DISCLAIMER: This recap of Preacher episode “Deviant” contains more spoilers than the number of physical fights that ensued between Tulip and Lara Featherstone. Our leading ladies are enemies, you know. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Hell Raisers! Preacher continued its solid gold streak with another stellar installment. We were finally privy to Cassidy’s backstory which, as a non-comic reader, is something I’ve been waiting to see unfold. Tulip spent time in the hospital wing of Grail Headquarters and was diagnosed psychotic by one of the resident doctors. Jesse took on a whole cadre of entertainers at the DeSade House…and won. Hands down, this scene contained one of the best fight sequences I’ve witnessed in a long time. Not to mention, the cinematography was top-notch. Beautifully shot, equally beautifully executed. I take off my invisible Stetson to you, Preacher Powers That Be.
Alright, ready to delve into “Deviant?” Just be sure to never lay an undesired hand on Tulip O’Hare. She’ll make you regret the day you were born.
We open with a lavish TV ad for Toscani’s face cream – now with more foreskin! So that’s what the Grail is doing with Cassidy’s, um, discarded foreskins. Nice. Then, we see Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) undergoing incessantly gruesome foreskin removal courtesy of a machine. Now, Frankie Toscani doesn’t have to continually get his hands, um, bloodied. We see Cassidy is thrown back in his dingy cell after each torture session.
Later, Eugene (Ian Colletti) and the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) are walking in Texas. Initially, we saw them in Angelville admiring the decimated remains of Jesse’s family home. SoK claims he can sense Jesse whenever he utilizes Genesis, so that’s how they’ll track him down. Eugene is chatting away to a silent SoK – the latter clearly annoyed by the former’s rambling. However, he occasionally chimes in with a clipped response. Eugene proposes they stop for food because, unlike SoK, he needs to eat.
Meanwhile, we see Jesse (Dominic Cooper) entering the DeSade House prior to his flight to Australia. If you’ll recall, his pilot friend spotted the young boy who stole Jesse’s boots locked within the brothel’s walls. Jesse interacts with, presumably, the brothel’s Madam. Our preacher delivers a hefty punch to the brothel runner and receives a dose of airborne drugs in return. Jesse ascends the stairs to hunt for the boy despite feeling a little…out of sorts.
Next, Tulip (Ruth Negga) is sitting in the Grail hospital wing “recovering” from her accident. She’s bewigged and decked out in official Grail gear. However, the doctor on hand refuses to release her without a psychological exam. Tulip knocks him unconscious and takes on a swarm of doctors in turn. My girl Tulip is a bad***, and that’s just facts. Unfortunately, she’s pricked with a needle containing, presumably, a sedative. She passes out.
Meanwhile, back in Masada, Cassidy is down in the dumps while his archangel cellmate chats his ear off. Cassidy believes he deserves the incessant torture, thus he’s waving the white flag and resolving to never leave his cell. His archangel friend is analyzing him and picks up on Cassidy’s remorse instantly.
Later, we see Eugene and the Saint of Killers are at a diner in the middle of nowhere. SoK is irritated because said diner doesn’t serve whiskey, but Eugene orders him a plate of turtle pie so it evens out. That’s essentially the same thing, right? I’m dying to watch a remake of The Odd Couple but with Eugene and SoK. The latter trying to live a quiet domestic life on Earth is ripe for comedy.
Then, we’re blessed with a flashback to 1916 Ireland. Cass is leaving his small family home to fight in a war against the British. Ireland is desperately seeking independence from the United Kingdom. He vows to his parents and siblings that he’ll return home from the perils of war unscathed. Cass is accompanied by his best mate Billy, and the two commence their inevitably harrowing journey into battle.
Next, Cassidy and Billy are in the thick of it – a bloody battle is ensuing between the British and Irish. Cassidy flees and hides while Billy is slaughtered by a group of British soldiers. Then, Cass goes completely AWOL, leaving the war in his wake.
Later, Cassidy is standing in a swamp observing two British cavalrymen riding on horseback when he’s pulled under by a mysterious creature. Cass bobs out of said swamp in an attempt to fend off the creature. We see it’s a vampire, or some kind of swamp vamp? Anyway, it bites Cassidy, and we know what happens after that. After turning into a creature of the night, Cassidy returns home. However, we see him standing in the shadows, refusing to go inside. He was ashamed of what he’d become and didn’t want his family to see him in such a state. This whole sequence proves how magnificent Gilgun really is as a performer. His quiet vulnerability is touching.
