REVIEW: Preacher – “South Will Rise Again”

Preacher Review Outline

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

In the fifth episode of the first season of Preacher (“South Will Rise Again”), Tulip (played by Ruth Negga) has enough of Jesse’s goodness, Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun) gets a bit too close to Tulip, and our good preacher, Jesse (played by Dominic Cooper), maybe uses his ‘power of persuasion’ a bit too much, before the angels finally confront our hero.

Let me start by stating this. This was probably my favorite episode of the show yet. But that definitely doesn’t mean that the episode is without problems, and the first one comes up immediately. The episode opener/teaser with the lone cowboy may have been really cool, but I have no idea what is going on.

We’re halfway through the season, and the cowboy time jumps are just weird. Maybe it makes sense to the people who’ve read the comics, but I still don’t see what the lone cowboy has to do with present day Annville, Texas. So while I enjoyed the opening sequence, its placement in the episode isn’t justified.

“Sorry to bother you, preacher. But we’re ranking the Gospels. Some of us say that Mark is the best. I say, no way John is the best by far. Help us out and break the tie.”

This might be my favorite quote on the show so far. It’s a great scene, where Jesse is a bit overconfident, and it looks like he even has teenagers praising him. Jesse absolutely loves it, and it’s such a weird scene to see. This diner is actually the central location in this episode, as we return to it time and time again.

“I’ve fallen for you, Tulip.” – Cassidy.

Okay, this was a pretty special scene for me. Cassidy is my favorite character on the show, and seeing him both being questioned by Tulip, and him questioning her about the ‘boyfriend’ was a lot of fun. I thought it was a bit weird, how they end up sleeping with each other in the episode, but we’ll have to see what this means for the story going forward.

I really feel like Dominic Cooper is working really well as Jesse Custer, you just hang onto every word he speaks. Jesse is even getting a bit scary. He’s too comfortable with using his powers. I really loved the scene where he brought Eugene to Tracy Loach’s home. A part of me wishes, we had seen a scene of Eugene and Jesse praying for Tracy afterwards, but it’s still a good scene.

Still, though, I feel like the angel-cowboy story is dragging a little bit. Last episode, we ended on the cliffhanger of hearing the special phone ring, and they don’t even answer the phone in this episode. We’re teased with the idea that it isn’t God’s voice, or God, that Jesse has inside him. But something needs to happen now.

Okay, let’s finally talk about Odin Quincannon. Jackie Earle Haley is a great actor, and it was so weird to see his character be so sweet and friendly. And it was such a freaky scene when he pulled out the gun and took out the people he had brought into his office. His interpretation of ‘serving God’ sure is… interesting.

A-

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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