We were left at the end of the last episode of Preacher with a nifty cliffhanger: Jesse Custer attempting to use his new found power from the 'entity' in his gut to help the comatose Loach girl. He commanded her to 'open her eyes', but we didn't see until now if it worked. Well, all is revealed:
Yep, it worked - she opened her eyes. Unfortunately, it's still flat line city for everything else: maybe he should have told her to 'wake up' instead. Just a thought. Now that we paid that off, let's move on to the conscious, shall we?
Last Known Address
The ep starts in Houston, where Tulip is having a rather tense meeting on a park bench with a woman in a horrible wig. Turns out the 'Dany' that Tulip keeps talking about is a woman, not a dude. Dany proceeds to lay out a plan for Tulip to kill Dany's hubby: huh? Is that the job we've heard about for the last few weeks? Nope. Turns out Dany just wants Tulip to off her hubster, but Tulip isn't having it. She wants to get on with the business at hand.
Said business is Tulip giving Dany the map she secured after the crazy cornfield battle in the pilot, in exchange for a slip of paper. Tulip asks Dany what 'Grail Industries' means on the map, but Dany shuts that down in short order. Danny gives her the paper, telling her it's the 'last known address'. What follows is a flashback of Tulip back in the day, being abandoned by someone named Carlos, apparently after a job gone sideways.
Tulip turns to Dany and tells her that's the day that things went bad for her and Jesse, and that, 'Someone's gotta pay.' Actress Ruth Negga kills it, showing sadness, grief, and rage all in the space of a few seconds, doing more with her eyes than most actors can accomplish with their whole body. She is the MVP of the show so far IMO.
Once the exchange is made, Dany heads off to a creepy warehouse to deliver the map to a mystery man dressed in white. She goes into a dark room, where a movie is being screened to some sketchy looking dudes sitting on folding chairs. The sound of chainsaws and screaming fills the room, and it's clear this ain't a Disney flick. She gives the man the map, and he waves her off dismissively. The man walks out of the room, donning a white, wide brimmed hat, passing by a movie poster. What's on the poster, you may ask? 'Houston's 4th Annual Snuff Film Festival' - classy!
Back to the church now, where Cassidy finds Jesse in a bad way. Jesse opens up about his encounter with the Loach girl, telling Cas that something is inside him, and it's changing him. Cas is stoked to find out that Jesse has supernatural powers, and they proceed to test them.
What follows is a very funny sequence where Jesse makes Cas hop up and down, gets him to admit that he likes Justin Bieber (shite!), and even makes him fly - sort of. All that means is that Cas jumped really high before crashing into a wall. Ouch!
Tulip is on her way back to talk to Jesse about going after Carlos, but she's stopped by a cop for going 115 in a 55 mph zone: yep, that'll do it. She pulls a pistol, a military ring, and some fake ID out of the glove box before the cop makes it to her window.
She proceeds to play the cop like a violin, spinning a tale about her trying to put an old friend back on the right path, while flashing her military ring for some sympathy. It works like a charm, and she gets off with a warning. My feeling is that a lot of it is true, that she is really talking about Jesse. Ruth again does an amazing job with the scene, conveying many layers and colors in her performance.
Tulip stops Jesse on the road, trying once again to talk him into going on the job with her. Jesse adamantly rebuffs her, saying that his mission is to help people.
That is, until Tulip shows Jesse the paper with the last know address of Carlos. This shakes Jesse to his core, and he thinks back to that fateful day with Tulip.
The flashback show Jesse standing over a dead security guard, holding a literally smoking gun as he looks at the man on the ground: a bullet hole in the man's forehead.
Jesse seems to swing back to the dark side, and agrees to go end Carlos.
Back to the church now, where our two re-animated 'entity' pursuers, DeBlanc and Fiore, mount another run at Jesse. They tell Sheriff Root that they are 'with the government', and ask to be left alone to do their job. Root reluctantly agrees. Once that is out of the way, they get all paramilitary to go after Jesse.
The plan was going along swimmingly for, oh, about a minute: until Cas ran them over with a van - killing them AGAIN!
Cas goes back into the church, to gather the stuff necessary to dispose of the bodies a second time, but hears a loud noise. Rather than take a chance, he arms himself for another battle.
Turns out that the boys have been reanimated AGAIN! Cas is totally flummoxed at this point, and wants to know what the heck is going on. The guys drop a rather big nugget on Cas, telling him that they are from HEAVEN! Are they angels? Maybe. They tell Cas that their mission is to retrieve the 'entity' from Jesse's gullet, or all hell will break loose. Cas convinces the gullible 'angels' that he should be the middle man: that he will 'help' them in their mission: yeah, right!
The B side of the ep is all about Donnie - the man Jesse beat up in the bar fight, breaking his arm and making him squeal like a bunny in a bear trap. He's since been totally emasculated, bullied by the kids on the school bus, and denigrated by his creepy boss Odin as a 'right hand man with no right hand'. This gets his dander up, so he decides to get permanent revenge on Jesse. He follows Jesse and Tulip to a gas station, then surprises Jesse in the filthy bathroom.
Holding a gun to his head, he demands that Jesse squeal and beg, which he refuses to do. Just as he's about to put a cap in Jesse's noggin, Jesse summons the 'entity', and orders Donnie to stop. And of course, he stops. Jesse is in full dark side mode now!
He orders Donnie to sit on the toilet, put the gun in his mouth, and to pull the hammer back on the gun. But before he can order the kill shot, the sane side takes over, and stops Jesse from murder. This freaks out Donnie, as you might imagine!
Jesse lets Donnie go, and he speeds away from the scene in his car.
Jesse emerges from the bathroom, and tells Tulip that he's changed his mind, and isn't going to wreak vengeance on Carlos. He says he will 'leave him to God'. Needless to say, Tulip is NOT happy. I think that sooner or later, Tulip will eventually turn Jesse dark, and I'm really looking forward to see how that goes. The constant struggle with good and bad within Jesse seems like it will play out for awhile, so we'll see how the producers handle that.
All in all, not a bad ep. Not the full throttle, batsh*t craziness of the first two, but some questions were answered. Other questions were posed, other characters introduced, and as of now I'm ok with the 'slow burn' pace they are on. But they need to set the overarching plot in motion pretty soon before they lose their audience. Just a gentle suggestion.
And another thing
So Odin likes to listen to the cattle in his slaughterhouse get the steel bolt through their skulls, huh? Creepy much?
And while we're at it, it't time to bring Odin into the plot already - i want to see what his deal is.
The bus driver really didn't remember the little girl that Jesse ordered him to forget. But will that last? Hmmmm.
At the end of the ep Jesse quoted scripture about the dead coming back to life: are we in for some living corpse action soon?
More great music in this one: highlighted by the amazing Lucinda Williams. Keep it coming!