This is a tv show review. Not a movie review!
The new TV show Preacher, airing on AMC, has just completed its season one finale. It is already been confirmed for season two. It is based off of the Vertigo comics comic book, much in the same light as the shows Constantine and Lucifer. It is already gained quite a following with its dark humor, modern western setting, and completely vague use of the supernatural. Almost fantasy shows tend to over flaunt the use or misuse of supernatural powers, Preacher does it actually very subtly and so is more enjoyable for more conventional audiences.
In this episode, Jesse Custer seeks to use the angel’s heaven phone to bring God to the town of Annville . With this comes great controversy among the locals because Odin Quincannon, an angry atheist, is trying to convince the townsfolk that God is not real and so tries to teardown the church for the sake of expanding business in Annville . But Jesse knows better not only through his faith but also through the power which he has namely the Genesis entity. Which gives him his curious powers.
At his side, are his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and Cassidy, who happens to be a vampire. It is obvious from the get-go these two friends do not share Jessie’s outlook on life or his view on faith in general. From the very beginning Jesse Custer seeks to save the town of Annville due to the dire conditions which they are currently in. And to redeem himself of past sins. where Tulip and Cassidy can plainly see that the situation to save the town is just about hopeless, the ever vigilant Jesse seeks to do whatever he can in this case stealing the angel’s phone . Upon doing this, Jesse summons God to the church but after some questioning they find that this God is actually an imposter and that God has left heaven this leaves this leaves the people of the town of Annville very speechless as the devout Christians realize that the God they been praying to is not in heaven and so probably doesn’t care about them. And atheists led by Quincannon, who now realize that heaven is real and there is a God but he’s not there. You can clearly see that chaos takes hold of the minds of Annville’s citizens.
Whichever side of the argument you are on is obvious that madness and ascends upon the people Annville. Jessie, Tulip, and Cassidy then leave the town. As part of the riot consumes Annville, the town mascot , who commit suicide, drops his cigarette. Its still lit, and ignites the pressure buildup of methane at the town’s powerplant. Which causes an explosion which consumes the entire town of Annville. Assumedly, with all its residents still within.
At first I didn’t really think all that much about the storyline other than the fact it was a good storyline and a good ending to an already good season one for Preacher, it wasn’t until my second viewing that I realized it had a very strong parallel with the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the story, God sends three angels to the sister cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were populated by sinners. Historical context will show that one of the reasons why they were a target for Divine Intervention in the first place, was because they worshiped the pagan god Moloch, who was recognized in the ancient mythology and ancient pantheons as the demon god of child sacrifice. Depending on which version of the story you’ve heard , the three angels are initially sent to Sodom and Gomorrah to get to know the people and to see if whether or not they are worth saving. In the end they are not and the angels destroy the city sparing only Lot and his family.
With the exception of Lot and his family, the three heroes Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare and Cassidy could be symbolic of the three angels presented in the original story. In many ways all three characters seek to save the town of Annville in their own different ways and different methods.
Jesse Custer has great faith in the people and great faith in God and one in many ways the superego of the group.
Tulip is a little bit reckless and very much represents the ego. An avenging angel, if you will.
And Cassidy represents the head as he just wants to have a good time namely. He also I noticed has been a few similarities with the trickster god image of old folklore and mythology.
Nothing in particular, just noting the symbolism that I found in the season one finale after my second viewing of it. It’s just kind of interesting to see that kind of symbolism in this particular type of show. Just goes to show you the preacher is in for one hell of a season two , and that as the tagline reads, “the beginning is nigh.”
Directed by Sam Catlin
Show Creators- Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg
Dominic Cooper…….Jesse Custer
Ruth Negga……….Tulip O’Hare
W.Earl Brown……..Hugo Root
Jackie Earle Haley……Odin Quincannon