Preacher

After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire to find God.

Season 2

Roy

Seven and a half minutes in, and I am on board. The supremely natural and funny banter between the characters is fantastic, but the moment that cop’s head exploded I was reminded that you can never go wrong with some comical gore. That is what this show is; a bit of something for everyone. There is gratuitous violence, entertaining dialogue, compelling characters, and it is all wrapped up in a mystery. I don’t know if this new season is a vast improvement or if it is the contrast to the other shows we are watching but I am finding myself enjoying this a lot more than I remember.

8.1/10

Matt

A minute in and I was back on board with this series. Preacher is made for adults, and not in a bad way. I feel like this show is a sitcom for the Game of Thrones crowd. Some season premieres have to do the “reintroducing” the character's shtick. If Preacher did this at all, it was so subtle that I didn't notice. We also jump straight back into the plot instead of the common alternative of giving us distraction until episode 3 or 4. If you're not watching this show yet then get on board!

9/10

Tommy

I was immediately enraptured with this show again, within the first minute i was on board. The banter between the trio is just a joy to be a part of and the quickly ensuing mayhem is hilariously gory. The hunt for god is on and the path is filled with careless mayhem, subversion of expectations and some scenes that are just badass. For a show like this I don’t think a better star could have been made. Even small things add to the style of the show like the amplified sound effect of intestines as it trails behind the car.

10/10

Episode Score

90

Roy

Fior returns. It is so obvious in retrospect that he is the mystery magician. The show continues to bring all the things I enjoy. There is some slapstick gore, there is a vampire doing heroin with an angel, there are great jokes and funny moments, we even got some of our heartstrings pulled. I really need this show after Handmaid’s Tale.

7.9/10

Matt

God damn the humor is on point in this episode. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time. On top of that they throw in some fun social commentary and we share some truly enjoyable moments with the angel Fior. Once again we also get a “Jessie not thinking about what he’s commanding” moment. Which once again puts the Saint of Killers on the trail of our group. Ramping up the tension at the end of the episode.

8/10

Tommy

The mystery character foreshadowed last episode is revealed and I don’t know why we didn’t pick this character coming back in but it is great to see him again and wrap up one of the loose threads of the first season. The episode overall is funny, with plenty of great jokes and social commentary. There’s also plenty of gore to be had as well and even with the show’s lighthearted tone, it is able to make you feel the emotions on the other end of the spectrum as well.

8/10

Episode Score

79

Roy

Of course Hitler would show up in hell. This is Preacher, they had to go there. It was a rather slow episode. Seeing what hell is for Eugene was interesting, as was seeing more of what hell is in general. Apart from that, not too much of note happened. Preacher was funny, with Cassidy busting out some great lines as always, but everything that happened could probably have been condensed into half an episode and it would have had the pace of previous ones. The episode ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see what zany direction Preacher takes it in.

6.4/10

Matt

For me the Eugene content was the most engaging part of this episode. His origin tale is confronting, violent and makes me feel even worse for the character. His present predicament in Hell gave the viewer an expansion of the world to wrap their heads around which was also appreciated an otherwise ordinary episode. The reason I didn't quite get into this episode was, as the Dinh theory states, episode 3 is always the dip. So yeah, this is the more chill out episode but the Eugene stuff will get you through.

6/10

Tommy

Preacher takes a bit of a breather this weak, allowing the show to settle in a bit after the much faster paced first two episodes. Despite the lack of action there are still plenty of things that kept me engaged for this episode and looking forward for things to come. The comedy angle was well realised with Jesse seemingly having no other plan than just asking bartenders whether or not they have seen God. Tulip’s past begins to catch up with her and a couple other factions make their presence known.

Even though the episode is slow, it has a strong ending to lead into the next episode and has enough in it to keep things entertaining in some way.

6.5/10

Episode Score

63

Roy

Preacher comes with the most ridiculous and hilarious situations. Cassidy is as great as ever. The minutiae of this episode was funny and entertaining but the episode itself felt a little slow. I want the story about God to progress and we only got a little bit of that. I feel like this episode will lead to an episode about Tulip and Jesse, putting God on hold for longer. There was some cool fighting, and Jesse used Genesis a lot so the Saint of Killers will definitely show up in the next episode. I love that guy.

7.1/10

Matt

Cassidy was just wonderful through this entire episode. His constant pestering of Jessie on Tulips whereabouts throughout the episode was charming and entertaining. Cassidy pretending to be a high flying game of thrones casting director was incredibly funny. This episode also picks up the pace and humor after the standard episode 3 dip. The sequences in “Hell” where clear signs of well thought out world building that I have come to appreciate this show for. Hell is not what you would expect but also clearly has all of the motiffs making it both a familiar and unfamiliar setting at the same time. Giving viewers a really wonderful surreal feeling.

