‘Preacher’ Season One Finale Review

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4.5


Unlike last week, Tulip (Ruth Negga) decides she isn’t quite done with Jesse (Dominic Cooper) yet. Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) finds himself in the middle of a very creative interrogation. The entire town prepares for God to show up in church, as promised.

 

**Spoiler Alert**

This review contains spoilers for the season one finale of Preacher. If you haven’t yet watched, read at your own risk.

 

The Good

Sheriff Root figures Cassidy out. The sheriff is quite a bit smarter than we give him credit for. He might not have believed Jesse when he told him that Eugene was in hell, but after looking at Cassidy’s lengthy arrest record and realizing that Cassidy always stays out of the sunlight, he figures out that vampires are real. Of course, he shows his dark side as he repeatedly shoots Cassidy before allowing him to get his strength back with blood. Root wants to know where his son is, and Cassidy just doesn’t see the point in telling him since there’s nothing he can do to get him back. It’s impressive that Cassidy keeps up his sarcasm and wit while Root’s torturing her, but something tells me a few bullet holes isn’t the worst he’s faced.

Donnie lets Jesse hide out. In what was a surprising twist for me, Donnie seemed to have had a change of heart. Instead of shooting Jesse in the church as he planned, he decided to show mercy the same way Jesse showed him. I can’t tell if Donnie completely lost his mind after blowing his own eardrums out in the hood of a car or if he genuinely found something to believe in. Either way, it makes Donnie a more interesting character than just a small town bully.

Jesse and Tulip were fun bank robbers. Their flashback to Dallas as we see them digging through safe deposit boxes and trading quips is a lot of fun. It’s a glimpse into the people Jesse and Tulip used to be before they were torn apart, and even though they were breaking the law, they were happy.

We finally learn why Tulip hates Carlos so much. Also via flashback, we discover that it wasn’t just that Carlos took the money and ran, leaving Tulip and Jesse to deal with the consequences. It was also that Tulip and Jesse were expecting a baby, and she lost it during the events of the getaway. That was the moment everything changed for Tulip and Jesse and when they really started to become the people they are now. Their childhoods might have informed some of their attitudes, but this was definitely heartbreaking to see.

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“That’s the most beautiful thing anyone’s ever done for me.” Tulip has, for the entire time we’ve known her on the show, wanted Carlos to pay for what he’s done. She wants to torture him, and she wants Jesse to kill him. Jesse decides that he’ll do it since he’s sure his fate is already sealed, but Tulip stops him from actually pulling the trigger. She decides that he’s been right all along and murdering Carlos isn’t actually going to make either of them feel any better, but appreciates that Jesse was willing to do it, even though he didn’t want to. It’s a new turning point for them where they can understand where they are at this point in their lives.

Tulip is willing to take on God herself. When the rest of the town is in awe of the vision of “God” they are given, Tulip isn’t ready to just worship unconditionally. She, as has been par for the course throughout the first season, is the first one to stand up and ask questions. Tulip continues to be the one person who goes against the grain and the one person who isn’t willing to take anyone’s crap, no matter how high they rank. You’ve got to love her.

The town descends into moral emptiness… right before it blows up. As everyone in town learns that God is actually missing, they all deal with it in their own way, and most of them descend into utter moral chaos. A group of school girls kill the bus driver that’s been suspected of abusing him, the school mascots kill themselves, the teenage girl in a coma is suffocated by her mother, and more. Of course, this happens right before QM&P hits a critical point and causes a methane explosion.

 

The Bad

No one fed Carlos to Cassidy. I feel like this would have solved so many problems. Not only would this have given Tulip a little closure, but Jesse wouldn’t have had to get his hands dirty, and Cassidy would have been well fed. If only Tulip and Jesse had known that Cassidy was at Root’s mercy while they were bickering over Carlos.

God has a pretty awful wig. I understand that there are bits of the show that are meant to be campy, and even bits of the show that supposed to look cinematically old school, but the wig looks truly awful. You would think “God” would have a better wig.

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The Questions

Will we see any Annville residents again? Given that many of the main characters on the show are comic book characters, I have to imagine that we will see at least a few of them, but how?

How will Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip pick a direction? The trio are on the hunt to find God, finally setting them at the point that the comic book series begins, along with someone coming after them, but how will they decide where to go?

How dysfunctional is this trio about to get? We know that Tulip and Jesse have been connected their entire lives, but Cassidy counts Jesse as his best friend and he’s also developed feelings for Tulip. I don’t think these three could have a conventional love triangle if they tried, so I’m curious to see how their road trip will play out.

Is Eugene okay? I was hoping we’d at least get a glimpse of what he’s experiencing in Hell, but we got nothing.

 

Grading the episode: Hand down, other than the pilot episode, this is my favorite of the season. The writers really managed to bookend season one with its best moments. The pacing was on point, we got plenty of backstory, and we also got new questions. Well done all around. A-