TV Review: Preacher (Season 3, Episode 8)
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“I’m the mistake that’s going to find God….” A packed episode of Preacher in which the absurdity of the show is re-emphasised. The Grail attempt to force Genesis into the body of Humperdoo, but have to create a perfect mix of good and bad DNA, to control the perfect mix of good and bad in the entity’s angel and demon parents. They keep cloning and attempting different mixes of good/bad people until they find one that works. All the while Herr Starr acts too scared to take out All-Father and insists Jesse does it despite the fact he is unable to move. Meanwhile, Hoover is caught spying on the Children of Blood and when given the chance of death or being a vampire chooses the latter. He manages to escape an identical death to Lisa last week while Cassidy finds out about Eccarius’s deception. Satan, “your hideousness” as Madame Marie purrs, was the voice on her phone the other week and he visits her wondering when she will go to Hell. She has had a lifetime getting power from a pact they made. Nightmares of the souls she destroyed finally getting vengeance prompt her to offer up Jesse and his power to buy herself time and she suggests Satan gets Tulip O’Hare. In Osaka, the soul-stealing trip goes well, but when Satan’s angel of death appears to take Tulip she pretends to be Soul Happy Go Go’s director, who she has the ID of, leaving Featherstone to be dragged off instead. We end on Saint of Killers, Arseface, Hitler, then Featherstone and Sydney waiting on the bus to Hell. One of the funniest juxtapositions in this episode of Preacher, a thing the AMC show loves, is the sequence of jubilant hoody-clad Humberdoo clones that explode to Blue Danube. Intestines swelling and bursting in the poor Christ Child as the music does likewise! The starting fighting inside the lift is also inspired. Opening at the floor of a cheese magazine, Jesse and the grail-henchmen he is fighting stop embarrassed and the man waiting says he’ll get the next lift. Finally, the hostage photos sent to Herr Starr featuring kidnapped Hoover are hilarious because Preacher pushes the joke further that it should go until it becomes funny again.
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