DISCLAIMER: This Preacher recap of “Overture” contains more spoilers than the number of times Tulip and Featherstone have faced off in battle. These fierce ladies are archenemies, after all. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Grail members! Preacher aired its penultimate episode this week. This darkly debaucherous trip on the road to Hell is coming to a close. And what a fun ride it’s been, folks. I’m curious to see how the final installment will play out. While there have been some rough patches in Season 4, overall I’ve enjoyed this last chapter. My only gripe is Eugene’s story. He was given the short end of the stick this season. Of course, when you’re juggling too many lead characters, one of them is bound to get shelved. I hope the writers will give him a proper ending in the finale – that Eugene didn’t meet his demise via car accident.
Alright, ready to delve into “Overture?” Let’s get to it.
We open with a close-up of Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and his gruesome eye wound courtesy of the Almighty himself. Jesse reapplies his eye patch and resumes his role as Pirate King. He leaves the bathroom and Tulip (Ruth Negga) confesses her tryst with Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). She reminds Jesse that he’d been gone for three months, and how were they supposed to know that God would revive him? Thankfully, Jesse isn’t angry – shockingly, he’s understanding of the matter. Character growth! Cass reveals their objective to retrieve Humperdoo in an effort to draw out God for one last brawl.
Meanwhile, we see Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter) aka the Messiah getting the VIP treatment. He’s being primed for the impending Apocalypse 2020 Revue. Later, the Grail hosts a big luncheon in honor of the Messiah. Jesus (Ritter) reunites with his progeny Humperdoo at the event. Jesus is openly mocked by the attendees present, while Hitler (Noah Taylor) looks on in anger. Of course, we know Jesus and Hitler are brewing a plan of their own. Humperdoo is led to his dressing room backstage. We see other performers preparing for the revue. Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) leaves the Messiah in the care of God (Mark Harelik), who was waiting for the former. Time for some grandfather/grandson bonding time!
Next, Jesse is standing in a desolate desert using Genesis to elicit God from his hiding place. However, God doesn’t heed his call. Later, our trio of heroes prepare for their last-ditch assault on Masada. Cassidy reaffirms his standing with Jesse, and the latter assures him that it’s all good in the neighborhood. Mates for life. However, Jesse’s back in the Land of the Living, so his relationship with Tulip is reestablished to its former state. Poor Cass. He just can’t catch a break.
Then, our crew returns to the Holy Bar and Grail to find our archangel friend (David Field) is still battling his demon lover. They utilize the angel’s services to gain access to Masada. Meanwhile, we see havoc break loose on a morning news show as two anchors are shot dead. Remember the police chief Hoover Two was working for? We see him watching the bloodshed in shock – that is, until the Apocalypse 2020 Revue live show comes on screen. He sees Herr Starr (Pip Torrens), now restored to physically unblemished glory, enter the stage to kick off the festivities. Starr reveals to a cheering crowd that one hour of performances will take place prior to the Messiah’s tap dancing number.
Later, we see Humperdoo is having his unruly locks tamed by a hairdresser. However, after causing Humperdoo some discomfort, said hairdresser is disposed of courtesy of God. He won’t tolerate anyone hurting Humperdoo, whether it be purposefully or accidentally. Jesus pops in to wish the duo good luck. He sticks a bouquet of flowers through the door slit. Then, he launches into his break dancing number in the hopes of impressing God. But we know God spares no tender feelings for his son.
Meanwhile, our trio is deposited in the belly of Masada by the angel and his demon beau. They begin their journey by slaying a group of Grail soldiers. However, they lose Cass along the way. Tulip and Jesse, amid their search for Cassidy, realize that the Apocalypse 2020 Revue is taking place above them.
Next, we see Eugene (Ian Colletti) strumming “Closing Time” on his newly acquired acoustic guitar. A preacher sits with him, and we learn that Eugene is to be released. The preacher muses on why God created someone like Eugene – was it a farce, a lesson or something more sinister? Eugene reveals that he wishes to be a rockstar.
Then, God has Cassidy trapped in his grasp. It would appear the Almighty plans to use Cass as a bargaining chip of his own. He taps into Cassidy’s innate desires – his longing to go home. Back to Ireland, back to his family. We see a fictional reunion play out, wherein Cassidy returns home from the way unscathed with his friend, who is also unharmed. Cassidy embraces his family. It’s a bittersweet daydream that could never be. However, God reveals that he could grant Cassidy what he desires, so long as he completes one simple task. Uh oh.
Meanwhile, Jesse and Tulip are stuck in an elevator. Tulip reveals that she read Jesse’s letter. However, it was sacrificed to the flames when she burned that church down. You know, when she was irate with God for Jesse’s death and demanded answers. This made Jesse smile, and it would appear the two are just as in love with each other as before.
Next, Starr and Featherstone share a moment together backstage while the revue in underway. The crowd is loving the performances thus far. Starr reveals that he finds Featherstone attractive and that perhaps they should, you know, horizontally tango. She agrees, and the two scamper off to do just that. The world is ending, after all.
