Yeah, I’m Watching Preacher, Because of Course I Am

As the Ladies’ resident expert in shows with blood splatter, AMC’s Preacher was almost certainly on my watch list this summer.

I was first introduced to the Preacher comic by The Goog in our early stages of dating (now almost some 15 years ago). Many of our early dates involved me swinging by his place, grabbing a Preacher trade paperback, and proceeding to ignore him for an hour (sorry fellas, I’m taken).  So, when I heard about the AMC series I was cautiously optimistic, though also mentally preparing for heartbreak – I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead.  Preacher is now 7 episodes in and I am still enjoying it.  Here’s why:

Twitter version of a story summary…Preacher Jesse Custer searches for God with the sort of help of his friend and ex Tulip (a hitwoman), and Cassidy (an Irish Vampire).  There is a lot more going on but I am going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Commitment to the characters

Sass, thy name is Tulip.

Sass, thy name is Tulip.

One of the reasons I stopped watching The Walking Dead oh so long ago is that I didn’t like the changes made to the characters, particularly when a character who was so well formed in the comic was reduced to a harpy of a plot device…but I digress.  Thus far with Preacher I am not having that problem at all.  The TV characters remain true to their literary counterparts often in appearance and always in spirit.  Yes, Tulip looks different, she’s no longer white and blonde, but who cares!  Ruth Negga is absolutely killing it!  Seriously, I dare you not to crack a smile as she portrays a psychopath with a heart of gold. I actually I think I am enjoying her portrayal of Tulip more than I did comic Tulip.

#notallvampires? #yesCassidy

#notallvampires? #yesCassidy

Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy looks like he walked off the page, which is frankly a terrifying prospect. I think the only complaint around House New Googington is that he should wear his sunglasses more, but that’s really only if I feel I need to complain. Cassidy is a complex character, as anyone who has read the comics knows.  As a reader/viewer your relationship with him is bound to get complicated, never mind how complicated it can get for Jesse and Tulip.

Note to self: DO NOT make that hot for Preacher joke that you totally want to.

Note to self: DO NOT make that hot for Preacher joke that you totally want to.

And then of course Jesse.  He’s your quintessential not so good guy trying to be a mostly good guy.  His moral compass is guided by John Wayne and his daddy (who was also a preacher).  Dominic Cooper is able to go from caring small town preacher to destructive force of nature in the literal blink of an eye.  It’s part of what makes Jesse so unsettling and unpredictable.

The Spirit of the Story

The story itself is a bit different but for me, the tone remains the same.  In the comic Preacher is very much a road trip story.  But in this first season of the show we have seen Jesse stationary, desperately trying to put down roots, and save his flock.  But as we learn more about him, we find that Jesse is probably the most lost. Episode 6 starts to really hone in on actions that are going to push him out of the town and onto the road as the gravity of his situation becomes more apparent to him

Preacher does not shy away from the ridiculous

I don’t think me saying “chainsaw fight in a church” is much of a spoiler, plus I never thought I would get to say/type such a thing so give me my moment here.  Additionally there is scene in the beginning of episode 6…a fight scene that is just sublimely ridiculous.  In many ways part of what made the Preacher comic so great was how extreme it was.  If you have read it, or anything else by Garth Ennis, you know what I am saying here.  It’s not for the faint of heart, and be sure to warn anyone who tells you they want to start reading it because they heard about the show.  Let’s not have a repeat of that Deadpool incident, ok?

So…have you read?  Are you watching?  What do you think?

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3 comments

  1. itsthegoog

    I, too, am really enjoying it, but the show certainly has some faults. The pacing is pretty sluggish and there are a few side characters (okay, just the one woman that helps out around the church) that get waaay too much screen time, but aside from that, I don’t have any major issues.

  2. Garth McMurray

    I’m glad that you guys like it. I’m not a fan myself. I love the Preacher series so much that I own the 6 deluxe hardcovers collecting the whole series, & I read it at least once a year. This show has been good with portraying the characters (except Odin Quincannon), but has strayed way too far from the original story. It changed that Jesse was a special perfect balance of good & evil that Genesis went directly to him. Instead, Genesis goes to many other people around the world, even Tom Cruise, before finally going to Jesse. That makes Jesse less special in the TV show. Also, in the comics when Genesis goes to Jesse, it’s very violent, traumatic, & there’s a deadly explosion, but in the TV show it just tosses Jesse back a few feet & that’s it. The church, & all the people are OK.
    I also don’t like that Cassidy goes outside during daylight so much. He just throws on a hat, & a blanket, & he’s fine, even with bare legs. He should be bursting into flames more often. He’s in too many rooms during the day with the curtains wide open. I also agree that he should wear his shades all the time. In the comics, his eyes are really freaky, so he keeps them hidden, but in the TV show his eyes look normal.
    The main problem I have overall is that the main fun of the comics is their road trip, but this first season is only 10 episodes, & they have been stuck in Annville all season, with no plans to leave town until maybe the season finale. Boooooooooo.

  3. charandtheweb

    This show is killin’ it right now. You can always trust AMC to produce fantastic shows with a bit of a twist. I haven’t read the comics but I will definitely continue to watch the show. You’ve got a fantastic blog, would you be interested in sharing your work on Moviepilot/Creators? I’d love to hear from you if you’d like me to expand on that. You can find my contact details on my blog. Hope to hear from you.

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