Series Review: Preacher – Season 2 (2017)

Last year a little show called “Preacher” premiered on AMC. Critically speaking it did well, with audiences it did well, so of course a second season would get made. And now it has finally finished, which means that I can finally review it. So here we go.

Ladies and gents… “Preacher” season 2!

After the explosive end of season 1, we find Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) on the road to try to find god… I’m not being metaphorical, they’re seriously trying to find the individual known as god. All while they’re trying to survive being chased by the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), who wants to kill Jesse. So now we have our plot for the season. And I’d say that it is quite good. It’s not flawless, but it’s strengths definitely outweigh it’s flaws. For the most part you have this weird, fun, and sometimes blasphemous adventure with plenty of fun mythology to it. And at times you get some pretty solid character drama. And it’s filled with a whole bunch of good twists and turns. Now, my only gripe with the plot here is that there are some mild pacing issues in maybe two episodes near the middle. But they’re not that bad… noticeable, but not deal-breaking. So overall I’d say that the plot is really good.

The characters in this are fun, colorful, and just incredibly interesting. But it’s not just the characters being the same throughout, you see them develop more and more over the season while still remaining true to what we were introduced to in season 1. Dominic Cooper returns as Jesse Custer, the troubled preacher with a special ability. Seeing him trying to find god while also dealing with his other demons is quite fascinating, and Cooper is great in the role. Ruth Negga returns as Tulip, Jesse’s girlfriend and partner in crime. She’s as badass as ever while still showing a relatable vulnerability, and Negga is great in the role. Joseph Gilgun is back as Cassidy, the Irish vampire… yeah, he’s as awesome as he was in season 1, still my favorite character in the show. He’s incredibly fun, but he’s also given some good dramatic depth this season which was fun to see. And Gilgun is of course awesome in the role. Graham McTavish returns to play the Saint of Killers, AKA the cowboy we saw every now and then in season 1. Though this time he has an arguably bigger role, and he’s honestly quite awesome. He’s a terrifying villain, an unstoppable badass who will kill Jesse Custer no matter what, and any scenes with him were quite tense. But he was also given some solid dramatic moments too, fleshing out his character a bit more. And McTavish is fantastic in the role. Ian Colletti returns as Eugene/Arseface, and he’s still great in the role. As for new people, there are a whole bunch, including Noah Taylor as… you know what, I’m not gonna spoil it if you haven’t seen it already, because it has to be seen to be believed. That said, he’s great in the role. Then in more supporting roles we have Pip Torrens, Julie Ann Emery, Ronald Guttman, Malcolm Barrett, and Amy Hill. There are more people in the show, but I’m not gonna write up every name that appears in this season. But with that said, every actor did very well in this season.

Like in the first season, the score was composed by Dave Porter, and once again he did a great job. The score is tense, dramatic, and just overall fits the show quite well and elevates a couple of moments throughout. There’s also plenty of licensed music throughout, not only being overall ear-pleasing, but also fitting the scenes they were used in very well.

The show was created by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg and is based on a series of comics by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (R.I.P). And the show was written/directed by Rogen/Goldberg and a whole bunch of other people. And they all did very well in those departments. The show is directed with plenty of style and energy, making sure to keep most shots interesting. It’s also a visually appealing show. And the action scenes too are quite entertaining. Sure, a couple feel a little bit clunky, but most of them are quite solid… intense, fun, and badass. This show also has plenty of humor in it… admittedly quite dark humor, but humor nonetheless. And I laughed quite a lot throughout the show, both in small chuckles and in loud, gut-busting laughter. I also feel like I have to mention that if you have a problem with copious amounts of blood/gore, then this might not be for you because fucking hell, this is gory. But if you can stomach blood and gore then you might have some fun with it.

This show/season has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,1/10.

“Preacher” season 2 is a fucking blast. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and great humor. My only issue with it was that an episode or two had some mild pacing issues, but it’s not horrible for me. Time for my final score. *Amen*. My final score for “Preacher” season 2 is a 9,52/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Preacher” season 2 is now completed.

