TV Review: Preacher S1E2 See

Preacher-PosterJesse tries to be a “good preacher,” unaware that a mysterious duo is after him. Meanwhile, the enigmatic Cowboy is introduced.

The pilot of Preacher left me rather mixed in my thoughts as to the series’ adaptation from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Vertigo comic series to television. While it shared a lot of the same tone as the comic it’s based on, the story was very different not really touching on some of what makes Preacher the comic special.

This second episode continues a lot of that as it focuses on setting the ground and forgoing the action of the comics. Again, it feels like the focus on the gore/violence is the take away from the comic series, while it’s the force Jesse is imbued with and his friendship wit Cassidy and Tulip. While that friendship is explored, the power/force is still being teased very slowly.

I think the pacing of the series is what’s getting to me. Other than some solid dialogue and fairly entertaining acting, I’m not sure as a viewer why I should care and what makes this a story that sets itself apart. The most interesting concepts of the comic series are widely being ignored so far, and that is hurting the series.

The acting and the dialogue is solid though. Jesse, Cassidy, Tulip, they all are playing off each other quite well and there’s a great flow between them all. It helps the writing is actually solid. The dialogue, the scenes, they’re fantastic. It’s all interesting in different ways.

For me, something just isn’t quite clicking. I’m pretty sure it’s the pacing. The series feels like it’s getting a bit closer to Jesse discovering his “power” it’s just not getting there quick enough. This has been over two hours of set up, without much pay off… yet.

Overall Rating: 7.05