Preacher Season II – Ep 6 “Sokosha”: A Review

Posted: 07/26/2017 in Uncategorized

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Wow….just wow. Honestly, this might be the best episode this season. At six in, Preacher escalates matters and tackles a seemingly interminable threat head on. Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) is a hard man. This episode however reveals both a brilliant tactical mind as well as an amazing ruthlessness that simply has to be witnessed. My opening offered, off to my review.

With last week’s sign off, we know the Saint of All Killers (Graham MacTavish) is on his way via his obtaining the whereabouts of Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joe Gilgun). Whether or not Allie (Stella Allen) misleads him or is justifiably unsure is irrelevant. The viewer sympathizes as she is put in a difficult position by a man who has just executed her father, Viktor (Paul Ben-Victor). The humorous banter by the trio, via Tulip’s sugary breakfast meal, gives way rather quickly to an all-out incursion as the Saint arrives. Cassidy’s comment about “letting diabetes take him gradually” breaks the tension as Jesse remains on point while his friends clearly are not fully up for God hunting on this day.

The Saint’s actions as he goes from apartment to apartment searching for Jesse ably illustrates with minimal viscera that he is focused on his objective and will not be deterred. He is a darkly violent force, having given up on being human for centuries. After narrowly escaping, Jesse opts to lead his group in reading/research via a trip to the local library. An apparent side story which opens the episode yields massive dividends with a Faustian bargain creep factor. James Kyson last seen in Heroes…the good version… guest stars as “the technician”, a man who brokers deals for the desperate – providing  healing of sorts for the even more desperate and wealthy. Jesse’s roots come to bear hearkening to his mother’s family the “L’Angells” who by implied accounts are far from angelic. The connecting of arcs flows seamlessly allowing for a taste of Jesse’s darker history. The show runners are to be lauded for bringing elements together so fluidly, paying homage to the source material while keeping new fans to the characters deeply engaged.

Speaking of homages, the recounting of the Saint’s history via books on tape was a superb touch. Tulip’s “it’s a book isn’t it?” when Jesse balks at her taking a short cut plays exceedingly well as did the snarky breakfast table banter about Lara, the ‘lounge singer’ (Julie Ann Emery). The presentation of the Killer’s history via animation and the cheery British voiced narrator presented an appropriate weirdness that so befits the show. Ending the segment cheekily with “next installment of Pysychopaths will feature Dick Cheney”, the dark humor is never too far removed. Armed with this new knowledge, however, the trio seems no further ahead.

Jesse’s humanity is juxtaposed with his ruthlessness as he attempts to save Denis (Ronald Guttman), their current host. Denis’ own origin is brilliant as one does not see it coming and the moments between he and Cassidy are beautiful. Jesse brokers a deal with the Saint that seems insane but he makes some traction, convincing his pursuer that God has abdicated and that he can fulfill the bargain made by Fiore (Tom Brooke) and Deblanc (Anatole Yusef). The tension from this moment to the denouement is superb. The Saint giving Jesse an impossible timeline to accomplish and impossible task frames the heart of the episode. Keeping Jesse’s friends as collateral adds to the tension. Tulip, easily the most fearless character on the show, encountering someone/something she cannot bargain with or plot around made for some great drama.

The lengths Jesse is willing to go, coupled with his insane unflappability, makes him one of the most entertaining and watchable characters on small screen. A Cassidy moment was surreal as he struggles with the Saint. Even more surreal was the strategy used by Jesse against his enemy. The step he takes to obtain control of the situation is again…insane. His calling out the Saint for expecting a reunion in Heaven with his family after all he has done was equal parts righteous outrage and hubris. Jesse’s final actions are astoundingly brutal and will assuredly have dire consequences later on. His peering in the mirror reflects the changed emotional state from the beginning to the end, framing the recognition of how far he will go and the toll it may take on him.

Preacher’s latest episode bats it out of the park, hitting all dramatic notes with taut action and tension. This show elevates itself to the best darn thing on tv at present. Preacher remains uncontestably simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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