7/10

Tommy

Tulip’s sidestory is followed up on in this episode and it is probably the weakest part although it did provide a really well executed fight scene and is overall pretty well done, the other two storylines are just more engaging. We get to see more of the inner workings of hell and we get some nice subversion and quite cool worldbuilding out of it. The plotline with Jesse leads to an unexpected place but gives us some of Cassidy’s best and progresses the god plot forward ever so slightly. Not only that though but it ties back in with events in season one which is always nice for those that watched it. This episode brings with it the humour of the first episode while providing these small character moments to flesh them out a little further.

8/10

Episode Score

73

Roy

Flashbacks. I just don’t have much to say about flashback episodes. As with what seems like most flashback episodes it didn’t show me anything I care about or didn’t know. Also there was no zazz. Where was a vampire trippin balls with an angel? Where was the gratuitous violence? I don’t care!

2/10

Matt

I’m really over flashback episodes and it is especially apparent in this series. See the supernatural elements were not a part of our character's past. Which means that we are solely dealing with human drama in this episode which is super boring. Most of the time flashback episodes are utilised to provide more background on a character or offer a revelation that will directly affect the character's current position. I really ending up feeling like this episode just told me what I already knew. Such a shame for this wonderful series to have a bad episode.

5.5/10

Tommy

This episode of preacher is a heck of a lot slower than previous. It deals primarily with the relationship between Tulip and Jesse and although there are some things in there that was worth exploring, it’s just not really Preacher’s forte to be this slow and handle something this mundane in a not over the top way. This episode slow like the last, but it lacks the more interesting side stories like Eugene in Hell or the quirky actor playing God.

6/10

Episode Score

45

Roy

There is a dearth of zazz going on in Preacher. The Saint of Killers is back in action and was dealt with in a fun way. There was some cool Preachery stuff with a black market soul-selling economy. But the whole thing lacks… zazz. I don’t know how else to say it. It just needs more zazz.

5/10

Matt

After last week’s episode I was glad to see a return to form this week. I still don’t feel like the series is quite hitting those high notes that it had in previous episode but I did feel a bit more entertained. I appreciated how they have dealt with the Saint of Killers this episode and the homage they payed to the original comic books. I think the episode could have used a little more oomph to get it over the line for good to great.

6/10

Tommy

Preacher is back on track this week as we get some really cool moments throughout. The episode opens with some nice world building which ends ep folding into the main storyline in a nice way. Since this was all done in this episode it feels a bit rushed but nonetheless still satisfying. We also get a nice moment where Cassidy’s relationship with Dennis is revealed and we get a peak at a bit more of Jesse’s past that even Tulip is unaware of. It doesn’t hit the high notes of the opening but a solid return to form fo the series.

7/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

The camaraderie the characters started the season with seems to be waning. They are doing a lot of things that just slow everything down and make for an uninteresting viewing experience. It is almost like they are different people. There is one thing that saved this episode. His name is Herr Starr. The whole sequence of his initiation into his new organisation was quintessentially Preacher. It had one-liners, violence, slapstick, and despite being predictable the ‘surprises’ were hilarious. It was a fantastic distillation of everything good about Preacher but it was such a shame it came from a new side character. Preacher has built up enough faith for me to believe it will bring it back to where it belongs.

7.3/10

Matt

There was a lot of fluff in this episode aside from one or two character moments (mostly from cassidy). But it was the introduction of the new villain Her Starr that had me engaged. This character is so jam packed with dark comedy that he must just open a black hole and consume us all. His comedic timing is perfect, his presence is wonderful and in this reviewer's opinion saved this episode.

7/10

Tommy

The next villain is essentially set up in this episode and his backstory, although slightly predictable is still just wonderful to watch. There’s a small moment with Cassidy and his son that is sort of glossed over but brings out the heart of their relationship a bit. Tulip sort of stalls out the pace of the episode a bit but is a very small element. It’s there most likely there to foreshadow a significant return but I feel it is a bit unnecessary. Herr Starr steals the show and his scenes also provide a bit of world building too which is always nice. A solid episode.

