AMC's PREACHER, A Confused And Dark TV Review


The series Preacher, on AMC, is based off of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic book franchise of the same name.

The premise of the the show is

About Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper ends up fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, who comes home to West Texas to take over his father's church.

But this represents a few problems. At one point in his life, he learned a few skills being an outlaw. And on top of that, he becomes possessed by some kind of holy or unholy force, which gives him a rather unusual and powerful power.


Dominic Cooper in Preacher, a TV review

This is a show that hits the same realm as Doctor Who does. I'm never sure I like what's going n at the start of an episode but as the show progresses, you want to know what happens next and how this episode wraps up.

I DID NOT like the show for the first few episodes, but considering AMC renewed it for a second season, I thought I'd record it and catch it later. And it's now later.

Unlike many shows that throw their primary premise down your throat in the first or second episode, this show takes its sweet time developing the big pay out of exactly what is going on.  In fact it took nearly half the season to get the ball rolling in what one might expect from many shows.

Which in and of itself, is refreshing, but due to the nature of the content of the show, it is a weird and hard show to try or want to follow up on. But if you manage to get through it, via a binge session, like I did, I think you might like it.

IT's not for everyone. The tone and characters are dark, dirty and desperate. There are tones of heaven and hell, and we're pretty sure the power that the Preacher finds himself possessed by, is one of those odd powers, that has a price. Not to mention the source behind this power.

An example right now about this being a hard show to watch, is I just spent the last ten minutes watching a man kill a room full of people, over, and over and over again. And I'm not sure why we had to endure this situation in a kind of time loop. And it's some kind of flashback to days of the wild west.

Why? Not sure yet. I'm sure there's a reason, and yes, when the loop is over with, we learn why, and it makes sense. But sometimes it's rough trying to keep up with the show.

But I am hooked with the main premise of the plot, so I watched it through to the end.

Here's the odd bit. Even though I'm not sure I can recommend the show, I found myself riveted to it. Rotten Tomatoes has it at an 89% and IMDb, an 8.2/10. So there are folks out there that appreciate the series.

In a weird way, Preacher reminds me of Breaking Bad, but Breaking Bad was much easier to follow along with.

In other review snippets, it's been called a "A thrilling celebration of the bizarre," Forbes calls it "Profane, gory and hilarious," while Collider says it's "a violent, bombastic, visually bold and gruesome story." I'm not sure where the hilarious comes from.

I think those are all politically correct ways of saying it sucked for the reviewer, but they're trying to be polite to Seth Rogen, who was one of the executive producers who adapted the show to TV.  (One of the EPs also EP'd on Breaking Bad, Sam Catlin)

So your call, if you want to take the dip in this obscurely interesting, dark and dirty series, Preacher.

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