Preacher Season 2 – Ep. 2 – “Mumbai Sky Tower”: A Review

Posted: 07/03/2017 in Uncategorized

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Upping the ante from last week’s jet fueled season opener, ep. 2 gave a bit more of a heart felt run. A tour de force performance is given by Tom Brooke as the Delphi angel “Fiore”. Honestly, I could have watched another hour on him alone as the destination his journey has taken him to is just so bizarre and awesome. My florid intro given, on to my review.

We open with Jesse’s (Dominic Cooper) first face to face encounter with the Saint of Killers (Graham MacTavish). Jesse’s learning Genesis has no effect on the Saint establishes with immediacy that this is a nemesis who will dog him for quite some time. The violence this season at a tight two episodes is epic. The battle between Jesse’s newly obtained ‘army’ played fantastically well, illustrating both his ruthlessness and desperation in one fell swoop. The discovery of the resilience and seemingly indestructible nature of the Saint, perfectly capped off with a bullet cleansing moment, made for some big screen fare. A wounded patron trying to get a soft drink added to the disturbed nature of the hotel incursion.

All was not grim and dire, however. Enter Cassidy (Joe Gilgun) with his ‘three possibilities’ as to the Saint’s origin. All three, the first two of which were expected, were finished off with a terrific Lord of the Rings reference. The comedic beat played on with Jesse’s telling Cass he would punch him if he mentioned “Gandalf” as a solution to their problem. The show is so deliciously self aware. Cass having effed up with vigor repeatedly offers a genuine solution to the trio’s current plight via a palaver with Fiore using his “unique set of skills” throwing another film reference via Liam Neeson’s Taken. Honestly, the meeting between Cassidy and Fiore in his current incarnation as “Mumbai Sky Tower’s” magician in residence could have gone on for episodes. The back story of Fiore’s whereabouts since Deblanc’s (Anatole Yusef) demise plays like a mini movie. His attempts to kill himself are foiled by his very nature. His gift/curse intersecting with Frank Patel’s (Vik Sahay) Sinatra crooning yields a rebirth or more likely respite for the angel as he becomes a showman using his literally “God given” talent. Fiore’s meeting with Jesse goes exactly as expected with the angel holding him accountable for his friend’s death as well as Eugene’s (Ian Colletti) stay in hell. The argument he presents to Jesse has lost not of its merit as he tells him Genesis is too powerful and uncontrollable to be in mortal hands. Jesse’s proclamation that Genesis chose him and that he is meant for greater things rings a little hollow.

A side arc featuring Tulip’s (Ruth Negga) past jangled rather than contributed to the main narrative. The notion that her past, like Jesse’s, will haunt her in the form of Victor could have certainly been saved for later down the line. Tulip’s encounter with the enforcer Gary (Michael Beaseley) demonstrates that she is a force of incredible bad-assery, but we already knew that. The main purpose of this encounter seems more to add another layer of torment to Cassidy who loathes keeping secrets from his best friend and now has another to add to his list. The “let’s get married” aspect we knew was headed in one direction and the Gary incident need not have intruded to illustrate such.

The “skill sets” of Cassidy however are where the episode takes off stratospherically.  The implied torture scene becomes a party and the manner in which this transpires is so beautifully organic that it simply dazzles. Cassidy’s time with Fiore illustrates the sorrow and sense of purposelessness felt by him. His earlier pronouncement of “I used to be happy” becomes all the more heartbreaking with the bonding between angel and vampire. The revelation of the Saint’s contract as being able to be rescinded offers the trio hope to continue onward with their quest. Jesse’s moment with Frank earns the proclamation that “people love violence and are essentially animals”. The lounge singer’s declaration of music at the heart of everything however gives Jesse a bit of direction in his seemingly impossible quest.

The Saint’s reason for agreeing to DeBlanc and Fiore’s contract is understandable but at this point he seems more killer than saint. While MacTavish presents a grim aspect, a persona of menace and reckoning, we have yet to feel empathy for this character. Overall, however, there were many solid moments that made this episode resonate and push forth the notion that AMC’s Preacher remains on course to being simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

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