AMC’s comic book adaptation, Preacher returned this year for Season 2, and after a debut season that left so many viewers and fans divided, they were under a lot of pressure to really deliver this go around. Not being a reader of the series, I thoroughly enjoyed Season 1 upon first viewing but looking back at it, some of it’s more glaring issues have become more obvious. Despite that however, I still think Season 1 (despite how slow it was at times) did a really good job of introducing the world they lived in and the rules they played by.
As always, if you haven’t seen the first season then there will be minor spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned. Season 2 picks up right after the closing events of Season 1 with the gang (Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip) hitting the road in search of, quite literally, God, who has gone MIA from his throne in heaven. With a premise as crazy as this there’s no real need for subtlety and sure enough they throw all of that to wind in Season 2 and dive head first into all of the outlandishness present in the comics. That includes the instantly menacing, terminator-esque Saint of Killers, a surprisingly likeable Hitler (yeah the real one), a secret cult of violent religious fanatics that protect Jesus’ lineage, and the Tarantino level of copious violence, blood, and swearing they established in Season 1, but cranked up a whole ‘nother level or 5. And that’s just the tip of it.
It’s as funny and as sharp as any show on TV and beneath all the crudeness there’s biting (and almost all too real) commentary about religion and society that makes it impossible to call this show dumb.
A show this crazy and out there can only not overstay its welcome for as long as it’s writing allows it, and the writing on Season 2 is phenomenal. It’s as funny and as sharp as any show on TV and beneath all the crudeness there’s biting (and almost all too real) commentary about religion and society that makes it impossible to call this show dumb. Even with all the outlandishness of the world and characters the great acting really grounds things and keeps the show from becoming cartoonish. In short, Season 2 of Preacher is some of the best TV I’ve seen in the past 5 years and they really improved on every aspect of the first season. This is the show that nobody’s talking about and that’s a damn shame.
* SPOILERS *
The Saint of Killers is an absolute juggernaut and lives up to the name 100%! He has absolutely no regard for life whatsoever. The way Jesse “defeated” him was pretty clever up until he didn’t bury his weapons somewhere deep off in the forest. Like really!? Just hide them in the apartment your staying at and where he was last? Tulip too! Mail a sword and guns, not even in a box either!?!?
Also, Tulip dies. Unexpected, but seemingly avoidable. How she never grew suspicious about her neighbors is beyond me, but it was clearly used as a set up to dive further into Jesse’s backstory as she will undoubtedly be resurrected.
We get our first glimpse of this show’s version of God, albeit in dalmatian BDSM costume.
Somehow, someway, they’ve managed to take the literal Adolf Hitler and turn him into a sympathetic character. If that isn’t great writing, then I don’t know what is.
Speaking of which, Arseface finally escapes Hell (while simultaneously unleashing Hitler back onto the world) and I can’t wait to see where his story continues to take him.
I appreciate trying to expand Cassidy’s backstory but Denis was a horrible addition to the show and even though the eventual killing of his son (who he turned into a vampire to keep from dying) was used to show his failures as a father, it should’ve happened about 4 episodes sooner. He became that unbearable.
YOOOOO, this show goes places I literally can’t believe sometimes. They literally depicted the direct living descendant of Jesus Christ as a mentally challenged abomination, the result of too much inbreeding. Name another major premiere cable show willing to go there.
Jesse seems to be losing control of his power the more he abuses it, I’m interested to see where things go for him in the future with Genesis.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there are no real heroes on this show. With the exception of Arseface, everybody else is a terrible, terrible human being. For as blatantly evil and morally bankrupt Herr Starr is, Jesse has done just as, if not more, f*cked up things as he has. I’ve never seen a show like this in my life, that’s an almost unimaginable risk they’ve taken and it’s made the show that much more interesting.
Have you seen Season 2 of Preacher? What’d you think about it? Do you think it improved on Season 1? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the Season.
Season 2 Reaction
Season 2 of Preacher improves upon everything you loved about Season 1 and kicks the craziness to an even greater level. It's as funny and as sharp as ever thanks to some phenomenal writing, acting, and dialogue that keeps things grounded even in a world as outlandish as this one. In short, Season 2 of Preacher is some of the best TV I've seen in the past 5 years and it's a show that everyone should be talking about.