REVIEW: Preacher – “Finish the Song”

Preacher Review Outline

The following is a quick recap/review of the ninth episode of ‘Preacher’, available on AMC in the United States and on Viaplay in Denmark. Expect spoilers for the episode.

In the penultimate episode of the first season of Preacher (“Finish the Song”), DeBlanc and Fiore (played by Anatol Yusef and Tom Brooke, respectively) have to figure out their next move. The ‘Cowboy’ (played by Graham McTavish) returns, and Jesse (played by Dominic Cooper) tries to fix his relationship with Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun).

“Will you proclaim your love for our lord and savior, Jesus Christ? Right here. Right here in front of us all.”

Hey look, the Cowboy was back this week! I’ve written this before, but I have a hard time really caring about what happened in Ratwater. It’s just really, really dark. Inexplicably dark in tone. But hey, we finally got an explanation. I thought the singing-scene in Ratwater was pretty cool, and it was nice to see that, in the episode epilogue, they put all the pieces together and spelled it out for us.

The Cowboy is in Hell. He is reliving his worst memory, I think. Even just watching the montage of the awful memory was tough to watch, and pretty exhausting. A lot of things made sense now, and it was great to see that everyone’s favorite duo of Cowboy-Angel-Clones did something pretty exciting and interesting! Hopefully, we get to see the Cowboy try to take out Jesse in the season finale, but they have a lot to get to in that episode, so who knows?

“What about my comics?”

Okay, so full marks to everyone who noticed this somewhat obvious AMC easter egg-thing, but just in case you didn’t, let’s talk about it! So, Preacher is an AMC-show, and some of you may have seen one of the very best AMC shows ever to see the screen: Breaking Bad. So, in Breaking Bad (spoilers for Breaking Bad, of course) both main characters have been seen exactly where DeBlanc and Fiore got on the minibus.

Apparently that location is called the John B. Robert Dam. So, I thought it was a pretty cool easter egg to see DeBlanc and Fiore get picked up exactly where Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were supposed to be picked up. Another cool tidbit, is that you see, in this episode of Preacher, a stray dog cross the street after the minibus drives away. The same thing happens on Breaking Bad! Okay, back to Preacher.

“I am done with Jesse Custer.”

Okay, the final thing I want to talk about in this recap/review is Cassidy and the people around him in the episode. It’s no secret that Cassidy is my favorite character in the series, but even though a lot of this episode revolved around him, it was never really about him. Sure, Jesse and him fixed their relationship (that was a bit easy, wasn’t it?).

Generally, really, most of what happened in this episode was about setting things up for the finale, and getting characters in the right positions. But what the hell happened to Emily?! She’s been such a sweet character, and right when she gets the idea that Miles isn’t the only option, she feeds the poor S.O.B. to Cassidy! Who saw that coming? That’s a legitimate question. It’s definitely the most shocking moment in the episode. Maybe even in the series so far.


– Jeffrey Rex

One thought on “REVIEW: Preacher – “Finish the Song”

  1. I know I’m late to the party on this show, but am I the only one who was annoyed at watching replay after replay of the Ratwater/ Hell scenes. Didn’t this seem like lazy writing and wasn’t it perhaps budget motivated ? Was that really the only entertaining way to let us know that the cowboy is in Hell?

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