Preacher S1: E08 ‘El Valero’ Review

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Jesse (Dominic Cooper) tries to keep his church out of the hands of Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley), who we last saw set to roll construction equipment onto the church property at the end of the previous episode. Tulip (Ruth Negga) tries to save a friend.


**Spoiler Alert**

This review contains spoilers for S1E08 of Preacher. If you haven’t yet watched, read at your own risk.


The Good

We see how Quincannon lost his faith. The opening scene looks like it’s completely unconnected to the show as we see a group of people in Vail, but the group is actually Odin Quincannon’s family on a vacation he didn’t accompany them on. In a tragic accident, they all died, their remains nearly unrecognizable. Quincannon knows that first hand since he compares what’s left of his family to the cows his company slaughters and he terms them both “just meat.” He just doesn’t understand belief after that. And can you really blame him after suffering what looks like a nervous breakdown? Maybe not. But we can blame him for his antics when it comes to expanding the company and targeting people. He’s just not a nice guy. And losing family doesn't excuse that. He’s completely willing to sacrifice his employees to expand his business.

Jesse’s guilt has him seeing Eugene. I have to admit, when he pulled Eugene out of the ground, I was suspicious - it couldn’t be that easy for Eugene to claw his way out of hell, right? Having Jesse talk with Eugene, tell him he’s right about everything, that he understands that he was cheating by using his ability, was so great. When Jesse realizes that he’s not really there, the guilt is all over his face. I love that Eugene sticks around while Jesse has the angels there as well.

Jesse’s a really good shot. I’m just going to leave it at that.

The townspeople find the standoff entertaining. The fact that Quincannon’s men are all armed and Jesse was shooting at them doesn’t put any of them off. There are people spreading blankets on the ground and picnicking while the action is going on. Some of them even hope there will be more shooting. It’s a great commentary on society in general, isn’t it?

Jesse is willing to give Genesis up to get Eugene back. He goes through the entire process and Genesis is back in his coffee can. Unfortunately, Jesse’s anger has him arguing with the angels when they don’t seem as willing to help him get Eugene back as he thought, and it seems to attract Genesis, sending the entity right back into him. I think the important takeaway though is that, for once, Jesse is willing to do the right thing at his own expense. It just doesn’t work out the way he hoped.



The Bad

Did they not have a budget for a fight scene? While it’s fun to hear a fight going down and know that Jesse was able to take out a room full of men on his own, the crazy fights have become a hallmark of the show, so why not let us see the first one of the night?

Not enough Tulip or Cassidy. As I’ve said in the past, it’s these two who make the stories move along a little faster. Without them in the bulk of the episode, it’s too slow and it’s not nearly as fun. We don’t get any indication of whether Cassidy is even okay until Tulip leads her new dog into a room with something that eats it.


The Questions

Is Eugene going to be okay? He’s already been missing for a full day now and getting him back seems to be a very difficult task.

How long is Cassidy going to be out of commission? I have a feeling one dog isn’t enough to get him up to full strength.

What was that ending scene? Was that man controlling the exit to hell, the entry to heaven, or something else entirely? I have no idea.


Grading the episode: While this episode had a lot of fun moments and allowed us to see that Jesse hasn’t completely crossed to the dark side, it was too slow, yet again. C