Is “Preacher” a great show, a good show, or simply a crazy show? We know for sure that it is the latter, but for most of the first season, we have wagered the other question heavily.
What we do know is that it is fun in the most ridiculous sort of way. From the sequence with Tulip in the car during the pilot to seeing Annville basically become dust in the finale, everything was weird, wacky, and entertaining. This was one of the nuttiest final episodes we’ve seen from a show all year. There is so much that happened, and while we’re not sure all of it made sense (what was the point of the Seraphim turning up in the end, when that easily could’ve been a season 2 cold open?), we’re not going to deny that it certainly felt like it went by quickly.
The end scene of the night was probably the best part, mostly because it brought us the notion of Preacher finding God and then kicking his you-know-what, which is a rather odd phenomenon when you consider the title for the show. That appearance / lengthy discussion scene with non-God also proved itself to be entertaining in its own way, if for nothing else than as an ehco for what many people in the town feel about what they thought they wanted God to be.
As a whole, we’d argue that the remainder of the episode was less successful just because we never got all that attached to the majority of the show’s supporting cast. Maybe this is a good problem when you have leads that are this strong, or maybe this show needed a thirteen-episode first season similar to what they are getting on the second season to give everyone a little bit more time.
Could you argue that destroying Annville was shock value? sure, but this is a show largely built on shock value. If you expected anything else from the show moving into the finale, then we don’t know what you were expecting going into this. Episode Grade: B.
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