By the way, my friends from the We Have a Hulk podcast interviewed Graham McTavish (The Saint of Killers) a handful of weeks back, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Series Review: Preacher – Season 1 (2016)

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The world of comic book/graphic novel adaptations is pretty huge. From movies, to video games, to TV-shows. Which means that there are a lot of different adaptations to choose from. And my guess is that we will keep getting these types of adapations until the end of time.

Ladies and gents… “Preacher”.

Welcome to the fictional town of Annville, Texas! In this town there’s a preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse may have a bit of a shady past, but he at least tries to be a good preacher. However when a strange supernatural event at his church gives him a special power, things seem to take weird turn. So with the help of his new friend, the Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joesph Gilgun), Jesse has to try to figure out what the hell is going on. All of this while a few things happen to the side, including Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) suddenly showing up in town. And I’m not gonna say anything else because it’s quite the interesting plot that should be experienced rather than described. The plot of the show takes some very weird turns throughout, which gives the show a lot of personality and makes it stand out a lot within the world of comic book adaptations. I found the plot incredibly interesting and entertaining, constantly surprising me with everything it had up it’s sleeve.

Calling the characters in this show colorful would be quite an understatement. Jesse like I said, has a bit of a shady past which you gradually get to know more and more about as the show goes on. And I think Dominic Cooper was fantastic in the role, perfectly playing his part in this whole thing. Ruth Negga as Tulip, she’s cool and her performance was really good. Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy is just buckets of fun. From the first time I laid eyes on him I knew that I was gonna like him… but I didn’t think I was gonna love him as much as I did. There are also a whole lot of supporting characters that are just as entertaining as the main three people and have really good actors in their respective roles.

The score for the show was composed by Dave Porter, the same guy who did the music for “Breaking Bad”, anotehr show that aired on AMC. And I think that the stuff he composed for the show was good, working perfectly for scenes that it was used in. But there are also a lot of licensed tracks too, mostly within the country genre. And it all works because of the show not taking itself too seriously for that type of music, but also because of the Texas setting. There’s also a good amount of Johnny Cash in the soundtrack, which is always a plus in my book.

“Preacher” is based on the comic series that was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for Vertigo, a sort of subsidiary of DC Comics. And this show was developed by three people: Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen (Yes, that Seth Rogen). And while I haven’t read a single issue of the comic, I can still see that this show does a lot of things right. The directing in this show is terrific, it’s visually terrific. The action scenes are great, but even the more quiet talking scenes look great. I’ll give a wanring though, if you’re not a fan of blood and gore… yeah, this show has a lot of it. But if you’re like me and have a dark sense of humor, you’re really gonna enjoy the writing in this show. The humor is really dark and twisted and weird and I laughed a lot during the show.

This show has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has an 89% (100% if you go by “Top Critics” only) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,4/10 and is ranked #239 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

If you couldn’t tell, I love “Preacher”. The plot is really entertaining, the characters are really fun, the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great, the action is great, and the humor is really funny. Time for my final score. OH LORD, JEBUZ CRUST! My final score for “Preacher” season 1 is a 9,94/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Preacher” season 1 is now completed.

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son And when his daddy would visit he’d come along.

Series Review: Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

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As a fan of both television and drama movies, a drama show should fit me perfectly right? Well that is kind of true… if the show is any good that is. So then there was this show people called “The Greatest thing on television”. It got me curious on what “The Greatest thing on television” would be like. so then I decided to start checking it out. So what did I think of it after finishing it? Did I like it? Did I hate it? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Breaking Bad”.

