Preacher (2016)

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Air Date:  Sunday, May 22, 2016  
Studio: AMC Studios
Genre: Television
Rating: Preacher is rated TV-14This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.


Synopsis

Based on the popular cult comic book franchise, Preacher tells the absurdly twisted tale of Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher inhabited by an angel-demon spawn that gives him the power to make people do his bidding, Tulip, his volatile true love, and Cassidy, a 119-year-old Irish vampire. After Jesse accidentally discovers that God is absent from Heaven, the three of them set out on a road trip to find Him, all while being hunted by the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable, mythical killer from Hell. The gang’s pursuit leads them to New Orleans, where they must dodge local gangsters, dangerous agents, and other unimaginable mayhem on their way to uncovering an even bigger secret.

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Preacher: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review


In the ever-growing world of graphic novels turned movie/television shows, AMC's Preacher is well on its way to Season 3 in 2018 and Season 2 out for release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital download this week.  The Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg run production continued to delight fans this year with a "road trip" and the same snarky humor that they loved from Season 1.  While the tone of Season 2 is a little darker than the first and the ideas are more "out of left field", the show still has that overall feeling of dark humor.  With great characters portrayed by an almost perfectly cast group of actors, Season 2 doesn't disappoint.

At the end of Season 1, we see Annville destroyed and Jesse (Dominic Cooper; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) formulating a plan to "find God" (nothing metaphorical about that though).  As Season 2 begins, Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga; Loving) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun; Pride) find themselves in a mess of trouble with the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish; The Hobbit Trilogy) hunting them down in order to destroy them.  Meanwhile, in their "quest", they find themselves in New Orleans since it seems God likes Jazz music and what better place to find it then in the heart of the "big easy".

The rest of the season revolves around avoiding the people trying to kill Jesse with some awkward and hilarious moments in between.  Among them is seeing Eugene (Ian Colletti; Jimmy) in Hell and dealing with Hitler (Noah Taylor; Edge of Tomorrow) (someone please explain to me how a show manages to find humor in Hitler). We also see a flashback to Jesse's life as a teenager and we end the season with Jesse assuming the role of the new Messiah.  As the 13th episode ends, Tulip is fatally shot, God reappears and Eugene and Hitler escape Hell which should make for an interesting Season 3.

The series has some really good things going for it and one of those is most definitely the cast.  Cooper fits nicely into the lead role as he exudes an air of confidence and infuses the Preacher with a little bit of "devil".  Gilgun with his heavy accent is a less than polished vampire but effective none the less.  The gem of this cast though is Negga.  As the sharp dialogue drips from her mouth, you can't help but laugh at the absurdity of it all.  The rest of the supporting cast really help bring the show to life with a special honorable mention to McTavish.

Another good thing is the writing and the various directors.  While season two loses traction along the way, it still has some great moments to keep the viewer interested. Rogan and Goldberg are among a few different directors for the series and they all do a nice job of keeping the thematic quality throughout the series.  

The 1080p high definition video quality is a little haphazard as New Orleans surprisingly doesn't seem to enhance the story much.  There are moments that pop but otherwise the scenes tend to be dusty and drab.  The details are still strong but sometimes it just has a little too much noise.  

The DTS-HD master audio 5.1 is demo quality delivering thunderous gunshots and sharp dialogue.  The combo pack offers only two features besides the Digital download, which is somewhat disappointing.   The gag reel isn't as funny as it could be but Raising the Stakes: Action on Set gives some nice detail.

Overall, a somewhat uneven season but still enjoyable for the most part.  It will be interesting to see what they do next.

Grade: B

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