7.5/10

Episode Score

72

Roy

I don’t know what is going on with Preacher. It used to be so zazzy. The title of the episode, ‘Holes’, must refer to where the zazz used to go. Herr Starr is nowhere to be seen this week and the main trio is just not themselves. When a show sets up certain expectations only to subvert them, it can either be fantastic and exciting or jarring and uninteresting. Preacher is taking the latter path. The most interesting part this week was seeing Eugene and the development of what we know about Hell, but that was the side story to Cassidy, Jesse and Tulip moaning about the place in most uncharacteristic fashion. Herr Starr will definitely be around next episode so he can start to bring it back together, but unless the main characters get their act together it will be for nothing.

4.8/10

Matt

Between Cassidy's moral predicament and Tulips apparent post traumatic stress I didn't find a lot to love in this episode. The main problem that I am having is the complete lack of progression. The search for god has stalled. As have my expectations for season 2.

5/10

Tommy

Preacher enters another doldrum this week with very little progression. Sure we get more character moments and interactions but they’re all just so dull this week. Everyone is in sort of a melancholy and it just doesn’t fit the show very well. We get to see more of Eugene in hell which is nice but not much is expanded up on from the first time they showed us hell. The title gives this episode away in retrospect as the “Hole” is reference to the sidestory and not anything that happens with the main plot. The main focus is with Cassidy and his grappling with whether or not to give immortality to his dying son. Something that is dramatically somewhat interesting, but this show was set up to be more of a whimsical, fast paced comedy with dramatic elements. This is all taken quite seriously which makes it feel in odds with the show at its best.

5/10

Episode Score

49

Roy

Herr Starr was the only good thing about this episode. That shouldn’t be how it is. I should be saying that I love the gang and the zany adventures they are going on. But they aren’t going on any adventures except between the kitchen and living room in Dennis’s house and they aren’t really a gang anymore because they no longer get along. Some glimmers of the old Preacher we knew and loved shine through the crack beneath the door to Dennis’s house but it seems like that is all we will see of it.

4.5/10

Matt

The only thing getting me through this episode of Preacher was Herr Starr I didn't care about what was going on with the rest of the gang (nothing if you're wondering) and I don’t care about Jessie’s pursuit of God. This episode is clearly evident of Preacher becoming a very lackluster series. After such a great start to season 2 I’m left wondering if I’m still watching the same show.

5/10

Tommy

Herr Starr enters the main story and though it is a better episode than the last his, potential impact has been a bit severely reduced in this episode. What they do to him is a bit humorous but I don’t know if it was worth what they did to the character but time will tell. The crew are basically cooked up in Denis’ apartment and there really is not much that happens of note other than Denis revelling in his new found life while the reasoning behind not vampirising people is alluded to. Basically nothing else happens though which is a real bummer.

6/10

Episode Score

51

Roy

It seems like Preacher has turned over a new leaf; by that I mean of course, it has turned over the old leaf it was on before it turned over the old new leaf that led us to where we were until now. Tulip is still being boring but she took a backseat to Herr Starr and Jesus’s imbecilic ancestor Humperdoo. Preacher isn’t quite back to where it was at the beginning of the season, but if this is the start of a trend then I am back on board.

7/10

Matt

Considering how the episode opens I was primed into thinking that Preacher was back on track but then we go through the whole Tulip thing again, and that pissed me off. Then the Herr Starr/Preacher storyline seemed a bit rushed and that annoyed me. Then the overall story of this episode felt wasted on what I watched and that really annoyed me. So in the end I felt pretty annoyed and that doesn't bode well when reviewing an episode.

5/10

Tommy

Although it is a bit of an improvement. We are still quite bogged down here in this episode dealing with Tulip’s PTSD. We get a nice take on Christianity and we get to see the state of the messiah that Herr Star’s organisation is relying on for their end of days scenario. As always Herr Star steals the show and redeems the episode at the end but it is still a far cry from what we were expecting and perhaps it is faulty memory, but these episode aren’t up to scratch with what happened in the first season either. The episode is overall pretty serviceable and does some good stuff but is still a bit disappointing.

6/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

Things are starting to ramp up in a relative kind of way but I think it is a result of the season coming to a close rather than because the show is actually getting any better. The trend I was hoping for turned out to be false. There were a few interesting things this episode but Tulip is back in the forefront slowing everything down with the same things for the 7th straight episode. The Saint of Killers’s prison was dredged up only to be found empty, so guess who’s going to be back! (It’s the Saint of Killers) The plot in Hell finally seems to be coming to fruition too. One saddening trend which I have noticed is Herr Starr, who started out a badass whom we were laughing with, is being worn down to a pansy whom we are laughing at. Herr Starr was the one thing saving the show and he is being taken away.

5.3/10

Matt

The only real positives I have to say for this episode is that the bookends dealing with Jesus Christ and his descendant Humperdink were in the spirit of Preacher season one and the fact that they used the same actor for both scenes was executed well from a creative standpoint otherwise this episode has more of the same which is great if you're a soap opera fan, not so much if you like good story.

