AMC's Preacher Kicks Buttocks
It has a hint of Tarantino and a base made of Rodriguez. AMC's latest graphic novel adaptation has everything a movie lover needs, wants and craves. It even dips into the kind of obscurity and mystery that kept viewers of Lost  and Twin Peaks  rushing to the internet to analyze and dissect. Why do some people explode? What is it? Where did it come from? How does it work? Huh? These are all questions that will keep fans glued to Preacher.

Besides the obvious questions Preacher throws down, the show triumphs in ways that no other show has.


It's Unlike Anything Else

From the very second the Pilot opens to a vintage scene of outer space, we know the show is going to take us somewhere television has never taken us. As the plot progresses, we're introduced to a series of characters that come together to create one of the strangest, most satisfying casts since M*A*S*H  and Freaks & Geeks.

Speaking of Freaks & Geeks, Seth Rogen is one of the producers. His role in the development and production ensures comic relief, which Preacher never runs short on. The show drifts seamlessly between fast paced action scenes and sharp dialogue - all of which serve a purpose, if not only to make us chuckle and lift an eyebrow then to move the plot forward.

Reactions to the pilot episode of Preacher range from "that was weird" to "I'm confused", but even the most questionable reviewers come to the same conclusion: the show is satisfying. We all know that if we don't get it now, we will as the story goes on. The pieces will come together and we'll know what "the government" is soon enough.


There Is Arseface

Ian Colletti plays Eugene Root, who is also referred to as "Arseface" in the graphic novel version of the show. As the Preacher's story unfolds, we learn more about Eugene Root and his so-called "sins". We also learn earlier on how Eugene acquired his unique facial features. Arseface will likely take on a bigger and more involved role in the story as the show progresses.


There Is A Vampire

Joseph Gilgun plays one of Preacher's most likeable characters, who happens to be an Irish vampire named Cassidy. Gilgun is a child actor who got his start on Coronation Street  but later moved into stage acting. Gilgun broke into film as a skinhead named Woody in the 2006 British film, This Is England.  His presence in Preacher enriches the entire show from his first appearance in the pilot, when he makes his action packed debut 3,000 miles above ground (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it). Without Gilgun playing Cassidy, it's unlikely that Preacher would be the same show.


There Is A Sexy Love Interest

Ruth Negga plays the Preacher's love interest named Tulip O'Hare. She smashes her way into the story in the very first episode. Her entrance into the story is one of the most memorable in recent television history and involves a car and a corn field. As the story progresses, O'Hare helps us delve into the Preacher's backstory and learn the darker, less savory details about his past life.


There Is An Ensemble Of Odd Characters

There are two strange men who "work for the government" played by a tall, lanky actor named Tom Brooke and a stocky bearded fellow named Anatol Yusef. There is a straight talking sheriff named Hugo Root (played by a tenured HBO actor named W. Earl Brown) with a thick, but poetic southern drawl and a son with an asshole for a mouth. There is an odd, unsettling businessman named Odin Quincannon, brilliantly portrayed by Oscar nominated actor, Jackie Earle Haley, who played a pedophile named Ronnie in the 2006 film, Little Children.

There's a tall gunslinger in a coat and hat who seems to be on a mission, a timid wife who likes to be beaten, an oddly cute single mother and church organizer played by Lucy Griffiths, a weird church-goer obsessed with his mother's criticisms, and probably a shit load of more characters to come. Every character in Preacher adds to the story and propels the plot. The cast is made of lesser known, but highly talented actors that will be around a lot longer and who will outlive the life of Preacher by decades.

Preacher airs every Sunday on AMC. Make sure to watch it, so it doesn't get cancelled - but more importantly, so Genesis doesn't get too angry. As Preacher continues to unfold, check back right here at antagonist.ca for ongoing analysis and reviews.

       June 2016 Commodus
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