[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Writer: Sam Catlin
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Tom Brooke, Graham McTavish
In this episode, the Unholy Trinity reconnect with a rather mopey angel and discover the nature of their demonic pursuer, The Saint of Killers. Our sinful saviours romp around the Mumbai Sky Tower Hotel and Casino and make lots of really good life choices.
Same as the previous episode, Preacher doesn’t waste much of the viewer’s time. Every character is balanced in their screen time, all of the cast gets to shine and it just feels like the passion and the attention to detail that Goldberg, Rogen and Catlin – as well as the stellar cast – brought to the show’s first season.
Last week we got to see Joseph Gilgun shine the most; we got to enjoy Cassidy riffing off the brooding couple, Jesse and Tulip. This week, Ruth Negga gets to take her share of the spotlight in one hell of a hotel room brawl, which is saying something for this show.
Negga always brings her A-game in this show and Tulip instantly became a fan favourite in her first scene in the show, building a D.I.Y. rocket launcher with some local kids. Now a season ahead, Tulip’s dubious past has begun to catch up with her, and I’m sure we can expect some pretty stupendous explanation about her mystery man in New Orleans.
This week we also got to see the return of Tom Brooke as Fiore the Angel, who hired the Saint of Killers to destroy the divine power known as Genesis as well as its vessel, Jesse Custer.
Fiore is almost the perfect metaphor for the whole show – Deadpan, gruesome, naïve and strangely charming. It takes a lot of work to make a sequence of suicide attempts come across as both funny and thoughtful, and Brooke plays all of this out very physically during his best parts in this episode. It was genuinely heart-breaking to watch the way he hugged Cassidy after their 2hr 45min advanced drug-taking and friendship session, and his final performance as The Amazing Ganesh was literally moving.
It might sound bias, but it’s very hard to find a negative to this show but I guess I need to find something…not enough kinky stuff in this episode? I really don’t know.
Preacher is primed to defend its title as the weirdest thing on TV not made by Noah Crawley, and this episode was the gold standard of well-constructed shoot-outs, fight-scenes and miscellaneous executions, along with the trademark wit and gratuity of its showrunners.