By Christopher Robin Negelein
One of the joys of watching a TV series is when you see a little detail that seems minor in the mythology taken to it’s bat shit crazy, but logical, conclusion.
So it’s a bit of fun dark comedy in Preacher’s sixth episode, Sundowner that comes after the two angels in the diner finally explain to Jessie what up exactly with the Voice, now called Genesis, inside him. A creature that’s Heaven and Hells dirty little secret, a love child between an angel and demon during the divine wars.
Because during this bit of exposition, Jessie learns that the eavesdropping young lady in the diner is actually a seraphim — one bad ass angel.
And now we go back to that little detail bit I mentioned earlier. Through several episodes, we’ve discovered that angels in Preacher can “reinvigorate” in a flash of light after being killed, leaving their old corpse behind like a disposable red party cup.
So when you get three of them fighting over Jessie in a cramped hotel room, you get pile of bodies, a landfill of angelic mistakes, before the opening credits even roll.
Oddly enough as Jesse’s storyline is getting literally knee-deep in the supernatural, our Irish vampire, Cassidy, is having more mundane romance problems. He comes at the picture this week at the tail end of the angel fight. Later he gets some Jessie bonding time over their shared bloody laundry, but doesn’t piece together that Jesse’s tattoo for girl named Tulip is the same girl he’s fallen in love with and confessed his true nature to. (And we still don’t know if Jessie knows about Cassidy’s condition.)
But in true high-speed Preacher fashion he finds out soon enough while also discovering just how hard Tulip can be look can be when it comes to trying to get Jesse back. She so hard that she’ll break a kid’s toy art project before realizing what she’s done. But the resulting guilt become a mirrored bonding moment between her and Emily. They don’t talk about the man between them, but we uncover that Tulip allegedly had her own kid at one point. But considering who were talking about it’s worth asking if this is just one more little bit of manipulation to get Emily on her side.
We also finally see what Jesse’s had planned beyond just getting more people to church with a tempting raffle for a TV. It involves a giant megaphone. If you’ve been keeping up with the show or our recaps, you know this can’t be good.
But as Sunday gets closer, Jessie gets more distracted from his alleged focus of bringing more people understanding God. He pretty much blows off the mayor’s crisis of faith over what to do about the dead bodies that Odin made out of the Green Acres people. (To be fair, vague confessing mayor is vague).
But we get the mayor’s answer when we see the manufactured car accident. This is a guy who likes his role so ordered that he has to pick this take time to pick between three pairs of beige pants in the morning. This is the sort of brittle human being is not going to handles this guilt for long.
And for those who been wondering about Arseface/Eugene’s story arc compared to the comic books, we finally got our answer.
Since Jesse’s miracle with the comatose girl, the townies have been split over Eugene, some of them treating him even more like an unpunished murder while others are warming up to a him. It’s a roller coaster ride the sweet kid can’t take anymore, so he goes back to the preacher to ask if the miracle can be undone.
At this point, we get confirmation that Eugene knows Jessie did something paranormal and may not understand said consequences of his miracle. But Eugene, my young man, it might not be the best time to confront Jesse about such things before the preacher’s big sermon with the megaphone.
Frustrated by being told by the boy that he may be committing a sin by assuming to know what God wants, Jesse uses Genesis to tell Eugene to go to hell.
And the boy vanishes.
At this point, I think we can safely say that Jessie is going to learn things the hard way, and the town – along with the good and bad that live in it – is going to pay the price.