This is how you begin an episode!
“What is it then?” Preacher asks. “It’s a mistake,” DeBlanc replies. Â “Just give it back!” Fiore fires, like a toddler wanting his toy back.
Preacher finally learns of the inception and overall nature of his newly adopted powers. Using his powers to force DeBlanc and Fiore to reveal what his abilities really are, Custer learns the collective power is Genesis, an amalgamated offspring created by the duelling natures of heaven and hell – a power that was never meant to be.
Suddenly, a blonde-haired woman enters the diner, capturing the eye of Fiore and DeBlanc. Excusing themselves, the pair exits the diner alongside the woman and proceed to attack her. Shocked, Custer goes to the rescue, only for him to be strangled by the more-than-powerful entity that is enclosed in the woman. Fiore shoots the woman dead. Returning to the angels’ motel room, it is revealed the woman is Seraphim, the highest order the angels have to offer and, much like the angels themselves, an order that can regenerate themselves after death. What follows is the show’s most brilliant, violent, hilarious and blood-soaked sequence to date.
Outrageous in its execution, the sequence excellently balances the gore, blood, and darkly comedic aspects both the comics and now the television series are infamous for. A sequence that follows well past the show’s opening credits, it is Cassidy that saves the day by opening a silencer onto Seraphim’s head. The aftermath alone delivers hilarity to the highest degree as Fiore and DeBlanc’s dead bodies lay dead across the motel room, blood splattered across the room’s furniture and walls. Refusing to surrender Genesis to the angels, Custer arrogantly suggests that if God wishes for Genesis to be returned, he can come get it.
The rocky and unpredictable Tulip takes to Emily’s home, exclaiming to poor Emily that she must stay away from her “boyfriend” (Custer) and, in a fit of rage, throws an ornament made by Emily’s daughter across the room. Confronted by Emily’s anger by the situation, Tulip, in an act of heart and compassion, offers to repair the ornament. In the hopes of getting closer to Emily, and therefore get closer to Custer, Tulip takes to assisting the church in whatever capacity she can. Now realising who this Tulip is, Cassidy becomes distraught when realising Tulip’s “boyfriend” is in fact Custer himself. Is this the love triangle AMC needs? Why not.
Custer, washed up after a night of murdering clones, remains content in keeping Genesis for himself, only showing more and more glimpses of the power as heaven and hell manifests before him.
Eugene (Arseface), left confused yet liberated after the events of last week’s episode, is now being accepted in school. Even if it’s by kids playing around with firecrackers in a hidden tunnel, Eugene is slowly being accepted. But things are not sitting well with Arseface. Confused by the effects of the Tracy Loach’s situation, Eugene confronts Preacher, believing that his actions were made against God’s wishes, made purely for selfish actions. In a fit of rage and anger, Custer bellows under the strength of his powers, “GO TO HELL, EUGENE!” And in the show’s most jaw-dropping scenario, Eugene disappears. Custer’s powers have begin to take a hold on him, serving him up to the dangerous consequences that are yet to come.
Perhaps the most entertaining and bat-shit sequence to come out of AMC’s latest adaptation, this episode’s first fifteen minutes alone deliver what Preacher entails, with blood, guts and laughs intact. As the season reaches the pinnacle of Jesse’s powers and the lengths he will go to reach heavenly satisfaction, it becomes clear that Annville’s Preacher will soon meet the consequences of his actions. Meanwhile, the blood and laughs just keep on coming.
THE REEL SCORE: 8/10