TV Review: Preacher S1E4 Monster Swamp

Preacher-PosterJesse makes Quincannon a bet he can’t refuse; and Cassidy works to fend off the angels. Meanwhile, Tulip tries to bring justice to Annville.

Preacher‘s ups the weird in this episode which does a lot to give some of the characters not named Jesse some more depth, but at the same time dives deep into Jesse’s past and more hints as to why he felt it’s his duty to be a preacher.

The episode starts off a bit on the odd end of things with an accidental death on the land of Odin Quincannon. It’s a strange beginning and spin and it’ll obviously lead to something more, but for now… odd is the only way to describe it.

But, that odd moment allows Tulip to stand out as she takes a stand against the messed up situation the women of the town are in, which leads to a rather humorous moment involving Cassidy. We also learn a bit more about the two angels and their deal with Cassidy, though not a lot is spelled out.

Through flashbacks, we learn more of Jesse’s life as a kid and his father and it’s clear there’s a lot more history with Quincannon and Jesse than we initially were left to believe.

The episode brings a lot of humor through it all, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. Laughing pretty hard actually. The crazy humor of the comics are translated well to the screen as they take a style of their own.

But, interestingly the episode has a lot to do with faith, and how Jesse will use his power, especially when it comes to his congregation. That’s the greatest deviation from the comic series, and I’m not sure how I exactly feel about it. Like the comic, it’ll be judged based on how the first story arc comes together, so we’ll see. But, the show is clearly more focused on Jesse and his congregation than the comic series, though they both share religion and faith being at the center of it all.

Overall Rating: 7.65

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