TV Review: Preacher (Season 3 Episode 3)
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The beginning and end of 'Gonna Hurt' are book-ended by a contrast, worthy of God’s dalmatian suit. While “chosen” Tulip is surrounded by white throughout, Jesse is growing darker to the point his is swallowed in shadow. Whether this signifies they will come to loggerheads is unclear currently. Pre-title credits, Tulip goes to confront the Grail at the headquarter’s address so helpfully given on a business card. Too bad they’ve vanished. She returns to Angelville, in a sequence that features a series of horror aesthetic tropes, like a dolly zoom (the effect used in Jaws that both zooms and pulls out) on the entry sign. A place the group are slowly recognizing for what it is. On her way back she is stopped by God in his gimp suit astride a Harley motorbike he shares with a woman. Tulip is allowed to see God’s face and is surprised to see that he looks almost exactly like the fake God actor killed to cover up God’s disappearance. We get to know the type of personality this God has quickly through the brief back and forth he and Tulip have. He claims that he has given his “children” free will that people use over and over the same way, either for good, or for bad like her family, the no-good O’Hare. Despite this claim of free will, he says everything Tulip brings up is “by design”. He has planned everything and controls it. He might be “a loving god” as he says, but he is a stuck up, manipulative and egotistical one too. Tulip wasn’t “chosen” because she is special, but a failure, he reveals. The mistakes she made last week were “by design” and something he was “counting on” as failure is in her nature. Tulip refuses to believe God’s statement that everything occurring around them is part of a test for humanity’s future. “I call bullshit,” she tells him. His Harley, dog suit, female companion are just signs of a guy who wants to screw around. When Tulip starts treating him like the guy having a mid-life crisis that he is, he isn’t happy. “I’m God Almighty!” God reminds her, but she retorts “You’re an all-mighty dickhead”. God repeats that he is loving while shouting about being the Alpha and Omega and tells her not to push it while throwing her backwards, by the end in full stereotypical God appearance not in his dog suit. This pompous and egotistical God seems to have lost Tulip after what she did for him last week, and she swears at him as he leaves. Cassidy is being treated by TC for his gun wound from last week and compliments the latter on the pain relief provided that TC calls Numb-er-er, saying, “Hemlock. It’s been a bloody age! Like I love a bit of hemlock man!”. His new friend notes how quick Cassidy heals and the latter tells him of all the injuries he has endured throughout his life, often tied to annoying jealous husbands and wives by shagging their partners, never dying despite it all. Once he’s alone, however, he drinks down a blood bag to heal his wound up which we see in a cool shot from the inside as it closes up. Jesse is envious of the fact Tulip got to see God when he’s the one searching for Him. This might be because God knows Jesse, as a preacher, already cares for him, or as Tulip suggests by the fact God wants Jesse to stop looking for him, God is scared of Genesis. Despite her fantasy in which she kicks God in his “dick ass” in white to what sounds like the soundtrack to a WWE match , her comments to Jesse that she’ll get rid of his gran’s “hanky” to free him from what is “just an old lady” make Jesse react. Tulip, who did just die, believes she is more invincible than she is, and Jesse who had her on top of him in bed pulls himself round to sit over her. No, he tells her. She can’t do anything as Madame Marie is “dangerous”. All three go their separate ways, Tulip to investigate the room of Madame Marie and get information regarding how to break Jesse free; Jesse to help Jody find new customers, and Cassidy to sit acting ill and not like a vampire. Jesse reveals to Cassidy that the latter was right about him playing God at people’s expense and tells the Irish vampire, “You’re my best friend”, something he’s never said.
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