Written by: Sam Catlin
Directed by: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
The second season of amc’s Preacher picks up right where the first one left off, and where the comics by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that it’s based on begin. God has gone missing, and a preacher with magical powers, an Irish vampire, and a hitwoman set out on a roadtrip across America to find him, pursued by a cowboy from Hell known as the Saint of Killers.
The first season of Preacher was a surprisingly slow paced affair. It balanced out gore-y action scenes, magical powers, angels, vampires, and a dark sense of humor with smaller character moments. Season two, by contrast, opens with a car chase and a shootout against an immortal cowboy with magical pistols. But the effort season one put into the characters is felt. The chemistry between Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Cassidy (Joe Gilgun), and Tulip (Ruth Negga) is felt immediately from the moment the episode opens with Cassidy ranting conspiracy theories about the foreskin business, seamlessly into the car chase “Come On Eileen” sing-along.
All of this probably sounds a little crazy, and Preacher is probably a little too much for some people. The gore as heads explode and people siphon gas with intestines, the weird dark sense of humor, or the fact that one of the main characters is a 119 year-old vampire and no one questions it. But, if you can accept all of that, then you’re in for one hell of a ride. Season two promises to deliver the moments that made the first season so unique and different with a lot more regularity and intensity.
The rest of the premiere episode, “On the Road”, involves our Unholy Trinity visiting an old family friend of Jesse’s to find God. Along the way we get a clever Easter egg that hints at a fan-favorite storyline from the comics to be explored later this season, and some jokes I’d rather not spoil. As Jesse and co. follow up on some leads, the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) is only a few steps behind.
The second episode of the two part premiere, “Mumbai Sky Tower” catches the audience up on an old friend, the angel Fiore (Tom Brooke), now alone in the world after his partner DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) was shot by the Saint of Killers last season. Fiore wanders around Texas, suicidal but unable to kill himself by normal means. This depressing and morbidly funny montage ends with a public suicide and revival by Fiore that makes him the most popular performer at the Mumbai Sky Tower Hotel & Casino, the Amazing Ganesh!
Seeking a way to get the Saint of Killers off their trail, Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip head to the Mumbai Sky Tower to see if Fiore can help them. The answer: he can, but he doesn’t want to.
Episode two slows things down as Cassidy spends time with Fiore, and an impulse wedding of Jesse and Tulip’s is complicated by mysterious goons from Tulip’s past who are looking for her. The focus here is more on emotion than action, and it works. It’s legitimately sad seeing the once innocent Fiore reduced to a cynical performer who doesn’t care about anything or anyone, and it’s both funny and truly heartfelt to see him and Cassidy connecting to one another. The hints about Tulip’s dark past promise to be expanded on as the gang heads to New Orleans later in the season, but for now it complicates her and Jesse’s relationship in a way that’s hard not to get invested in.
The episode ends with a hefty emotional gut punch, and the promise of more crazy adventures to come as the Unholy Trinity sets off for New Orleans after learning that God likes jazz.
This two-part premiere shows off the crazy, insane action side of Preacher, as well as the sincere, emotion side of it. It promises more insanity further down the line, and shows that showrunners Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg are willing to deliver more moments that only Preacher possibly can.