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SDCC 2016: Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2B Trailer

Get an early look at the second part of Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead before it premieres on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8c.

SDCC 2016: The Walking Dead: Season 7 Official Trailer

Get an early look at Season 7 of The Walking Dead before it premieres on October 23, 2016.

TV Review: Preacher S1E8 El Valero

Preacher-PosterIn a fierce gun battle, Jesse faces off against Quincannon and the Meat Men to protect his church. Meanwhile, Tulip tries to save a friend.

Preacher is fascinating in this episode which creates more direct conflict for Jesse. It’s clear those behind the series weren’t sure if there’d be a second season so have gone this route. It has a similar feel to the first season of The Walking Dead in that way.

Odin feels he won the bet with Jesse so most of the episode focuses on him and his men attempting to take the church which members of the town watch on. It’s surreal and bizarre in so many ways and feels so appropriate for the show too.

But a big question is where Tulip and Cassidy is throughout it all?

That’s answered in the final moments of the show and it’s so simple as to what’s up with that.

The entire episode is an interesting one as it focuses on Jesse coming to grips with what’s inside him and what he should do with it. It’s a big question right? He has the voice of God, but will he do anything important as he hasn’t up to this point. He’s wasted it in many ways. There’s also an interesting nod about God not being all powerful as well.

The episode is a really fascinating one as it sets the series along and what can easily be seen as a pivot point in the series. And through all of its existential questions, it continues with the over the top humor and surreal moments. It’s a solid episode that’ll have you contemplating it and the series so far, and that’s pretty impressive.

While the episode is a weird twist, it has me even more excited for next week.

Overall Rating: 7.8

TV Review: Preacher S1E7 He Gone

Preacher-PosterJesse’s actions alienate and endanger those closest to him, as a glimpse into his past reveals the root of all of his guilt.

Preacher‘s seventh episode really gives us an interesting look into Jesse and his compadres. Through the last couple of episodes, it’s clear that Jesse is becoming drunk with power as he thinks his actions are part of God’s plans and infallible. Jesse’s actual belief in God and a divine plan is on full display in this episode where he gets his most righteous and religious.

The episode is an interesting one as it bounces back and forth between the past and present to give us a clearer idea of Jesse’s past and what has pushed Jesse to be the person he is. We get a lot of his history, especially that with Tulip.

What really stands out though is what’s driving Jesse, which I won’t reveal here. We now know what has created guilt within him so much that he’s driven to be a Preacher and believe in God’s divine plan. We learn through it all that he is indeed a believer and that this isn’t some scam or grift.

This is a dialed back episode in so many ways mainly just focusing on four characters and by doing so adding so much to each and every one.

The direction is absolutely amazing. Camera angles and coloring of scenes can be discussed and dissected as hues are chosen for each character and how the scenes are framed add to the moment.

This is easily the best episode of the season as the series has grown more strong with each episode. This is an absolutely amazing episode about guilt, faith, and consequences.

Overall Rating: 9

TV Review: Preacher S1E6 Sundowner

Preacher-PosterJesse finally comes face to face with Deblanc and Fiore and learns about the mysterious entity that has taken over his body.

Preacher‘s sixth episode might have one of the most entertaining openings in a television series with the first ten minutes or so consisting of Jesse learning about Genesis from Deblanc and Fiore and then having to deal with someone else who wants it.

And that opening really shows off some of the greatest strengths of the television show. Through the seriousness at times and great acting, at its core the show has a very comedic sense in both its writing and timing. A fight sequence turns into what feels like it could be a Benny Hill skit and what would be super serious situations are often broken up with slight touches that you can’t help laugh at.

But what’s really interesting, and something the comic doesn’t handle well enough, is showing Jesse realizing the power he has and being somewhat corrupted by it. What his exact plan should be interesting, and it’s an opportunity he didn’t have in the comics. Honestly, I’m on my toes to see where the show goes from here.

Again, the show continues to improve with each episode building a world that as serious as it is comedic, and through it all asking some interesting religious questions.

Overall Rating: 8.05

TV Review: Preacher S1E5 South Will Rise Gain

Preacher-PosterAfter his stunt with Quincannon, Jesse is Annville’s newest rock star; and Tulip and Cassidy connect. Meanwhile, the Cowboy makes a tragic decision.

