By Christopher Robin Negelein

This week’s episode of Preacher (El Valero) went back to its Wild Weird West roots even though we didn’t see the Cowboy this time. Jesse got the lion share of the episode since he would lose the church if he  didn’t face off with the rest of the town either figuratively or literally.

Quite frankly, doing this alone was his fault. The last episode he pushed everybody away as he finally wrestled with what it meant that he had sent for Eugene to Hell.

The actual Hell, not a figurative one.

One would think that being drunk and having hallucinations of a resurrected Eugene would’ve made him a poor lone defender against the guns and bulldozers of Odin’s Meat Men.

But now we can add sniper and ambush expert to Jesse’s fighting resume. But man, do you really have to shoot off a fellow’s third leg to make a point?

Sometimes, I feel the episode goes too far when it shows a cynical view of small-town life. The case in point here was all the townspeople turning the church shootout into a BBQ. In the weird world the preacher, I get that things get bizarre quite quickly. But I wonder if it’s also a little bit of a smarmy comment by Hollywood City Slickers.

On the other hand, we now have the puzzle pieces in place to understand where Odin’s bitter atheism comes from. And you can’t fault him for it.

Better yet, in the masterstroke, the show now links that motivation back to a highlight of the comic book. I’m guessing that quite a few Vertigo fans are giggling with glee.

Our angels come by for another visit just when Jesse has his lowest. He offers these divine visitors a deal: Genesis for their helping get Eugene out of Hell.

This time that bizarre ritual with the giant music box and the antique coffee can works just as we are getting afraid that Jesse is going to explode like those before him. The mindfuckery of Eugene hallucination here was a great bit here to ratchet up tension.

The second that Genesis is back in the can, though, the angels start to renege — or to be more accurate. show their general apathy towards humanity. But maybe it’s an apathy that’s well warranted. When Jesse keep stalling by saying he has more questions the angel DeBlanc says he has a question. (And I’m paraphrasing)

“You had Genesis for a while now, what good have you done with it?”

But it seems that Genesis knows that Jesse’s upset and completely destroys his prison to reemerge with the preacher. Which makes the angels just give up and leave. That gives me a sad face as they were a highlight of the show and I hope they come back.

And maybe Jesse wouldn’t have so much trouble of during this standoff if he hadn’t let his best friend and vampire, Cassidy, roast out in the sun last week. Tulip is taking care of her onetime lover, though, in the most heartbreaking way possible. Seriously girl, you couldn’t use goats? Nobody cares about goats. And it’s a redneck town on top of that, so no one would give a second thought about goats in your backyard.

Throughout the episode Donnie has shown that he still fears the preacher’s Voice, but has given up on getting anyone to believe him. His final solution is pretty drastic and the visual transition from Donnie self-inflicted fate to the bloody, spinning energy of Genesis inside Jesse is a bit unsettling and confusing at first. But that’s what this show thrives on.

United with Genesis, Jesse’s loath to use their Voice. You can see he’s done good on holding out in the church but he stopped holding on to his faith. And when a deaf Donnie shows up with gun next to Jesse’s head the preacher is begging for Dpnnie to pull the trigger.

But in the end Jesse lives and Odin wins. And in a bizarre way things settle back to how they were before the first episode.  Odin gives the same “There is a balance” speech before before church demolition while Jesse is herded into the back of the police car.

All of which puts things in an interesting spot just before the penultimate episode where most series whip everything into a frenzy and a cliffhanger before the last episode.

As usual Preacher leaves you completely befuddled to where they’re going to go next.

 

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.

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