Title: Preacher: Puzzle Piece
Air Date: August 14th, 2017
Genre: Black Comedy, Horror
Preacher returned tonight with another all new episode and…well I’m undecided. I’m not trying to say I thought it was a bad episode, it just threw me for a little bit of a loop. I honestly think this also has to do with me finishing the most recent House of Cards season. *Warning spoilers to follow.* I recently watched Claire Underwood poison Tom Yates and then have sex with him until he essentially died in the act. It was a scene that I just really wasn’t expecting. Then, I got to this new episode of Preacher and Herr Starr is getting it from behind from a male prostitute. It’s just been a strange weekend I suppose. In addition to Herr Starr’s dirty activities, Jesse faced off against the Grail, Dennis regained his health and the Tulip PTSD dragged on even more.
This week of Preacher had a pretty intense first 10 minutes. Nothing along the lines of the season opener but intense none the less. Jesse re-lived his father’s death in his head, friction was clearly present between Cassidy and Jesse and the Grail came in heavily armed. I really enjoyed the scene of one of the Grail soldiers fighting Jesse in the first person. I thought it was really well done with the night vision. Jesse eventually got the upper hand and with Genesis made the soldier kill his friends. Pretty brutal but unfortunately, before Jesse could question him, Dennis comes in for a bite. This is the first time we’ve seen Dennis is revealed as being turned by Cassidy.
Going forward, I’m anxious to see how things begin to play out with Dennis and Cassidy. The father son pairing that was revealed back in “Sokosha” was unexpected but interesting. Will Dennis be able to follow the same rules as Cassidy does? For instance only drinking blood when he needs to heal. In the scene where Dennis drinks from the bowl, it almost seems like Cassidy has to stop him from drinking too much. Could this thirst become overpowering for Dennis? I could just be reading into that scene far more than was intended but it was just a feeling I got. It would undoubtedly put Cassidy in an extremely tough position. I also wonder if Dennis would follow the group now in search for God or just go off on his own. Given that Dennis speaks only French, I’m curious of what the plans are for him.
Tulip continued with her PTSD again this week which for me was the worst part of the episode. It’s been three weeks now since Tulip’s encounter with the Saint. I still just have a hard time believing she’s having this much trouble with it. If she were just an ordinary person who hasn’t or been through what she and Jesse have thus far, I could buy it. It almost feels if at this point there just isn’t a lot for Tulip to do so this PTSD is just being dragged out until the story progresses further.
Herr Starr made an appeared again this week bringing all sorts of absurdity. I was very curious to see where that dinner date was going before Starr was informed that the Grail team had been taken down. Despite wanting to know what was going to happen next, it was amusing to see him leave his date topless while holding a stick of butter under her neck. Herr Starr also finally began to take a real look at Jesse despite having his file on his desk for several weeks. During his “No means yes” time with the prostitutes, Starr became aware of just how important Jesse could be to the Grail. Herr Starr finally finds Jesse in a New Orleans bar at the end of the episode and offers to help in his search for God. While this break is what Jesse needs, given the comics, I expect that alliance to go south very soon.
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Verdict: This week’s episode of Preacher was a step up from what we saw last week. A good blend of action and Herr Starr was just what was needed to keep the ball rolling. Tulip’s PTSD continued to drag out and bore but watching Dennis grasp his newfound immortality was enough to distract from that.
- Herr Starr
- Opening 10 minutes
- Tulip PTSD continues