Preacher has delivered on all fronts since it returned to screens for its second season. The hit AMC comedy-drama has increased the weirdness factor this season as Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy take their search for God to New Orleans a.k.a the home of jazz. Elsewhere, Eugene is still in Hell and last week's episode introduced us to Hitler, who is currently the young man's next door neighbor. That's not a sentence I never thought I'd be writing but, then again, Preacher is no ordinary show.
This week's episode of #Preacher picked up from where the last one left off, as an angry Jesse struggled to cope with the revelation that Viktor is Tulip's husband. Episode 5, which is aptly titled "Dallas," spent most of the time piecing Tulip and Jesse's love story together via a series of flashbacks, which charted their time in Dallas. Let's take a look at five things you possibly missed.
1. Less Comedy, More Drama
Regardless of what mood you might be in, you can always rely on Preacher for a few good laughs. The show balances both comedy and drama seamlessly, giving Preacher a unique vibe unlike any other show on television. However, the most interesting thing about this week's episode is that, apart from a few comedic lines, the storyline was almost completely dramatic.
In fact, it was rather emotional, and we did find ourselves reaching for the tissues when Tulip and Jesse's relationship starting falling apart during the flashback sequences. As much as we love the comedy in Preacher, it was about time that we got down to the gritty truths behind Jesse and Tulip's rocky relationship and there's no way that could've been shown with too much humor present.
2. Jesse's Montage Symbolized His Own Personal Hell
Several weeks ago, viewers were treated to an up-close and personal viewing of what Hell is like in the world of Preacher via Annville's very own Eugene. Simply put, Eugene is forced to endure his worst moment over and over again for all of eternity. The show's editors symbolized the repetition by opting for a quick montage which got faster and faster every time the hell replayed (a tactic that was also used in this week's Game Of Thrones).
While Eugene and the Hell storyline was absent from Episode 5, we did see a hell of a different kind. During the flashback sequences, a younger pre-preacher Jesse was attempting to start fresh with Tulip after their run-in with Carlos. The couple were attempting to have a baby but the pregnancy test kept coming back negative. After several attempts, viewers saw a montage sequence of Jesse buying beer, having sex with Tulip and checking the pregnancy test. Each time the sequence got quicker and quicker, symbolizing that this life was Jesse Custer's own personal hell.
3. The Relevance Of John Wayne
John Wayne kept popping up throughout this episode of Preacher. Firstly, Jesse found himself watching an old Western, which promoted a conversation between himself and his flatmate about whether or not Wayne was patriarchal. Jesse concluded that Wayne was "repesectful of women." Later, we discover that Jesse has a painting of the film star in his bedroom and one shot in particular heavily focused on the painting.
In the Preacher comics, John Custer (Jesse's abusive father) was a fan of John Wayne movies and he often took Jesse to see some of his films when he was younger. This led to Jesse imagining Wayne to be his guardian angel.
4. We Know What Cassidy Wants And The Lengths He'll Go To For It
Cassidy has always been Jesse and Tulip's suportive friend, but in the latest episode of the hit AMC dramedy, Tulip chastized Cassidy for interfering in her business with Viktor. At one point, she even accused the vampire of using her situation to get what he wants. The subtext here is that she was insinuating that Cassidy wants her for himself. I'm sure I wasn't the only viewer who thought "Cassidy would never do that" and his disheartened face was further testimony to the fact that Cassidy was not that sort of guy.
However, things took a turn later when Cassidy told Tulip he'd go see Jesse in an attempt to talk the preacher out of killing Viktor. But that wasn't what Cassidy did at all. Instead, the Irish vampire cleverly tried to get Jesse to kill Viktor, knowing full well that Tulip would never forgive Jesse if he did. In the end, Jesse didn't kill Viktor, but this definitely left us wondering what Cassidy's true intentions are.
5. Even Children Aren't Safe From The Saint Of Killers
Since Season 2 of Preacher began, the villainous Saint of Killers has been on a murderous rampage, killing all those that stand between him and Jesse Custer. However, the latest episode concluded with a Terminator-esque shootout in Viktor's home. The Saint of Killers then burst through the bedroom door and shot Viktor dead before proceeding over to the closet to find Ally, Viktor's young daughter.
In a rather shocking moment, the cowboy pointed his weapon at the defenseless little girl, only to stop when she told him she knew the whereabouts of Jesse. While he didn't kill her, it does raise the question: how ruthless is the cowboy? We know that he was pulled from Hell, but is the Saint of killers so far removed from the world of humanity that he would consider murdering a defenseless child who wasn't even standing in his way? It would appear so.
Although Episode 5 consisted mostly of flashbacks, "Dallas" was definitely one of Preacher's finest hours yet. The dramatic tone definitely benefited the episode and it allowed viewers the opportunity to feel bad for Jesse and Tulip during their hellish hours. While next week will no doubt put our protagonists back in the firing line of the Saint of Killers, we certainly appreciated this slower installment that gave us the chance to find out a bit more about Jesse Custer and Tulip O' Hare.
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