TV Review: Preacher (Season 3, Episode 4)
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"This place brings out the worst in him," so says Madame Boyd, Madame L'Angell's rival, about the boy, now man, who was the worst person she ever loved. "Jesse Custer, everybody," as Cassidy spits. Episode four 'The Tombs' sets things into motion for the remainder of the series and sets up how different characters will act from now on. Jesse is reliving significant truama in his life and struggles to separate his "real" self from the mask (or Top Hat) he is being made to wear by his Angelville captors. This episode as a whole sets out how different people either fall for or see through the mask Jesse is forced to wear. Madame Boyd believes that Jesse meant to call her trash because he hated her. In reality, it was to protect her from TC and Jody who hinted they'd throw her in the tombs due to her threatening their buisness. He had to dump her to stop this. She believes her brother Kenny, who confronted him in the tombs, died at Jesse's hands with glee on the latter's face. In reality, however, Jesse begged Kenny to stop strangling him before fighting for and saving his own life. He didn't shout "Are you not entertained?" callously like in Gladiator, but cried over his friend, as Jody did that. Cassidy believes wholeheartedly the dark facade that Jesse puts on to save those around him. He calls him out for acting like a "bloody hero strutting through the tombs" as he's really just an "evil bastard" who Tulip will see through. When Jesse is forced to beat Cassidy to a pulp, she sees and reacts, but doesnt abandon him. At the end, though, Tulip in her white outfit sees him, unlike the rest. She hears Madame Boyd and Cassidy's views, but knows the truth. He puts on '"fake mean" to protect his loved ones in his own hell. And thankfully Tulip can see he is still the man she loves under all that. Even if no-one else does.
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