Preacher: Season 1 Episode 7 Review – He Gone

By ·July 12, 2016 8:30 am
John and Jesse

Preacher has been grating on our patience for several episodes now. As much we love some parts of the show, it’s doing two major (and many minor) things wrong. These are: not flowing in the exciting narrative direction of the comics with any haste, and altering comic content in ways that is contrary to what made the source material great.

This week’s episode took another few fatal mis-steps away from the comic. Below you will find out spoiler-heavy review of this week’s episode.

On a positive note, we were pleased to receive the delivery of two keys things this week. Even if these these were delivered in ways far less accurate than they should have been. One of these was Tulip making a point of Jesse loving John Wayne.

Cassidy tells Jesse that he witnessed Jesse send Eugene to Hell.

Cassidy tells Jesse that he witnessed Jesse send Eugene to Hell.

In the comics, Jesse literally sees John Wayne as an apparition of sorts, appearing by his side in times of need. Wayne provided Jesse with advice on moral matters and generally encourages Jesse to be a man. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest parts of the comic. So it was very nice this week to hear Tulip talk about Jesse’s excessive love for John Wayne, but this did feel like under delivering. What we truly want is for Jesse in the show to have John Wayne appear by his side, precisely like in the comics.

Various shows, such as The Walking Dead (with Lori appearing to Rick), have dead characters appear to living characters all the time, and it serves the medium of TV absolutely fine. There are also zero budgetary restrictions to this, so we cannot see why Rogen and Goldberg chose to omit this most excellent of comic apparitions. In all honesty, this is one of those omissions that make us wish that someone other than Rogen and Goldberg had control of the show; someone who has the courage to adapt the cooler elements of the comic.

The other satisfying moment was when a young Jesse and Tulip (who worrying, felt more like siblings here) stated the “until the end of the world” line to one another. As comic fans will know, this is the line that Jesse and Tulip use to stress how much they love each other. In essence, it means that they will love each other up until the world ends (which is a very pragmatic approach). Again, the show’s delivery of this was dual-edged, because this romantic sentiment is supposed to be something formed and used in their adult relationship, but, alas, even adult Jesse and Tulip still lack the chemistry that we want of them (and Jesse lacks any interest in Tulip at all).

A young Jesse hides from his Father's would be killers.

A young Jesse hides from his Father’s would be killers.

Then came the most unforgivable alteration from the comic. This was one that perhaps some viewers guessed before now, but which we didn’t realise until Jesse literally spoke the words. This episode it was revealed that Eugene – just prior to shooting himself with a shotgun – attempted to murder Tracy Loach with the same gun, due to her spurning his romantic interest. This is why Tracy currently resides in a coma, with the top part of her head missing. This is why why Hugo Root forbade Eugene to visit Tracy, and this is also why so many people in the town despise Eugene.

For us, this was a very serious error on the part of the writers. In the comics, Arseface was a grunge-loving Kurt Cobain fan, who attempted to end his life due to bullying and a glorified suicide pact with his friend. He was never a killer. This revelation entirely changes how viewers will now look upon Eugene in the show. It removes a large chunk of his likability, because – although he is trying to repent and is now a gentle soul – the fact remains that he tried to murder a young girl and almost succeeded.

We saw a little more of John Custer’s death this week, but we’re slightly worried now that the two murderers who are being shown from the waist down won’t be Jody and T.C., however, their clothing does appear a little hillbilly-esque, so we’ll have to wait and see.

With such mis-steps as these, we’re worried for the show’s future and how it will handle other pivotal comic book lore. We’re sorry to say it, because the comics mean so much to us, but as each week passes we’re beginning to feel ever more than this isn’t the sermon that we signed up for. In this episode Cassidy very aptly and wonderfully describes God as someone who likes to smell his own farts. Unfortunately, this serves as a very suitable analogy for what the writers are currently doing, through their adding of original content which contorts the best parts of the comic almost out of recognition.

Image credits: AMC

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Written by Christopher Hart

Co-Editor in Chief / Film, TV and Literature Writer

Christopher holds an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature, and currently works as an analyst for a major Bank in London.

Christopher self-publishes his own Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. His completed series of short stories is titled 'Altered Stone' and can be found on Amazon.

His specialist subjects include LOST, Preacher, Supergirl, A Song of Ice and Fire, Kevin Smith, Bioshock and Fallout.

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