Preacher‘s fifth episode gets the ball really rolling as Jesse becomes a rock star with what he’s done to Quincannon. That also means there’s much more of a spotlight on him and his abilities as folks have begun to figure out there’s something more to him.

All of this really starts to get the series to begin to get to the heart of its point, Jesse and his power. And, so far the show has done all of this in a very different way that the comic series.

What’s really interesting is that divergence between the television series and the comic it’s based on. The television series for me really begins to show its strength as it brings things more down to a grounded level while at the same time being completely absurd in other ways. From the two mysterious individuals from Heaven to retrieve what’s inside Jesse to Quincannon who in this episode really keeps us on our toes, it’s very different and stands on its own.

The episode especially leaves us with a rather unexpected move by Quincannon and Jesse’s meeting with two mysterious individuals also sets up things to come. This is the episode where things really begin to get moving.

As usual, the acting by everyone is beyond solid. This is seriously one of the best casts on television with a weak spot nowhere to be seen. The show just delivers more and more with every episode with each improving on the last.

Overall Rating: 7.95

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio Talk Preacher on Demand

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Graphic Policy Radio has assembled a roundtable to talk the hit AMC television show based on the modern classic Vertigo comic series, Preacher. Joining hosts Elana and Brett are two guests, Sarah Rasher and Kalyn.

Based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is an adaptation of the popular comic series that follows the small town preacher Jesse Custer with a mysterious past infused with the word of God. Joining him are Tulip, a friend of Jesse, who’s as tough as she is fast talking, and Cassidy an Irish vampire.

How does the show differ from the comic? We’ll discuss that and more.

Sarah Rasher forced all her friends to read Preacher in college and is looking forward to making them all watch the TV show now. She has a Ph.D. in Shakespeare but now devotes her days to proving that education works and her evenings to blogging about figure skating. She is @pas_dechat on Twitter.

Kalyn is a contributor to Graphic Policy and the site’s lawyer. She’s providing a Texan perspective on the show.

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

Graphic Policy Radio Talks Preacher LIVE this Monday

preacher posterGraphic Policy Radio has assembled a roundtable to talk the hit AMC television show based on the modern classic Vertigo comic series, Preacher. Joining hosts Elana and Brett are two guests, Sarah Rasher and Kalyn.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is an adaptation of the popular comic series that follows the small town preacher Jesse Custer with a mysterious past infused with the word of God. Joining him are Tulip, a friend of Jesse, who’s as tough as she is fast talking, and Cassidy an Irish vampire.

How does the show differ from the comic? We’ll discuss that and more.

Sarah Rasher forced all her friends to read Preacher in college and is looking forward to making them all watch the TV show now. She has a Ph.D. in Shakespeare but now devotes her days to proving that education works and her evenings to blogging about figure skating. She is @pas_dechat on Twitter.

Kalyn is a contributor to Graphic Policy and the site’s lawyer. She’s providing a Texan perspective on the show.

We want to hear from you! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy.

Listen to the show live this Monday.

TV Review: Preacher S1E3 The Possibilities

Preacher-PosterJesse explores his newfound power with Cassidy’s help. Meanwhile, armed with new information, Tulip tries to convince Jesse to set out for revenge.

Preacher the television show is definitely blazing its own path as the series really diverges from the Vertigo comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon it’s based on.

The third episode continues to feel like the producers of the show have stretched out the first story arc and jumbled things up, taking what was a Tarantino inspired comic, and making it much more mainstream in how it presents its narrative.

But, this is a different beast, and it’s getting so much better. The story has been slow to start, but this episode is where things really begin to take off as Jesse explores his powers. It’s still not all completely clear to folks everything, but it’s getting much more laid out. Also being emphasized more earlier is Tulip and Jesse’s history. Tulip especially is a much changed character and improved in many ways.

But, what’s really a draw is the actors. Dominic Cooper as Jesse, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, and Ruth Negga as Tulip, have all breathed a lot of excitement into character whose previous life was really dependent on the reader. Each though is nailing their parts, especially Negga who has changed Tulip for the better. Her fast talking tough act is different and a step away from the comic version that felt more like a flat angry woman revenge character.

The show is growing on me as it moves along and it’ll be interesting to see what aspects they bring in for the first season, but so far, so good.

Overall Rating: 7.65

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