Preacher is no stranger to the strange, the bizarre and the unusual, but the latest episode of the hit AMC dramedy may just be the weirdest yet. The Dominic Cooper-led series has been on a bit of a roll since it returned to screens for its second season several weeks ago, and the action hasn't stopped since.
The latest episode of #Preacher, entitled "Viktor," picked up from where last week's installment left off as Jesse continued the search for God, stumbling upon a shocking revelation about "Fake God," and Tulip tried to make up for the wrongs she had committed in the past. Elsewhere, Eugene met Adolf Hitler in hell (yes, you read that correctly) and that's when things got really creepy. Let's take a look at five things you may have missed from Season 2, Episode 4.
1. Hell Is Malfunctioning Because Eugene Doesn't Belong There
Throughout this week's episode, hell continually malfunctioned — and as a result, all of the "inmates" were forced to gather in a communal room. The harsh superintendent later told the guards that it was just the current wing of hell that was experiencing technical difficulties. When she quizzed the technician, he informed her that the problems could have arisen for a number of reasons, suggesting that the hellish issues were more than just electrical.
Back in Season 1, Jesse inadvertently used Genesis when telling Eugene to "go to hell," so technically the young man doesn't belong there — he didn't do anything that would warrant an eternity of torment. With that in mind, it's likely that hell is experiencing these difficulties because Eugene's presence is upsetting the natural order of the underworld.
2. Frankie Muniz's Introduction
Last week we learned that Malcolm In the Middle star Frankie Muniz would be appearing in Preacher Season 2 and the young actor made his debut appearance in the latest episode. However, there's a large chance that you might have missed the actor's introduction because it was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment (not to mention he only appeared via an old television set that was having signal problems). In addition to his appearance, the actor is playing a fictionalized version of himself on the show, as Cassidy mentioned that Muniz is a great actor.
3. Mark Harelick Plays Mark Harelick
Jesse and Cassidy had the shock of their lives when they discovered that the old man in the hurricane infomercial was none other than "Fake God" — the man that had masqueraded as the holy leader during the Season 1 finale. Turns out that the man was an actor by the name of Mark Harelick and the two eccentric men set out to find Harelick. Interestingly, much like Muniz, the real-life actor Mark Harelick plays a fictionalized version of himself on Preacher.
4. WWE's Brodus Clay Played The Hell Guard
Throughout the episode, the evil superintendent from hell was accompanied by a larger than life bodyguard — the end credits referred to the character as "the Hell Guard." If you're a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, you may have thought the Hell Guard looked familiar, as I did, and that is because he was played by #WWE wrestler Bordus Clay. The actor was credited as" Tyrus" in the end credits, which is the name he wrestles under on Total Nonstop Action wrestling.
5. Jesse's Fight With Pet Was Filmed In One Shot
When Jesse discovered that Tulip was in danger, the preacher headed over to Viktor's house, using Genesis to stop all of the bodyguards. However, before he could find his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Jesse encountered Pet — an associate of Viktor's who had been torturing his boss's enemies throughout the episode. Jesse was unable to use his holy gift to stop Pet because the violent man was wearing earphones.
As the two engaged in a brawl, "Uptown Girl" played at full volume (and was an unusually fitting choice of music for the scene). However, if you were too enthralled in the scene, much like I was, you probably didn't notice that the entire fight was filmed in one straight shot. Impressive, to say the least.
With more action than we can handle, the latest episode of Preacher was definitely one of the show's finest hours. "Viktor" concluded with the Saint of Killers heading straight for New Orleans — likely because Jesse continually used Genesis throughout the episode. The small-town preacher had better find God before its too late.
Preacher airs Mondays at 9/8c on AMC.
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