Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Preacher, Season 1, Episode 6: Sundowner

So, we open with some revelations and a whole lot of sheer zaniness.

The angels, Fiore and DeBlanc, explain everything about Jessie’s new abilities. The power is called Genesis. Genesis came about because an angel and a demon fell in love and in utter utter scandal, had a baby. An all powerful, completely not-allowed, completely wrong baby that has the power to catastrophically alter the balance of power in the universe

Or a bad thing. And they are angels who are tasked to look after/guard/imprison Genesis and make sure that this terribad scandalous secret never ever ever gets out. Of course not everyone would believe that – but then a seraphim arrives, there to take in Fiore and LeBlanc for being on Earth without permission

There follows a battle between Jesse, Fiore and Deblanc against the Seraphim. And every time an angel dies, they leave a body behind and zap a new one. They all have the most gory, ridiculous and utterly hilarious fight in a small hotel room as the bodies pile up deeper and deeper and they desperately try to restrain the Seraphim so she doesn’t regenerate. And Jesse gets involved as well, of course he does.

It’s beyond weird and kind of awesome. And this whole thing kind of sums up Preacher perfectly, truly weird plot completely bizarre scenes and a general sense of being a bad person for loving it but loving it anyway. On top of that there were just so many hilarious one liners – it was epic.

In the aftermath, Fiore and DeBlanc kind of expect to get Genesis back. Even Cassidy thinks it’d be a good idea, that messing with powers like this is ill advised. And besides, as a Preacher don’t angels kind of outrank him?

But Jesse is determined – God has given him this power and if God didn’t want him to have it, it would have been taken from him. And even Fiore and Deblanc admit to being rather low ranking angels. They object – but can do little in the face of Jesse’s Genesis commands.

He is going to save the town by power of his god-voice, using loud speakers and a complete disrespect of free will. (As an aside, Cassidy also learns that Tulip he recently had a thing with is the Tulip in love with Jesse after they compare tattoos in their underwear. A scene which sounds waaay better than it actually was).

Ok that’s a tough act to follow and most of the rest of the episode doesn’t manage it – it’s still good, but lacks the awesome

Tulip and Emily meet and go from hostile to friendly after a series of perfectly hilarious moments of temper follower by guilt followed by forced politeness followed by genuinely apparently liking each other. This ends up with Tulip doing church errands. And yes, it’s funny and oddly endearing. Neither of them are comfortable with what Jesse is doing and where he is heading

We have another indication of Jesse losing his calling when the mayor comes to him for advice – pointed advice about whether he’s “hearing the voice of god” or “just what he wants to hear.” Hey there very very very unsubtle message! Jesse dismisses him – and the mayor goes help cover up Kincannon’s murders.

But the biggest impact comes from Eugene – now accepted at school, even making friends… he comes to Jesse to ask it to stop

He may not know what Jesse did but he knows it’s wrong. He knows it’s cheating. He doesn’t want to be forgiven because Jesse forced people to forgive. He outright calls it wicked and sinful to take people’s choices from them

Yes, Eugene awesomely provides a huge conscience check for Jesse and it’s earnest, and powerful and true – and we can see the obvious nobility of it. We saw that this kind of acceptance is exactly what Eugene craved. He could take the easy way out – but he doesn’t, he won’t. That nobility is hard to argue with and Jesse’s petulant, simplistic and bad tempered counter arguments look every bit as weak as they in the face of it. Finally, in utter frustration, Jesse tells Eugene to go to hell

In the Genesis voice