TV Review: Preacher (Season 3, Episode 10)
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“You still think like a Custer. That if you do just enough right and not too much wrong that there's still hope for you. It's because you're afraid of Hell…” In 'The Light Above', Jesse returns to Angelville and enacts justice before unleashing his vengeance too. Cassidy survives his potential burning and beats Eccarius, but old enemies catch up with him. Meanwhile Tulip is saved by “loving God” or a “dick” as she calls him. And Hell really goes to hell… The tension built up for the clash between Jesse and Marie is palpable. It takes time for us to finally get there and when we do, even longer for Jesse to finally kill her. In the episode we see that this Genesis-bestowed Jesse is truly different to who he was before. Perhaps being so humbled this season made him start thinking like a Custer again. While God is revealed to be fickle, egotistical and evil this episode, Jesse administers justice fairly to those in Angelville, despite his power. He refuses to kill TC who was never bad to him in the way Marie and Jody were, and their goodbye is the only one that touches Jesse. He sees a man who like him is between Good and Bad, but due to long exposure to Angelville can’t escape it. With Jody, he also judges fairly. Jesse and Jody always knew this fight would come, Jesse beating Jody, murderer of his father, then a horrible father figure to Jesse himself. We see a display of Genesis easily overpower Jody, but instead of ending his life in a second, Jesse fights the man sans powers in the tombs. He wins through his own strength and perseverance, and Jody, before he collapses dead, says, “Proud of you”. He uses his powers carefully. Makes his gran burn the compact and throw up the bit of Tulip’s soul she’d eaten. Out of desperation, Marie reveals that his soul will be damned if he kills her. Crushing all the souls from Japan, Jesse leaves angry though she has been beaten. He returns again and finally kills her with her own soul extractor. It doesn’t feel like the “vengeance” that would make him a L’Angelle, but the kind his parents would have wanted. Marie and her cursed home burn in Earth and in Hell and if he, Jesse, must burn too, it’s worth it, as every action must have consequences. Elsewhere other characters get what is coming to them too. Eccarius is torn apart by his own “children” Then Hoover turns up to the children of blood, and is welcomed warmly, saying he’s left the Grail as the job didn’t have great benefits anyway. A gift from Hoover of an umbrella to Cassidy suddenly becomes all that stops our vampire protagonist from dying. The Grail pulls away the house of Mrs. Rosen, exposing everyone in the basement to the sun, killing almost all of them. They take Cassidy away, Hoover revealing the benefits of the job are actually fantastic. While he, Herr Starr and Featherstone await Jesse’s arrival at the end, karma gets the vampire. Starr thought he was joking about the vampire nonsense and when he sees it's actually the truth, pulls off Hoover’s umbrella hat so he burns to a crisp. “We’re going to need a new…eh…Hoover” Starr says.
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