The best way to describe Preacher is that it’s nothing like the comic, while still being extremely faithful to the source material. While that statement seems to contradict itself, it perfectly describes how the show has taken liberties with the source material that compliments it more than ignores it. The spirit and feel of the book is present regardless of the changes made to adapt it in to a television show. And that fact is more evident in the second episode, “See”, than in the pilot. Preacher introduced two new characters that will eventually play a big part in the story. And while the comic book was straight forward, the show is still relying on their tactic of giving out as little information as possible, which is a storytelling decision that is working extremely well for the show. So as far as the second episode of Preacher goes, a lot has happened while we still know nothing about what is taking place in the series.
Jesse is continuing his work as the town’s Preacher, when one of his church members confesses his dark desires for a young girl to him. The former pedophile is struggling to hold back his urges, and talks to Jesse in hopes that he could help him process his obsession with her. Jesse struggles with his inner feelings on the subject as he has to keep his darker self from pummeling the admitted pervert. This becomes a theme throughout the episode as Jesse struggles with if he should take care of him in a different way closer to how he would have before becoming a Preacher. But he tries his best to continue to deal with it spiritually instead of violently.
Tulip continues her quest to bring the old Jesse out of him as she shows up for a baptism to mock him, steals his steering wheel out of his car, and leave him chained in a room in hopes of forcing him to finally take the job offer she’s presenting him with. Jesse holds on to his faith and new life, and turns her down once again. Jesse ends up spending time with Cassidy as they drink their issues away. Cassidy had concocted a strong mix of alcohol and chemicals as a personal cocktail. Jesse drinks it despite Cassidy’s warning of how strong it is, and immediately passes out on the church floor. Cassidy takes his wallet and keys, and leave Jesse laying on the floor. But after his exit, the two mysterious men in hats show up and attempt to remove the entity inside of Jesse with a lullaby and strange equipment. When their plan fails, they resort to using a chainsaw instead in hopes of cutting the entity out of Jesse.
Cassidy returns and catches the men in the act. Protecting Jesse while he’s unconscious, Cassidy fights both men and eventually kills them. He chops their bodies up and place them in a trunk that they brought along with them. Due to the sun rising, he isn’t able to bury them until later that night. Jesse eventually wakes up and visits a young girl in a coma from a horse riding accident. From there, he eventually deals with questions of his faith once again. Jesse, after learning that the reformed pedophile in his church is a school bus driver, pays him a visit. This time, he gives him a different type of baptism which involves Jesse almost drowning him in his tub after attacking him. He accidentally uses his powers again and tells him to forget about the little girl. The reformed pedophile literally forgets about the little girl that was the object of his obsession, and Jesse is given full confirmation that he possess some sort of power he doesn’t understand yet. It is revealed at the end of the episode that the men Cassidy killed are somehow still alive, and Jesse returns to the girl in the coma’s home in hope of using his new found power to bring her out of her coma.
What I liked
The best part about this adaptation is that we actually get to see Jesse be a preacher. Despite the title of the comic, readers were never really introduced to Jesse actually being a preacher. This is mostly due to the story being a lot fleshed out in the television adaptation than it’s source material. The show is one of the few instances in which it actually improves on the source material by adding more to it instead of taking anything away from the original story. I also love that they are sticking with the idea of keeping the show surrounded in mystery, and offering no explanation for what is going on and how things are connected. It’s a bold decision to make instead of laying all of their cards on the table. And because of that, the show is more intriguing. The violence in the show has remained just as bloody in the second episode as the first. The look and feel of the show from the characters, to the storytelling, is like nothing on television at the moment. And with that in mind, the show is incredibly interesting despite the fact that it hasn’t scratched the surface of the main story yet.
What I disliked
There’s no such thing as a flawless movie or show. But there are movies and shows that are so well put together, that it makes it hard to pick a serious flaw in them. Preacher’s creepy look and feel, along with its violence makes it feel original. There’s nothing like it. So it’s hard to find something wrong with it considering how original it seems. There are no serious gripes to be had with the second episode of the series, and it seems to be on a roll so far.
Preacher: “See” continues the show’s storytelling tactic of giving its audience very little, to no information about what’s happening in it. But it also moves the storyline forward in a way that both raises new questions while addressing some of the ones from the first episode. The show walks a thin line between being one of the best new shows on television, and being completely absurd. And to be honest, I can’t imagine Preacher working any other way.