Then, we return to the present with Featherstone’s (Julie Ann Emery) perpetual hunt for Tulip. She storms into Tulip’s hotel room and discovers the wig stand Tulip uses for her blonde tresses. Featherstone puts two and two together, and we see her reminiscing on the mission they had together in Osaka, when Tulip was donning a Grail disguise. Bingo!
Meanwhile, Tulip wakes up from her sedation. Her doctor informs her that she’s been diagnosed as psychotic and has an unnatural obsession with guns. He must evaluate her before she can be released into the field once more. He administrates a Rorschach test. Naturally, everything appears to be a gun or some form of gory violence. It always is with Tulip O’Hare.
Later, Jesse finds the small boy in the middle of a photo shoot. He knocks out the photographer and tries to convince the young boy to join him in escaping the brothel. However, the boy claims he’s making good money for living in a third world country and refuses to leave. Regardless, the boy starts to follow Jesse into the hallway, but the former quickly retreats when a horde of brothel workers swarm our preacher. Jesse takes on all of them, and the wide shot of the fight sequence in this scene is something to behold. I want that on my wall in picture form. So, Jesse kills all of them. Yes, all of them.
Then, Jesse spots the boy inside the hotel room he initially found him in with a bullet through the head. As it turns out, the young boy was accidentally shot amid the chaotic melee. Jesse’s pilot friend reemerges sans pants, and Jesse has to wipe the man’s memory via Genesis before the duo can embark on their journey to the airport. As the pair are leaving, we spot God in his infamous dog costume (Mark Harelik) watching them depart.
Next, Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) is learning of Jesse’s involvement in the DeSade mass slaughter courtesy of Hoover Two (Aleks Mikic). This Hoover is more blunt and doesn’t shy away from the truth. Not to mention, he’s much more eloquent than his predecessor. Hoover Two informs Starr that while the latter is not conventionally beautiful, his moral compass outshines the physical in beauty. Aw, Starr, I still think you’re smoking, even with the foreskin ear, glass eye and marred bald head. Featherstone bursts in with news of Tulip – that she’s slithered her way into Masada.
Meanwhile, Eugene is inside a bathroom stall when he’s requested by the man next door to press his mouth on the hole in the wall between them. For glory purposes. However, before Eugene receives a nice surprise, authorities barge in and sweep Eugene away. He calls out for the Saint of Killers, but it would appear our demon cowboy can’t hear him. Apparently, the authorities are carting him back to the orphanage. However, SoK shoots the driver in the head and frees Eugene from captivity. Aw, he does care!
Later, Jesse is waiting for his flight to Australia in the airport when he collides with none other than Hitler (Noah Taylor). So, Satan is dead and now Hitler is in charge. He coerces Jesse to join him in Hell, but our preacher reminds the Fuhrer that he won’t go quietly into the fiery night. Yes, Jesse uses Genesis on the Fuhrer. Thankfully, his pilot friend urges Jesse to board the plane for his flight. This whole scene reminds me that Preacher really is one of the most wonderfully strange shows on television. Jesse making Hitler submissive was satisfying to the core.
Now, we see Eugene and SoK are driving away from the diner, the orphanage man’s bloody remains still splashed all over the interior of the vehicle. I suppose they’ll go wherever the Saint deems fit – if SoK “feels” Jesse using Genesis in the Middle East, then they’ll have to fly there.
Then, Featherstone finds the sick bay bereft of Tulip. She was released to commence her duties with the Grail. We see her bursting into Cassidy’s cell to find it empty of her friend. Everyone is missing on this show! Meanwhile, Jesse is en route to Australia. However, things aren’t looking so good as the plane appears to be nosediving due to a pesky bout of turbulence. Well, more than turbulence if the plane is about to crash…
Dog, I’ve missed Preacher so much. The dark comedy, the shocking surprises, the touching moments and especially the intricate fight sequences. This show is masterful in just about all aspects of television. Of course, the performances are beyond brilliant and award-worthy in my humble opinion. The characters are multi-faceted, flawed and so entertaining to watch. Just aces, folks. Aces.
Do you think the Saint of Killers and Eugene will head to the Middle East? How will Jesse survive an impending plane crash? Will Tulip find Cassidy in time? Join me next week as I continue to recap Preacher, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher airs Sundays at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.
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