TV Review: Preacher Series Premiere

I never had to chance to dive into the Preacher comics, I hear good things. So even if Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg weren’t involved I’d be interested. But the fact that they are producing the show along with Sam Caitlin, makes me extra eager to see what the deal is with this show. From what I’ve heard about the comic I assumed Preacher would be a huge shift from their usual hilarious projects, some of which include Pineapple Express and one of my favorites This Is The End and later this year they’ll be coming out with Sausage Party, one of the few animated movies you won’t have to take your horrible nieces and nephews to see. As I said before, haven’t read the comics, but it’s nice to see that the show, even with its darkly mysterious and supernatural elements, and it’s undoubtedly stylish action scenes, maintains a sense of wicked quirk that makes me appreciate Rogen and Goldberg as producers, regardless if that humor was already found in the comic.

Preacher tells the story of a supernatural world and the badasses who occupy it. Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper (aka Robert Downey Jr’s dad) is the Preacher, a badass with a sordid past who tries to stay on the righteous path with mixed results. Its worth noting that I’m not sure how fans of the comic feel about Cooper’s portrayal, speaking from my own perspective I’d say he does a solid job. Along the way we meet an old friend/flame in Tulip, an all around badass who would most likely make the world’s coolest (sorry Aunt Susan) aunt. We also meet Cassidy, who seems like he’s destined to be future pals with our titular Preacher by the end of the episode. Cassidy is…you guessed it, a badass, only this badass has a some vague and awesome supernatural powers, one of which appears to be cow absorption. I’m sure down the road we’ll find out more about Cassidy. Not to mention Butt Face… I think that’s his name.

Simply put the show is brutally cool. Preacher presents a world of mysterious factors both supernatural and human, and leaves you wanting more. It’s got a style and atmosphere I haven’t seen really seen on TV before. The characters we’ve seen so far are great, the soundtrack is great, and the dark sense of humor is great. It’s the little things that makes Preacher fun to watch. Like seeing news reports in the background showing Scientology related explosions/attacks that result in the death of Tom Cruise. I don’t know whether to laugh at this and applaud the show, or condemn it for being totally inaccurate (anyone who has seen a Tom Cruise movie knows explosions only blow him to safety while moving his hair in slow motion).

Again, didn’t read the comics, but after the first episode I may already be a fan of the show. There’s a lot of stuff going on here and I certainly don’t know what most of that stuff is, but I am certain that I’m into it. I’m curious to see how the Preacher’s story and the crazy world he inhabits unfolds over the show’s first season.

The Preacher Series Premiere gets… 4/5 Stars

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