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TV Review: Preacher 2.9 “Puzzle Piece”
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Preacher
Episode 2.9 “Puzzle Piece”
Directed by Michael Dowse
Written by Craig Rosenberg
Created by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Graham McTavish, Tom Brooke, Ian Colletti, Julie Ann Emery
AMC
Air date: Monday, August 14th, 2017, 9pm

Last week on AMC’s Preacher, our three heroes continued to grow apart from one another and fall deeper into individual downward spirals. Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) is short 1% of his soul after using it to dispatch The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), and that has him ignorant to the obvious needs of those closest to him, his focus on finding God turning into obsession. Tulip (Ruth Negga) is dealing with PTSD after her near death experience at the hands of the Saint, and her guard is lowered so much that when face to face with Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) of The Grail, she makes friends. Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is tortured the harshest, perhaps. A vampire, who knows all too well the horrors of eternal life, is suffering through the choice of whether to save his dying son Denis (Ronald Guttman) with a bite, or let him die naturally. Tonight, with the three of them divided, The Grail moves into position to take out Jesse and Genesis.

Check out my review of Preacher below.

Things are unraveling fast. Tulip refuses sleep and is getting shot for cash in an extreme New Orleans bar. Jesse uses Genesis to force sleep on her, and the look Cassidy gives him is just brutal. They are being surveilled, and even Grail’s Blofeld-esque leader, Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) has them on notice, though he is not intrigued too much right away. “I have a date, kill them all.”

Soon the van of white-clad machine gun toting Grail soldiers are on their way. What follows is an epic scene straight out of Zero Dark Thirty with a purely Preacher twist. Night vision and machine guns don’t work too well against vampires and priests with a half angel, half demon spirit inside him. Jesse’s way to stop the fighting is almost evil. And we find out that Cass made a decision about Denis… a decision I doubt he would’ve made had his best mate Jesse Custer been there for him.

Herr Starr is not impressed with the failure and what follows is an intense scene involving Lara, Starr, a glock, and a tarp. They certainly know how to wrench every drop of tension from each scene in this show! Torrens is just wonderfully bizarre as a sadomasochistic psychopathic leader of a global religious cult. Julie Ann Emery shows her talents for hardware, and takes control of the scene in glorious fashion. As one woman shows off her skills and leadership, another is falling deeper into crisis. Tulip awakens to find the apartment a bit of a “mess”. Jesse uses his power to essentially take over the police, and CSI. Next time, they’ll be ready for The Grail.

Lara and her partner Hoover (Malcolm Barrett) are disturbingly hilarious together trying to simultaneously plan Jesse’s demise and arrange a rape-fantasy for Herr Starr. “No means yes in multiples,” almost had me spitting out my water. “Brad” is on the way to do some serious damage, but this time they’re ready. Denis though, provides more than enough distraction and again, Preacher manages to combine taut tension with depraved humor. Featherstone and Hoover are so perfect. She is smooth and confident, quick to fix any solution. He panics about everything. And at the last moment, in the strangest most Preacher way possible, Herr Starr figures out what’s up with Jesse and figures out what role he can play for The Grail.

Whoa. This show was kooky and awesome when angels were killing each other repeatedly in motel rooms, and when cowboys from hell were on the rampage. But the Grail has helped raise the depravity bar! Pip Torrens just kills it.For crying out loud a major plot point of this week’s episode was finding someone a multi-partner rape party! Starr is a Hannibal Lecter-like villain that you fully understand is evil, yet want to stick around just out of curiosity of what will he say or do next. And Julie Ann Emery and Malcolm Barrett are the stuff spin-offs are made of. I love how the dynamic has changed between the three lead characters, because now their actions and motivations are not always obvious. Cassidy has a son, an old man, untrained vampire who needs guidance. Tulip is angry at Jesse and is looking for answers elsewhere.

Jesse, meanwhile, looks like he just may get a special visitor next week… tune in next Monday night for a new episode of Preacher at 9:00pm ET on AMC.

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Preacher: ‘I Really Need to Borrow Your Gun’ Sneak Peak Ep. 209


Tulip asks her neighbor “Jenny” if she can borrow her gun. Don’t miss the next episode of Preacher, Monday, August 14 at 9/8c.

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