TV Review: Preacher (Season 3 Episode 2)
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In episode 2 "Sonsabitches", Jesse, sans Genesis, finds himself powerless and in debt to everyone around him. The prologue highlights something that he is discovering; everything comes with a price. In his high school at Angelville, a predatory teacher who'd had an affair with a cheerleader wanted her mind erased of their illegal acts to protect his marriage and job. He goes into the contract involved to get this done by Marie L'Angelle, not fully understanding the cost. He will give up something. When he stops paying he is punished by Marie's men and Jesse who beats him shouting "Pay what you owe!". Taken before Jesse's grandmother, the man has his soul extracted. This is what keeps his grandmother youngish and powerful. L'Angelle's Southern Gothic plantation is a terrifying character in its own right. It has been a place of suffering for hundreds of years and everything from the architecture to the photographs that Cassidy sees depicting racist atrocities like lynching show this. The fact that a white women has co-opted voodoo, which is actually just a mix of Christianity and other beliefs, to perform evil destructive magic simply adds to the horror of Angelville. Meanwhile, Herr Starr’s organisation is back. We see an incredible sequence in India as Starr in disguise arrives at a Hari Krishna temple. Starr and his accomplices start a Kingsman style crazy frenzy of a fight that is fantastic if not as perfect as season 2 , episode 4’s between Jesse and Viktor Kruglov was. Standing over the group’s leader he kicks the “hippy” in the balls and asks whether he will accept wholeheartedly the messiah, Jesus’s descendant Humperdoo and kills him when he refuses. Pip Torrens as Herr Starr is a villain who is both hilarious and dark. A German operative who seemingly falls into his important role in the illuminati style organization of the Grail, he passively accepts the preposterous things that he sees and most of the time seems bored by it and everyone round him. In season 2 he asks agents Featherstone and Hoover to arrange some sex workers for him that night with consent to be non-existent. They mix up the sex and who is to be what in this situation, but Starr simply accepts it, lies back and uses his phone, bored as always. Getting a call about Jesse he makes his way to Angelville. Jesse owes a lot of people a lot of things in the episode, as his gran says, “There’s a lot of souls you owe me”. Meanwhile, Cassidy and Tulip are owed explanations and agency in their relationship with him that so damaged them last season.
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