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- Apr 4, 2017
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Preacher: Season Two
I mentioned in my review of Preacher: Season One that I never actually expected this project to get off the ground. It’s not that I don’t like the graphic novels, or am not having a BLAST with the series. It’s just that the premise and nature of the show is so bizarre and off center that I wasn’t sure that mainstream audiences were going to really latch on to the series. However, show runners Sam Catlin and Seth Rogen (yes, THAT Seth Rogen) decided to go along with a first season and I ended up LOVING the 10 episode arc, even though it wasn’t completely faithful to the comics in part. That being said, Season Two picks up the pace dramatically, and now that the backstory and stumbling around in the dark in regards to Genesis have been fixed, the show hurtles forward at a breakneck speed. I will grumble and whine at a few points during this review, but most of it is superficial comic book fanatic grumbling, as the second season is way too much fun at times, and brings in some iconic characters for Jesse to overcome.
After the events of the stunning season one finale, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) is no longer herding his little flock at his daddy’s church. With God missing from heaven, Jesse is feeling more than a bit betrayed and he wants answers. So, he, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and the Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) decided its high time for a road trip and sets out in search of the missing god. Unbeknownst to the three of them, the two Angels, Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) have gone down to the depths of hell and hired the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) to come and hunt down Jesse in order to get rid of him AND Genesis. Armed with weapons from hell, and an inability to die, the Saint stalks their every move, homing in on Jesse every time he uses “the voice” like a wolf who has caught the scent of blood.
The Saint of Killers is an incredible villain, and one that is slightly mishandled here (in the graphic novels he is a much more human character. Struggling with his inner demons and the task of being heaven’s killer throughout the ages. Here he’s more of a hulking brute that seems to not have much going on behind those dead eyes of his), but Graham McTavish just makes the gigantic cowboy into one of the more memorable villains to date. While The Saint may seem to be the big villain of the season, it’s all a misdirection. The show’s jump from 10 episodes to 13 episodes allows a few more main stories and plot lines to be explored, ranging from Eugene being stuck in hell with Hitler, Tulip’s side story in New Orleans, and Cassidy’s dealings with his wayward son. However, all of those are just leading up to the big bad villain that we all know is coming, Herr Starr (Pip Torrens).
You see, Jessie may seem to be the hero at first, but as time goes on in the show he slowly starts getting a little too big for his britches as Genesis allows the guy to get a bit too big for his britches. This massive ego is all the foothold that Herr Starr needs to get his dirty little claws in him and start grooming him for the season finale, which puts him against his own friends and even the Saint himself. It’s this little twist that kept that huge smile all over my face, with Jessie starting to flip allow the very demons that he tries to fight to turn him into one himself.
Rated TV-MA by the MPAA
• "Raising the Stakes: Action on Set" Featurette
Preacher: Season Two takes off with a much more faithful replication of the graphic novels, but it does have its hiccups along the way. The frustrating middle act of Season One is not duplicated here, but the portrayal of the Saint of Killers does leave me with a slightly bitter taste in my mouth as a rabid fan of the graphic novels growing up. HOWEVER, this season’s amping up of the gore and action makes it a whole lot of fun, and mitigates most of the problems I had with the show. It’s a hoot and a half to watch and Joseph Gilgun once again steals ever scene that he’s in with his thick Irish brogue and devil may care attitude. Audio and video are excellent representations of the format, but sadly the extras (which weren’t overly wild on the Season 1 set) are cut down to just a gag reel and a simple featurette. A huge disappointment as the show just is BEGGING for a commentary by Rogen and crew. Still recommended for a fun, yet bizarre, watch.
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
Created by: Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, German, French DD 5.1
Runtime: 578 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Recommendation: Good Watch