Later, God and Cassidy are still enmeshed in a debate. God wants to annihilate all humans. Cassidy expresses their merits, and why they’re worth keeping. God decides to hit Cass where it hurts – did our vampire really think Tulip could love something like him? A creature of the night? Without divine intervention on God’s part? God reveals that he believes Cassidy is just a “tired little boy who wants to go home.” Cass bursts into tears. This scene is beautifully understated, with compelling performances from both Gilgun and Harelik.
Then, we see Featherstone and Starr post-coitus. Featherstone learns that the apocalypse isn’t going to tear the entire world asunder – it’s meant to weed out the degenerates. Cut off the poisonous fat. The scum of the Earth. Starr reveals he sent a memo remedying the terms of the apocalypse; however, it didn’t reach its intended target. Featherstone just wants to go to heaven, but Starr reminds her that she isn’t worthy of paradise. We see she’s sporting a strap-on fist over her Grail uniform. True Preacher content right here.
Next, Jesus and Hitler are sharing a drink and a chat. Hitler tries to raise Jesus’ spirits by reminding the latter that one defeat does not mean losing the war. It’s a stark reminder that even Hitler was charismatic enough to win over the German populace prior to committing mass genocide against the Jewish community.
Later, Tulip runs in to God. He puts forth a proposition: if Tulip can sit for one minute without punching God, he’ll call off the apocalypse. He’ll stop it all. Tulip agrees to the challenge. God sets a timer and proceeds to commit a verbal assault against Tulip’s character. He strikes every nerve and sore spot in Tulip. She endeavors to maintain her composure, but instead brandishes her gun and fires on the Almighty. Of course, bullets are ineffective on him. He knocks her unconscious. Deal’s off, then. Negga is subtle and, as per usual, electrifying in this scene.
Then, Jesse finds Cassidy torn in two. We only see the vampire’s upper half while the remainder of him is in gory shreds littered about the space. Cassidy forlornly reveals that he catered to God’s whim – that he gave in. Jesse reassures his mate that it’s all okay. God shows up, knocks our preacher unconscious and douses Cassidy’s mouth with a bucketful of blood so he can heal himself. God drags Jesse off to an undisclosed location.
Next, Jesse is conscious and sitting in the sanctuary of the Grail’s church. God is sitting behind him. The Almighty reveals that he only desires one thing – Genesis. According to God, it’s an abomination against Heaven and Hell. Then, he orders Jesse to use Genesis on him. However, Jesse refuses.
Meanwhile, Tulip wakes up alone post-God beat down. Well, except the dead Grail member that the Almighty slain previously. She tries to flee, but the door is locked. Tulip attempts to pick the lock. The door doesn’t budge an inch.
Then, we see Jesus is passed out in his suite after a drinking binge. Hitler procures his pistol and prepares to hunt down Humperdoo when Jesus stops him. He reminds Hitler that murder is wrong. Hitler, a mass murderer of epic proportions. Methinks a stern talking to won’t remedy the Fuhrer’s modus operandi. The emissaries of Heaven and Hell launch into a battle of fisticuffs.
Now, Starr is attempting to send a memo altering the terms of the apocalypse. However, he’s having issues with his fax machine. But, as per usual, customer service is not helping matters. So, the current terms of the apocalypse i.e. destroy-everything-on-planet-Earth, still stand. We return to Tulip imprisoned in the locked room. She even shoots at the door, but that’s futile. As she lifts a chair to enact more damage against the door, it swings open. Lara Featherstone is standing on the other side, her own gun brandished at the ready. Featherstone’s eyes are opened to what the apocalypse really entails, and it looks like she’s ready to join our heroes in stopping it.
Next, Cassidy is wholly healed and sitting guard over Humperdoo in the latter’s dressing room. Humperdoo is ecstatic to have his mate back, but Cass is feeling remorse over screwing the pooch with his true mates. Meanwhile, God is laying the smack down on Jesse in an attempt to elicit Genesis out of our preacher. Jesse resolutely refuses to use it. Suddenly, the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) appears. Well, Jesse did use Genesis earlier in the episode. Jesse is under the impression that SoK is on his side, but God reveals that the cowboy from Hell is in Masada to take out Preacher Custer.
Now, we see a flashback from when Jesse perished by God’s hand. SoK comes face-to-face with the Almighty himself and brandishes his gun. However, God has a certain doll on his person – the doll that belonged to the Saint of Killer’s daughter. So, God and SoK clearly struck a deal. God flees the scene, and we see the Saint of Killers slowly approach Jesse. Will our preacher wiggle his way out of this scenario?
Oh, and while performing on the street Eugene is run over by a speeding taxi cab. So I guess…the end for Arseface?
Only one more episode left! Episodic MVP goes to Harelik, with Gilgun and Negga not fare behind him. Harelik does a brilliant job of making you despise God, and that’s a tall order in general, given our historical relationship with religion. I genuinely cannot fathom an ending for Preacher. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t read the comics. Or maybe it’s because I only imagine death and destruction as a proper ending. How do you stop an omniscient, omnipotent, all-powerful being from annihilating a world he created? Again – another tall order. Guess we’ll have to wait another week to find out. Join me in the festivities as I recap Preacher, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher will air its series finale next Sunday at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.