Nick’s steadfast search for answers leads him into a deadly dog-eat-dog landscape; and a dark piece of his past is uncovered.
Fear the Walking Dead is back kicking off the the second half of the second season with an episode focused completely on Nick. Yup, other than some new characters, everyone else (for the most part) is absent other than walkers.
The episode is a fascinating one and the strongest of the season so far. It actually makes the case in many ways that the series should drop every other character and just focus on Nick’s survival on the zombie apocalypse.
So what do I mean about “for the most part” when it comes to the other characters? There’s flashbacks that involve Nick and his mom is present. That’s the extent really of major characters from our survivor group.
But, back to Nick…
The episode adds a hell of a lot to the character who has up to this point has been the drug addict who seems to have more going on than folks give him credit for. We see him survive hoards of walkers, dogs, and humans intent on killing anything that moves. It’s an interesting focus on survival and seeing the growth of skills.
There’s also very interesting new dynamics added as new characters are introduced and a we’re left with a new location as the episode wraps up. Hopefully we see more of this focus, because this really was one of the best episodes, if not the best episode, of the season and possibly the series. It’s very character driven focused in on just one and for that it’s stronger in many ways.
The first half of the season was ok, but this start of the second is heads and above better than what we’ve seen so far.
Overall Rating: 8.65
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In the first-season finale, it’s the day the entire town has been waiting for, as Jesse tries to follow through on his promise to get answers from Heaven.
Preacher wraps up it’s first season with a rather bizarre episode that has Jesse racing against the clock to get things settled before the showdown at his church.
Before that, we finally find out the deal with Carlos and the whole “Pulp Fiction” time of Jesse and Tulip. That may be the best part of the episode.
There is some sort of resolution as Jesse, and his congregation, get some answers from Heaven. It’s all rather a bit weird and feels like it’s just the beginning of the show. And that’s part of what’s odd about this first season. These ten episodes have acted as a decompressed version of the comic stretching out things quite a bit.
This finale isn’t bad in any way. The ending takes a shift that I rather enjoyed after first disliking it. Fans of the comic series should be satisfied. While this is a final episode of the first season, it feels like the beginning as Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip begin their real journey, whatever that might be.
The acting as usual is entertaining and everyone is talented enough to keep watchers entertained and wanting to come back for a second season. No one really jumps out, but everyone is really solid. What does stand out is everyone’s ability to bring humor in even serious moments.
Some will likely be unhappy with this finale as it isn’t a finale at all, it’s a beginning, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes us from here. The first season leaves things in a rather strange spot as far as where things stand, one that’s very different than the comics. For better and for worse.
Overall Rating: 8.15
Jesse is on the run, while those around him face life-altering decisions. Meanwhile, the Cowboy returns to Ratwater to exact his revenge.
Preacher stumbles in some ways with what might be the weakest of the episodes as it focuses heavily on the Cowboy, but waiting until the end of the episode to give an idea of who he is and why we should care.
The Cowboy’s story is one of destruction and revenge as he shoots his way across the land killing anyone that stands in his way. We find out who he is at the end and why we should care, but its taken so long to get here it’s rather frustrating its taken so long.
It’s a long winding way to get to a point in the comics that was much quicker and much straightforward. And that’s part of the frustration of this series is it decompresses a lot of the first comic arc and drags thing out. Instead of quick paced storytelling, it’s a much longer narrative. Some will like this approach more, and in some ways it works, but other times it fails. And that’s a big thing of the series, some of it works better than the comic and some of the comic works better than the television series.
There’s some shocking moments in the episode though, and it continues to be entertaining in so many ways, but just when you think you’re getting some sort of cathartic showdown, things slow down and get stretched out.
There’s just one more episode left and hopefully it pays off in some way with some sort of conclusion… to something.
Overall Rating: 7.6
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In 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
Jesse’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
Jesse 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