Preacher: Season Two Review

Three friends (a preacher with God-like powers, his ex, and an alcoholic vampire) struggle to hold together their friendship, much less stay alive, as they are hunted by ominous supernatural forces. From angels to vampires, and a reborn cowboy bent on destruction to a religious organization serving the highest power,  the second season AMC’s Preacher is riddled with mysteries, reveals and suspense.

Written and directed by Seth Rogen (left) and Evan Goldberg (right), Preacher is a brazen road of excitement. Based off the graphic novel series of the same name, the show does not hesitate to establish its own takes on some of history’s most notorious figures and interpretations of long established beliefs. For those with an open mind and love for alternate interpretations of world lore, Preacher is the perfect show. Rogen and Goldberg’s will to take the risks they take in this time of change is something which I greatly admire.

The directors perform their job with excellence, filling each episode with a plethora of wacky shots and unorthodox cuts. These shots and cuts are especially present during the fight scenes, filled with crazy music and characters flying across set. While the type of action sequence may still be new to film and television, it is one which works, helping to rack in great reviews.

Preacher: Season Two does well in building up then tearing down and reconstructing relationships and friendships within the show. As more secrets are revealed about beloved characters’ pasts from the first season, many new characters, both lovable and not, are brought to the screen. The season expands on the dark and troubling past of main protagonist Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and the traumatic history of the show’s most intimidating antagonist, The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish, left), really throwing sympathy onto the hearts of viewers. The development not only of the two aforementioned characters, but many others, makes the [occasionally]  slow progression of the season worth wile.

There is an abundance of plot twists and comic relief, keeping audiences on their feet, always guessing, and always laughing. Despite the vast amount of comedic moments, there are many moments of sincerity as the season progresses. The darker moments of the season help to balance the seriousness of this wacky, supernatural adventure. Through and through, the writers manage to greatly manage the emotions within Season Two.

Cassidy (Joe Gilgun) and Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga)

The season wraps up with a very twisted an unexpected ending. While avoiding spoilers, I will say I was left both dumbfounded and conflicted. While I certainly would have liked some events to play out differently, I understood why they happened. The season’s ending further proves the writers are not afraid to take risks, shake up the plot, and jerk the emotions of their audience, even when mostly following a comic.