Preacher – Ep. 3 – “The Possibilities” (A Review)

Posted: 06/16/2016 in Uncategorized

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 This latest run saw Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) delve a bit deeper into the extent of his new found power. As usual, his interactions with Cassidy, “the 119 year old vampire from Dublin,” were superb. We glean a bit of back story on both Custer and Tulip (Ruth Negga) and greater insight on the two fellows tracking Jesse who attempted to remove his gift from him last week. My opening comments delivered, on to my review.

We open with the parishioner whose daughter lay in a comatose state meeting with Emily (Lucy Griffiths), the preacher’s friend and organist. We learn that Jesse used his gift to make the young woman open her eyes. There is no change to her vegetative state, but the test he tasked himself with after the encounter with the pedophile bus driver has moved him toward a path of using his power for good. A later encounter pushes him in another direction and reveals something profound about his new found abilities.

Cassidy is again pushed by Emily with doing “something” to be of use; in this case, picking up and dropping off an occupied coffin in the crematorium.  His sunlight issue is deftly addressed with his cool outfit, shown in the above photo. The two men who seek out Jesse speak with Sherriff Root (W. Earl Brown) and advise him they are “with the government”. When he pushes as to their true cause, they lead him to believe they are seeking an escaped, dangerous lunatic. We glean a bit of Root’s character as he accepts their answer and speaks of a case in which several children were slain and voices his feelings on the swamp monster world we live in. His demeanor acts in stark contrast to his son Eugene’s (Ian Colletti) who sees the positive in the world around him, including the revelation of Jesse’s miracle with the young injured woman from before. “Something’s changed/changing” he posits.

Two meetings define the preacher’s trajectory in this ep. The first is him revealing his gift to Cassidy. Cassidy is delighted and challenges Jesse with demonstrating his power. He commands Cassidy to do an assortment of things, including telling the truth about something and then ordering him to fly. Both results are uproarious. Cassidy is thrilled and see boundless potential in Custer’s situation. “How stoked are we?” he gleefully asks, followed by his frowny faced declaration, “apparently not at all….” In Cassidy, a fellow troubled soul, Jesse gets what he needs, a non-judgemental companion and occasional protector. A later scene with the men from the hotel and Cassidy’s truck is just terrific up to and including “I warned youse!”. A later face to face with the men and Cassidy in the church reveals what they are, if not who, and their purpose. Cassidy makes them an offer we know he will not honor.

The second definitive meeting is with Tulip. She again challenges Jesse with being himself and citing his past. When she reveals what she has discovered, namely the location of a man who betrayed them both, Jesse abandons his holy mission and opts instead to accompany her on a darker course. We get a quick glimpse of who Jesse was via his actions against a police officer in a flashback scene. An incident with Donny Schenk (Derek Wilson), the seeming wife abusing Civil War re-enactor from eps back occurs in a washroom. Jesse gives in to his instinct to beat the man initially before taking an even darker path. The two men crossing paths again is built up throughout the episode as various humiliations are piled upon Schenk, including a brief insight on Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley) – his employer- who delivers the last straw to the man’s later breaking point action. We get only two quick glimpses of Odin, but both paint a fairly villainous picture.Jesse has Shenk in his power, both figuratively through intimidation and literally with his new God-given gift. The action he takes informs the direction of the episode and possibly the series. A later end sequence moment pushes the notion of Jesse’s reaffirming his mission.

This was another slow burn episode, rife with potential. Three segments of ten in and it is assuredly engaging. Here’s hoping it keeps pushing toward becoming simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

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