5/10

Tommy

I liked that the tried to deal with the Saint of Killers stuff really quick between Jesse and Tulip. However there is still a lot of angst between the core team which drags the episode down. We get to see more of the stuff in hell which was nice although that setting has lost it’s allure somewhat but there is some neat foreshadowing there. Small things here and there make keep interest in this show and Herr Star remains as a character that keeps things interesting even if he is the butt of the joke in some cases. Unfortunately things just aren’t what I expected out of this show.

6/10

Episode Score

54

Roy

I feel a bit like The Saint of Killers; I am in the purgatory of Preacher and I just want it to end. I need it to end. Preacher is a bedraggled, once-majestic beast in a throe to let out a final quiet whimper to mark its passing to a better place. The same stories and plot devices are being rehashed again. Herr Star has lost almost all of the zazz he had. The only good part was Eugene and Hitler teaming up in hell, but at the moment that is so far removed from everything else going on that it might as well be a different show.

4.5/10

Matt

I am completely devastated by how this season has turned out, going from season one and such a strong beginning to this season only to wind up in a constant loop of the same plot threads being used again and again brings a former fan close to tears. The rehashing of the Saint of Killers storyline was perhaps the most egregious example of this trend so far and it left me with very little to like about this episode. The continuing moves by Herr Starr to create a new messiah using Jessie and the continuing adventures of Eugene are the only plotlines that seem somewhat fresh and another humdrum episode of Preacher

5/10

Tommy

Preacher has become quite a disappointing show the further it trudges along in this season. Not only are we still just sitting around at Denis’ house the use of the Saint of Killers being put back into the plot seems completely redundant. The Eugene story in hell was a nice reprieve but it shouldn’t have to and isn’t really capable of carrying the whole show. The fight scene was pretty decent and appropriately slapstick in some bits but there’s so little of the show that the first episode two episodes elluded to that it is sad.

5/10

Episode Score

48

Roy

Normally a finale is the chance for a show to pull out all the stops and blow the rest of its budget on something spectacular. I guess Preacher missed the memo, instead ending with the disappointment I have grown accustomed to over the last several episodes. There was more of the same stuff we have been seeing. The only glimmer of the former Preacher came from Hell. Which is more of an apt metaphor than it should be.

4.6/10

Matt

Man this season disappointed the shit out of me and the season finale is just so indicative of this seasons problems. Too many drawn out plot threads, rush storylines, the same locations used again and again and again. As a huge fan of the first season I would have to say that this season leaves me pretty bitter and angry. At the very least I did enjoy watching Enguene and Hitler escaping hell and coming back to earth, the homage to The Graduate was a nice touch and the conclusion to their story left me with a question or two that I would like answered. But on the whole this season was such a disappointment that I will probably vote not to go to season 3.

5.5/10

Tommy

The season finale of Preacher actually redeems the show somewhat. It feels a lot more like the Preacher we have come to expect and it takes the things that have happened in the season and gives them a satisfying conclusion. The episode in and of itself is also well set up from beginning to end although I feel like it would have been better if the set up for what happened at the end happened toward the start of the season. The fight scene here is of particular note, reminding us of what Preacher delivered early on and is fantastic to watch. Everything else is paced well and is not bogged down by anything with many of the story threads reaching a conclusion. Preacher comes back to what it was in the finale and has made me want to watch the next season but this time i have apprehensions which i didn't have before. Regardless though this episode ends the season on a high note so at least this season is bookended nicely.

8.5/10

Episode Score

61

After a tremendous start things quickly settle in and not in a good way. The majority of the season is spent in Denis’ apartment and we are left with out beloved characters basically just brooding and basically just dealing with their own thing. There are moments sprinkled throughout the season that are well executed and are cool in terms of world building like the scenes with Eugene in hell or the fact that in this world selling souls is a corporate trade now. Herr Starr also briefly comes in and brings some Zazz to the proceedings but that is short lived as he quickly becomes the butt of the joke which undercuts the menace, brutality and competence of the character.

In the first season we were getting to know these characters and a cast of others that kept us intrigued despite the setting taking place in a single town. This season loses that intrigue and the opening to the season implied a grand roadtrip adventure that would span the United States. What we have come to expect from Preacher as a show does not appear, instead we are left with something that more closely resembles a serious drama than a whimsical adventure that has elements of brutality and subversion of faith and religion. On a technical level mostly everything works and there moments of greatness but most of the subject matter is pretty dull to watch..

Season Score

57

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