So what is this show about? Well it is about chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who lives a quiet life with his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and his son Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unfortunately one day he gets told by a doctor that he got lung cancer. So after he afterwards runs into his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) he decides to partner up with Jesse to start cooking meth. Both to keep his family going strong after he passes away (from the cancer). The most interesting thing about the meth that Walter and Jesse cooks is that it is the purest meth ever created. How pure you ask? Well about 99,1% pure (holy shit). Now of course there is more to it than that, but I am not one to spoil stuff for the ones who have not seen stuff yet. Let me just say that intensity intensifies. You will get great little stories within the seasons. And not only is the premise of the show great, the execution is really great too. Oh yeah, another kind of great aspect of the story (not spoiler, don’t worry) is that Walter is cooking crystal without any member of his family knowing it, which is kind of ironic since his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) is part of the D.E.A. The evolution of the story is great and just really well done.

For a story to stay great you need great characters… boom! You got ’em! Walter White is a guy who starts out sort of nerdy and just… guy-ish and just declines to sort of becoming an anti-hero. Not only because of the meth cooking, but for other other reasons too. And Bryan Cranston aces the character so well. The guy gives honestly one of the best performances in any TV-show ever… period. Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “not-as-smart-as-Walt” guy. The guy driven more by emotions and such things rather than Walt who tries to meticulously plan everything. But I need to be honest, Aaron Paul might be my favorite actor in the series. For one, I never expected him to give this type of grade-A performance. The guy really showed everyone that he is a fucking great actor. Then of course you have the supporting cast, like Skyler who is a bit of bitch, probably my least favorite character. Not hating her, but still… least favorite. Walt Jr. I am pretty neutral about considering he doesn’t do as much as most of the other characters. Hank is great as he at first is mostly sort of comic-relief, but by the end of it he has developed so much as a character that he was just great. But by god, my favorite(ish) character just might be the one of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The guy is a shady lawyer. Like Jesse put it; “We don’t need a criminal LAWYER, we need a CRIMINAL lawyer”. The guy is just great. Snf I think the reason I love him so much is because he is, throughout the entire series, THE comic-relief character. He reminds me of Sam Rockwell in a lot of ways, but that story is for another day. And one final thing about the characters… even though most characters here are really grey on the moral scale, this show still got some great villains… no joke. These are some of the best villains I have seen in anything ever. They are just fucking amazing.

The music in this show… oh my god, the music! The few licensed tracks in the show were songs I did like already and that really fit when they were used. But of course that’s not important, because you are here to hear about my thoughts on the original score by Dave Porter… his score is one of the best original scores I have ever heard. My god it does so much right! In the paarts where the show wants you to feel excited and thrilled, the score captures that perfectly. If it wants to be haunting and get under your skin, it does that. The score is nothing short of perfect and I just love it so much. I am probably picking it up some time in the future.

What can I say in the “General Stuff” segment? Oh yeah, the cinematography is fucking amazing! It looks beautiful and never ceased to keep me interested. Because there were a few moments (no spoilers) that weren’t too interesting to me early on in the show, but I was kept interested thanks to the excellent cinematography. And the writing, both in dialogue and story is just great in every sense of the word. There are a few pieces of dialogue in this show that really got me thinking and really sounded awesome. The suspense in this show was also great, it never felt dull or forced, it was real! It might also be fun to mention that the creator, Vince Gilligan actually started out as a writer for “The X-Files”.

What do people think of this show? Well of don’t already know that then you’ve been hiding under a rock since since 2008… or even earlier. People love this show. And on most sites it is difficult to find a good score to use as reference since most sites rank by season and not the entirety of the series. But I can give you the links. Here is Rotten Tomatoes who certified every season as “Fresh”. The show also exists on Metacritic if you want to use that as refrence. Now I can finally use a score as reference… thank you imdb.com! It got a score of 9,5/10 on imdb.

“Breaking Bad” got a great story, superb acting and characters, a perfect soundtrack, excellent cinematography, great dialogue and one of the best finales of any TV-show I have ever seen. So now I want to hand out my final score. So, my final score for “Breaking Bad” is a 9,90/10 which as you may have guessed gives it… the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Breaking Bad” is now done.

Let’s cook!