Preacher Ep 7 – “He Gone”: A Review

Posted: 07/13/2016 in Uncategorized

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Wow, this one went reeeall dark. The question of Jesse Customer’s potential corruption with the power he wields is gamely addressed not so much by his action last week but but the seemingly frightening lack of concern for his actions. Cassidy is again MVP in this Ep and I will thank CC (Close Captions) for allowing me to follow/capture his often amusing dialogue. Another powerful ep offered as we approach the show’s season finale.

After the startling end sequence last week in which Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) literally banished Eugene (Aka Arseface) (Ian Colletti), exactly what kind of man the preacher is at the heart of the episode. That Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) witnesses what happened and the preacher’s summary dismissal like a casual afterthought, troubles him and the viewers alike. This was another strong run as Custer’s past is more deeply mined with this episode. The notion of salvation and the inability to be saved is presented using Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley) as a paradigm and Custer as a possible mirror to him.

Cassidy is again the best character on this show, closely followed by Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga). He calls out Jesse, commiserating that his action wasn’t malice until it turns out it might have been. He pushes him and what comes out is jarring. Jesse’s darkness might be tapped or altered by a power that he cannot hope to control, Genesis, but his own judgemental predilections do come into play. The revelation of Eugene’s earlier actions and source of his disfigurement diverges greatly from the source material but does explain all the wrath and hate directed at him from the town. This aspect was well done.

The supper experience at Jesse’s was brutal and brilliantly done. The tension is palpable as Jesse’s closest friends sit and eat with him, each bearing the weight of their feelings and concern for him. All acknowledge he has changed. The flashback sequences in which he prays to God to make him “less bad” are delivered from a child’s perspective but his later actions invoking God’s will upon his father is less so. The relationship of Tulip and Jesse is deeply explored. We learn that both were prone to mischief. We also discover that Jesse’s Preacher father made a rather hard decision regarding young Tulip based on who she was and her potential to corrupt his son. This ep very much posited that there is a corruption already there and it is deeply established.

A conversation with Odin hearkens back to an earlier conversation between the town’s primary employer and Jesse’s father. His father tells Jesse simply then that some people cannot be saved. Odin shows up at Jesse’s church to call in his bet. The preacher balks as he cannot believe his God voice did not reach Quincannon when he commanded him to serve God. The preacher’s outright refusal to honor his bet, namely the surrender of his father’s land and church to Odin, opens the field to an holy eff end sequence. The relationship between the two however does present them as opposite sides of the coin with more similarities in character than Jesse Custer would like.

Cassidy’s action with a fire extinguisher is warranted. He gets Jesse’s attention and forces him to admit his true prejudices.  An earlier conversation with Tulip in which she charged Cassidy that should he admit what he truly is to Jesse, he might not like his reaction yields a cliffhanger-y confrontation in which Cassidy tests his faith in his friend in an effort to reach him and bring him back from the destructive path he travels presently.  Jesse’s outright insolence toward both Tulip and Emily (Lucy Griffiths) is simply pique. The question of can they reach him before he has gone too far is answered in the final moments of the episode. The slow burn is gone. The battle knell has sounded and “Preacher” is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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