long been searching for.

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preacher-holes

“Holes” marks the return of the subplot of Eugene (Ian Colletti) and his time in Hell. Learning to act like the bullies who picked on him most of his life, Eugene has found a way to temporarily fit in. However, Hell’s minions know that something isn’t right and the cause is an individual who doesn’t belong. Here’s the rub – Euguene is obviously the ward’s newest resident… so why isn’t he the equally-obvious suspect? Eugene’s personal Hell gets a bit more twisted when he’s thrown into the pit for an act of kindness. The Hell we see on display is less torturous and more generally fucked-up than anything else, but it’s fucked-up enough for Eugene to take Hitler (Noah Taylor) and his offer of escape seriously.

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preacher-pig

“Pig” offers a short respite for our weary travelers. Putting the search for God on hold, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) take time to con themselves into a drunken night which leads to Cassidy waking up in the morgue and Jesse noticing the first inkling of something between his two friends.

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preacher-sokosha

The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) finally tracks Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) down. However, thanks to the show’s inconsistencies on how easy and well the cowboy can track it does allow Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) plenty of time to do a little research (in the public library no less) and discover just who the killer is and what he is after. While there are certainly goofy and highly-coincidental aspects to the episode (the public library sure has lots of resources about a mythological murdering cowboy, and Jesse suddenly knows how to get souls), “Sokosha” is a tense episode which works by finally putting Jesse up against the Saint of Killers and finding a way to beat the cowboy… at least for now.

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preacher-dallas

After a pair of mediocre episodes, Preacher gets back to basics with an episode that fills in a bit of Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Tulip‘s (Ruth Negga) past as the flashbacks are set against our protagonist’s plans to murder his girl’s husband (Paul Ben-Victor). On the plus side “Dallas” is well-structured with the use of montage to explain the monotony the pair found themselves in between the loss of their unborn child and their reunion in Texas. On more of a mixed note, the episode also reminds us that Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are all pretty much awful human beings (or vampires, in Cassidy’s case).

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preacher-viktor

After starting off the season with a strong pair of episodes Preacher crashes back to Earth. Well, they can’t all be winners. Believing their troubles to be over, but still in need of tracking down God, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) arrive in New Orleans. While Jesse fails to find much of use, Tulip’s past comes back to haunt her as she’s taken by Viktor‘s (Paul Ben-Victor) men. The pair of episodes offers quite a bit of wandering and extended sequences of not much actually happening up until the end of “Viktor” where a distracted Jesse goes looking for his missing girl leading to an all-too-obvious American Pscyho rip-off action sequence and a revelation of just who Viktor is to Tulip.

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“Mumbai Sky Tower” offers the return of, and sadly also the final farewell to, Fiore (Tom Brooke). With questions about the mysterious cowboy who continues to track the threesome, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) head to Las Vegas to find the former angel now using his abilities as the magician of a Las Vegas casino. While I’m sad to see Fiore exit stage left, the episode is a terrific send-off for the character who in his depression commits suicide every single night to the delight of vacationers and Vegas locals. It’s also a nice change-of-pace to see Cassidy in an useful way for a change. The scenes between the pair work well, but also help reinforce to Fiore just what he has lost. Given another opportunity, I’m betting Jesse would like to rephrase the words he leaves him with.

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preacher-on-the-road

After a First Season which was mostly a prequel to the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher returns with Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) hitting the road in search of the missing God. More in-tune with the nihilistic 90s comic series which spawned it, which is both good and potentially bad for the series going forward, the season premiere begins the long road trip for our unlikely threesome while also introduces a new threat in the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) who hunts down the preacher and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

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