Impressions: Preacher Season 2

Network
AMC (US), Lightbox (NZ)
Release Date
June 25th, 2017
Episode
S02E01 “On the Road”, S02E02 “Mumbai Sky Tower”

Son of a preacher man, Preacher has returned to our screens. Based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is all about the search for God when he up and leaves his post. The series is developed by Sam Catlin, and filmmaking duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (This is the End, The Interview).

Truth be told I was about to give up on Preacher the first go around. It was tedious. Sure there were good points but they were few and far between, and most of the characters spent their time twiddling their thumbs. That’s Cassidy, the Irish vampire, Jesse, the preacher with the almighty word of God (literally), and Tulip, the no-nonsense action hero. But it looks like now that they are on the road, and have left the town of Annville behind them, the series is now more interesting than ever (and more closely aligned to the graphic novel of its namesake).

Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare

The first 15 minutes are filled with humour and action, something akin to the memorable angel fight of the first season. And it all starts with the song Come on Eileen. That song always leads to something! In this case it leads to Tulip syphoning gas with a human intestine. Of course it does.

The first two episodes aired in the same week but were distinct in their own right. Episode two brings back a beloved character (well, beloved for me anyway). And it looks like this could be the new direction for the series. The humour is wicked, and I mean that in the darkest sense. The action is brutal, and best of all, now they have a purpose, to find God.

Now I feel like the series has hit the ground running. I’m praying to the absent God they don’t stumble.

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TV has always been a part of Michael’s life, but since the influx of streaming shows now he can’t stop (someone send help). He also dabbles in films and video games, and has a mean board game collection.


Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He has previously written about video games for publications including Game Console, Salient, and ButtonMasher.