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TV Review: Preacher 2.11 “Backdoors”
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Preacher
Episode 2.11 “Backdoors”
Written by Sara Goodman
Directed by Norberto Barba
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 28, 2017

Last week’s episode of AMC’s Preacher rubbed a few people the wrong way. The Catholic League condemned the show, and even former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin voiced her anger on Twitter. I guess an elongated sex scene involving Jesus Christ will do that… but let’s face it, if that’s the first time they’ve had an issue with Preacher, they haven’t been watching close enough. Jesse (Dominic Cooper) is taken to meet the Messiah by Herr Starr (Pip Torrens), leader of The Grail. The Messiah, however, leaves a lot to be desire, made obvious when he giggle pees on Jesse. Starr has an interesting offer for Jesse, but Jesse has other problems. Tulip (Ruth Negga) and her new bestie Jenny are bonding and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is learning to on the fly to be a dad to newly formed senior citizen vampire. The biggest problem, however, is that Tulip found the Saint’s (Graham McTavish) weapons that Jesse hid from her, after promising to destroy them and send him to Hell.

Spoilers for this week’s Preacher below:

Jesse and the gang pull up the truck from the bayou, but it’s sans Saint of Killers. He convinces them it’s fine, but they don’t seem too sure anymore. Tulip and Cassidy are not exactly on Team Jesse. When Jesse figures out a clue, the two of them stay behind. Starr meanwhile lays out the plan for Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) and Hoover (Malcolm Barrett): replace the inbred idiot Messiah with Jesse Custer… after all, he possesses Genesis and can actually help the world. Emery is fantastic again, playing two completely different personalities flawlessly. Lara is a strong-willed Grail agent ready to die for the cause, and more ready to kill for it, but she’s forced to play to role of quiet and frightened Jenny to forge a phony friendship with Tulip. It’s brilliant work by the actress.

In Hell, the officer in charge (Amy Hill) is screening everyone to see who doesn’t belong. Once again, I say to the writers of this show, “DAMN YOU for making Hitler a sympathetic figure!” Somehow Noah Taylor pulls this off, and I… a Jewish writer mind you, find myself pulling for him and Eugene (Ian Colletti). While everyone is distracted, Hitler sneaks Eugene down the hole towards the backdoor out of Hell. As always with Preacher, the episode titles have multiple meanings. Herr Starr tries to lure Jesse into his plan to become the new God by playing him tapes of all Jesse’s prayers and confessions. Let’s just say that Jesse uses Genesis for an interesting retort, and yeah, you can infer based on the episode title.

We’re only two episodes away from the end of an amazing season and the character continues to change. Somehow a show about a possessed preacher, a vampire, an underground organization preserving the bloodline of Jesus… all feels shockingly realistic. The writing team provides each character with natural human emotions and logical reasons for them to feel the ways that they do. Their motivations are grounded in loyalty, anger, pain, jealousy, love, and power. I really love how the trio felt so inseparable, but now Jesse is losing them and they’re reaching out to anyone/anything close to them. For all the outrageous lunacy that Preacher provides, especially from the wonderful Pip Torrens as Herr Starr, the show is grounded in its three leads and they excel each and every week. Soon the Saint of Killers will return for his indestructible guns and more mayhem and murder will ensue. I can’t believe there are only two episodes left. Tune in next Monday night at 9:00 for an all new Preacher only on AMC.

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