Preacher Finds a Fake God and a Kinder Hitler

first_imgStay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Preacher’s second season started off stronger than we ever could have hoped for after the first. We’ve had three plot-filled episodes with plenty of violent action to keep things fun. Eventually, the show had to pump the breaks, and now’s as good a time as any. Of course, the episode didn’t really feel much slower. All the little plot detours it explored were interesting and will be important later. They just didn’t have any payoff this episode, nor did they move the main story forward at all. But hey, it wasn’t any less fun, so who am I to complain?The most interesting story this week was Eugene’s. Where we got a brief glimpse of what Hell looked like last week, this episode spent considerably more time there. It turns out Hitler isn’t nearly as scary as you’d think he’d be. I guess 72 years in Hell will soften a person up. When a bully named Tyler starts picking on Eugene, Hitler stands up for him. When Eugene’s Hell door shuts and locks him out, Hitler offers Eugene his Hell, so he won’t get thrown in The Hole. (We’re never shown exactly what The Hole is, but we’re assured it’s a torture far worse than reliving your most painful memory over and over again.) Preacher loves making us feel uncomfortable by playing with our taboos. The fact that it successfully made us sympathize with Adolf Hitler feels like a series-appropriate combination of hilarious and messed up.Noah Taylor as Adolf Hitler, Ian Colletti as Eugene (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Eugene’s friendship with Hitler doesn’t last long. When his Hell memory machine breaks down, the warden warns Eugene that niceness and loyalty will not be tolerated. “This is Hell. Act accordingly,” she says. So, when Tyler leads the rest of Eugene’s Hell block mates in beating up Hitler, Eugene almost comes to his rescue. Then, he remembers what the warden said, and realizes that even in Hell, throwing your lot in with Hitler isn’t the smartest move. He enthusiastically joins in the beatdown. The point of this storyline, aside from giving us insight into the prison-like bureaucracy of Hell, is to turn Eugene/Arseface into the person we know from the comics. In season one, he was a sweet yet flawed kid. Then Jesse accidentally sent him to Hell. When he comes out, he’s not going to be that nice kid anymore. He will escape Hell, and he’ll become a major problem for Jesse when he does.The rest of the episode was divided between Tulip’s dealings with Victor and Jesse’s continued search for God. Well, an actor who played him. While watching TV, Cassidy sees an old PSA for victims of Hurricane Katrina (starring Frankie Muniz!) that features the fake God from last season. Turns out he’s a local New Orleans actor. They track down the guy’s agent and learn that the actor disappeared after his last audition. The one where he played God. After Cassidy hilariously pretends to be a Game of Thrones casting director, (“Even Dinklage flies Business”), they get hold of the actor’s audition tape. For now, that’s about as far as they get. Jesse watches it over and over again, noting that it ends with the actor getting the part, getting shot and being sent to heaven. He swears he must be missing something, which is the only indication we get that this detour will be worthwhile. Not that I was itching to watch Jesse tour more jazz clubs, but this hunt for the actor didn’t get him any closer to God, either. That line about missing something at least promises that the tape will be important in the future. We’ll just have to hope it pays off eventually.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Jesse’s search is interrupted by Cassidy finally breaking down and admitting that Tulip may be in trouble. He’s been trying to hint that Jesse should be worried all episode, but Jesse’s been too consumed by his search to pay attention. Finally, he comes out with it, and Jesse tracks down Victor’s house. Tulip’s part of the episode was spent building up to this climactic scene. Tulip was held captive in the home of the apparent gangster she betrayed. She walked around the house to find that everyone hated her. She tried to fight her way out, but ended up getting knocked out by Victor’s torturer. Now, Jesse comes to the rescue, using The Word to make everyone hold still. We get a wonderful, slightly silly fight scene with the torturer, who’s use of earbuds and loud music make him impervious to The Word. It’s the kind of scrappy fight scene we’re used to seeing from Tulip, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun watching Jesse scramble around a workshop for weapons.It’s a good thing the episode ends with such an amazing fight. After an episode fully of interesting mini-plots and no major developments, it gave us some necessary catharsis right before leaving us on a cliffhanger. It turns out Victor is Tulip’s husband. So that’s why she couldn’t get married at the casino. Oh, and remember the Saint of Killers. He’s finally reached, New Orleans. So those are two difficult things Jesse will have to deal with next week. Even though the plot didn’t move forward much at all, this episode of Preacher was still a fun detour. It helps that we know these things will be important in the future. The episode still felt like the show was getting all its pieces in place, but it still managed to make that fun to watch. I still can’t get over the fact that they almost made you feel sorry for Hitler. Almost. Even if he was nice to Eugene, I can’t say I’d resist an opportunity to get a few good kicks in at der fuhrer’s face.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img