REVIEW: Preacher – “Pilot”

Preacher Reviewed

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

It’s here. Welcome to Preacher! A supernatural dark comedy about exploding preachers, crazy vampires, and a crisis of faith. Maybe? That’s pretty much all I know about the show. When I sat down to watch the pilot episode, I had no idea what I was about to watch. The story is completely fresh to me at this time. I may end up reading the comic book that it is based on, but probably not until after the first season is finished. I didn’t know what to expect. But this show may be perfect for me right now.

The show intrigued me mainly due to the fact that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing it with Sam Catlin, as well as the fact that Dominic Cooper is the protagonist, I think. I love Dominic Cooper, and I wish he was a bigger star than he is right now. I like him as ‘Jesse Custer’, even though I’m not quite sure what his deal is yet. Custer seems like a good guy, but he definitely proved how dangerous he can be in the bar fight, which was pretty damn excellent.

“You’d hear a noise. A high pitch. Like a bunny in a bear trap-sound. You’ll know it when it comes. ‘Cause you’re the one who’ll be making it.” – Jesse Custer.

Speaking of great action, how about that plane sequence? That was pretty brilliant. Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun), the Irish vampire, has ‘new fan-favorite character’ written all over him. I also really liked how they introduced both Eugene (played by Ian Colletti) and Tulip (played by Ruth Negga). Now, I’m not particularly familiar with the characters, but I liked both of them a lot.

“For the last time, Ted. Be brave. Tell her the truth. Open your heart.” – Jesse Custer.

So, yeah, let’s move on to the big moment in the episode. Ted had been bothering Jesse for the entire episode, and Jesse kept on telling him the same thing. When the invisible-force-thing (that’s what I’m calling it for now) made Jesse its host, Jesse was a changed man – and he, seemingly, had the power of persuasion. It was a bizarre, but great way to end the very strong pilot episode.

Preacher is strange, shocking, and, so far, pretty great. I don’t think I’ve ever been this hooked on a show that I, basically, know next to nothing about. If you somehow got this far in the review, and haven’t seen the episode, then please give the show a chance. I think you’ll like it.

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– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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