Six episodes into “Preacher,” and we may have now the show’s strongest episode. While the pilot was a hoot, it was hard for the show to really inject the sort of heart that you would want for a show that lasts for a long time.
Tonight’s episode from our vantage point was the right combination of everything, whether it be incredible action, witty commentary, and some significant story movement. We also had one of the scariest moments of the entire season when it comes to demonstrating Custer’s power, as he basically condemned poor Eugene to hell. Granted, it was so much him that did it as Eugene, the angel / demon spawn living within him that was revealed at the start of the episode. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time devoted to figure out precisely how to get this being out of him exactly.
In going back to the start of the episode, prior to the Preacher learning his true power, how awesome was that battle sequence with the seraphim? That may be the strongest sequence of this kind for the show since the start of the season, where we had that epic chase scene with Tulip. It’s good that the show doesn’t give us this stuff all the time, mostly so that it’s still a lovely surprise when we do get it.
Now, let’s go to the sad / emotional angle to talk about Cassidy’s reaction to learning that Custer was the ex-boyfriend Tulip still had feelings for. He was stuck in the middle of the worst kind of love triangle, and while this is a vampire who definitely loves to “play it cool,” it’s nice to see he cares! It’s a rarity.
At the moment (and say this in “SNL” Stefon voice), this show has EVERYTHING: Action, demon-spawn, crazy things from Heaven, a woman with the same name as a flower. The best episode to date. Grade: A-.
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