‘Preacher’ Season One Doesn’t Preach The Greatness Of The Comics (REVIEW)

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“Preacher” is a 2016 AMC television series based off of the comic series of the same name written by Garth Ennis. The show was created by comedian Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. “Preacher” stars Dominic Cooper as Preacher Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as the sarcastic Irish vampire Cassidy, and Ruth Negga as Jesse’s kickass ex-girlfriend Tulip.

Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad’s church. Jesse’s mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters.

First let me say the pilot for “Preacher” is amazing. Maybe that’s because it’s the only episode directed by the co-creator of the show Seth Rogen. It pulls you in with interesting characters and intense action (especially that airplane fight). But, all good things must come to an end.

Keep in mind as a fan of the comics, I’m not judging this show on accuracy. Although, they would’ve been much better off with a direct adaption.

The show continues to get worse over the course of the season in every aspect. From the acting, to the direction, to the writing, everything just continues to get worse.

Dominic Cooper does the best he can with what he’s given, but struggles with pulling off a Southern accent. He tends to over do it a lot.

Ruth Negga is by far my least favorite part of this show. I didn’t like her as Tulip all that much in the pilot, but hoped she’d get better. But no, it only got worse. She always seems to be over acting. Her delivery on most lines is just down right terrible, but she’s not given very good material to work with anyways.

Joseph Gilgun steals the show, but I’m not sure if he had anyone to steal it from. Everytime he’s on screen I smile just because of how well he pulls off the character of Cassidy. He has so much charisma and is on point in every scene he’s in. If only he got more screen time. His character is so interesting but instead of exploring his past as a vampire, we got boring Jesse/Tulip subplots.

The show drags more than season six of “The Walking Dead”, and that’s saying something. The writers for this show try so hard to make it the “Pulp Fiction” of television that it hurts. The writers also can’t figure what they want the show to be, or what they want their characters to be. One episode it’s a black comedy, the next an overly serious soap opera. Then one episode one character will be perfectly fine, then murder someone the next and not even explain why.

The comic books did in two issues what the show could’ve done in an episode, but decided to drag out over the course of ten episodes, and no it was not worth the wait.

The finale is probably the worst episode of the season. Instead of doing it in a simple way like its comic counterpart, the show sets the plot in motion (ON THE FINALE) by doing a completely unnecessary over-the-top church scene. Which is probably one of the dumbest scenes I’ve seen from any television show I watch.

But hey, the opening credits are cool!

I wanted to love “Preacher”, as a fan of the comics. I wanted it to be in my top five favorite shows, but it ultimately fails on many levels from acting, to writing, to mostly everything. Though I will still come back for season two to see if they decide to follow the comics closer, but I doubt that will happen.

“Preacher” season one is an incredible let down and deserves no higher than a 4/10.

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